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The Lord's Supper


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The Lord’s Supper.

The Lord’s Supper is the topic for this episode of the Straight Truth Podcast. We are commanded to take the Lord's Supper, but why, why do we take it? Why is it required for Church members? Why should it only be taken in a church setting? Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Josh Philpot desire to help us better understand this ordinance and aim to guide us to think carefully and biblically about it.

Dr. Caldwell shares that we do this because we believe that the Lord gave this ordinance to the Church, given for His people. It is not meant to be practiced any way we want, nor on an individual basis. It is to be practiced in relation to the proper relationship with our Lord. The example we see in the New Testament is that of believers partaking of the Lord’s Table together, as His body.

As they do this, the gospel is declared. Chiefly it is a remembrance of Christ Himself. And yes, it is about the believer's relationship to Christ. But it is not just the individual believer's relationship that is communicated here; it is also about the rest of the body of Christ. Dr. Caldwell shows the extent of this relationship through the corrective instructions that Paul gives to the Corinthian Church.

Dr. Philpot mentions a long-enduring question about whether Christ is actually present in the Lord’s Supper. He shares, in Baptist ecclesiology, there is this sense or idea of the Lord’s Supper as a memorial and done in remembrance. In the ordinance, we are remembering the body and blood of Christ, the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus. He asks Dr. Caldwell if he thinks that Jesus is present in any sense in the taking of the Lord’s Supper.

Dr. Caldwell says that he does believe that Jesus is present. He explains that he sees the elements as symbolic, not changing in any way. However, those elements represent us fellowshipping around the Lord’s Table. We fellowship with Christ spiritually, and this is an act of worship.

We must come to the Table prepared to fellowship and worship our Lord. So, as we do this, there is the opportunity to examine ourselves. There is an opportunity to confess our sin and make sure we are right with Christ.

Dr. Philpot asks if this is self-disciplinary then in some sense? Or maybe there is this built-in discipline for the Church because it requires reconciliation before it is taken? Would there then be consequences if someone does not reconcile before taking the Lord’s Supper?

Dr. Caldwell says to answer this question, it is best to let the Word of God speak. He turns to 1 Corinthians 11 and reads from verses 17 to 23 and then 27 to 34 and explains as he goes along. Paul informs the Corinthians they have trampled underfoot the true significance of the death of Christ represented symbolically at the Lord’s Table. This is a serious matter.

To make a mockery of the Lord’s Table is to open ourselves up for discipline from the Lord. Paul makes clear to the Corinthians they are experiencing the consequences of having done this. So, in this chapter, Paul gives instructions on how, what, and why they are to do as instructed when they partake of the Lord’s Table. Then in verses 33 and 34, Dr. Caldwell explains that Paul gives further clarification and instructions for them to follow so that they will not be gathered for receiving judgment.

Other questions answered in this episode regarding the Lord’s Supper are: How often should we take the Lord’s Supper? Should people be led through an online service to take the Lord’s Supper in their homes? The Lord's Supper is also referred to as the Lord's Table and as Communion.

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