The words that Jesus used when he instituted the Lord's Supper are very important and deep words. They are full of rich meaning for disciples. You can find Jesus' words of institution in the Gospels. Here's how Matthew recorded them: 26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke… Continue reading The Words of Jesus: Take, Eat…Drink” (Vos)
Here's a helpful Reformed resource on the topic of paedocommunion: Children and the Lord's Supper edited by Guy Waters and Ligon Duncan. It's a nice collection of essays explaining the biblical and confessional reasons why Reformed churches do not allow young children to participate in communion. In various essays ranging from the Passover to an… Continue reading Children and the Lord’s Supper
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)