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Recently in our Southern Baptist Church, we observed The Lord's Supper. My problem was it was served in "the Jewish tradition". (One cup of juice or wine, one loaf of bread). Partakers would come forward, break off a piece of bread and then dip into the chalice, and then eat the soaked bread. My question relates to Southern Baptists by-laws, do the by- laws cover the manner in which The Lord's Supper is conducted, if it does please tell me where.

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Good Morning Jerry, in the Southern Baptist Convention bylaws it does not list explicitly how the Lord's Supper is to be done. Each Pastor and church can orchestrate the Lord's Supper in different ways, but the Order of Administration is very biblically explicit as noted in:
1 COR. 11:23-29; 1 COR. 10:16; LUKE 22:19-20; MARK 14:22-26; MATT. 26:26-30.

In these verses it, the order of administration is the body (bread) first and the blood (wine or grape juice) second. I always use wafers and grape juice. I know in liturgical churches like Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, etc, may use real bread and wine. That is okay. But the order still remains the body first and the blood next.

I like using separate wafers and separated grape juice containers as there is no cross contamination of germs. You do not to have worry about whether people have washed their hands or not.

But when you have a big piece of bread and everyone takes a piece they are handling it with their hands and passing on to the next person. No one knows if their hands are clean. You can have open cuts, sores, etc and they are handling that bread and passing to the next person. You would not know.

Same with the a chalice that has wine in it. Everyone is drinking a little wine out of the chalice and putting their mouth on it. The Pastor or Priest may wipe off with a rag but the chalice has still been contaminated. You do not know if someone has H1NI flu, colds, Hepatiatis A OR C, or EBOLA. For me this is a real issue.

If your Pastor wants to use one cup of wine and let everyone drink from it and one loaf of bread that is his PREROGATIVE but the order of the adminstration has to be the same the body of Christ first and blood of Christ second which is biblical.

If you have concerns about cross contamination of everyone handling the bread and drinking the wine voice them to him.

I hope this helps.

Blessings to you.

Dr Don Howe, RN, PhD, ThD, CARN  

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I welcome questions that deal with addictions, drug abuse, military issues, theological issues, relationship issues, church history, world religions, current events from a Christian worldview, "gray areas" that are present today, church growth movements, false prophets, spiritual abuse issues, end time events, prophecy, medical ethical issues, hermeneutical questions, and how Israel fits into God's economy today. I will answer all questions in a grammatical/historical normative interpretation of God's Word. If you are looking for a liberal theological answer or argument, do not ask. I am not an expert on church planting or evangelism. I am Military Chaplain in the Texas State Guard in Texas and would enjoy questions from soldiers in the military, their families, and children dealing with religious/spiritual issues/marriage issues/assimilation back into the civilian life issues/addictions. I welcome questions dealing with addictions and the problems that lifestyle places on people's lives.

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I have over 20 years of experience doing ministry as a bivocational minster and Military Chaplain. I have over 39 yrs of experience as Registered Nurse. I am a Military Chaplain in the TXSG in Texas and welcome questions from military. I am a Chaplain with the TX DPS department and Certified Master Chaplain with the American Board of Certified of Homeland Security. I do ministry as a volunteer with ministries that are nonprofit and not able to pay for ministers. I have experience working with youth, children, elderly in different placement settings, mentally ill and mentally challenged in different settings, felons in state prison and county jails, hospital chaplaincy, choir ministry, and deacon ministry. I am an ordained SBC minister. I am a Professional Chaplain. I am currently doing hospital ministry, ministry to shut-ins, and a chaplain with Victim Relief Ministry working with victims of disasters and domestic violence. I have over 43 yrs of experience in Mental Health field and specialize in Addictions. Also work as a professional nurse in federal agency.

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American Association of Christian Counselors, Nurses Christian Fellowship, Therpon Institute, Victim Chaplain & Counselor Association of America, International Board of Christian Counselors, American Society of Christian Therapists, International Nurses Society in Addictions. National Center for Crisis Management American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress American Board of Certified Master Chaplains (ABCMC),

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PhD, Therapon University, USVI, 12/07 in Biblical Counseling, DCC, Southwest Bible College & Seminary, Jenning, LA 04/05 in Christian Psychology and Counseling. ThD, Slidell Baptist Seminary, Slidell, LA 02/04 D.D., Slidell Baptist Seminary, Slidell, LA 07/03 Tyndale Seminary, Fort Worth, TX 2001-2003 BSN, Univ. of Texas in Arlington, Tx 05/93 ADN, Midwestern State Univ., Wichitia Falls, TX 5/77 Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Externship 08/04-12/05, 4 units of CPE earned.

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Certified Addictions Registered Nurse by International Nursing Society on Addictions. Board Certified Christian Counselor by International Board of Christian Counselors. Issued 01/24/06. Board certified as Expert in Traumatic Stress by the American Academy Of Experts In Traumatic Stress (BCEST). Fellow (FAAETS) of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. DAPA and FAPA by American Psychotherapy Association. Diplomate (DAAETS) of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Diplomate (DNCCM) of the National Center for Crisis Management, issued 11/18/09. Currently serve as Secretary on the American Board of Certified Master Chaplains (ABCMC), which is an Advisory Board under the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS). Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN).

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