We might get lots of other things in our church management wrong at first. But if we get the Lord’s Supper right, making it a closed table for members only, the rest of everything we have to do will fall into place correctly.

An open communion table is the beginning of bringing error, impotency and misery into the church. But a closed communion table will dictate the correct procedures for a healthy, empowered, industrious and happy local church. As I repeatedly stress, everything flows from the communion table. The communion table is the heart of your church. The way you have it set up will determine the way the whole church is set up, and will determine the flavour and effectiveness of everything the church does. It’s like the steering wheel on a car. If the wheel is twisted, the car won’t drive straight. If the communion table is twisted, the church won’t drive straight.


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