Coming Together To Break Bread - A Greater Emphasis On The Lord's Supper
One of the changes Lakeshore made in 2013 was the decision to focus more on the Lord’s Supper each Sunday. Two New Testament verses that I believe support this emphasis are Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 2:2.
Acts 20, verse 7 states concerning the Christians at Troas that “on the first day of the week we came together to break bread”.
We need to be honest about this text. Some could argue that the breaking of bread here is a common meal, and that the fact that it was the first day of the week is incidental (its saying nothing more than “on Monday a group of people came together to eat dinner”, they say). The words could be interpreted that way.
On the other hand we know the first day of the week, Sunday, (the day of the resurrection) was the day Christians gathered together. 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 references this and early Christian history strongly supports it. It is also true that "breaking bread" can (and often does) refer to a common meal but it is also a term that refers to the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:24).
Most of us have for a long time felt strongly that this is what the passage is saying that – the Christians came together on Sunday to observe the Lord’s Supper, and for that reason this has been our practice.
Understood this way, consider the emphasis of Acts 20:7. The Lord’s Supper was the reason they came together. Like the Hebrews and their Passover meal which reminded them yearly of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt, Christians have a memorial that reminds us of the event that set us free from sin.
In 1 Corinthians 2:2 Paul described his work at Corinth by saying he was “determined to know nothing among (them) except Jesus Christ and Him crucified”. This is obvious hyperbole, but there is a point being made. The cross (which the Lord's Supper memorializes) is the center of our faith. Everything about our identity as Christians is summed up in the cross. It is the answer to every question and an example to follow in ever situation. Jesus example in dying on the cross is our example to follow in temptation (1 Peter 4:1-2), marriage (Ephesians 5:25), unity (Philippians 2:5), giving (2 Corinthians 8:9), to name a few.
More than anything else it is our hope for salvation! "My hope is built on nothing less than....(my good works? my knowledge? I hope not!) ....Jesus blood and righteousness!"
If you visit with us on a Sunday morning expect at least 20 minutes devoted to the cross, followed by communion. We don’t want to lose sight of the cross. Our new emphasis on the Lord’s Supper each Sunday is designed to help us keep it where it ought to be – right in the center of our hearts and minds.