By H.D. Matheson
The Moore American
MOORE — First, thank you all that were able to attend the gospel meeting. It was an uplifting success and we were blessed by friends and visitors from the community and from nine cities in Oklahoma, as well as friends from Texas that were able to attend.
Malcom Kniffen of Waco, Texas, had a wonderful series of sermons. We have been blessed by his lessons from the Word of God.
We are happy to continue introducing you to the East Ridge church of Christ. Even though you’ve driven by the building from time to time, you probably know little about its worship and work.
As we discussed last week, one of the distinct things about the churches of Christ (Romans 16:16) is the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper. We follow the doctrine shared by the Holy Spirit in Acts 20:7 where Luke records that “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them.”
The early church’s practice of “breaking bread” every Lord’s day was not a common meal, for the apostle Paul reprimands the Corinthians later for turning ‘His Supper’ into one (1 Corinthians 11:18-22). Instead, it was the observance of the Lord’s Supper that the apostle describes beginning in verse 23 of 1 Corinthians 11.
As we at East Ridge seek help from the Word of God to determine how we should observe the Lord’s Supper, we go to Paul’s writings beginning in verse 23 for direction.
He says, “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: This is my body, which is broken for you: This do in remembrance of me.”
What a beautiful delivery of the first part of the Lord’s Supper. First, Paul exhorts us that we follow his pattern; explain that it was handed down to him by the Lord. He then explains that Jesus took bread, that is He took a loaf, then He broke from that a piece to eat, saying, “this is my body, which is broken for you:” afterward He passed the loaf around for the 12 disciples to do the same.
The representation of eating the bread truly is divine. As Jesus takes one loaf of unleavened bread and says, “this is my body,” He is evoking His one body that He gave for us at Calvary.
Of course, anything other than one loaf would taint the imagery and therefore infringe the pattern that the Lord gives. So, on the Lord’s day, each Christian at East Ridge church of Christ eats of that one loaf, sharing together in the blessings we have through the body of our Lord.
For further evidence, that each in the congregation should eat of one loaf; we turn to Paul’s directions in the previous chapter of 1 Corinthians 10. He writes, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: For we are all partakers of that one bread.”
It’s amazing how the Word of God harmonizes, how it makes sense. As we take the cup of blessing and the one bread, we are “sharing together in fellowship” — in the blessings of the body and the blood of our Lord.
That one bread gives us a picture of the one body of Jesus, both physically and spiritually. When you look back and study (2 Timothy 2:15), you will find nine indictors of a single loaf in Paul’s teaching in chapters 10 and 11.
So from the doctrine of Christ “this do in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19), we at the East Ridge church of Christ on the Lord’s Day practice that, and a sister of the congregation gets up early and bakes a loaf of unleavened bread. Later that morning, as the members of the Lord’s church in Moore assemble around the Lord’s Table, each Christian shares in that single loaf evoking the body of Jesus by partaking from and eating a portion of it.
In doing that, we are able to imitate the picture Paul illustrates in 1 Corinthians 10:17, when we says, “for we are all partakers of that one bread.”
We appreciate The Moore American readers for joining us on this week’s visit. Next week, let’s pause to look at the “cup of blessing” Paul mentions. There again the Holy Spirit will provide us with beautiful picture simple with clear directions on how to observe the Lord’s Supper.
Until then, God bless you.