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.
This article discusses how Christians can participate in the Lord's Supper for their benefit.
This article stresses the corporate aspect to the celebration of the Lord's Supper. This aspect impacts how we approach the table, and how we prepare to take the Supper.
This article reflects on the celebration of communion in the Reformed tradition. Is there something sacred about wine, or is grape juice an acceptable alternative? Are there rules about whether the bread should be leavened or unleavened, store-bought or home-baked, white or wheat? Is a chalice more meaningful than a tray full of small cups? Who should bring the elements to the table—and when?
This article explores the early church's celebration of the Lord's Supper. It addresses the question of whether they believed that the elements were actually transformed into the physical body and blood of Christ.
What constitutes a sacrament? There are four elements, and the article explains them
The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament meant to be observed again and again. This article explains that this is so because it is a reminder of the Lord's death but also an occasion for self-examination.
The cross of Christ is presented from different perspectives in the Old Testament and the New Testament. These perspectives can influence the way we remember the cross of Christ as we sit at the Lord's Supper. We can come to the Lord's Table feeling sorry for sin, joyful in the victory of Christ, and hopeful for paradise.
Some Protestant Churches have the idea of transubstantiation in that when the crackers and grape juice are blessed by the pastor, they are mysteriously transubstantiated into the proper elements of the Lord's Supper. This article discusses the biblical reasons for the use of wine for the Lord's Supper, rather than just using grape juice.
Why is it that the Lord's Supper is not celebrated that often in many churches? Can it be that we miss something about the gospel? This article thinks so.
What does the sacrament of the Lord's Supper signify to us? The Lord's Supper emphasizes that Christ's death is pivotal to salvation. The Lord's Supper also shows why Christ died, and how Christ's death is applied to believers.
We receive the spiritual nourishment of the Lord's Supper only through faith, which is worked in us by the Holy Spirit. This article discusses the Holy Spirit's work in us, and the relationship between the Word and the sacrament of Lord's Supper.
How is Christ present in the Lord's Supper? When we eat of the bread and drink of the wine of the Lord's table, how is that eating and drinking Christ? This article discusses the Roman Catholic teaching of transubstantiation and Martin Luther's perspective, contrasting them with a different perspective on Christ's presence in the Lord's Supper.
This article looks at the nature of the Lord's Supper - what makes it so special? How are we nourished by the Lord's Supper table?
How often should the Lord's Supper be celebrated? Should churches have weekly communion? This thesis considers the subject of the frequency of the Lord's Supper, arguing that it should be practiced less than weekly. The author offers an outline of the historical practice of the church (particularly the Westminster tradition), then explores the doctrine of the sacrament and worship in order to prove his thesis.
This article is about the order or liturgy of the Passover meal when Jesus changed it to the Lord's Supper.
This is an extensive article on the Lord's Supper.