Why is the Breaking of Bread inseparable from an assembly?

Why is the Breaking of Bread inseparable from an assembly?

Breaking bread is a testimony (1 Corinthians 11:26). Unlike baptism, being honest, witnessing to individuals, and many other Christian behaviors, breaking bread in remembrance of the Lord is not an individual responsibility but a responsibility shared with others. Like unity (1 Corinthians 1), discipline (1 Corinthians 5), headship (1 Corinthians 11), the functioning of varied gifts (1 Corinthians 12), defending doctrine (1 Corinthians 15), collective giving (1 Corinthians 16), and spreading the gospel (Acts 13:1-3), remembering the Lord is part of assembly testimony.

In addition, the breaking of bread expresses a fellowship (1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:16). When all believers in an assembly take their part from the bread, they express that the assembly is one, as a body is (10:17). This truth affects their relationships (11:29-34; 12:25, 26) and how varied gifts function (12:14-25, 27).

Remembering the Lord in the Breaking of Bread is therefore impossible apart from an established assembly whose testimony is consistent with the scriptural truths which the fellowship holds in common with one another and the Lord Himself.

D. Oliver