Lord’s Supper Questions

Text: Matthew 26:26-29

Can We Partake of the Lord’s Supper of a Day Other Than Sunday?

  • We know the early Christians partook on Sunday (Acts 2:42; 20:7) – no other example; nothing to imply another day
  • Basic principle of authority – when something is specified, everything else is excluded (Hebrews 7:14)

Can the Lord’s Supper Be Observed as a Meal?

  • Some have speculated that the “love feasts” (Jude 12) were fellowship meals tied to the Lord’s Supper – this is pure speculation
  • Lord’s Supper is a memorial, not a meal (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
  • Meals have no place in the assembly of the church (1 Corinthians 11:22,34)

Can the Lord’s Supper Be Served Outside of the Assembly?

  • This is often for those who are sick in the hospital / nursing home & cannot assemble – well-meaning Christians take the emblems of the Lord’s Supper so they can partake
  • It is important to remember/visit/care for the sick – but the Lord’s Supper is meant for the assembly (1 Corinthians 11:18,20,33)
  • Only examples of the Lord’s Supper show it in the assembly (Acts 2:42; 20:7)

Must We Use Just One Cup?

  • Some argue that we must use just one cup (container) to take the fruit of the vine – use certain passages that mention a cup to argue their case (Matthew 26:27; 1 Corinthians 10:16)
  • They ignore a figure of speech called metonymy – one word replaced by a related word
  • Focus on the contents, not the container (1 Corinthians 11:25; 10:21)

Can the Lord’s Supper Be Offered a Second Time on Sunday?

  • Some brethren argue that the Lord’s Supper cannot be served a second time in a second service on Sunday
  • They argue that the Lord’s Supper is to be done “together” (1 Corinthians 11:20) and that we must “wait for one another” (1 Corinthians 11:33) – but this means it is done in an assembly at a designated time
  • What is necessary for us to partake of the Lord’s Supper? – right place (assembly), right day (Sunday), right elements (bread & fruit of the vine); these are present in the second serving
  • This is commanded (“do this” – 1 Corinthians 11:24-25) – when right elements are present, who are we to deny one the opportunity to partake and obey the Lord’s command?

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