Even More on Weekly Communion

This will probably become another page of resources.  Why?  Mainly, because the Reformed world has tended to devalue the sacraments and focus more on preaching.  We don’t want to denigrate preaching at all, but we think the Supper and Baptism are both means of grace as well.  Secondly, the Supper actually affects us.  We partake of Christ and all his benefits, spiritually, in the heavenly places.  We don’t just remember Christ and what he did for us.  The Supper is a sign of Christian unity.  Is it any coincidence that churches which celebrate the Supper infrequently split apart frequently?  “In fact, it is not beyond possibility that the infrequent observance and corresponding devaluing of this sacrament has contributed to the ongoing division and strife in the modern church.” (Mathison, Given For You, pg. 295). For more see: Keith A. Mathison – Given For You: Reclaiming Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper, pgs. 291-97.  Mathison does a great job of refuting typical Reformed objections to weekly communion.  See also Ronald Wallace – Calvin’s Doctrine of the Word and Sacrament, pgs. 252-253, for a brief summary of Calvin’s position on frequent communion. Michael Horton – A Better Way, pgs. 118-121.  (“At a time when we seek so many alternatives to Christian unity, recovery of frequent Communion and an understanding of its significance could once again strengthen the brittle walls of our earthly fellowship,” pg. 121).

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3 thoughts on “Even More on Weekly Communion

  1. “Is it any coincidence that churches which celebrate the Supper infrequently split apart frequently?”

    I’d be curious to see a study done on this, though I doubt anyone will ever take the time.

  2. Reblogged this on Hopping Hadrian's Wall and commented:
    “…the Supper actually affects us. We partake of Christ and all his benefits, spiritually, in the heavenly places. We don’t just remember Christ and what he did for us. The Supper is a sign of Christian unity. Is it any coincidence that churches which celebrate the Supper infrequently split apart frequently?”

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