The Lord’s Supper
The Lord's Supper is a unique Christian addition to corporate worship, though it finds roots in the Passover meal. The book of Acts describes the meal as “the breaking of bread” (2:42, 46; 20:7–11), and Paul says that he passed on what he calls “the Lord’s supper” (1 Cor 11:20) to the church, having received it from the Lord himself (v. 23). Based on the clear instructions in 1 Corinthians 11 and the accounts of the Last Supper in the synoptic gospels (Matt 26:17–30, Mark 14:12–26, Luke 22:7–39), the Lord’s Supper prescribed in 1 Corinthians 11 contains several elements: prayer of thanks (v. 24), breaking of the bread (v. 24), and eating and drinking of the bread (v. 24) and cup (v. 25). It appears to have originally been celebrated as part of a full meal (vv. 17–34), but eventually—perhaps because of the abuses mentioned in this passage—it was removed [more]
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