Take Up and Read: Lord’s Supper Edition

For most evangelical Protestants the sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are window dressing, a decoration that we place on our private, individual Christianity. Even those who take baptism seriously usually see it as a sign of individual faith, with little or no corporate dimension at all. This is not what the Scriptures teach, at least not what they primarily teach. So here are some essays on the Lord’s Supper which give a more robust and biblical understanding of Communion. Next week, I will put up another list on baptism. So take up and read!

If you don’t know who Rich Lusk is you should. He is a great oral communicator and good writer. Here is a short essay he wrote on what paedocommunion teaches us about God. Paedocommunion is the belief that all who are baptized, including infants, should be allowed to eat the Lord’s Supper.

Michael Horton explains why we should celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week. It is a longer article, but worth your time.

Douglas Wilson gives an exhortation every week at the communion table. Here are a few I enjoyed. They are all very short.
Fussers and Ladder Kickers
Answering the Invitation
Christ is not Food to the Faithless

Here is a short summary of the Lord’s Supper from J.I. Packer.

Finally, here is a nice summary of John Calvin’s view of the Lord’s Supper from Robert Godfrey

Methods Matter

“In looking at the succession of methodologies that have been hailed as the new next ‘key’ to church growth over the last fifty years, we can make these three observations. First, evangelicals have typically treated methodology as if it is utterly neutral, having no effect upon the message (but it is not, and to think so is naïve).  Second, evangelicals have spent precious little time asking what methodology is consistent with our theology.  Third, we have not insisted that our methodology flow from our theology and from the gospel itself.” (J. Ligon Duncan in Entrusted with the Gospel, p. 128)