Who is Our Pastor?
Early New Testament congregations were guided by elders selected by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4). All members of the congregation, though, are responsible for exercising their spiritual gifts for the benefit of the whole (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 2:11-13). Many members may exercise a pastoral gift, but the elders are entrusted with special responsibility for the oversight of the congregation.
What is a Remembrance Meeting?
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 says The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
When we come together for the Remembrance Meeting, we come to reflect on the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and look forward to His glorious return. Everyone worships and praises God through singing and the men among us share Scripture, pray, and praise God as they are led by the Holy Spirit. It is at this meeting that we break the bread and drink the cup in remembrance of Jesus and what He has done on our behalf. This is also commonly referred to as “communion” and the “Lord's supper” by Christians.
Who Can Participate in the Breaking of Bread?
Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who have examined their hearts and find that they are living in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord; that they are not living in rebellion to God, harboring unconfessed sin, or are unrepentant about sin in their life (1 Cor. 11:20-32).
Denominational affiliation is not an issue here, only whether or not you truly believe in Christ alone for your salvation. It is left to the discretion of parents to determine if their children are trusting in the Lord by faith and understand what they are doing.
What is the “Family Bible Hour?”
This is a meeting devoted to discipleship through sound Biblical teaching where the body of Christ is built up for the equipping of the saints for the work of serving the Lord. After a time of praising the Lord through song, different brothers whom the Lord has gifted as teachers will labor for exhortation, edification, and comfort of the assembly, which is encouraged to actively (rather than passively) participate and weigh carefully what is said against the words of Scripture (Eph, 4:11:13, 1 Cor. 14:29, Acts 17:11, 2 Tim. 2:15, Heb. 10:24-15).
The goal is to make disciples, who will in turn make disciples, as we all mature and grow in Christ (Mt. 28:18-20).