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What Is Important?

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What Is Important?

by George Bentch

Acts 20:7 reads, "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them…" This shows that the "breaking bread" was the primary reason for the assembly. The preaching by Paul was of secondary importance. Does the "breaking of bread" mean communion? 1 Corinthians 10:16 asks, "…the bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?" This makes it plain that "breaking of bread" meant communion when associated with the assembly.

In Hebrews 10:24-25, we are commanded, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is…" So we see that the idea that church attendance is not necessary is not a new problem. If church attendance is necessary, and the primary reason for assembling together is the breaking of bread (communion), it follows that communion each first day of the week is necessary.

If I told you, "Come to work on Monday and I’ll pay you on Friday, you would understand that as long as you came to work every Monday I would pay you every Friday. No where in the Bible is it suggested that we poor mortals have sufficient wisdom to choose one first day of the week to commune and exclude others. Many churches, if they placed the emphasis on the communion, would only assemble four times a year.

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