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How Often For Communion

How often may we take Communion?

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Cluny, Paul takes it (resurrection) a little further 1Cor.15.42 "So it will be with the resurrection of the dead,the BODY that is sown is perishable IT is raised imperishable IT is sown in dishonor IT is raised in glory...." (Capitals mine)
Nice try !
---1st_cliff on 1/26/14


cliff, Jesus waited 3 days on purpose when he called Lazarus out of the grave. just shows how people have little faith. lazarus loved ones were wondering why Jesus wouldn't come in a timely matter to save lazarus. Jesus waited until he stank.
---shira4368 on 1/26/14


Cluny, Resurrection= Re standing to life!
Resurrection of the body would mean bringing back the old body to life!
Resurrection of the "dead" means bringing back the "person" (psyche) in a NEW body! Big difference!
When Jesus resurrected Lazarus his body was not too far decomposed (just 3 or 4 days) easy to reconstruct but those dead for hundreds of years need a totally new body!
---1st_cliff on 1/25/14


1 Cor 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

Read it and weep, 1stCliff.

Note that St. Paul does not say "resurrection of the body," as you claimed, but :"resurrection of the dead."

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/25/14


1st_cliff:

There were some who believed (and there are still some today who believe) that the dead are not resurrected to fleshly bodies, but in spirit only. Jesus himself refuted this when he confronted the doubting Thomas. The phrase "resurrection of the body" emphasizes that the resurrection is to living physical bodies, and not just disembodied spirits.


Mark_Eaton wrote: Would you allow Charles Manson into your Bible study?

Would you allow Saul of Tarsus, a known persecutor and murderer of Christians (and probably as endearing to 1st century Christians as Charles Manson is to Americans today) into YOUR Bible study?
---StrongAxe on 1/25/14




\\Paul preached resurrection of the "body" not the "dead" as Jesus preached!\\

Is there any point in resurrecting LIVING bodies?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/25/14


Cluny, Wrong! Paul preached resurrection of the "body" not the "dead" as Jesus preached!
Nowhere in the Gospels or OT does it say "resurrection of the body!"
---1st_cliff on 1/25/14


Not used to be or once was but "am"!
---1st_cliff on 1/23/14

Playing games are we?

Can a person undo what has transpired in their life?

Paul also says that he is a Jew, a Roman citizen, a tent-maker, a bond servant of Jesus, and although not recorded, certainly a Christian before King Agrippa.

So is he still a Pharisee or something different? Is he a reformed Pharisee or as Paul describes himself, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God?
---Mark_Eaton on 1/24/14


Mark Eaton, **Paul was a new creation totally different,and not a reformed Saul**
According to Paul's own testimony he said "I am a Pharisee son of a Pharisee**
Not used to be or once was but "am"!
---1st_cliff on 1/23/14


\\Really. Would you allow Charles Manson into your Bible study?\\

Can you think of anyone else who needs the Word of God more?

||This is why his name was changed to Paul. Paul was a new creation, totally different, and not a reformed Saul.||

St. Paul was familiar before his conversion with both Greek and Jewish culture and letters. Tarsus, after all, was a cosmopolitan city, and his father didn't despise being a Roman citizen.

Paul seems to have been his GREEK name.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/23/14




The apostles were suspicious of Paul at first,but he won them over with his charisma and knowledge of scripture
---1st_cliff on 1/21/14

Really. Would you allow Charles Manson into your Bible study?

Both Charley and Saul were killers and both had charisma.

You forget Saul of Tarsus was a killer of believers. He persecuted them, hunted them, and made sure they paid for their "crimes".

James and Peter would never accept Saul as an Apostle on the strength of his character and Scripture knowledge. It had to be based upon his conversion, his about face, his repentance. This is why his name was changed to Paul. Paul was a new creation, totally different, and not a reformed Saul.
---Mark_Eaton on 1/23/14


Cluny, Our "common universe of discourse" is religion, not the bible !
---1st_cliff on 1/23/14


Churches vary as to when they hold communion services but the one I attend now holds the service on the first Sunday morning of every month. A previous church I attended held the service every Sunday.
---Rita_H on 1/22/14


In other words, 1stCliff, like Luther you pick and choose which parts of the Bible you think are trustworthy.

Since we don't have a common universe of discourse, there's no point in replying to you any more.

BTW, St. Paul preached the Resurrection of the dead. See 1 Cor 15, among other places.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/22/14


Cluny, Not necessarily,just because a committee included them in the NT doesn't mean they're "inspired"
Preaching and believing in the immortality of the soul disqualifies him as trustworthy!
Jesus preached "death and resurrection" not soul's immortality! John 5.28.
---1st_cliff on 1/21/14


Mark Eaton :The apostles were suspicious of Paul at first,but he won them over with his charisma and knowledge of scripture ,studdying at the feet of Gameliel.
After 30 years of having Paul run the group Peter acknowledged him in his writings !
Even today charismatic preachers win over multitudes!
---1st_cliff on 1/21/14


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\\No one saw or heard Jesus choose Saul of Tarsus! Right?
---1st_cliff on 1/21/14\\

Does this mean you distrust or reject all of his letters?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/21/14


No one saw or heard Jesus choose Saul of Tarsus! Right?
---1st_cliff on 1/21/14

We know that Peter read what Paul wrote because Peter mentions Paul by name in 2 Peter 3:15.

