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The Lord's Supper

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Communion 0011There is a lot of controversy over the Lord’s Supper and how often we partake of it. Some fellowships will only partake of it once a month, or once a quarter, and some will only offer it a couple of times a year. When I study with people and show them what God’s Word says about partaking of it, that it should be every first day of the week, they are often shocked.


In Acts 20:7 the Bible says, “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread.” The church came together for the sole purpose of partaking of the Lord’s Supper (“breaking bread”). If this is the command and example of the New Testament church, where did it get changed? That is a good question. I have heard reasons such as we want to make it more “special” or “significant” by making it less often. Yet, taking something that God intended to be the center of our worship together, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and moving it to something that is 1 in 4 times, or 1 in 12 times, or 1 in 26 times does not seem to adhere to the plan of God in any way.


When looking at the reason, it is once again placing us at the center of the worship and removing Jesus to a bystander. We don’t want something that convicts us to live the way God wants with the sacrifice of Jesus at the center of everything we do; that is not encouraging; it is reprimanding or corrective of our behavior and our thoughts.


When I studied with one young lady about how God wants us to partake of the Lord’s Supper on the first day of every week, she went back to her old church and asked the minister why they did not partake of communion every first day of the week. Here is his response, “We don’t want to leave anyone out or make them feel uncomfortable, so we leave it set up for those who want to take it from time to time. But we don’t participate in taking it as a whole because we don’t want to cause anyone to be left out.” Once again, I ask the question who is at the center of our worship? If we have decided to change God’s commands in favor of something that puts us at the center, we are. That is not what worship should be focusing on. The Lord’s Supper is just another example of how man is trying to usurp God’s rightful spot in worship.

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