Through the sacrament of the Eucharist (The Lord's Supper) we protest death and partake of the resurrected life of Jesus Christ. Here are a few thoughts concerning protesting death and practicing resurrection.
Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy At the time of the Protestant Reformation, there was much disagreement regarding the nature of and, therefore, the number of sacraments. For the sake of brevity, I will focus on the conclusions and definitions that emerged from the English Reformation. Article XXV (“Of the Sacraments”) of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion states that “Sacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges or tokens of Christian men’s profession, but rather they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace, and God’s good will towards us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm…
Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy The Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ceremonial rites (or sacraments) for his followers to observe. Baptism was given as a one-time rite of initiation into the New Covenant community and the Lord’s Supper as a regular rite of remembrance (Packer, 1993, 209). These were gifts from the Lord, given as signs and seals of their covenant relationship with God, and as means of grace until his second coming (Packer, 1993, 209-210). Originally part of the same initiation process, baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been inextricably linked from the earliest days of the church.
Written by Jeff Benson INTRODUCTION In the history of Christendom there has always been a struggle for unity within local congregations in order that they might be able to form something greater than they could accomplish by themselves. Jesus in one of his final prayers asks that all believers “may be one” and additionally notes that this is how “the world may believe that you have sent me”. Historically the Catholic Church has sought to fulfill this prayer, by providing a single, unified body that is designed to work together as Christ intended.