One thing Paul said about sharing in the Lord's Supper is that "everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup" (1 Cor. 11:28 NIV). This is a longer and deeper discussion, to be sure. But from these words one thing we can say is that there's a… Continue reading Before You Come to the Lord’s Table… (Bavinck)
Scripture is quite clear that God's people are part of his household (Eph. 2:19). Those who trust in Christ are family. They are an essential part of his body. God has gifted them in various ways to serve one another in love (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12, etc.). They are called to love each other… Continue reading The Christian Life Apart from The Church?
In 1 Corinthians 11:29, in the middle of Paul's discussion of the Lord's Supper debacle in the Corinthian church, he wrote this: "For the one who eats and drinks without careful regard for the body eats and drinks judgment against himself" (NET). It's not uncommon for Christians to read this text and think: "If… Continue reading Eating & Drinking [Eternal!] Judgment on Ourselves? (Henry)
One of my favorite essays on the Lord's Supper is John Calvin's work called "Short Treatise on the Supper of Our Lord, in Which is Shown Its True Institution, Benefit, and Utility." This essay is clear, it's based on Scripture's truths and principles, it points us to Jesus, and it gives a great summary of… Continue reading Why the Lord’s Supper? (Calvin)
The Lord's Supper is a great blessing for Christians. In it, the Lord condescends to feed us with the body and blood of Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit by the faith he's graciously given us. Paul called it a "participation" or "sharing" in the body and blood of Christ (1 Cor. 10:16). … Continue reading Our Souls Need to Feed on Christ (Horton)