Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the early church the Lord’s Supper played a major role in creating a humble attitude in the hearts of Christians.
The Lord’s Supper was taken in the public assemblies of the churches as both a personal and public declaration. Through it they declared both to themselves and fellow Christians their belief in the death of Christ and all it means to them -1 Corinthians 11:26. This belief was a common thread of humility in the heart of all Christians. Every time they took the Lord’s Supper they were reminded of what it cost for their sins to be forgiven. It reminded them that without Jesus they were helpless and lost.
In this study let’s look at the facts regarding this special breaking of the bread called the Lord’s Supper. We have a description of what the Lord commanded the church to do regarding the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:17-33. This text indicates the Corinthian church had turned the spirituality of this meal into a common feast to fill their stomachs. The Apostle Paul tells them they have houses for common meals and explains to them how the Lord had intended His memorial Supper to be taken in the churches. If in their regular assemblies they fail to do this properly their souls salvation was in the balance.
First of all the Lord’s Supper was the reason early churches assembled.
In Acts 2:42 is a list of spiritual practices, which were identification marks of the Lord’s church. The expression breaking of bread, which could refer to a common meal, was also used in referring to the Lords Supper. Which was a uniquely Christian practice 1 Cor.10:16-17. Paul in 1 Cor. 11:20-25, 33-34 clearly teaches that the assemblies of the Corinthian church were designed around the taking of the Lords Supper. Acts 20:6-7 confirms that this was the purpose that the church at Troas assembled.
How often did the church assemble to take the Lord’s Supper?
The scriptures reveal one assembly day, which was common to all the churches. 1 Cor. 16:1-2 informs us the first day of every week was the commanded time to take up a special collection for certain needy saints. It tells us that Paul also had commanded the other churches to take collections on the first day of every week. In the preceding paragraph of this study we saw that the reason for the churches assemblies was to take the Lord’s Supper.
Therefore since the churches were already gathered together to take the supper it was a perfect opportunity to take up the collection mentioned in 1 Corinthians 16. The first day of the week is the day the church at Troas broke bread Acts 20:7. The evidence indicates the first day of every week was how often the churches gathered together to take the Lord’s Supper. In Acts 2:42 the church in Jerusalem was only a few months old and yet they steadfastly and continually broke bread. This necessarily infers a regular offering of the Lord’s Supper during those first few months of the church at Jerusalem’s existence. The only time the early church took the Lord’s Supper was when the members took it together in their assemblies on the first day of every week. Acts 20:7; 1Cor. 10:16-17; 1Cor. 11:18, 20-25, 33.
Considering the importance of the Lord’s Supper to the spiritual well being of every Christian it should come as no surprise that we are warned there is a terrible cost for neglecting the weekly assembly. Hebrews 10:24-26.
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