On Breaking Bread

3/10/2003

...About the matter of breaking bread... we are leery of falling into the old trap of it just becoming some ritual that we do.....

As for breaking bread, it was NOT a ritual... and it was done often during meals—but the Scripture wouldn’t allow one to INSIST that it be in a meal. “Don’t you have your own homes to eat and drink (eat meals) in?” (1 Corinthians 11). When they were “devoted to the apostles’ teaching... and breaking bread”—were they “devoted to eating meals”? NO way. Clearly there was something as special about “the Lord’s Supper” to them as prayer and fellowship and the apostles’ teaching were to them.

So, probably far more casual and with dialogue, and creative, and responsive to TIMING of what is going on when the Saints are in proximity of one another than most would be accustomed to (those who grew up with it as a ritual handed down from the catholics)—but 1) not ignored (“devoted!”) or 2) in isolated pockets if there is a larger Body locally (“ONE loaf,” not cliques) or 3) mandatorily a part of a “meal” (Paul shot this one down, it would seem, in 1 Corinthians 11).

Gotta run : )

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