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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 14:44:22 -0500
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: Fidelity

Every Sunday
by Mike Benson

Question: "Why do members of the church of Christ
eat the Lord's Supper every Sunday?"

Answer: Thank you for this important question.
Let's go to the Scriptures for an answer:

1. The apostles of Christ were guided into ALL
truth. "However, when He, the Spirit of truth
comes, He will guide you into all truth..." (John
16:13a).

2. They ate the Lord's Supper every Lord's Day
(cf. Revelation 1:10) -- EACH first day of the
week. Consider:

. The disciples were commanded to observe the
Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-28; cf. Luke 22:17-
19).

. Christians were commanded to assemble every
Sunday (1 Corinthians 16:2; cf. Hebrews 10:25).

. The primary purpose of their assemblies was in
order to partake of the Lord's Supper (1
Corinthians 11:20,33) and therefore remember His
death (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:26,24).

. The first-century church observed the Lord's
Supper according to the apostle's doctrine (Acts
2:42). NOTE: The Greek article (the) preceding
"bread" is not present in the English, but is
present in the original text. The article
indicates that a special (unleavened) bread was
under consideration.

. The apostolic practice was the first day of the
week ("Now on the first day of the week, when the
disciples came together to break bread..." Acts
20:7), the same day of Christ's resurrection (Luke
24:1-3,46,21).

3. Members of the church of Christ are only trying
to follow the New Testament PATTERN. Since there
is not a week that passes that does not have a
first day, Christians partake of the Lord's
Supper/Communion on this weekly occasion,
according to the apostolic example, and in so
doing, remember the sacrifice of the Lord on their
behalf.

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