It stands to reason that if Paul stated something that was in error, either historically or theologically, the other Apostles including Peter would not allow it and would have said so. Yet, we read no such rebukes. Actually, we see the opposite from Peter.
---Mark_Eaton on 1/21/14


Cluny, Matthew was an apostle hand chosen by Jesus,walked and talked with Him 3 1/2 years. Paul was not!
No one saw or heard Jesus choose Saul of Tarsus! Right?
---1st_cliff on 1/21/14


\\Cluny' BCV Where eye witness tells of this command!
---1st_cliff on 1/20/14\\

St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians that he received DIRECTLY from the Lord the command to "do this."

How many times must the scripture say something for it to be true?

May I point out that neither Ss Luke nor Matthew were eye-witnesses to the events surrounding the Nativity and childhood of Jesus, yet you believe that THEIR accounts are true. At least, I HOPE you do.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/20/14


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Cluny' BCV Where eye witness tells of this command!
---1st_cliff on 1/20/14


\\This ritual is actually baseless but has become standard in every denomination of Christendom complete with all the trappings.\\

Of course, Jesus commanded it. That gives it a basis as far as I'm concerned.

Now, invitation hymns, altar calls, and revivals are baseless rituals, but not this.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/19/14


This ritual is actually baseless but has become standard in every denomination of Christendom complete with all the trappings.
So it is not strange that doctrines and beliefs have crept in the back door and are now prominently adhered to by the masses!
IE The burning of humans in an everlasting fire, never being allowed to die. (mythology)
Is just one example!
---1st_cliff on 1/19/14


There's no proof that Jesus commanded continuance of this ritual!---1st_cliffon 1/18/14.

That is true.

But given what Paul writes in Corinthians (1 Cor 11) about taking communion, it had clearly become a ritual by the time 1 Corinthians was writtent
---Peter on 1/19/14


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There's no proof that Jesus commanded continuance of this ritual!---1st_cliffon 1/18/14.


just as you say there is no proof that he did, you have no proof that he did not.

Non of the apostles who attended the last supper mentioned it!---1st_cliffon 1/18/14

Mentioned it where? In the bible that you do not fully believe in. There are extra biblical writings that do contain truths that are not in the bible. Like I do believe that a(b+c) = ab + ac. This is a truth that existed before man wrote it down. Neither Jesus nor the apostles mentioned this. But, it is written and we know it is the truth.
---aka on 1/19/14


\\Cliff, I'm pretty sure Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me," at the Lord's Supper.
---Grandma on 1/18/14\\

This is in the Pauline account in 1 Cor.

Curiously, the Words of Institution have always had a Liturgical form in the classical liturgies, rather than being directly quoting one of the Scriptural accounts.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/19/14


AS much as you come together with believers.
---BRYAN on 1/19/14


Paul doesn't mention a time table for communion. Communion is purely a Pauline doctrine, and was never taught in Jesus earthly ministry
It's proven the twelve didn't understand the mystery of the cross that night. That the twelve were not celebrating that night is evident from the fact that Jesus called out his betrayers: Luke 22:21, Mat 26:22
Lords supper, communion, and Lords table appear only in Pauls epistle to the Corinthians and not in the Messiahs ministry to Israel.

communion is directly associated with the revelation of the mystery of Christ.
Paul says the bread is not the physical body of Jesus, it is the church, the body of Christ. 1 Cor 10:16-17
---michael_e on 1/19/14


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Grandma,Non of the apostles who attended the last supper mentioned it!
---1st_cliff on 1/18/14


Cliff, I'm pretty sure Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me," at the Lord's Supper.
---Grandma on 1/18/14


There's no proof that Jesus commanded continuance of this ritual!
---1st_cliff on 1/18/14


Communion is not a compartmentalized ritual or ceremony.

like paul, I would encourage you WHENEVER you sit down to eat with like minded christians to lift your drinks and plates and give Him thanks and remembrance.

We have compartmentalized and ritualized one of our most sacred opportunities to commune in Him.

We continue to gather with those unworthy of this privilege. This keeps us weak.
---aka on 1/18/14


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In the Roman Catholic Church, the Eucharist is available every day except Good Friday.

In the Eastern Catholic Church that I go to, the custom is every week, plus during Great Lent, we have the most beautiful Divine Liturgy of my tradition, the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Most Byzantine tradition Christians look forward to this Liturgy for months ahead of time.

There are places where the Divine Liturgy and the Eucharist are served every day, but they are usually parishes or monasteries that have more than one priest in residence.

Pray for me!
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 1/18/14


According to the ancient Christian writers, the Eucharist was a weekly event, at least.

Exclusion from attendance or reception was a penance for serious and scandalous sin.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/18/14


Communion is generally served once a month at our church. I usually use a portion of the Children's Church to explain this to the children. Then we take all the children in for the communion and their parents decide if they are able to take it.
---KarenD on 1/17/14


There are no rules on how often we should take communion. My church does communions services monthly, usually on the first Sunday of the month.
---Grandma on 1/17/14


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no regulations. Mars Hill Seattle does it every Sunday as an element of worship. NewSpring (my church) does it about once a year, but we take the entire service to explain and go through the Lord's supper. This is mostly due to an experience my pastor had when first coming to church. No one really explained it. It was just crackers and juice during service.
---Scott1 on 1/17/14


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