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Church does not offer Communion regularly enough. Is it wrong to take Communion at home? Or should I move membership?

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You know, the Word says to "do this as oft as you drink" 1Cor. 11:24-29. Now, you eat and drink more that a few times a year.. physically or spiritually. God honors remembrance regardless of the venue, just don't forget to read and obey verses 28 & 29. If you are unclean before communion, you eat of the world and not Him.
---lisa on 3/19/09


Greetings,
My question is that since Christ said quite clearly that the bread taken on Passover was his body, and according to Luke the cup after supper was the one he offered as his blood, so how is it we think we can select another day: Bread, and Wine for the ones he offered, and expect it to be honored by the Lord as Communion? I find no scriptural authority to move it from the day it was instituted.
---Robert_Dinkle on 3/16/09


Jesus Instituted and appointed His Apostles in the distribution of His delicate and sacred task .To make light and imitate this sacred procedure is wrong inappropriate as B/c the bread you use does not change as it does by those who have His authority.Therefore those receiving are deluded and no matter How you may call it "It is not so"Jn6:52-58 explains that this miracle is only available at His instituted ChurchMatt16:13-19IMHO. Sorry Guys this is the Lord who you imitate and make a mockery of.
---MIC on 2/23/09


Brothers and Sisters it doesn't matter when, where and how we do communion. Its as long as we do it in the right heart and we have examined our selfs before God! I believe it should be done every time christians meet together for food, church or even social occasions! but my church also teaches that the Holy Spirit and God should not be boxed in but allowed free run of the service, living on the edge and just experiencing what gods love can do in a service will blow you away amen and God Bless
---Alan_Nesbitt on 2/23/09


Robyn, I also attend a church where communion is infrequent. This is because they do not allow communion unless it is given by an ordained man. My church relies a lot on visiting preachers and most of them are not ministers. I see nothing wrong with taking communion at home either with family or even alone. It is done in remembrance so I don't think it is vital that someone else gives it to you or is even there (except you and God).
---RitaH on 9/21/07




I took Communion at home several days ago with a group of believers on TBN (television). My church does not offer Communion, regularly enough for me. I can also participate with another church or take it alone, if I so choose.
---Robyn on 9/21/07


Only those who obey the Lord are true Christians. Read, John 14:23
---Faith on 9/20/07


The Lord's supper IS one of the most important things a church does. The Bible is not clear on how often the Lord's supper should be observed. It is only for believers, it includes those believers whether they are baptised members of a given local church or not. TWO kinds of people are forbidden. The unsaved and the uncleaned. [backslidden] The penalty: "For he that eateth and drinketh unworthly, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself". 1 CORIN.11:29-30. People should be warned.
---catherine on 9/16/07


Page two: For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. [physical death] God will punish. Physical sickness and physical death. The purpose of the Lord's supper is to look backward, inward, and forward. The Lord's supper is historical, personal, and prophetical. It speaks of the cross, the conscience, and the crown.>>>Very important. Thank you Jesus:++
---catherine on 9/16/07


Steve, did you know that Catholics still have that option? There are rules of course, but communion can be brought home for sick or disabled relatives, or into prisons or hospitals.

When I was in the hospital after a rough delivery with my fourth child, the Eucharist was brought to me every day. It was wonderful.
---lorra8574 on 8/30/07




RAMON // Letter 93 St. Basil of Caesarea d. 379 ad.// "And in Eygpt each one of the laity keeps the communion at his own house and particpates in it when he likes."
---steve on 8/30/07


Andrea. *yes and I hope some people enjoy my outrageous claims - lighten up - and get over yourself!*

I ask you a simple question [s] and this is how you respond? Lord have Mercy!

*do you usually speak to people you've never met with that attitude?*

With what Attitude? I have ask you dozens of times to provide valid sources to prove your claims, but because you can't, you are starting to attack me.....

Do you always to that in a discussion?
---Ramon on 8/30/07


Andrea.#2 Remember, it was YOU who made these outrageous claims, to which I ask you to provide a solid, reliable source which you didn't.

What can't you answer my questions? Don't worry Andrea, I understand that some people find it difficult to answer questions.

