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Some churches do not have a regular pastor. Some of these have communion led by a visiting lay preacher but some do not allow communion unless an ordained man can officiate. Where does your church stand regarding communion?

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I don't know where my church stand on this either. But my opinion is: it should be done on a regular basis.Pastors or not the only ones who can administer Communion. There are no such thing as lay persons, either. We are all on equal footing as Christians. We have the same authority and power as a pastor/preacher has.
---Robyn on 11/6/07


God left us a legacy in His church His apostles & disciples He must have known that False Prophets would invade the sanctity of what was His Proposal,teachings He knew Satans Capabalities & Mans gulibility.If you would accept a counterfiet for the genuine that makes it your choice.His Choice was through an appointed Minister of His Church/choosing to whom he gave such power.
---Emcee on 11/6/07


Really don't know where my church stands on this question. But in line with this question. I know many people who take communion on their own and I've had people asked me to officiate at their taking communion. But I really do not believe official of the church is necessary to take communion. Once while witnessing to a young lady, she ask me, before I accept the Lord I want to know if I can do this without a priest or a pastor? People have many different ideas.
---mima on 11/6/07


.ramon, presently I give no more light to you.
---Eloy on 4/26/07


---Exzucuh on 4/25/07 religion had everything to do with it, Judaism
did not allow the drinking of blood or the eating of human flesh. They left because he offended their Doctrine.


Ok, even today 2,000 thousands years later they are still leaving because they do not beleive in his words " My Flesh is real food and my Blood is real drink."
---Ruben on 4/26/07




eloy the Bible does not agree with you. I say it again:you wrong and I'm right according to the Bible. But you will believe whatever you desire.
---Ramon on 4/26/07


---Ruben on 4/25/07
religion had everything to do with it, Judaism
did not allow the drinking of blood or the eating of human flesh. They left because he offended their Doctrine.
---Exzucuh on 4/25/07


John 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
---Exzucuh on 4/25/07


.ramon, I have already corrected you. And you will believe whatever you desire.
---Eloy on 4/25/07


Exzucuh: Absolutely Correct! Open Communion does not need a Roman Priest to declare you clean or unclean.

If any many is willing to Sup with Him, He will Sup with him.
---TS on 4/25/07




Exzucuh-John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Whoso is referring to anyone who is willing, Religion always keeps people from Jesus.


Religion had nothing to do with the disciples who walk away(John 6:66), but not believing in his words "My Flesh is food indeed and My blood is drink indeed."(John 6:53)
---Ruben on 4/25/07


Eloy. Your belief is not based on the Bible. Please Read 1 Cor 11:17-31. None of the Scriptures you cited talks about the "Holy Communion". A unbeliever are not allowed to share in the Lord's Supper. They are not prepared to accept Holy Communion. Reread my posts below.

Thereby, you are basing your belief on Scriptures that you took of context to employ your beliefs on this blog.

But Eloy, you will believe whatever you desire!!
---Ramon on 4/25/07


John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Whoso is referring to anyone who is willing, Religion always keeps people from Jesus.
---Exzucuh on 4/25/07


.ramon, I do say time and time again: I am right, but you are wrong. "ALL" the children of Israel kept the passover, all the families of every house. In the Old Testament the clean kept it in the evening of April 14, and the unclean kept it in the evening of May 14; but we do not follow the Old Testament ways instead we follow the New Testament where the Lord's Communion is for "whosoever will let him come to the Lord's Table". Please read Numbers 9:1-14; Matthew 23:13; Luke 14:16-24.
---Eloy on 4/24/07


In the Catholic Church only a Catholic Priest can effect the sacrament; however, lay-led services can be held with previously consecrated hosts. This could occur anywhere or any time that a priest is unavailable for an extended period of time. In the RCC, communion is also brought by lay ministers into hospitals, hospices, prisons, homes and anywhere else they are needed - I received communion in my hospital bed everyday while I was in the hospital after my last child (by c-section).
---lorra8574 on 4/24/07


If a person isn't born again, they shouldn't partake in the communion. Because they have no idea (spiritualy) what is going on. Their carnal minds know, but their hearts doesn't. A sinner/backslider shouldn't partake in communion. It is fellowship between God and the Christian, Jn 14:23, and by the spirit. The Lord's communion should be called 1 Cor 10:16-17.
---Rebecca_D on 4/24/07


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*All are welcome at the Lord's table, and none are to be refused.*

This is where you are wronged. Yes, all are welcome at the Lord's table but there are requirements that ought to be made before one can participate at the Lord's Supper according to Bible.

