Is There A Blueprint?

Have you ever wondered what people mean when they talk about the four table legs of the church meeting?

What does Scripture say about church meetings, what did the apostles do, and what makes a church meeting complete?

Acts 2:42:
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 20:7a
Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread,

What are the Four Table Legs?

The four table legs of the church meeting are:

  • Doctrine
    meaning the teaching / sermon
  • Fellowship
  • Breaking of Bread
    meaning communion with the Lord Jesus Christ and remembering His sacrifice
  • Prayer

Mike always says that if you have a table with four legs and you cut off one leg than it will fall as it can’t stand on three legs. It’s the same with the church meeting; if one element is missing it’s not complete.

Can Breaking of Bread Become Ineffective?

Some say that they don’t break bread every Sunday because they don’t want it to become “ineffective”! Scripture doesn’t say to do it seldom but “as often as you” do it.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Remembering the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us is an important element of what we do on the first day of the week.

Just how could it become ineffective?

How could it become a ritual?

Could a follower of Jesus Christ just go through the motions?

Blueprint For The Church

The Lord shed His blood for us so that we can be saved! Praise Him; remember Him; and follow His “prescription” – the Blueprint for The Church laid out in the Epistles (letters of instruction) from Romans through Revelation.

More details can be found in the book “THE CHURCH” by Randy Amos.
Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
“As believers, we are to base our actions and beliefs on the written Word of God—our beliefs as to the gospel we have trusted, who Jesus is, moral absolutes, etc.  Why is it, though, that so many feel, when it comes to the church, it suddenly becomes optional how to do it?  Why do people believe that man’s modern ideas plus centuries of tradition can be more successful than God’s pattern?  If God has revealed truth for the church, why shouldn’t that be obeyed also in simple faith?
Thus this manual will deal with the operation of the church and how a disciple functions within it—according to the authority of the holy Word of God alone.”

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