Quarterly (!?!?) Celebration of the Lord’s Supper (Calvin)

 I'm one of those Presbyterian pastors who believes that celebration of the Lord's Supper should be done frequently.  In the church I served before, we celebrated Holy Communion once per month.  In the church I serve now, we celebrate it weekly.  To be honest, I've never heard anyone who is accustomed to celebrating the Lord's… Continue reading Quarterly (!?!?) Celebration of the Lord’s Supper (Calvin)

Children at the Lord’s Table? (Knight)

 Historic Reformed theology and practice have always emphasized the fact that the Lord's Supper is for repentant sinners who've professed faith in Christ.  This is why, for example, the Westminster Shorter Catechism says that in order to receive the Lord's Supper, a person must examine himself of his knowledge to discern the Lord's body, of… Continue reading Children at the Lord’s Table? (Knight)

Dear Weak Sinner: Come to the Table! (Calvin)

  I'm so thankful that we don't have to be superhero Christians to share in the Lord's Supper.  We don't have to have a strong, bullet-proof faith, nor do we need to reach a certain level of sanctification to partake in the table of the Lord.  As long as we're repentant of our sin and… Continue reading Dear Weak Sinner: Come to the Table! (Calvin)

Our Souls Need to Feed on Christ (Horton)

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)

We Ask You To Abstain

Historic Reformed and Presbyterian churches have always “fenced” the table of the Lord.  That is, when the Lord’s Supper is celebrated, the pastor and/or an elder says that certain people are not to partake.  The details vary among historic Reformed/Presbyterian churches, but they all do fence the table to some extent.  Even if we might… Continue reading We Ask You To Abstain