Our History of Christianity Scripture verse today is 1 Corinthians 11:26 which reads: "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come."
Our History of Christianity quote today is from John Calvin. He said: "The Lord has given us a table at which to feast, not an altar on which a victim is to be offered; He has not consecrated priests to make sacrifice, but servants to distribute the sacred feast."
Today, in the History of Christianity, we are looking at "Christian Life" (Part 4) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Christian Worship (Part 2)
Two of the earliest witnesses we have regarding Christian worship come from Governor Pliny the Younger of Bythinia and from Justin Martyr - both already mentioned in the context of the persecutions of the second century. What Justin says about worship is rather brief:
"The day that is commonly called Sunday all those (believers) who live in the cities or the fields gather, and in their meetings as much as time allows is read from the memoirs of the apostles or from the writings of the prophets. Then, once the reader is through, the one presiding offers a verbal exhortation, urging us to follow these beautiful examples. Immediately after this, we all stand as one and raise our prayers, after which - as I have already said - bread, wine, and water are offered, and the president, as he is able, also sends to God his prayers and thanksgiving, and all the people respond, "Amen." Now follows the distribution and partaking of the nourishment that has been consecrated by thanksgiving, and they are sent by means of the deacons to those who are not present. Those who can and will, freely give what seems best to them, and the offering is given to the president...
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