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					          Why No Church Suppers???
 • Good question
 • Gives opportunity to discuss principles of
   Bible authority and its application
 • Authority
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             Bible Authority
 • Bible Teaches By:
   – Direct Statement (1 Cor. 16:1)
   – Apostolic Example (Acts 20:7)
   – Necessary Inference (Matt. 26:26)
 • Authority Can Be:
   – General (Heb. 10:25 – assemble)
   – Specific (1 Cor. 16:2 – 1st day of the week)
We Are NOT Discussing Benevolence – Church Can
We Are Discussing Meals Sponsored by the Church
Serve Tables For It’s Poor (Acts 6:1-7).
Which Satisfy Hunger and the Social Needs of Man.
Accepted
Practice
   But
   Is It
Scriptural?
   Why No Church Suppers???
• The Bible Forbids It! (1 Cor. 11:17-34)
  – Perverted Lord’s Supper Into A Social Meal (20, 27-30)
  – Selfish Eating (21-22, 33)
  – Confuses Church Work & Personal Social Acts (22-34)

• Alternatives (Acts 2:46; 1 Tim. 5:10; 1 Pet. 4:9)
  – Confine Assembly of Church to Spiritual Things
     • Revealed: Lord’s Supper, Jesus’ Death

  – Personal Social Needs—Hunger – Eat at Home
  – Share Meal & Other Social Activities – Home
   Why No Church Suppers???
• Perverts Mission of the Church! (1 Tim. 3:15;
 1 Thess. 1:8; Acts 2:42; 6:1-7)
  – It’s Not Gospel Preaching
  – It’s Not Worship
  – It’s Not Benevolence

• Alternatives
  – Press On in the Great Mission (Neh. 6:3; 1 Tim. 2:4-6)
  – Do Not Be Deceived By Worldly “Success”
  – God Knows What He Is Doing—True Success
    Why No Church Suppers???
• Leads To Multiplied Errors! (2 John 9)
  New Testament Pattern:
     • Gospel Preaching – Worship – Benevolence

• Where Stop???
  – Provide Meals
  – Full Recreational Program—Ball Teams, etc.
  – Full Social Services—Day Care, Schools, Colleges, etc.
  – From One Gimmick To Another—Pie in Face, etc.
• Alternative: Stop Error’s 1st Step!
  (1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 2:2; 3:14; Jude 3)
   Why No Church Suppers???
• Degrades the Power of the Gospel! (John
 12:32; Rom. 1:16; 1 Tim. 3:15)
  – Insult To God’s Power
  – Insult To Soul’s Seeking Truth

• Alternatives
  – Increase Our Faith in the Gospel!
  – Increase Our Zeal for the Gospel!
  – Increase Our Labors to Spread the Gospel!
  – 1 Corinthians 1:23-29; 3:6-7, 11
Attempts To Justify “Church Suppers”
   Argument                  Answer
  Food Attracts           Truth Attracts
   John 6:1-14              John 6:26
                   Spiritual Relation - 1 Jn. 1:3
                   Worship & Work - Acts 2:42
  “Fellowship”
                  Support Preacher – Phil. 4:15
                    Aid Destitute – 2 Cor. 8:4

    “Compel”          With Christ, Not Food
   Luke 14:23              John 12:32
Attempts To Justify “Church Suppers”

     Argument                    Answer
Church Ready Unto        Local Church Not Given
 Every Good Work            Every Good Work
    Titus 3:11           1 Cor. 11:34; 1 Tim. 5:16
    “Love Feast”            Not A Social Meal
      Jude 12                 1 Cor. 11:34

                         Church Plan, Provide, &
Building Not “Sacred”   Promote Work of Acts 2:42;
                           Heb. 10:25; Lk. 19:10

				
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