If you don't like it when people ask you to provide evidence when you say things, then please don't come back to Christianet......
---Ramon on 8/30/07


Andrea *did you...read all the posts on this board*

I should ask you that since augusta said some Protestants called her down for having Communion at Home, but you said all Protestants disagree with me.

*do you usually speak to people you've never met with that attitude?*

If I meet someone and He/she made a outrageous claim, I will ask Him/Her to provide some creditable source to back Him/Her up. If He/She couldn't (like you) then I know where it came from:His/Her deluded Mind!
---Ramon on 8/30/07


Andrea.#2 What I notice about you is that you can make these outrageous (sometimes laughable) claims without provided any solid and reliable sources to back you up. Not to mention you haven't given any Scriptures that disprove me.
---Ramon on 8/29/07
yes and I hope some people enjoy my outrageous claims - lighten up - and get over yourself!

did you bother to read all the posts on this board or did you just show up to set me straight - good luck with that.
---Andrea on 8/30/07


You can move your membership. On the otherhand, who made up a rule that you may NOT take communion at home? Watch out for man made rules and rituals!
---catherine on 8/29/07


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yes Ramon I'm afraid you have my number - I'm just off the wall in love with Christ.

do you usually speak to people you've never met with that attitude?
---Andrea on 8/29/07


Andrea. I will and I will provide Church History references to back me up. However, you need to reply to my posts first. I am still waiting Andrea! Please Don't post again unless you provided the things I have ask you. Also you have not answer my Questions. I leave you with this: When did the Apostles gather for Holy Communion according to Bible? When did The Early Christians gather to take Communion? God Bless!
---Ramon on 8/29/07


Andrea.#2 What I notice about you is that you can make these outrageous (sometimes laughable) claims without provided any solid and reliable sources to back you up. Not to mention you haven't given any Scriptures that disprove me.
---Ramon on 8/29/07


LETTER 93 St.Basil of Caesarea d.379 ad.// All the solitaries in the desert, where there is no priest, take commumion themselves, keeping the commumion at home. And in Eygpt, each one of the laity keeps the commumion at his own house and participates in it when he likes.
---steve on 8/29/07


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"The RCC Put a muzzle on the Holy spirit:"Is this a pipe dream. The holy Spirit is GOD,where do you get these Inate insane ideas from,The Holy Spirit Guides the Catholic church."I will send the Paraclete"These ideas can only be fermented from one who does not have God with them.The blessed trinity is One & comprises the Church founded by Jesus Mat 16:17-19 Sheesh!!
---Emcee on 8/29/07


You indeed can have communion at home!!! Nothing wrong with it.
---Harry on 8/29/07


Ramon your the only one I've ever heard that said this is done weekly. You show me - in scripture where it is done weekly and I'll get it out to all the Protestants who should be observing the Lord's supper as you say.
---Andrea on 8/29/07


Marcia *The RCC put a muzzle on the Holy Spirit. The Church age did not began with the RCC it began in the UPPER ROOM.*

I'm not even Roman Catholic, so whats your point?

Do you also the Early Church practice Water Baptism and did Holy Communion every Sunday? Which by your Logical they shouldn't.....
---Ramon on 8/29/07


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Ramon
The birth of the Church started in the Upper Room when the Holy Spirit fell on the members. Those members went out and did many things that Jesus did (they healed the sick, delivered those who were in bondage to sin, and Preached the Gospel). This is a portrait of the first Church and believe it or not, this is how Jesus intended it to be. The RCC put a muzzle on the Holy Spirit. The Church age did not began with the RCC it began in the UPPER ROOM.
---Marcia on 8/29/07


Andrea.#2 You have not provided any source that clearly support your claims. You just said "Protestants". Which Protestant [s] groups?

Again, please provide a valid source that clearly and explicitly said that [all] Protestants disagree with what I am saying. Can you do that? Or are you making things up as you go along?

Also please answer my question I have ask you about your Pastor's Claim.
---Ramon on 8/28/07


Andrea.#3 The Lutherans Church [A Protestant] practice Communion very Sunday and at Holy Days! Not to mention that they believe in the Real Presence in the Eucharist! No Lutherans, as far I know, believe the Holy Communion can be taken at Home alone.

