How often does the Bible say to "do this in remembrance of me?" All I see in Scripture is "whenever you do this." And that was done the first time in an "upper room" not in a church building - church buildings did not exist at that time because the church did not exist at that time. The church did not exist until Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. And after the church was born the church gathered every day in the court of the Temple. And soon afterward the church was subjected to persecution - Saul of Tarsus when he became the apostle Paul did not forget that he persecuted the church.
Shortly after I had my eyes opened to the saving gospel (1 Cor. 3-4) I started a college course. And that course took me on an exciting tour of early church history. I learned of what the course called "wondering ministers" in the First Century church and sidetracked from the course for weeks in a library reading ancient books about church history. The earliest book on church history was written by one named Eusebius. But he wrote it (if I recall correctly now)in the Fourth Century -- how about that - the very first book on church history was written some 300 years after the church was born -- how much would you expect of nitty gritty details on the practices of the very first Christians who gathered every day in the Temple? What did those first Christians do during their daily gatherings in the Temple?
As it turns out, the most detailed history of the church is in the pages of the New Covenant (New Testament). Eusebius Ecclesiastical History gave no mention that I could find of the "wondering ministers" of earlier church history - in fact after weeks in a library reading many ancient books written by church members, the only source regarding "wondering ministers" in the church are the scant references to them in the NT. Even the Twelve apostles did not wonder in ministry - they remained in Jerusalem.
So, what I learned from that course is that the only source of early church practices during their gatherings every day in the Temple is the Bible. Again, from Scripture then, how often did those first Christians practice the Lord's Table, Eurcharist or whatever you want to call it? The Bible only says "whenever you do this." And it says that prior to the existence of any church.
Again, there is nothing wrong with today's church gathering in church buildings every week or every day for that matter. And there is nothing wrong with what today's church does each time they gather so long as they "exhort one another" each time they gather (the only church practice the Bible provides).
Whenever a church minister preaches the gospel during a church service (how often have you heard the gospel preached in your church services?), some people present may get their eyes opened to it by God and be saved by God in the process. And people can have the same lights turned on by God alone in their living room reading the gospel - or on the street talking with an evangelist - in a cafe, in a car - on the sea shore or anywhere else.
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