We are encouraging people to stay behind on Sunday morning for a Bring n Share meal. Now I appreciate that some will be unable to do so. However, I am writing as a simple encouragement to highlight the priority of eating together. Because, all too often we make distinctions between those practices we perceive as spiritual and those that we do not. Scripture makes no such distinction. Indeed, it only distinguishes between right and wrong!
In the Old Testament, God institutes feasts in order that His people would enjoy each-others presence alongside His own. These feasts were not simply dates in the diary, but rather established the pattern of the Jewish year. Jumping forward to the ministry of Jesus, it is fascinating to see how he operates in the miraculous in order to feed the hungry. Later of course, the church in Jerusalem ‘’devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). I love the way the believers are commended for their devotion to eat with one-another every bit as much as for their devotion to right doctrine and to sharing the Lord’s Supper. This corporate meal appears to be an evidence of their unity and the context in which The Lord’s Supper was celebrated. However, as so often is the case, God seems to save the best until last. In Revelation we find that the consummation of all things, the union of Christ with the church and the coming together of Heaven and earth is celebrated with the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Therefore, in the words of the Apostle Paul; So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Enjoy the food and fellowship