Normal Christian Doctrine Explained: Communion

NORMAL CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE EXPLAINED (Part 9)

Maybe you are a Christian, maybe not. There is so much information at the press of a button these days that it is important to know what is truth and what is not truth. In these series of blogs, we will present super basic beliefs that Chrisitans hold.

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What is communion?

Communion is an ordinance of the church (a command of something to do across all cultures and boundaries) that focuses believers in the death of Jesus and the New Covenant with God in His blood.  The covenant (agreement) is that if we believe in Jesus, God will forgive us. Christians eat a piece of bread and drink a little juice (or wine) to focus on the body and blood of Jesus. It is part of worshipping as a believer in Jesus… perhaps the most important part.

Matthew 26:26-30

Mark 14:22-26

Luke 22:19-20

There is strong evidence of a pattern of weekly observance in the New Testament. Already in Acts 2:42, we see communion listed as a central piece of Christian worship. The four activities listed here are not four separate things but the four elements that characterized a Christian gathering. One of the key things the early church “devoted” itself to was the “breaking of bread,” which means “the Lord’s Supper.”

Perhaps the most striking reference to the frequency of the Lord’s Supper occurs in Acts 20:7: “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.”  This passage need not mean the Lord’s Supper was the only purpose of their gathering, but it certainly is one prominent purpose and the one emphasized. 

1 Corinthians discusses many issues about Communion, but the fact that abuse of the Lord’s Supper was such a problem in Corinth strongly suggests the Supper was held frequently. 1 Corinthians 11:20: “When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper that you eat.”

Other terms meaning Communion: Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, Love Feast.

Communion keeps worship services about Jesus Christ.

What from the above explanation challenges you? The frequency of it discussed?

TMB

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