The Lord's Supper: Believers Church Perspectives: Believers Church Perspectives

Book, 1997, 332 pp
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"The Lord's Supper is a living drama in which the believing community declares in existential fashion the core truths of what it means to be God's people."

For the first time in a single volume, an impressive group of believers church scholars give an overview of the history, theology, and practice of the Lord's Supper in denominations that share the common heritage of believers baptism.

The essays are about sharing the bread and cup, foot washing, and the love feast. Several scholars examine the witness of Scripture and of church history on communion. A series of chapters describe the current practice and theology of the Lord's Supper in denominations as varied as Baptist, Quaker, Seventh-Day Adventist, and African Methodist Episcopal.

In the believers church tradition, the Lord's Supper is more experienced than reflected upon; this work provides readers with the rare opportunity of observing the special significance of this sacred ceremony in believers churches. "This book issuing from the Eleventh Believers Church Conference carries an exciting message. It centers down on the way in which the common table signalizes the corporate nature of the Christian life--corporate both spiritually and practically. This witness is redemptive in an individualistic and broken world, as well as in the lives of those formed by the common life." --Franklin H. Littell, Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

"This conversation opens well the new study needed to free our understanding of the meaning of the Lord's Supper from the shackles imposed on it by the "substance" debates among the official churches during the reformation." --John Howard Yoder, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

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