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

Today's prayer: Threshold of pain

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

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-

. 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

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

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