Scriptures about church… as we live them #5

Alan Knox runs a great website called The Assembling of the Church which touches on many of the issues tackled in the book Pagan Christianity that we are discussing from a different angle. One series that he does is called “Scripture… as we live it”, where he ‘edits’ bible verses to expose how we sometimes do church unbiblically. I think it’s a great concept. Here’s a slightly changed example of how Alan thinks we often live out Scripture:
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And they devoted themselves to listening to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread to passing out small bits of bread and small cups of juice a few times each year, and the prayers a few of them attended the weekly prayer meeting. (Acts 2:42 re-mix)
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Let me know what you think about how these early Christians lived as seen in Acts, and whether it differs to your experience of your church community… What do you think Alan is pointing out here with his re-mix?

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2 thoughts on “Scriptures about church… as we live them #5

  1. “passing out small bits of bread and small cups of juice “?
    … where’s the problem with this particular phrase?

    1 Cor 11 (AV):
    17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.

    20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
    21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
    22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
    23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
    24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
    25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
    26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

    • Hi Kenguy. I guess for some people (like Alan) the communion that we take part in today is not much like the Lord’s Supper at all. Wouldn’t you prefer sharing a Christian love feast in remembrance of the Lord than the usual communion stuff? I know I would 😉

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