BOOK REVIEW: R.C. SPROUL’S “WHAT IS THE LORD’S SUPPER?’
Why Christians Celebrate The Lord’s Supper
Book Review By David P. Craig
One of the things that all Protestants and Catholics have in common is that we participate either weekly or monthly in the remembrance of the Lord’s Supper or Communion. In this concise and yet very thorough treatment of what the Bible teaches about the Lord’s Supper R.C. Sproul gives several cogent reasons why Christians around the world remember the body and blood of Christ in the past and present and look forward to His coming in the future.
Dr. Sproul looks at the roots of the Lord’s Supper in examining the Old Testament Passover from the Exodus; the Last Supper of Christ in the Gospels; and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in the Kingdom of Heaven. The history of the Supper is examined, the theology of the Supper is explained, and the meaning of the Supper is articulated so that we can best apply its meaning as we participate in the elements as we remember the death, burial, resurrection, and coming of Christ by worshipping Him in spirit and in truth.
Reading this book will help you to appreciate and value the partaking of the cup and bread all the more as you remember the amazing sacrifice of the Lamb that was slain to save us from God’s wrath, and unto His gracious presence forever. You will come to a deeper understanding of the necessity of a “bloody” sacrifice, and of the “body” that was slain on our behalf. There is much spiritual meat here, to bring you to deeper intimacy with and reflection on the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca., and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 29 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship of resources, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.
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