Vol.X No.VIII Pg.7
October 1973

You Know What?

Robert F. Turner

Bro. Turner;

What arguments can you offer for the frequency of your partaking of Lord's Supper? Why observe this every week? WT. Mississippi


I offer three arguments: scripture, reason, and historical precedent. If the first is valid, the others are not really necessary.

The early Christians met on every first day of the week.(1 Cor. 16.2)(KATA MIAN, every first day; KATA POLIN, every city, KATA MENA, every month; etc. Acts 15.21; Rev. 22:2)

I 1 Cor. 11:20 Paul censures what these Corinthians did "when ye come together" (every first day, a6:2) and explains what they should do, viz., partake of the Lord's Supper. (vs23-). It's a "left handed" argument, but it is clear and strong. (See ARV)

Acts 20:7 says the disciples met upon the first day of the week to break bread. "The" is definite article, expressive of a stated or fixed day. There is certainly no authority for the L.S. on any other day. Further, here is equal authority on each and every "first day" that rolls around. (Example: "Remember the Sabbath..." Ex. 20.8. WHICH Sabbath Day? The Jews had no difficulty in recognizing that this was authority for every 7th day that came>) These are scriptural arguments which I hold to be sound.

Reasonable evidence is found in the fact that all commemorative intitutions which God ordained in prior times (Law of Moses) had a fixed and regular time for observance. (The Passover, Feast of Tabernacles, Purim, Pentecost, etc.) If the Lord's Supper is not to be observed every first day there is no way to determine a fixed time (within divine authority) and this vital memorial (1 Cor. 11:23-f) is left to wander aimlessly.

Finally, secular history vindicates our conclusion. For the first three centuries all the churches broke bread once a week. The weekly communion was prepared in the Greek church until the seventh century. We give one quote for those interested:

"But every Lord's Day do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread,... etc." (From a writing called, "The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles" dated about 120 A.D. Taken from Vol. 7 p 381, Ante-Nicene Fathers.)

Why do I observe the Lord's Supper every Week? Because the Word of God which makes it clear that this is God's will for His people.

Now, be honest with yourself. Can you give as good a reason for observing this memorial less frequently?? And how can you justify the common Thursday night observance?? ------------------------------------------

Your questions and comments are truly appreciated. We will get to the questions as rapidly as possible. If you reside in the vicinity of Burnet we would be happy to come to your home for a private Bible study. You are always welcomed at all services of the Oaks-West church.