Question: “Why do members of the church of Christ eat the Lord’s Supper every Sunday?”
Answer: Thank you for this important question. Let’s go to the Scriptures for an answer:
1. The apostles of Christ were guided into ALL truth. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13a).
2. They ate the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day (cf. Revelation 1:10) — EACH first day of the week. Consider:
. The disciples were commanded to observe the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-28; cf. Luke 22:17-19).
. Christians were commanded to assemble every Sunday (1 Corinthians 16:2; cf. Hebrews 10:25).
. The primary purpose of their assemblies was in order to partake of the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20,33) and therefore remember His death (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:26,24).
. The first-century church observed the Lord’s Supper according to the apostle’s doctrine (Acts 2:42). NOTE: The Greek article (the) preceding “bread” is not present in the English, but is present in the original text. The article indicates that a special (unleavened) bread was under consideration.
. The apostolic practice was the first day of the week (“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread…” Acts 20:7), the same day of Christ’s resurrection (Luke 24:1-3,46,21).
3. Members of the church of Christ are only trying to follow the New Testament PATTERN. Since there is not a week that passes that does not have a first day, Christians partake of the Lord’s Supper/Communion on this weekly occasion, according to the apostolic example, and in so doing, remember the sacrifice of the Lord on their behalf.