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How Frequently Should We Take Communion?

Some churches don’t take the Supper weekly because they don’t see a good reason to do it. This raises the question, “Why did Jesus institute the Supper for us?” If we answer this question, then perhaps we would have a reason to either consider the reason we take Communion weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.

John Calvin gives three reasons that are helpful to the discussion and worth consideration. They are:  the comfort of our conscience, to move us to praise God, and move us to holiness. Each of these on their own merit is reason enough, when taken as a collective whole, we must strive to change our perspective on the Supper.  (more…)

What do the Sacraments do?

In and of themselves the sacraments do nothing. God the Holy Spirit works through the preaching of the Word and the Administration of the sacraments.

WSC Q. 91. How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation?
A. The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not from any virtue in them, or in him that doth administer them; but only by the blessing of Christ, and the working of his Spirit in them that by faith receive them.

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Is everything sacramental?

In reading the book Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry Boersma writes

“Thus the church’s sacraments are simply the beginning of the cosmic restoration. The entire cosmos is meant to serve as a sacrament: a material gift from God in and through which we enter into the joy of his heavenly presence.”

Boersma has basically said that the Church has been wrong in the way they have been administering the Sacraments. Seeing all creation as a sacrament that is the “in and through” to joy in God. Were’s God’s Word? Absent. Where’s faith? Unneeded. When we focus our gaze upon creation by which we hope to be lifted up we have taken our eyes off the content of the Gospel. This almost is too easy to say but I’m sure I’m not the first. “If everything is sacramental then nothing is sacramental”.

Clowney in his book The Church (Contours of Christian Theology) writes

Spreading the sacramental over the whole creation dilutes its force. If everything is sacramental, then bread and wine are already sacraments before their consecration, and the mystery of the Eucharist differs only in degree from the sacramentality of an incarnate creation. p 270

There is a tendency for those who want to ignore the physical. A type of Gnosticism where the body is irrelevant. However as Clowney goes on to say we can affirm the physical creation and know that God created it good. This doesn’t mean however that we need to sacramentalize it. Of course creation moves us to God because everything testifies of his glory and power. However it is not saving. It is not redemptive. That God makes everything is not the same as God is “in” everything. We are safe to stand by that which is revealed as a sacrament in God’s Word. Baptism and the Supper.