How many Lutherans [Protestants] are there? About 70 million Christians are Lutherans according to Wikipedia and other sources.
---Ramon on 8/28/07


Andrea.#4 Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox doesn't agree with your interpretations. There are close to 1,114,966,000 Roman Catholics (wikipedia) and close to 150-350 million individuals are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church (wikipedia).

Many More Churches [Protestants] don't agree with you but I leave it at that! As you can see, your view is not the Majority in the Christian Community! Andrea, please don't post errors in this blog. Thank-you! God Bless!
---Ramon on 8/29/07


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"Ramon - they're called protestants!
---Andrea on 8/28/07"

Andrea, when I was a protestant I use to take communion in my home and I got called down by other protestants for doing it.
---augusta on 8/29/07


Andera * Ramon - they're called protestants!*

Again, Please provide a valid source that saids "millions" of [Protestants] don't agree with what the Bible said and Church History.

I doubt you can, so please stop making these outrageous claims without any Support whatsoever!
---Ramon on 8/28/07


Shouldn't your concern be that you are taking communion for the RIGHT reason? If you are not saved, you are unworthy. Christ says this in 1Cor 11:27-30. The most important thing is taking communion in respect for Christ dying on the cross, not WHERE you take it matters its THAT you take it.
---Missy on 8/28/07


Ramon - they're called protestants!
---Andrea on 8/28/07


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Andrea *you may believe this but millions of others do not agree with YOUR interpretation.*

Maybe you can list the "millions" of people who disagree with me. Can you do that? Or are you just making things up as you go along?

Please provide a valid source that saids "millions" don't agree with what the Bible said and Church History.

I doubt you can, so please stop making these outrageous claims without any Support whatsoever!
---Ramon on 8/28/07


Andrea. * my pastor teaches that you can take communion everyday.*

Again, You mean at Home alone? If so, please provide a valid Scripture [s] and/or Church History reference that clearly support your Pastor's claim. Also what do you mean by "Communion"? Do you mean in a spiritual sense?

I have study Church History extensively from the time of the Apostles, and I always found Communion (Bread and Wine) being taken on the first day of the week with other believers.
---Ramon on 8/28/07


Andrea. *just wrong - you may believe this but millions of others do not agree with YOUR interpretation.*

Its not my interpretation. This is what the Bible teaches and what Christ' Church has taught down the ages. Why do you wish to ignore plain facts?

*it is not advisable to put others under your laws.*

Its not my law, but the Bibles. Where in the NT do we find a Apostle taking Communion at Home alone? Why can't you or Marcia show me?
---Ramon on 8/28/07


Alan of UK::What would you consider as "An instruction"were we around at the time to recieve this instruction or are such things handed down as TRADITIONS.Take Matt28:16-20, would that be an instruction.or when Jesus conferred His authority on Peter In Matt16:17-19 would that be a instruction or command.Friend there is only one Jesus & one way if we want to have that friendly "I told you So" conversation.
---Emcee on 8/28/07


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They took the Eucharist every Sunday using Bread and Wine. This is a cermony by definition. Look up the word Cermony with a dictionary.
---Ramon on 8/27/07

just wrong - you may believe this but millions of others do not agree with YOUR interpretation.
To whom it is sin it is sin - if this is what you believe i suggest you abide by it - but it is not advisable to put others under your laws.
---Andrea on 8/28/07


i agree the church of scotland is once a month/quarter. i believe you take it often Jesus says as oft as you do this you do it in rememberence of me, not now and again. He doesnt stipulate where so if you are ill and cant get to church then yes it is ok to take it at home provided it is administered to you by a member of your church, decon, elder so that it is something done together with other christians in authority. After all Jesus administered to His deciples and He was head of the church. GB rod
---Rod on 8/28/07


Lorra & Emcee I don't see Jesus words to the disciples as being instructions that they (and their successor in authority) should be the sole celebrants. Rather He spoke to them as disciples (and thus to us also) and participants.
His words were to them as persons, He did not mention presbyters at the Last Supper.
I'm glad we can discuss this in good humour, as each of us practice in good faith, and I am sure that if either of us is in error in our understanding, the Godd Lord cares not a whit.
---alan_of_UK on 8/28/07


