When Christians Are To Partake Of The Lord's Supper?
By: Gary Colley
Sadly, many people without question accept what their denomination teaches rather than what the Bible teaches. This would not be so serious if it were not true that all will be judged by the Bible (John 12:48). This action is true of many subjects, such as baptism, women not usurping authority over man, instrumental music in worship, and even when we are to partake of the Lord's Supper. Some teach that we are to partake of the Lord's Supper monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or annually, though the Bible does not authorize any of these times. Some teach that we can partake of the Lord's Supper at a wedding on Thursday night, or in other special occasions on any and every day of the week. But do not be deceived! The Bible does not authorize this either
(Galatians 1:8-9, II John 9-11).
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH?
Christians are taught in the Bible to partake of the Lord's Supper every first day of the week or every Sunday, and only on Sunday or the first day of the week. Let us study and act so as to show ourselves approved unto God (II Timothy 2:15). In Matthew 28:18, after His resurrection
(Mark 16:9), Jesus said He had been given by God all authority "in heaven and in earth." Before His ascension, He told the apostles to teach and baptize all believers by His authority. He then commanded the apostles, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:20)." This they did after they had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and had done "many wonders and signs" to convince their hearers their message was from Heaven (Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:43). The apostles taught those baptized believers what they were to practice in worship on Pentecost, when the church was established, the first day of the week or Sunday. They taught early Christians to continue "steadfastly . . in breaking of bread (Acts 2:4)." These early Christians, who were under the direction of inspired men, partook "steadfastly," but when?? Every first day of the week
(Acts 20:7). This is also true today of all who follow the authority of Christ (I Corinthians 11:1).