When May We Observe the Lord’s Supper? (Part 3)
When we look more closely at Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, we find that “first day of the week” should be translated “on the first day of every week.” In Acts 20:7, the day is described in a subordinate clause as the day when the disciples come together to break bread. The primary reason for the meeting was the “breaking of bread,” a figure (synecdoche) for the Lord’s Supper. We can sing, pray and give every day of the week, but the special time for assembling to partake of the Supper as one body reminds us of the unity that we should have. The Supper is as much a communion with each other as it is with the Lord who put us together in one unified body (1 Corinthians 10:17; 11:33).
Through various direct statements and examples, we find that the authority to assemble on the first day of the week is established. The Hebrew writer even commands not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together for those who had begun to do so. We do not find in the New Testament a command that actually says “assemble on the first day of the week.” However, we are authorized to worship. We have examples of the church assembling for worship. However, the command to assemble in Hebrews 10:25 was for a specific context in which some Christians had gotten into the habit of forsaking the assembly. The first day of the week is permanent and obligatory.
There is simply no authority though direct statement, example or implication to eat and drink of the supper on any other day than the Lord’s Day. By giving us the specific day, all other days are excluded.