Category Archives: Sacraments

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (FAQs)

Q. Should we practice open or closed communion? A. The Churches of Christ have always practiced open communion. Following Alexander Campbell’s counsel to neither “invite nor debar,” the Churches never refuse communion to anyone present (other than an unbaptized child). Most Churches … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (The First Century Pattern for Communion)

It’s easy enough to compare our contemporary communion practices with the practices of the First Century and see a huge difference. We’ve managed to turn a real meal involving real fellowship among believers into a symbolic meal involving virtually nothing … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:27-34 (“If Anyone Is Hungry”)

(1Co 11:27-28 ESV) 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so … Continue reading

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Post Up at Wineskins

My post Reflecting on “The Future of Churches of Christ: Table & Baptism” is up at Wineskins. It fits well with the 1 Corinthians 11 materials on communion. You might want to take a look.

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1 Corinthians 11:22-26 (the Supper of the Lord)

(1Co 11:22 ESV) 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:17-21 (The Love Feast and the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb)

Abusing the Lord’s Supper (1Co 11:17-19 ESV) 17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.  18 For, in the first place, when you … Continue reading

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Baptism: On the Covenant with Abraham

I’m going to leave baptism as a topic with this one last thought. And it’s all about God’s covenant with Abraham (Abram at the time) — (Gen 15:3–6 ESV) 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, … Continue reading

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Baptism: Stray Thoughts

  It’s time to pick up some stray thoughts from prior posts and the comments. Col 2:11-14 A few posts ago, I argued that the “circumcision not made with hands” is the receipt of the Holy Spirit when we’re saved. … Continue reading

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Baptism: The Need for a Ritual, Part 2

Marriage Imagine that two devout Christians get married, with the preacher, bridesmaids, the whole works. They later have two children. Ten years later, the husband discovers that the preacher forgot to sign the wedding certificate. A lawyer tells him that … Continue reading

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Baptism: The Need for a Ritual, Part 1

[This is a rerun from way back in January 2011.] People need rituals. God doesn’t so much, but people do. Love Consider a young couple. The young man embraces his girl friend and for the first time says, “I love … Continue reading

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