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One thing that strikes people as they worship at Cornerstone Christian Church is our communion. Many guests and friends ask why we observe communion every week. We kindly reply that we want to simply be Christians and our desire is to return to the patterns and practices of the early church when it pertains to faith and Christian living.
We believe there is strong evidence to support the practice of weekly communion. We notice that after the first sermon was delivered on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), those who believed the message were baptized. After their baptism they were devoted to four things: the apostles’ teaching, the fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. The four activities listed are not separate activities, but instead they characterized the Christian meeting. Notice the “breaking of bread” was mentioned. A majority of biblical scholars believe that phrase is talking about the Lord’s Supper.
Later, we read in the book of Acts, chapter 20, that Paul was on his way to Jerusalem and stopped at Troas. There, “on the first day of the week,” he met with the local church who had gathered “to break bread” (celebrate the Lord’s Supper). That was not the only reason they met, but it was one prominent reason. Notice also that Luke describes the weekly observance of breaking bread casually without explanation or defense, suggesting this practice was common among those Luke expected to read his account. The early Christians met weekly to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
We also find an interesting account about the early church meeting together in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:20, “when you come together, ”a phrase that is held by many scholars to mean the church service. The Lord’s Supper is the very first thing the apostle discusses. Their practice to celebrate communion each time they gathered did not seem odd to Paul.
Communion also allows us to pause from our busy, often self-centered lives, and focus upon the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Jesus said “This is my body, which is for you: do this in remembrance of me.” and “This cup is the new Covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” Most Christians would not think of attending church services without bringing a monetary offering. We believe it is just as important to personally remember Jesus’ death and sacrifice.
At Cornerstone, we believe that the biblical pattern for practice of weekly communion is clearly evident. We also encourage you to read what the Bible says. Remember “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures ever day to see if what Paul said was true”. (Acts 17:11).
- Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper: Luke 22:7-38; Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26
- Apostles instructions on the Lord’s Supper: 1 Corinthians 10:14-22.
- Communion in the early church: Acts 20:1-7; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.