Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you have communion every Sunday, and only Sunday?
Jesus said to eat the Lord's Supper in His memory (Luke 22:19).
He commands His people to assemble (Hebrews 10:25), or rather not to forsake assembling together.
The first-century Christians assembled to "break bread" (to eat the Lord's Supper; 1 Corinthians 11:33).
The early Christians had fellowship (communion) with each other in the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 10:16, 17).
The most detailed description in the New Testament of the observance of the Lord's Supper is in 1 Corinthians 11:17-33.
They did this on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). We are also to give on the first day of every week (1 Corinthians 16:1,2).
The Jews understood that to "keep the Sabbath" meant to keep every Sabbath, every week. Every week has a first day, so we assemble to worship every week on the first day. Most religious groups have no problem teaching that we are to assemble every week, and to give every week, and to have preaching every week, and to sing every week.
The earliest historical evidence outside the Bible confirms the first day of the week and how often:
The Didache (ca. 95 A.D.) indicates Christians were to come together on the first day of the week to break bread: Didache 14:1:
"And on the Lord's own day gather yourselves together and break bread and give thanks, first confessing your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure."
Justin Martyr (ca. 150 A.D.) records how Christians assembled on Sunday and partook of the Supper - Apology I, 67:
". . .And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen. . . "
Being consistent with God's Word and the principles we learn there would go far to eliminate some of the division and difference in the religious world.
Some teach that to have the Lord's Supper every Sunday would make it "commonplace." Does singing or giving or preaching or praying become "commonplace" when done every Lord's Day? If so, then why observe these items of worship every Sunday? If not, then why not observe the Lord's Supper every Sunday?
Why only on Sunday? There is no example or command in the New Testament to observe the Lord's Supper any day but Sunday.