Understanding Four Views on the Lord's Supper (Counterpoints Series)
Since the Reformation, the Lord's Supper has been one of the most contentious issues of Christian practice. This well-balanced survey provides readers with the opportunity to assess for themselves the four major views of the Lord's Supper - Baptist, Reformed,...
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Since the Reformation, the Lord's Supper has been one of the most contentious issues of Christian practice. This well-balanced survey provides readers with the opportunity to assess for themselves the four major views of the Lord's Supper - Baptist, Reformed, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic.
Four different ways Christians understand the Lord's Supper---Baptist view (memorialism), Reformed (spiritual presence), Lutheran (consubstantiation), and Roman Catholic (transubstantiation)---are fairly represented and debated to provide readers with an opportunity to draw their own conclusion on this important Christian institution.
Who should participate in the Lord's Supper? How frequently should we observe it? What does this meal mean? What happens when we eat the bread and drink from the cup? What do Christians disagree about and what do they hold in common? These and other questions are explored in this thought-provoking book. This new volume in the Counterpoints: Church Life series allows four contributors to make a case for the following views: * Baptist view (memorialism) * Reformed view (spiritual presence) * Lutheran view (consubstantiation) * Roman Catholic view (transubstantiation) All contributors use Scripture to present their views, and each responds to the others' essays. This book helps readers arrive at their own conclusions. It includes resources such as a listing of statements on the Lord's Supper from creeds and confessions, quotations from noted Christians, a resource listing of books on the Lord's Supper, and discussion questions for each chapter to facilitate small group and classroom use.
Paul E. Engle, series editor for Counterpoints Church Life, is an ordained minister who served for twenty-two years in pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, and Michigan. He is an adjunct teacher in several seminaries in this country and internationally. He serves as associate publisher and executive editor in the Church, Academic, and Ministry Resources team at Zondervan. He and his wife Margie, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
John H. Armstrong (D.Min., Luther Rice Seminary) is president of ACT 3 in Carol Stream, Illinois and served as a pastor for more than twenty years. He is an adjunct professor of evangelism at Wheaton College Graduate School. His online commentaries regularly appear at www.Act3online.com. He holds degrees from Wheaton College, Wheaton Graduate School, and Luther Rice Seminary. He is the author or editor of a number of books including The Catholic Mystery; Five Great Evangelists; Understanding Four Views on the Lords Supper; Understanding For Views on Baptism; and most recently Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ's Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church.