Love Feasts
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Cell Church

One of the most precious experiences in a cell is to conduct a Love Feast, duplicating the way it was done in the early church. According to Acts 2:42-46, early believers went from house to house, “breaking bread,” fellowshipping, and praying. The reference to “breaking bread” indicates the presence of the Christian counterpart to the Passover feast of the Jews. This had been ordered by Jesus, who celebrated it with His own “cell group” (the disciples) just before His death.

I first experienced this precious experience with Dr. Robert Banks, who met with me and my seminary students in Australia (Read Going To Church In The First Century.) We learned that the early church always celebrated the Love Feast in homes. They realized it had a double meaning: it not only served as a remembrance of Calvary, the birthplace of the church (the “called-out ones), but also reminded them they were the present body of Christ. Thus, they were to examine their relationships with one another in the group and settle any problems between body members before partaking. We have experienced the Love Feast in our Houston cell community, The TOUCH Family, and have found it to be a profound experience.

Here are suggestions for you to use, based on scriptural principles.

LOVE FEAST INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare all food and place it on the table. As all are seated, an empty chair symbolizing Christ’s presence may be included in the circle of chairs. The Cell Leader will be seated at the head of the table. Place here a tray of unleavened bread (motza) and a goblet containing grape juice, plus a small napkin to wipe the edge of the cup as it is passed.

PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE READING

  1. A Cell member is requested to pray, celebrating the Presence of Christ into the midst of the group.
  2. The Cell Leader reads 1 Corinthians 11:23-34. He leads in a time of worship; cell members may share a song, a prayer, a scripture.
  3. The Cell Leader indicates this is a time for any grievances between body members to be shared. This is specifically mentioned by Paul, with the warning that if  this is not done, it can bring spiritual death or sickness. Community bonds must not be broken! (See Matthew 18:15-16 for the pattern taught by Jesus.) If some wish to speak privately to another, they may leave the table to talk while the rest of the Cell intercedes in prayer for them. If it cannot be reconciled, those involved may then ask the Cell to pray with them until the problem is settled.
  4. The bread wafer is broken by the Cell Leader as he quotes the words of Jesus: “This is my body, broken for you.” The tray is passed and when all have received the unleavened bread pieces, they are eaten together. The Cell Leader asks one of the members to share a prayer of thanksgiving.
  5. As the meal is eaten, each person is asked to share a recent experience they have had with the Lord in their prayer life.
  6. Then a general discussion may follow as Cell members recall instances in the life of Jesus where he ate meals. Who did He eat with? Where?
  7. The cell members are encouraged to save “small talk” for later on. A “Love Feast” is to focus on Christ and the cell. At the close of the meal, the Cell Leader shall read Matthew 26:27-29. A common cup shall be passed. Use the small napkin to wipe the edge of the glass after each person sips the juice. Upon presenting it to the next person, the giver says, “The Christ who dwells in me greets the Christ who dwells in you!”
  8. The group may sing together a worship song.
  9. Pray over the Blessing List.
  10. Relax together with fellowship and sharing. If children are present, play with them. Enjoy each other!
 
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