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Savoy on the Sacraments. Part 7

06/10/2011

Chapter 30
Of The Lord’s Supper

We have differences on this subject, just as have on baptism, but generally they are less contentious. Evangelicals may differ on the frequency of communion, with baptists, brethren and Pentecostals tending to have communion weekly. Anglicans too, have a more frequent observance, but they tend to have a different, more sacramentalist viewpoint on the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. Some reformed churches have infrequent communions, sometimes just twice a year, while most will do so once a month. There are differences over whether we should have one single cup or little individual cups. Do we wait for one another, to eat and drink together, or do we just eat and drink when we are handed the elements. Do we come to the front of the sanctuary to receive the elements or do we serve the elements to the communicants in the pews? All of these, however, are minor differences, and Savoy is concerned with more important issues. Let’s explore some of them…

Savoy:

Our Lord Jesus in the night wherein he was betrayed, instituted the sacrament of his body and blood, called the Lord’s Supper, to be observed in his churches to the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance, and showing forth of the sacrifice of himself in his death, the sealing of all benefits thereof unto true believers, their spiritual nourishment, and growth in him, their further engagement in and to all duties which they owe unto him, and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with him, and with each other.

So Savoy reminds us that the Lord’s Supper is to be observed until the end of the world.

We have clear and unequivocal scriptural evidence of this.
1 Cor 11:23-26 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
1 Cor 10:16-18 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

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