A unbeliever are not allowed to share in the Lord's Supper. They are not prepared to accept Holy Communion. Second, all those who are not in full communion with the Church and have not been baptized should not take the Lord's Supper.
---Ramon on 4/24/07


Eloy, all are welcome but there are still conditions that must be met according to Paul. It would be a disservice to share communion with those who do not believe in it, or with those who are not prepared for it.
---lorra8574 on 4/24/07


And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
---Exzucuh on 4/24/07


Psalms 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Job 12:10-11 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Religion and the Law always keep people away from Jesus, there is nothing that can separate us from him but our own unbelief.
---Exzucuh on 4/24/07


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That is where you are wrong. Only born-again Believers are allowed to partake in communion. Even though churches saids, "come one come all".
---catherine on 4/24/07


I really wish more people would actually read the holy scriptures before they share the doctrines written in the scriptures. How do you know, if you don't open the book and read it? All are welcome at the Lord's table, and none are to be refused. Communion represents the Lord's passover, it is innocent Jesus' very last supper before his arrest and crufixion for sinuous man.
---Eloy on 4/23/07


Boy, did I get flamed or what? Allow me to restate the first sentence. It's obvious that you folks read the first sentence and suddenly took offense without reading the rest of the post like you do with many Bible verses. Like Jesus says, "Do not think that I bring peace, no, but a sword. A man's enemies will be those of his own household." Or, in this case, blog. Restatement: Communion, as we know it today, is from Catholic tradition. Today's communion is a far cry from a Biblical perspective.
---Steveng on 4/23/07


I agree with Ramon but Communion is not something that is part of a church service, we are commanded to do this as often as we will it is Holy before God and can be done by any believers at any time in any place they choose.A building or organization or state license is not the qualifications,It is a blood bought Spirit filled born again relationship with the Son of God and his Father.
---Exzucuh on 4/23/07


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* Communion is a Catholic tradition.*

WRONG!!! The Holy Communion is not a Catholic Tradition. Where is that in the Bible? Give Book, Chapter, and Verse please! It a Christian Ordinance given by Christ Himself (Luke 22:17-30). Paul believed it too ( I Corinthians 11:23-26).

* The Bible does not say to believe, be baptised and have communion (every week).*

Christ told us to have communion and "do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19).
---Ramon on 4/23/07


#2 *It DOES say when two or more are gathered in my name (fellowship) and share something (as in a dinner or even a loaf of bread) to remember me (Jesus) and give thanks.*

Your statements ignored what Jesus said to do and what Paul believed and taught. Christ transformed the seder into an altogether different ceremony.

*Don't we do that anyway everyday?*

But Jesus instituted the Holy Communion as Christian Ceremony that is altogether different and should be celebrated regularly!
---Ramon on 4/23/07


The Lord's Supper is not supposed to be done at home with a cracker and cup of Soda. In my Church (Church of God, Pentecostal) the pastor is the one who ordained the Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is be done with full communion with other Christian Believers. In regard to the Holy Communion, only the ones who are in full communion with the Church can participant. Those who are non-Pentecostal or who are not Christians at all are not allowed to receive Communion in any given Pentecostal Church.
---Ramon on 4/23/07


Communion is a CHRISTIAN service held in the very least at least once per year, but usually it is more frequently, as Jesus himself instructed his disciples to do. Please read I Corinthians 11:23-26.
---Eloy on 4/22/07


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** Communion is a Catholic tradition.**

* W * R * O * N * G * !!!

**The Bible does not say to believe, be baptised and have communion**

Yes, it does.

Stephen, doesn't it bother you in the least to say things (especially about the Bible) that have NO BASIS WHATSOEVER in reality?
---Jack on 4/23/07


Well, It has been a long journey, but I am going to make it, because of JESUS CHRIST. [Savior]
---catherine on 4/23/07


Commmunicating with God is a priority,I believe this is the main reason,we go to church communicating with others is optional,& can be done at any time.
---Emcee on 4/22/07


We can do this at home , or from house to house, but not weekly as christendom churches teach. Acts 2:46-47 states it well.As far as "remembering Jesus" he broke bread & drank on passover & that's when we celebrate "communion" annually at Passover, now individually as long as we're right with God we can partake by ourselves with communion.
---gloria on 4/22/07


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Careful now... read 1Cor 11:17-34
---MARK on 4/22/07


"do this in remembrance of Me" means doing it at least annually, anyway. In ACTS they were going door to door & breaking bread (but no sign of wine).
---theda on 4/22/07


Communion is a Catholic tradition. The Bible does not say to believe, be baptised and have communion (every week). It DOES say when two or more are gathered in my name (fellowship) and share something (as in a dinner or even a loaf of bread) to remember me (Jesus) and give thanks. Don't we do that anyway everyday when we have breakfast, lunch and/or dinner with Christian family and friends? most people go to church, have communion, and rush back home without 'commun'icating (or fellowship) with others.
---Steveng on 4/22/07


