This post is way behind, but I wanted to finish out the BASIC series before starting our new one because it’s been such a fantastic study! Take some time to watch this short video by Pastor Chan on the Lord’s Supper:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42, 46–47)
I imagine that communion looked pretty different back then compared to what it looks like today. While there are good organizational reasons that we practice communion the way we do today in many churches, we can’t let ourselves forget the point of it all. What did it mean for the early church to break bread together? It was about loving each other like a family. It was about stripping away all of the formality and fluff of traditions and just worshipping and fellowshipping together in primitive godliness and simple authenticity. I like the point that Pastor Chan makes in his study guide:
While this type of gathering is more basic, there’s a scary side to it. I mean, in the old way, you could hide. You could attend a service, and maybe help out in the nursery, and maybe even sing in the choir, and then during the rest of the time, you could build your own kingdom and live your own life.
But there’s something about this idea of true communion – of true participation in breaking the Lord’s bread together – that we just can’t get away from. We have to look past the surface of the communion ordinance and really dig into what’s going on there. We have to remember the depth of Christ’s sacrifice for us, and remember that communion should stand out in our time together as a church and be the most sacred of fellowship experiences.
But how can we ever get to this point? How will we ever make this happen???
the beautiful thing is that, by God’s Spirit, He puts this desire in our hearts, where I want this. You want this. Because it’s something that God is doing. Jesus said that He’s going to build His church. The question is, do you want to be a part of it? To stop attending … and to really be the church … the true church. (Francis Chan, BASIC Study Guide)
Are we ready to stop doing church and start being the church?
(Videos and quoted materials taken from http://basicseries.com/)