- Ray Van Neste: Three Arguments for Weekly Communion
- Kenneth J. Stewart: The Frequency of Communion Calmly Considered
The Lord's Supper was instituted by the head of the church---Jesus Christ. Taking the history and imagery already understood by the account of the Exodus and God's salvation of his people, Jesus shifted Christians' attention from a blood soaked mantle to a blood soaked cross and the salvation found in him alone. He ordained that this practice should continue in the church until he returns again. Unfortunately, the history of the church shows such observance of the Lord's Supper became only an annual observation, if not even less frequently. As the Reformation returned the Word of God to its authority, the Reformers also returned to regular times of observing the Lord's Supper. But then they needed to determine just how often was often. Today such discussion continues. Some contend for weekly. Others contend for every time the church gathers, meaning several times throughout the week in some cases. Others contend for frequent but not necessarily weekly partaking. Everyone seems to have their favorite person from church history to support their position. I am in that latter group practicing it regularly but not weekly. I won't try to pit Luther against Calvin. I won't try to exegete a Greek word to win my position. I think the point is much easier to make. Scripture is silent on this matter as it applies to being prescriptive for us today.