Category Archives: Lord’s Supper

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (FAQs)

Q. Should we practice open or closed communion? A. The Churches of Christ have always practiced open communion. Following Alexander Campbell’s counsel to neither “invite nor debar,” the Churches never refuse communion to anyone present (other than an unbaptized child). Most Churches … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (The First Century Pattern for Communion)

It’s easy enough to compare our contemporary communion practices with the practices of the First Century and see a huge difference. We’ve managed to turn a real meal involving real fellowship among believers into a symbolic meal involving virtually nothing … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:27-34 (“If Anyone Is Hungry”)

(1Co 11:27-28 ESV) 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so … Continue reading

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Post Up at Wineskins

My post Reflecting on “The Future of Churches of Christ: Table & Baptism” is up at Wineskins. It fits well with the 1 Corinthians 11 materials on communion. You might want to take a look.

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1 Corinthians 11:22-26 (the Supper of the Lord)

(1Co 11:22 ESV) 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:17-21 (The Love Feast and the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb)

Abusing the Lord’s Supper (1Co 11:17-19 ESV) 17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.  18 For, in the first place, when you … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Worship?

I get emails — What do you think of worship service being held on Saturday night? First argument Any time is a good time to worship God. Obviously, it’s not wrong to worship God on a Saturday night. Second argument … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Supper: May a Member Take It on Wednesday Night?

I get emails — We have a member whose job requires him to miss both services on Sunday. He has asked that he be offered the Lord’s supper during our Wednesday night bible study, which he can attend. Is this … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Supper: The Experts Weigh In

John Mark Hicks recently posted some material on the Lord’s Supper that’s very pertinent to this series, which I thought I’d wrapped up a few weeks ago. The post summarizes a scholarly paper he presented at the 2010 Stone-Campbell Conference. … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Supper: Reaching Some Conclusions, Part 4

Getting creative In Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper John Mark Hicks suggests several possible approaches. He notes that there are several practical barriers. For example, most congregations simply don’t have room in their auditoriums, and most auditoriums … Continue reading

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