Never thought about communion like that, ryan. Good food for thought. Thank you.++
---catherine on 4/22/07


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Rebecca: "...but to let some man come in and give a communion to the church, I wouldn't do that..." So you wouldn't allow a prophet into your church to preach?
---Steveng on 4/22/07


Ryan::Regret I do not see it your way but then its a matter of your choice as opposed to what Jesus said in JN.6,:50-58
---Emcee on 4/22/07


Communion can be done in the home of any believer as a sign unto God in remembrance of the Son. We do not need some special person to present communion in a worthless building that God does not dwell in. Communion is personal between you and the Son. Do it before a fast or after dinner or befoe bed or when you wake up in the morning but do it in remembrance of the Son of God not as a trdition of men.
---Ryan on 4/22/07


communion is a holy practice that we are to perform every now and again(in fact Jesus said as often as you can) a rememberance of Christ who is the Bread of Life and with His blood/grape juice to cleanse us from our sins. Fresh Grape juice in this instance is called unfermented wine that is normally used in those days at the communion celebration.
---jana on 9/16/06


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Ramon::That was a low blow & besides being Irreverant,all the sweet things listed by you, left ,I am sure ,a sour taste in many readers Palates.Fie fie shame.
---Emcee on 8/20/06


To ALL who think Communion was a memorial ONLY------READ JOHN6:51-58
God does not change His words or His intentions for anybody. Take it or Leave it.Either you are IN OR OUT.todays Sunday Gospel.
---Emcee on 8/19/06


364 anamnesis {an-am'-nay-sis}
from 363; TDNT - 1:348,56; n f
AV - remembrance 3, remembrance again 1; 4
1) a remembering, recollection
---Bruce5656 on 8/19/06


First, don't confuse the message with the method. Second, what is the purpose of communion? Christ stated it was a "rememrance" In His case, the wine represented His blood and the bread His body. (These were things the were very popular in His day, and very assessable.) It doesn't mean you have to use wine, or bread for communion - that would be a matter of stating the method was the most important. It's the message that counts!
---wivv on 8/19/06


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Donna. Kool-aid and crackers? lol. Donna thats wasn't communion that was a late night snack!. Why not use a cup of milkshake and chips with wipcream and pineapple(hummy)? Will you get baptise in Mud?. Jesus use bread and wine. Communion is not a late night snack!!.
---Ramon on 8/14/06


**Communion is simply a memorial.**

Wrong.

The Greek word ANAMNESIS does not mean a simple mental remembrance, but an action that makes the thing memorialized actually present.
---Jack on 8/12/06


**We used whatever we could find, if only kool-aid and crackers. **

Jesus used bread and wine. You actually think you can improve upon him?

Would you also baptize with motor oil or iced tea?
---Jack on 8/11/06


Communion is simply a memorial.
Any Christian, any time, any where, alone or in company of other Christians can have communion.
---Bruce5656 on 8/11/06


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Scripturally I don't think there are any verses which say that we should have an ordained man handing us the bread and wine but, sadly, my church denominational rules state that we must do just that. This means that, as we do not have a pastor, we can only take communion when our visiting preacher is ordained (although it doesn't necessarily mean 'man' because our denomination now ordains women also).
---f.f. on 8/11/06


I remember several different times, when worshipping or praying in a small group at someones home,the suggestion was made, "Let's have communion". And, yes, it just seemed right! There was no clergy. We used whatever we could find, if only kool-aid and crackers. We read together the appropriate scripture and partook of the "elements". We didn't worry about who might be shocked at our actions. It was just a precious time sharing with each other in remembrance and fellowship with Him.
---Donna2277 on 8/11/06


I wonder--is there anyone here who can give positive scriptural warrant--BCV, please--for their stands here?
---Jack on 8/11/06


Jesus said "him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out". The communion table is a place to come to Jesus. There is no teaching in the Bible that says any one has to administer this. This, along with baptism is often only allowed by pastors who are unscripturally grasping for power and authority. Our church encourages people to have communion often and at any place they choose.
---john on 8/10/06


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While most chuches I've been associated with over the years, (I'm 69), do either have the pastor or a church leader, give communion, there is no scripture that requires this. Communion is between the person taking communion and the Lord! For example, as a guest speaker at varous interdenominational youth camps, one of the things I was aked to do was was give communion. While I'm ordained, I'm not a pastor of any church.
---wivv on 8/10/06


I understand that some churches doesn't have a Pastor, but to let some man come in and give a communion to the church, I wouldn't do that. Because no one knows this man and he doesn't know anyone in the congragtion. Communion should be for Christians only. A sinner should not partake of this, because sinners are none of his.
---Rebecca_D on 8/10/06


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