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CHURCH TRUTHS QUESTION 20
QUESTION 20: Should the Lord’s Supper be open or closed, and how often should it be observed.?
ANSWER: This topic, like Baptism, has many different practices in denominations, and yet the Bible is very clear on both of them. Many are doing what is “right in their own eyes.” and claiming they are obeying the Word.
The Lord took His disciples and instituted this supper in Luke 22:19,20. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. This is sufficient to teach us that it is for His disciples and not made available to unsaved or to the general public, like it is in the systems of men. The “this do” is the taking of a loaf of bread and a cup of wine and using them as symbols of His one body (physically and spiritually) and one cup represents the one sacrifice and the one covenant made for them with God.
The first partakers were in the first church in Acts 2:41,42. They were people who were saved and then baptised. Then we read, they were added (passive voice) by the Lord (V.46) to the existing groups. It was not an occasional event because were read, “they continued stedfastly.” So the participants should be people who are saved, baptized and added as part of the local group,
How often? In Acts 20:7, And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread. The wording of this, and the word “when,” strongly implies that they did this every first day of the week. Bear in mind that how they did it was not what is practiced in the typical so called “communions service” of our day. Please note, that they did not come together to hear Paul preach, though he did, but their purpose was to spend the time remembering their Saviour and Lord., in the offered up of praise and thanksgiving. This is the concept of worship.
To the readers: If you are not saved, observing the Lord’s Supper would not help you one bit. Neither would baptism or turning over a new leaf. There is nothing you can to apart from trusting fully in what Christ did for you. He suffered the judgment for sins that we deserved. God was perfectly satisfied with His sacrifice. Are you? Do you think that this is enough to save you? It is! Acknowledge your sins and trust Him with all your heart. He will save you. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28 Come as a sinner and trust Him as your Saviour.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated January 23rd, 2014 by Sandra Felix