Taking Communion at home isn't a sin, but should be taken with your Church WHEN possible. The reason for taking Communion seems to be getting lost in leagalism and Religious ritual stuff. Ask your pastor why you don't take Communion (since it's important) and if the reasoning doesn't make you happy, try a different church. Make sure you check out your next church before going. God loves you no matter what and if you can't take Communion at Church then taking it at home for the right reason is NOT wrong.
---Missy on 8/27/07


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Marcia *Nothing you have said, so far is backed up by the WORD of GOD.*

I have Marcia. I have given Scriptures to support my claim. Chuch History also support my claim. What do you have? I have ask you to provide Scriptures but you have not done so. You have only given your opinions concerning this matter. Whereas you have no support for your claims, everything I say is back up by the Bible. But don't worry, once the Holy Spirit open your eyes, you will see. Don't worry.
---Ramon on 8/27/07


Marcia. *This is were you have been held bondage to legalism*

I haven't Marcia. I am simply telling you what the Bible teach and what Christ' Church taught from the Time of the Apostles. Is that wrong? Using your logical, the Apostles practice legalism. They follow Jesus' command and perform Water Baptism, another ordiance of the Church. They took the Eucharist every Sunday using Bread and Wine. This is a cermony by definition. Look up the word Cermony with a dictionary.
---Ramon on 8/27/07


Alan, there are certain functions that Jesus gave to His presbyters, and other functions to the greater Church. The Last Supper was specifically enjoined upon those chosen by Christ to be His ministers (Judas rejected the offer), but we are all called upon to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.
---lorra8574 on 8/27/07


Alan of UK::I see your point,but like you am just a soul seeking redemption. His way without discerning His word. The Authority, the link are the keys which opens the lock of His Church one key fits all if apostolic succession is required then the authority is like an electric continuity circuit.My friend we must bow, accept God on HIS TERMS I say this out of Love. I do not wish to break a bond which exists. Love one another as I have loved you.this is HIS command.Peace.
---Emcee on 8/27/07


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Alan of UK::I see your point,but like you am just a soul seeking redemption. His way without discerning His word. The Authority, the link are the keys which opens the lock of His Church one key fits all if apostolic succession is required then the authority is like an electric continuity circuit.My friend we must bow, accept God on HIS TERMS I say this out of Love. I do not wish to break a bond which exists. Love one another as I have loved you.this is HIS command.Peace.
---Emcee on 8/27/07


Marcia.#2 I totally believe that Communion brings us closer to God. But I totally disagree with when you said, "Communion is not a ritual, it is not a ceremony, and it is not a tradition". That has no Scriptural Support. You have establish your own ideas and just because you believe you have "personal" relationship with Christ then what you say its truth.

The Tradition established by the Apostles is not "Take the Holy Communion at Home alone".
---Ramon on 8/27/07


Andrea. * my pastor teaches that you can take communion everyday.*

You mean at Home alone? If so, please provide a valid Scripture [s] and/or Church History reference that clearly support your Pastor's claim. Also what do you mean by "Communion"? Do you mean in a spiritual sense?

I have study Church History extensively from the time of the Apostles, and I always found Communion (Bread and Wine) being taken on the first day of the week with other believers.
---Ramon on 8/27/07


Marcia.#3 You may have "communion" (spiritual sense) with Christ at Home alone. However, that still doesn't negate the Real Communion found in the Bible that is done at Church with other believers and with a Presider.

*It doesn't matter whether they are in a Mega Church in Califronia*

But the Bible doesn't support the idea you can take it at Home alone. Where in NT do we find a Apostle taking Communion (Bread and Wine) at Home alone? My facts still stands.
---Ramon on 8/27/07


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Ramon,

This is were you have been held bondage to legalism. Nothing you have said, so far is backed up by the WORD of GOD. I know for a fact that during times of persecution when Christians hid in Caves they were not practicing according to your religious dogma. I also know that we are no longer living under the taskmaster or the law. You sound like a twenty first century Pharisee.
---Marcia on 8/27/07


Ramon, Pharisee always come to those who follow Jesus and say here is the Law, now live it, for you will never see the face of God if you don't do it our way (that is legalism for ya).
---Marcia on 8/27/07


Marcia *By My difinition communion is about strengthening my relationship with God*

Exactly YOUR DEFINITION. Marcia, Personal thoughts doesn't matter in this blog. Is what the Bible teaches and what the Early Church taught, which neither agree with your interpretation.

