The Lord's Supper
Answers to Common Questions
by Keith A. Mathison
Pub Date 13 Aug 2019
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As Jesus was celebrating His final Passover meal, He made some bold statements. First, He took the bread and said, This is my body. Then He took the cup, saying, This is my blood. Next, He commanded the disciples to eat and drink in remembrance of Him.
What did Jesus mean? Do the bread and wine literally become His body and blood? What happens when Christians take the Lord’s Supper?
In The Lord’s Supper: Answers to Common Questions, Dr. Keith A. Mathison walks through these questions and several others to help us better understand this sacrament. Far from being an empty ritual, the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace, a source of spiritual nourishment, and true communion with Christ and His church.
“The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper has been one of the more hotly contested topics in church history, so people in the church undoubtedly have questions about it. Dr. Keith Mathison presents a clear and biblical explanation of the Lord’s Supper that will surely help people in the church to have a deeper understanding of the sacrament. He provides food for thought that both instructs and reminds us why the Lord’s Supper is such a blessing for the church.”
—Dr. J.V. Fesko Professor of systematic and historical theology Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Miss.
“This is an excellent introduction to the Lord’s Supper. Dr. Keith Mathison unfolds the biblical teaching, answers a range of common questions, and provides wise counsel on practical matters, including the relationship of young children to the communion service. The Reformed churches have historically attested that the supper is a means of grace. Since it is the Lord’s Supper and in it Christ gives Himself to feed and nourish us, and because it is a proclamation of His death and communion by the Holy Spirit in His ascended humanity, it is essential to the life and vitality of the church and to its effective witness to the world. I hope that many will read Dr. Mathison’s presentation and that it will be instrumental in reinvigorating the church in the years to come.”
—Dr. Robert Letham Professor of systematic and historical theology Union School of Theology, Oxford, England
“There are many books on the Lord’s Supper written by able theologians. Few address in a clear and practical way the many questions Christians have about it. Dr. Keith Mathison has answered these questions from a Reformed point of view in clear and concise language. Using church history, systematic theology, and especially biblical exegesis, Dr. Mathison shows the historical and biblical reasons for the way Reformed churches celebrate the Lord’s Supper. This book is useful not only for young Christians and new believers, but also for those who have attended church for years and have never really realized what is going on during the Lord’s Supper.”
—Dr. Augustus Nicodemus Lopes Vice president of Presbyterian Church of Brazil Assistant pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Recife, Brazil
“Jesus appointed the Lord’s Supper so that we would better remember Him. The Lord’s Supper helps us understand the person and work of Jesus Christ and the way in which the whole of Scripture points to Christ. In the supper, believers may find refreshing streams of grace flowing from the Savior whom we meet there. In this brief and accessible book, Dr. Keith Mathison helps us better understand the Lord’s Supper. Addressing biblical, theological, historical, and practical questions relating to the supper with insight and simplicity, Dr. Mathison offers readers of all levels and backgrounds a clearer understanding of the supper—and of the Savior Himself.”
—Dr. Guy Prentiss Waters James M. Baird Jr. Professor of New Testament Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Miss.