QUESTION: “Why do members of the church of Christ eat the Lord’s Supper every Sunday?”
- The apostles were guided into ALL truth. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13a).
- They ate the Lord’s Supper EVERY Lord’s Day (cf. Rev. 1:10)—EACH first day of the week. Consider:
- The disciples were commanded to observe the Lord’s Supper (Mat. 26:26-28; Luke 22:17-19).
- Christians were commanded to assemble every Sunday (1 Cor. 16:2 Heb. 10:25).
- One of the purposes of these assemblies was so that the church could partake of the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:20, 33) and therefore remember His death (1 Cor. 11:24, 26).
- The first-century church observed the Lord’s Supper according to the apostle’s doctrine/teaching (Acts 2:42). NOTE: The Greek article (the) proceeding “bread” is not present in the English, but it is present in the Greek text. The article indicates that a special (unleavened) bread is under consideration (cf. 1 Cor. 10:16).
- The apostolic practice was the first day of the week. “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to bread bread…” (Acts 20:7), the same day as Christ’s resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:1-3, 21, 46).
- Members of the church of Christ are only trying to follow the New Testament pattern. Since there is not a week that passes that does not have a first day, Christians partake of the Lord’s Supper on this weekly occasion, according to apostolic example, and in so doing, remember the sacrifice of Christ on their behalf.