The Significant Supper pt. 2

In the last article we discussed how the Lord’s Supper compared to the other acts of worship. We noted that the communion is the only constant in worship, never changing from Sunday to Sunday. But the significance of it also lies in its simplicity. The Lord’s Supper functions as the most basically executed act of worship.

Sometimes it is a challenge to keep focused during a public prayer. The reason why is because someone else is leading your thoughts, and not your own mind. When we worship God in prayer we have to mentally strive to let another guide the words and intents of our communication to God. The prayer leader may word the prayer different than you might, or pray longer or shorter than you usually do. In addition, we close our eyes, which can help us blot out distractions; but it can also make us sleepy!

We face similar challenges when it comes to the act of preaching. It is often the longest individual portion of worship. Even when the subject matter is interesting, the sermon is well prepared and the speaker is enthusiastic, it takes a lot of mental energy to follow the study of a Gospel sermon. Someone once told me, “The brethren in the 1st century listened to Paul preaching all the way till midnight in Acts 20:7.” To which I responded, “yes, but the brethren got so tired that one of them fell out of an upper window and died” (Acts 20:8-12).

Singing, although it is enjoyable, takes work as well. Paul said we are to sing with the “spirit and understanding” (1Cor. 14:15). We not only must be zealous when we express the lyrics of the psalms, hymns and spiritual songs; but also, we must understand what we are singing, thinking on the words. Furthermore, there is a physical element as well. We have to synchronize our breathing, pitch, tone, and rhythm with the song leader and the rest of the congregation; a feat that is not easily achieved.

Even offering money for the work of the church is no easy deed. It is more than just finding “whatever” amount of money is in my purse or wallet at the time the collection plate is passed around. It should be planned and intentional. While the New Testament doesn’t designate a specific quantity, it does expect there to be purpose to it; to give as a man “purposes in his heart” (2Cor. 9:7). A lot of time and effort goes into examining our finances and finding an appropriate amount of money that we offer on Sunday.

But in contrast to all the other acts of worship, the Lord’s Supper is fairly basic. It requires only three of the most elementary commands Christ has ever given to his disciples: eat, drink and remember him (1Cor. 11:23-24). Although, the thoughts and topics of our minds as we consume the emblems are profound and heart pricking; but the execution is simple: eat, drink and remember him. While worship does require preparation, energy, time, and effort, the experience as a whole should be viewed as a privilege and blessing to engage in. And in the feast divine that inhabits our practice of praise, we share a solemn, peaceful, tranquil, and humbling meditation upon the body and blood of Christ. The Lord’s Supper is significant in its simplicity!

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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