Tuesday, September 20, 2005

IS THIS THE WAY CHRISTIANS MEET TODAY?

AGAPE MEAL. "The nature of our meal and it's purpose are explained by it's very name. It is called agape, as the Greeks call love in it's purest form. However much it may cost, it is always gain to be extravagant in the name of fellowship..."

FIRST TASTE OF PRAYER. "The participants do not go to the table unless they have first tasted of prayer to God. As much is eaten as is necessary to satisfy the hunger. When satisfying themselves they are aware that even during the night they should worship God. They converse as those who are aware that God is listening..."

STAND TO PRAISE GOD. "After the hands are washed and the lights are lit, all are asked to stand forth to praise God as well as each is able, be it from the Holy Scriptures or from his own heart. In like manner the meal is closed with a prayer."

PARTING IN TRUTH. "After this we part from one another...pursuing the same self control and purity as befits those who have taken in a truth rather than a meal. This is the way the Christians meet."

-- from Apology by Tertullian (AD 155-230), Bishop of Carthage

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