The Meal and Home
In the first three centuries, largely up until the time that Constantine politicalized Christianity as the state religion, the whole of the Christian worship service (the gathering) was referred to as “the Lord’s Supper.” It wasn’t a wafer and a sip from a plastic throwaway cup that was in Paul’s mind in 1 Corinthians 10:17-34, when he spoke of the Supper. The context of Paul’s argument in 1 Corinthians clearly is regarding a full meal that was substantial enough to satisfy hunger. It was clearly a meal in which everyone had a part, and it was a meal weighty enough in length of time, to where the rich and poor were allowed enough leeway to develop considerable relational issues.
Imagine how our churches today would change dramatically and be more effective if we would consider the Lord’s Supper more deeply?
The model of Jesus wasn’t just to “save souls.” It is that, but not only that. His paradigm was to create an environment where all of creation was to be seen and protrayed as in need of wholeness and redemption. His paradigm for ministry to unite soil, garden, family, and the meal continues. Only through meal in a home can this fully be captured to the fullest extent.
This model can survive any time, any place, and any circumstance. God’s wisdom flowed through the disciples and multiplied into a simple grass-roots movement. The meal amongst believers survived when accepted, and it grew under the torment of persecution.
Therefore, consider your home. Our thinking shouldn’t be that we go “outside” our home to form leadership, character, and virtue. The central place where all of this is shaped is in the brilliance of the family. It’s the place where we learn to relate to each other as Father, Mother, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, Husband and Bride. Does this sound like the gospel to anyone?
*For further reading in Bible: Ephesians 2:19
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