The Apostles will gather every first day of the week to take the Eucharist.If the Lord's Supper wasn't a ceremonial as you said, then they will have not done this. Why will they use Bread and Wine then?
---Ramon on 8/27/07


Robyn - my pastor teaches that you can take communion everyday.
What is the purpose of communion?
What does it do for you - your relationship with God and the body of Christ?

I'd encourage you to do what is good for your spiritual growth and to take into consideration it is also about discerning His body which is the Church.
That is not all we discern from it. (I think) - it means we shouldn't JUST take it at home.
God Bless. WE ARE a royal priesthood - A CHOSEN generational -
---Andrea on 8/27/07


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Emcee, my point is that every christian who has an established relationship with Christ is not only able to receive communion but is able to give communion. I know that those who practice legalism are not able to function without Man made laws. But I don't practice legalism, I function through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and his Grace.
---Marcia on 8/27/07


Emcee Let us agree there is Apostolic authority & succession (it does not matter whether you agree the Anglican church's claim to that authority)
But show me the link the last supper with that authority. If it does require a priest present, why do we not need a priest to be present when we follow Christ's other commandments, such as visiting those in prison, or feeding the hungrry or clothing the naked?
Jesus did not say an apostle must administer any of these.
Do you see my point?
---alan_of_UK on 8/27/07


Ramon: Also by your difinition Communion is a Ceremony because it is practiced on a regular basis,

By My difinition communion is about strengthening my relationship with God through Christ. My reason for believing my difinition to be more credible then yours is because my relationship with God is personal. It really dosn't matter where I take communion and how many people are present during communion if I have no personal relationship with Christ the Communion means nothing.
---Marcia on 8/27/07


Alan of Uk ::That my friend is your interpretationI believe Gods word lies in the Keys of Authority as declared in Mat16:16:17-19apostolicsuccession is most imperative this debars any TDH or denoms fron fabricating his desire.answer me why is Mat16:17-19 so abhorent to those who protest.also the manner in which He wants us to follow Him?why did Jesus specify HIS CHURCH ?why?
---Emcee on 8/26/07


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Sorry Marcia you have to figure it out .you quoted 1 Peter2:5,6,7,9.you may yet stumble on the truth.
---Emcee on 8/26/07


Ramon - it does not imply that we are to do it often - it means "whenever".
1Cr 11:25 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.
---Andrea on 8/26/07


Ramon:

"When two or three are gathered together there am I in the midst of them"(Matt 18:20). It doesn't matter whether they are in a Mega Church in Califronia a Hut in Africa God is able to deliver the blessing that comes through communion. Paul met in many peoples house's, in fact the upper room where Jesus gave communion to the disciples was not a synagoge it was a place of refuge or shelter.
---Marcia on 8/26/07


Emcee ... Apostolic succession is NOT the question here!
The command to "Do this in remembrance of me was general, and was not in the context of anything to do with apostolic succession.
Jesus did not say we needed an apostle or his successor to officiate at communion (or mass)
---alan_of_UK on 8/26/07


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Ed ... There are no doubt some Protestants who believe in the pink frogs! And I expect there are a few RCs who do as well.
But your point is well made!
It happens on so many blogs:
"Some who believe in evolution are atheists ... so all must be"
And some regard themselves to have such a strong gift of discernment that they know that another person actually beleives the opposite of what they say they beleive!
---alan_of_UK on 8/26/07


Marcia. The Facts still remain. You have not given any Scriptures to back up any of your beliefs concerning this matter.

The Apostles and the Early Church will gather every first day of the week to take the Eucharist. This will make the Eucharist a ceremony by definition.

