“And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed” (Acts 20:6-11).
During the time of the first century church, there was no denominational confusion and the focus was upon the mission and sacrifice of Christ. It was a time of spiritual radicalism and appreciation for the work of the anointed Savior. The location and style of worship was far less formal than what we experience today. Fancy clothes, pomp and circumstance were probably not aspects of worship service. Truly the phrase of “I am going to church” never would have been uttered because the people understood they were the church. Worship was conducted in homes of the Christians under an informal environment that allowed all present saints to engage the process collaboratively. During the first century, worship probably looked more like a cell group gathering, a distinctly different appearance compared to our modern day cathedral style and formation of worship.
Not only that, but consider the paradigm of communion. Our focus today with scriptural directives (Isaiah 53, Psalms 22, John 19 and more) is on the suffering of Christ. The process of communion/breaking of bread is a serious time of worship, just like the entire process, but it includes more than just the solemn processing of the suffering and death of Christ. The paradigm shift of the communion process also includes celebration, indicative of the fact that Christ has defeated the grave, death, and sin. Because of that we have grace, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. It is similar to the passion found in Revelation 5:5-8 as the slain Lamb (Jesus Christ) arrived as the only power able to unlock the book with seven seals. As the messianic resurrection sacrifice gave Him the power to remove the seals heaven erupted in jubilance. The sacrifice and triumphant joy of the cross is celebrated. Remember, you are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!