"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." - Jerome

Saturday, July 05, 2008

"Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

"It is evident from St. Luke in the Book of Acts that communion was much more frequently celebrated in the primitive church. Wherefore, we must acknowledge that it is a defect in us that we do not follow the example of the apostles." -John Calvin, letter to the magistrates of Berne


Connie said...

Thankfully, a couple of years ago our church began observing the Lord's Table every Lord's Day.

It is something that I think too many churches shy away from for all the wrong reasons.

Aaron said...

One right reason is to drive home the idea that it does not confer saving grace to the recipient. After about 500 years though perhaps we have made our point. ;-)
Cool post.

Jared Nelson said...

Yes, not *saving* grace.

Aaron said...

Agreed. I chose my words carefully but perhaps not carefully enough as some could trip me up there with what I said. Saving does not always need to mean saved from hell or saved from being a child of the devil or the like. I would grant that every grace given "saves" us from something. The sacraments are a helper to our faith! A grace given by Christ himself, Baptism and Communion. But, yeah, I am cool with taking communion every Sunday and making it special. Not elevated above the preaching of the word (which can save in every way) but making it a big deal none the less. This is one of the debates between Anglicans Canterbury (Eucharist is what it is all about) and Africa (preach the word). I side with Africa!