Should elders bring and take communion with members who (legitimately) can’t make it to church?
I don’t have a bone to pick on this particular issue, just trying to think it through.
It came up because I got into an argument with a few friends of ours. They wanted to take communion together with my wife and I, I said no because of there was no authority present (i.e. fencing the table and none of us are elders (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:11, 2 Thessalonians 3:6)), and because of the bread being a picture of the local body, and thus the tacit excommunication of the rest of the body when doing it in a small subset of the main gathering (1 Corinthians 10:17).
So now I’m thinking through the issue. It’s my understanding that in the early church they would bring communion to those who could’ve be there (not that the practices of the early church should be our guide for everything!).
Anyway, would appreciate your thoughts, brothers.