THE CHURCH AT TROAS?

Mike Marion

I was taught by the Church of Christ that (1) I must partake of the Lord's Supper with the "local church" every first day of the week, and (2) when travelling I needed to plan ahead so that there will be a "local church" nearby in order that when Sunday comes around I can go there to have the Lord's Supper. It would be unscriptural for me to have the Lord's Supper on my own or with others without this "local church" to dispense it. The proof text for these "laws of God" is Acts 20:7-11.

Paul, while travelling through Asia, made sure that he would be able to have the Lord's Supper by visiting the "local church" in Troas (the Troas Church of Christ). He waited seven days for this purpose and did not head back to Jerusalem until Monday (or so the theory goes).

My question is this: Can we prove that Paul met with the "local church" at Troas to have the Lord's Supper?

Paul and Luke were together in Macedonia (Acts 20:5). Paul's companions (Acts 20:4) went on ahead to Troas and waited there (Acts 20:5). After the days of Unleaven Bread Paul and Luke sailed from Philippi to Troas and stayed there seven days (Acts 20:6). Then Luke says in Acts 20:7, "And on the first day of the week, when 1we were gathered together to break bread..." 'We' whom? Let me suggest to you that the 'we' is Paul, Luke, their travelling companions (Acts 20:4), and Eutychus (Acts 20:9). Was anyone else with them in that upper room? Possibly. Were there residents of Troas meeting with them? Perhaps. Did Paul have the 2"Lord's Supper" with the "local church" in Troas? Maybe. Was there even a "local church" at Troas? Your guess is as good as mine. Is this a Necessary Inference or an Approved Apostolic Example binding a "local church" to have the Lord's Supper every Sunday and for me to meet with a "local church" for such? No!!!!

It seems that many of my brethren in the Church of Christ church who claim to be "silent where the Bible is silent" speak loud and clear on such issues by filling in where God has not spoken.

Footnotes

1 or, "the disciples" (AV), "the people" (NIV)
2 If the term "break bread" is even equivalent to "Lord's Supper"