The article deals with the main aspects of differences between the Roman Catholic, the Lutheran, Reformed (Anglican), and the Baptist views on the presence of Christ in the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper. The Catholic view is transubstantiation, while the Lutheran view is consubstantiation. The Reformed view is that of the real presence of Christ, without the need to identify his physical body in the Supper.
What was the place and understanding of the Lord's Supper in the early church? How can a recovery of the early church's practice of the Eucharist help us to live in Christ in a more profound way? How is the grace of God mediated to us through the celebration of the Lord's Supper? These questions are reflected upon in relation to the developments in the Eucharist during the Middle Ages and the Reformation.
The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament that focuses the believer’s attention on the promise of the gospel. This article explains the message of the Lord’s Supper and how it fulfils the Old Testament. It discusses those allowed to partake of the Supper and whether children can eat it (paedocommunion). It evaluates various views on the presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper.