Created for Community

I've heard it many times over the years that doing communion weekly takes away from the special-ness of it, and mind you I understand differing positions, even if I don't agree! Why do we do it weekly when others don't? The very first and most important reason is that Jesus instituted it, and said "do this as often," and the Apostles, Paul being the most prominent example, practiced such on the Lord's Day each week (though we're a church outside of denominational-ism, many from the mainline and evangelical movements have begun this practice recently). So how does this address the special-ness of it? First, let us consider the source: it came from Jesus, it's a reminder of His sacrifice, and how it brought us in to community with Him. We take it because we are in community with Him because of His sacrifice at the Cross. The very next thing we should find joy in is that we are also brought in to community with every other believer in Christ through our taking of the bread and cup. We are one body in Christ, and being that we are what we eat, we are reminded of our state of becoming the body through the blood. A Christian should never be without the reminder that he or she is one in Christ with all other believers, crossing national, ethnic, and any other boundary one could think! The first thing God said in the Garden that was "not good" was Adam's lonliness. Adam had God, so He was never alone, but he was without a suitable partner among all of creation, someone like Him. And so God designed a help-meet, a partner taken from his side that they may live, love, and work together always, and they were unashamed to be together. The Fall of Man sundered the relationship with God and Man, creating divisions that would continue even to this day. The Cross, and indeed the reason for communion reminds us that Jesus brings it all back together again through His sacrifice. We were designed for community with God and one another, and the Cross unites every tribe, tongue and nation, if you surrender all to Jesus upon it. Acts 2:42-47 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.


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