The Centrality of the Lord’s Supper – an Excerpt from For the Glory of God

The following is an excerpt from For the Glory of God, by Daniel I. Block.

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Above all, we recognize that no act of corporate worship is more important than communion at the Lord’s Table, eating of the bread and drinking of the cup in commemoration of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

The New Testament offers few prescriptions for corporate Christian worship; it does not tell us to meet on Sunday mornings, begin our services with song, listen to thirty-minute sermons, or pass around the offering plate. However, it does prescribe believers’ regular participation in the Lord’s Supper.

Because Jesus invites us to eat at his table until he comes, we do well to highlight participation at the table as the most important expression of Christian worship. When people are converted and baptized into the name of Christ and into the church, their greatest delight should be fellowshipping at the Table of the Lord.

In keeping with the function of the Eucharist as both a commemoration of the death of Christ and an anticipation of his return, the Lord’s Table should be treated as an occasion for solemn remembrance and exuberant celebration. Because the Lord’s Supper is a supremely holy meal, all who participate should examine themselves and confess their sins before God and one another before participating.

To be invited to the Table of the Lord is an incredible grace, but the cost is sobering. Only through the sacrifice of Christ are deliverance from the kingdom of darkness, forgiveness of sin, and covenant relationship made possible. But they are possible, and this is cause for great joy! Having encountered Jesus anew in the meal, we depart with a song of praise on our lips.

©2014 by Daniel I. Block. Published by Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

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