Since Paul was the founder of the community, and since he refers to what he had told them when they were established, it follows that the eucharistic meal had been introduced by Paul himself but had developed characteristics in his absence from Corinth of which he could not approve. Although the small communities met regularly to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, they did it in such a way that Paul denied that their meals could properly be called the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11:20).
From Paul and the Eucharist: The Heart of Christian Community
By Steve Mueller
©2011 Steve Mueller
Paul and the Eucharist will be available as an e-book in the summer of 2011.