The Significant Supper pt. 1

Worship to God is often taken too lightly! We see this in the scriptures with examples like Nadab and Abihu in Lev. 10 and Cain in Gen. 4. These individuals left an unworthy example behind that many people still follow today. Worship is changed, altered and adapted to the culture to become “entertaining” and “appealing” to the modern audience, rather than approved by the eternal God. This is so common that we would be caught off guard to see someone on the other side of this issue; someone having too high a view of worship, or at least, a specific part. For a number of reasons, many people still hold great reverence for the Lord’s Supper. So much, in fact, that they elevate it to the highest status of worship:

“I may not make it to services for the opening prayer and first few songs; but as long as I make it for the Lord’s Supper, I am good.”

“I have an appointment I am going to be late for on Sunday afternoon! I will just depart services immediately after the communion is offered.”

Even when people want to deviate from God’s original pattern of worship, there is still a reluctance to forsake the Lord’s Supper. However, this is not essentially a “good thing” since it gives some the motivation to think less of the other acts of worship. While questions regarding instrumental music, what we preach, who we pray to and how much we ought to give on the first day of the week are all important matters to address, we need to consider the precious feast of the Lord as well. Just how significant is the Lord’s Supper? Does it stand out from the other acts of worship in any way? How should we view or appreciate its significance?

What we ought to recognize is that there is a uniqueness to the partaking of the emblems of Christ; but not in the way of being more important. Have you ever considered the fact that the Communion is the only form of worship that never changes from Sunday to Sunday? Think about that for a moment. We don’t preach the same lesson every Sunday. Imagine if Paul in Acts 20:7 had preached a lesson till midnight that he had already taught to the brethren several times before; they would struggle even more to stay awake! We don’t pray together about the exact same things every Sunday. We don’t sing the exact same songs every Sunday. And when it comes to the collection, because financial situations are variable, we don’t give the exact same amount of money every single Sunday. But each first day of the week, we always come together, eat the bread, drink of the cup, and remember the sacrifice of Christ.

God saw it appropriate that we could sing, pray and preach on different matters each worship session; and to give an unspecified portion of our earnings (1Cor. 16:1-2). But He desires that Christians not go any week without meditating upon the devastated body and poured out blood of Jesus Christ! The communion is the only constant in our regular worship. While that does not prove it to be more important, it does show that it is a Significant Supper.

 

 

What to expect

We in churches of Christ take seriously the Lord’s words in John 4:24: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The word of God, and specifically, the New Testament of Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:6-13), is our standard of truth for acceptable worship (John 17:17). God has not left it up to us to do as whatever we please when we approach him; through the inspired apostles of Christ he has directed the church in the manner in which we are to worship him. Our goal is to do as the early church, which “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).This makes our worship distinctive from what most are accustomed to seeing in other churches.

Because we are committed to following the God-given, apostolic pattern for worship, we praise God in song, “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Col. 3:16). Our singing is not accompanied by a piano or band or other forms of instrumental music because we do not find authority for these additions in the New Testament. We learn from God’s word the church is to sing (Eph. 5:19), and we do not add to what God has instructed us to do or go beyond the authority of his word (1 Cor. 4:6; Rev. 22:18-19). While most visitors find our a cappella singing unusual, they also find the four part harmonies beautiful and edifying.

We learn from apostolic example and instruction to the early church that God’s people are to observe the Lord’s supper when they meet every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29), and so each Sunday we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. Also, our members give into a collection for the work of God’s kingdom in accordance with the teaching of God’s word (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

In our worship assembly we also offer prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and listen to the preaching of the life-changing, soul saving gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16). Our preaching is Bible-based, for we are to “speak as the oracles of God,” (1 Pet. 4:11). We are committed to exalting God by teaching and preaching “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and citing book, chapter and verse as we exalt God and focus on hearing his will for our lives revealed in the scriptures.

You will also find a warm welcome from friendly folks who want to help you understand God’s will for your life and his plan for your salvation so that you can be sure you are saved by his grace and have the hope of eternal life. We hope you can attend one of our worship assemblies or Bible classes soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“The churches of Christ greet you”

Those are the words of Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, and we in the Roanoke Church of Christ echo that same sentiment to you today. But perhaps you’re wondering: Who or what are the churches of Christ? We hope the following will help answer that question:

Before the world ever began, God had a plan for you. That plan is revealed in the Bible and includes his church. The Bible tells us the church is part of the “eternal purpose” of God for every one of us that was made possible through Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:10-11). But there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the importance and identity of that church.

It was Jesus who said to his disciples, “I will build my church” (Mt. 16:18). The Lord kept that promise; he built his church and it exists today. The word of God tells us the church is called “the body of Christ” (Eph. 1:22-23) and that there is “one body…one Lord, one faith” (Eph. 4:4-6). There are no denominations in the Bible, yet when we look around today we see so many different churches, different faiths, different teachings. All of this religious contradiction can be confusing.

But if set aside the denominations, doctrines and traditions of men and simply go back to the Bible, we can belong to the church that Jesus built—the Lord’s church that is a part of God’s eternal plan to redeem us and bring us to heaven through his Son. If we follow the New Testament of Christ and do today what they did then, we can be today what they were then—simply Christians (Acts 11:26). Nothing more, nothing less—just Christians. Not members of any denomination, but members of Jesus’ church we read about in the Bible.

We in the churches of Christ are striving to be faithful to the authority of God’s word and abide by the pattern he has given us for his church (Acts 2:42; 2 Tim. 1:13). We kindly invite you to join us in going back to the Bible to be Christians only, a part of the Lord’s family, the church which he died to save with his blood (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:23-25). Please let us know if you would like to study the Bible to learn more about the Lord’s church and his plan for our salvation.

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