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Servants That Became Rulers: The Lord’s Supper

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You may think I am going too far to take a look at the Lord’s Supper, but I don’t intend to look at the supper itself but the way that we have become accustomed to taking it.  These are some reasons we may want to consider taking it differently

1.  The Lord’s Supper was originally taken as a fellowship meal:  The first century church took communion together around a table with other foods besides just the bread and wine.  This was part of their understanding of the supper.  The fellowship of the believers was an integral part of taking the supper and it still is.  We must resist the temptation to make communion an individual thing, it is meant to be something that we take with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  This is how Jesus instituted it, this is how we should practice it.

2.  We should celebrate the Lord’s Supper, not mourn the death of Christ:  In the early church, the Lord’s Supper was a celebratory meal, not a somber occasion.  I was taught to put my head down and reflect upon the torture that Jesus went through on the cross while the plates were being passed.  This is wrong.  We are to celebrate the body and blood that were given for us for our salvation.  The somber attitude would only be appropriate if Jesus were still dead.  Since He arose, however, we should participate in communion with great joy.

(Frank Viola discusses baptism at this point in his book Pagan Christianity. Since he doesn’t say anything about it that isn’t currently practiced by the churches of Christ, I won’t mention it in this series).

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  1. 1. Amen

    shannon

    May 3, 2009 at 11:56 pm

  2. 2. Amen

    shannon

    May 3, 2009 at 11:56 pm


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