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What Does the Bible Say About..Eating in the Assembly?

What does the Bible say about eating food in church & worship?

Answer

We are commanded to eat unleavened bread and drink ďthe fruit of the vineĒ as part of the Lordís Supper. (1 Corinthians 11:23-29) Earlier in that passage (verses 17-22) he apparently says some were adding to the Lordís Supper by bringing their own food and not sharing. Perhaps he was talking about some other time of eating in the assembly, but his discussion following about the Lordís Supper indicates that was what he meant. In verses 33-34 he concludes that when they come together to take the Lordís Supper it should be as a congregation, and not be used as an opportunity for a meal. Basically, he says the Lordís Supper is not meant to fill you up or get you drunk. It is a memorial, not a feast.

In Acts 2:46, Luke says, ďAnd they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their food with gladness and singleness of heart.Ē This probably indicates that the early church shared meals as they assembled. (Or else it means that they took the Lordís Supper daily.)

When the church assembles together they may share a meal. They should not use the Lordís Supper as a meal, but may eat together otherwise.

Many parents use food to keep their children quiet. Some use it to keep little children from asking for the bread and juice of the Lordís Supper. The Bible says nothing about this practice.