The word "often" also mean "frequently or in great quantities". This is true, since they used to meet every Sunday. Nice Try. Again, where in NT do we find a Apostle taking Communion at Home alone?
---Ramon on 8/26/07


Emcee I don't see how your response pertains to the issue at hand.
---Marcia on 8/26/07


Alan Of UK::Apostolic succession is not of my making it is contained in the keys by God where HE mentions only ONE church in his word Matt16:17-19. Are other denominations mentioned in His gospels.tell me.My friend I cannot debate what God has ordained.It is not in my jurisdiction.God speaks man listens.It is God 's call,as He said "Follow me, I AM the way the truth & the life"
---Emcee on 8/26/07


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Marcia ::read ALL of 1Peter 2 esp. 11-17.The Blessed eucharist is available anywhere in the world where mass is celebrated daily.seek & you will find.We do not have that authority. but we may make what is called a spiritual communion,as RC's we are called to do this provided we maintain the purity of heart yes even in our home.but not by bread wine water or anything, then, this would be a mockery as we do not have this power of authority.
---Emcee on 8/26/07


I have heard that Protestants believe in pink frogs that live on the moon.

I am sorry I don't have an argument or any evidence that Protestants actually believe this and why they believe this but a friend of mine told me this and because my friend told me this it must be true.
---Ed on 8/26/07


Raman:

3. "We always see them taking the Eucharist with everyone who are members of the Body of Christ every first day of the week. Do we find them taking it on Monday? The Early Church follow their practice".

1 Cor. 11:26 'the definiton of often is:

frequently, many times at short intervals, "we pray often, because we are advised to pray without ceasing.
---Marcia on 8/26/07


Emcee

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, ((((an holy priesthood)))), to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.



---Marcia on 8/25/07
---Marcia on 8/26/07


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1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
(1Pe 2:7) Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
---Marcia on 8/25/07
---Marcia on 8/26/07


Emecee

(((1Pe 2:9))) But ye [are] a chosen generation, ((((a royal priesthood)))

I really don't care if you say I'am wrong to put faith in these scriptures after all my faith is not in your word but in the WORD of GOD.
---Marcia on 8/26/07


Emcee ... Apostolic succession... you beleive that that is limited to the RCC, but others believe it passed also onto legitimate ministers in other denominations.
But this question is not about that.
Where/when did Jesus say the "Remembrance, or communion required the attendance of any priest? It was just a command to His faithful ... no mention of priests
---alan_of_UK on 8/26/07


Tony. There are a couple of problems with your posts:

1) While its true that they did in fact meet at Homes, no where in the NT can we fine one Apostle taking Communion at Home alone. This is was done with other believers.

2) They were no Bishops? I believe you haven't read 1 Timothy. 1 Timothy 3 deals with the roles of Bishops and Deacons within a Local Church and how they should be elected. After a local Bishop died, elected Bishops took over the local Church as the presider.
---Ramon on 8/26/07


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Tony #2. The Bishop had the power to ordain other leaders (cf. 1 Tim 4:14)

3) Since they were Bishops, Deacons, and Presbyters, we know that they was a type of Hierarchy (offices) within the local Church, wherein the Bishop is the presider of the service. Since He was the presider of the Church, he was also the presider of the Eucharist service every first day of the week.

Talking Communion at Home alone and with no Presider is not biblical and against Church History.
---Ramon on 8/26/07


Tony #3 *There is nothing that a "bishop" has that you or I don't have*

While in some sense thats true (in regard to salvation and the gifts of the Holy Spirit), a Bishop has more responsibilities.

The Bishop needs to take care of the sheep and defend the Gospel from errors. The Deacons also have a special role in the Church.

If a local Church does not have a Bishop and Deacons then they are a corrupt church that does not follow the teachings of the Apostles.
---Ramon on 8/26/07


Marcia. *It is you that say faith is not enough*

I follow what the Bible states. The Apostles will gather every first day of the week to take the Eucharist (1 Cor 11:17-30, Acts 20:7, cf. Acts 2:42 etc). If the Lord's Supper wasn't a ceremonial as you said, then they will have not done this. Why will they use Bread and Wine then?

The Facts still remain. Do you also believe that Water Baptism is not a ceremony? You probably believe that you can "Baptize" yourself.
---Ramon on 8/26/07


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