First, Eric explains how they eat a meal together during their normal meeting time – everytime they meet together. The meal is an essential part of their gathering, just as essential as singing, praying, and teaching.
Next, he explains that they take the bread and cup as part of the meal, not separately. Finally, he gives us several reasons that he likes eating the Lord’s Supper as a meal:
- It follows the biblical model.
- It’s a full meal. Meals not only taste good, but they also allow for much wonderful conversation.
- The full meal keeps the continuity with the Passover meal (looking backward) and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (looking forward).
- The full meal is a real celebration instead of a solemn ceremony.
- The one loaf and one cup (pitcher for now) help us remember that we are united in Christ. This spurs and encourages the unity of the body.
- Since the meal takes place right in the same spot as the rest of the gathering, there is no artificial dividing line between the Lord’s Supper and the remainder of the fellowship.
- The church in Troas gathered together for the purpose of breaking bread. We do the same.
Have you ever eaten the Lord’s Supper as a meal? What was your reaction?