Small Group Communion?

Is Communion only for Sunday mornings?

Some members of my group want to observe the Lord's Supper in our small group meeting on Thursday night. A few others, however, say we should have Communion only on Sunday mornings at the church building. Should we or shouldn't we?

There is no clear or specific New Testament precedent for the day or place of the Lord's Supper. Acts 20:7 does say that on at least one occasion in Troas believers came together on the first day of the week "to break bread." Paul also spoke to the people at this meeting. This verse alone, however, does not set a precedent for Sunday-only Communion.

In the eminent passage on the Lord's Supper, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, Paul states that "whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" (emphasis added). And Acts 2:42-47 tells what was included in early-church fellowship, but not when. Verse 46 says the believers met every day in the temple courts and "broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts." When the first-century church met, it was in people's homes, not in "church buildings" like we have today. Another interesting fact to remember: the Lord's Supper was instituted on a Thursday—so I'd be hard pressed to say you couldn't do the same!

Communion ought to be a community experience. It is meant to be experienced with one another. I can't think of a better place to share communion than in a small group, just as it was done the first time and in the early church.

Study some of the passages dealing with the Lord's Supper. This might be a great Bible study to do as a group. Also, it is very important that you talk with the elders or other leaders of your congregation before making any final decisions for the group.

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