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The Breaking of Bread





In (Acts 2:42) we read about how the early followers of Jesus devoted themselves to the apostle's teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer. These practices formed the fabric of early Christian life together.



"They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."

Acts 2:42 (NASB95)



The phrase "breaking of bread" can refer to a shared meal. Although, as some scholars have recognized, the practice in Acts could also be understood as sharing in the Lord's Supper.


The Lord's Supper symbolizes unity and fellowship among believers and their remembrance of Jesus Christ's sacrifice. In the breaking of bread, they commemorated His body broken for them and His blood shed for the forgiveness of sins.


The significance of this practice extends beyond a communal meal. It signifies an ongoing communion and shared identity of believers as the body of Christ. Just as Jesus instructed His disciples during the Last Supper, this act was a profound means of remembering His sacrifice and eagerly anticipating His return (Luke 22:19).


At the table, in the breaking of bread, early Christians shared in fellowship, remembrance, and unity. This practice served as a tangible expression of their faith and shared commitment to following Christ's teachings, strengthening their bond as believers and serving as a powerful witness to the Gospel.




 

NOTES:

Scripture references and quotations are from the: New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.


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