Christ, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper
Winner of a Christianity Today 2005 Book Award! Baptism. The Lord's Supper. We recognize these church practices. But do we really grasp their meaning and place in Christian worship? Is our neglect of them hindering our communion with Christ?...
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Winner of a Christianity Today 2005 Book Award!
Baptism. The Lord's Supper. We recognize these church practices. But do we really grasp their meaning and place in Christian worship? Is our neglect of them hindering our communion with Christ? Are we missing the real drama of our salvation?
Often the object of debate, the sacraments are likewise neglected and superficially understood. Leonard Vander Zee makes a compelling case that these problems can be overcome when we see the connection between Baptism and the Lord's Supper and the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God.
Founding his discussion in biblical teaching reaching back to the creation narrative and forward to the teaching of Jesus and the apostle Paul, Vander Zee sees the Christ-centered celebration of these sacraments as essential to the renewal of the church. A reappropriation of Baptism and the Eucharist, especially in the evangelical church, holds great promise for healing the rift between the natural and the spiritual, the personal and social, the head and the heart, and between the body of believers and our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us and now lives to make intercessions for us.
In Christ, Baptism and the Lord's Supper,Vander Zee not only opens up a Christ-centered approach to the sacraments but also provides guidance on the practical matters that face pastors and parishioners in the pursuit of a renewed and authentic Christian worship.
Leonard Vander Zee (M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary) is pastor of South Bend Christian Reformed Church. Previously, he has served in pastorates in Michigan, Iowa and New York. He is the author of In Life and In Death: A Pastoral Guide for Funerals (CRC Publications, 1992), Christ, Baptism and the Lord's Supper(InterVarsity, 2004) and More Than Words: Prayer as a Way of Life, a Leader's Guide (CRC Publications, 1995). His articles have appeared in The Banner, Reformed Worship, Perspectives and Christianity Today.
- 1. The Restoration Of A Sacramental Universe In The Sacrament Of Christ
- 2. What Are Sacraments?
- 3. Sacraments In The Bible
- 4. Christ Is The Quintessential Sacrament
- 5. How Do Sacraments Work?
- 6. Baptism: Introduction And Biblical Background
- 7. A Theology And Practice Of Baptism For Today
- 8. Infant Baptism
- 9. The Lord's Supper: Introduction And Biblical Background
- 10. A Brief History Of The Theology Of The Lord's Supper
- 11. A Theology Of The Lord's Supper For Today
- 12. What Happens At The Table? A Wider-angle View
- Names Index
- Scripture Index