I found a website where a Church of Christ leader is addressing some of the things we discuss here. I am borrowing liberally from that website for this posting, but think it’s important to hear things the way he says them.
- There is no scripture telling us when—or how often– to take communion
- There is no proof that the Acts 20:7 passage refers to the Lord’s Supper at all. “Breaking bread” was a term commonly used for eating a common meal (See Acts 2) and could well have been the meaning here.
- Even if the occasion involved communion we do not know if they felt any obligation to limit the practice to one particular day….or if it was merely a matter of convenience.
- We cannot be sure exactly what day the “breaking bread” occurred. The Jewish day began at sunset and went until the next sunset. They may have met in the afternoon of the first day with the meeting lasting into the night (the second day). Paul preached until midnight and it was after this that they broke bread.
- There are only two clear scriptural references to actual observation of the Lord’s Supper. One was when the Lord instituted it and the other was the observance in Corinth. BOTH observances were in conjunction with a meal. There is NO command and NO example of the communion including the bread and fruit of the vine. (the Church of Christ practice surely was borrowed from our predecessors in the Reformation movement—who surely borrowed it from the Roman Catholic Church.)
- Johnny has assumed that Acts 20:7 refers to the Lord’s Supper, that the selection of the first day of the week was based on instruction that they had received, and that it would be wrong to take it any other time.
- They are supposed to take communion only on the first day of the week, and it is a sin to take it according to the Jewish reckoning (thereby ruling out Saturday night).
- They absolutely must limit the items on the Lord’s Supper table to bread and the fruit of the vine. It is a sin to have any other food items there, such as when Jesus instituted the Supper or when the Corinthians observed it.
- The Lord is both intelligent and articulate. He is fully able to tell us what he wants and what he does not want. Since he did not tell us when or how often to take the Lord’s Supper—or in what setting (such as on the occasion of a meal), he leaves it up to our best judgment—and our hearts. It is preposterous to believe that the Lord commanded a Sunday communion in Acts 20:7, forgot to let us know about it—and forgot to get word to us later—and insists that we figure it out by guessing that the example is binding! (the Church of Christ has a lot of intelligent people in their fellowship; it is hard to believe that so many have bought into this incredible idea.)
- The over-riding significance of the communion is its role as a memorial to the Lord’s sacrificial suffering and its significance to us. The Christian is free to remember Christ’s suffering any time. There is no prohibited time for commemorating the Lord’s death.
- It is very beneficial for a church to come together and observe the Lord’s Supper. The Church of Christ practice of Sunday communion is fully acceptable. There is no reason to suggest a change. BUT there is a reason to object to an assumption-based insistence that it is sinful to observe it any other time—or to have other food items present.