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What Is The Lord's Supper? (Basics of the Faith) (Basics of the Reformed Faith)

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Ever since the night Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper, this sacrament has played a central role in the faith and practice of the church. That is why it is odd that many believers think so little
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 10th 2005 by P & R Publishing
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Steve Johnson
Jul 22, 2016 Steve Johnson rated it liked it
Rick Phillips does an outstanding job of setting the tone for the way that all Protestants ought to view and prepare to partake of the Lord's Supper- with a sober, earnest approach to His table and the elements and a proper understanding of its significance. Though Phillips writes from an unapologetically Reformed Presbyterian perspective, there is much benefit from readers of other denominational perspectives even if you do not agree with him on all the details. This is a good, solid booklet ...more
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Jan 18, 2015 Wade rated it it was amazing
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This is a great, short booklet on the Lord’s Supper. Phillips looks at the main views regarding the presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper (the memorialist view, transubstantiation, and the spiritual presence of Christ) as well as explaining the efficacy of the sacrament. This is great for laypeople to read in order to increase their enjoyment and understanding of the Lord’s Supper; it is also great for pastors who administer the sacrament to read in order to increase their ability to explain ...more
Mark A Powell
Dec 30, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it really liked it
Amidst debate over how and when to observe the Lord’s Supper (and even what happens when we do), it is clear that Jesus commanded His followers to practice it. This brief booklet outlines the major differences concerning particulars but focuses mainly on Christ’s clear instruction. Phillips’ most helpful contribution is his discussion of the pastoral applications of celebrating communion. Speaking from a wealth of experience, he encourages a proper and necessary participation in the Lord’s ...more
Mike E.
Jan 29, 2016 Mike E. rated it liked it
Good, short overview of the Lord's Supper from a "spiritual presence" perspective. Leans on Berkhof, Warfield, et. al.

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Regarding frequency & importance he writes, "Evangelicals therefore make the mistake of defining themselves in opposition to Rome instead of in conformity to the Bible."

J.E. Jr.
Nov 29, 2010 J.E. Jr. rated it really liked it
This is one of those short, booklet-style books that is designed to offer a quick overview. It does that, and I suppose it does it acceptably-- certainly, it is far better than nothing. I found myself feeling shorted on every point, but that is a problem of format and length, not content (which was excellent). Low marks, therefore, are for the choice to make this booklet TOO short.
Gregory Soderberg
Good introduction and overview of a standard Reformed view of the Lord's Supper. Especially refreshing was Phillips' view of the importance of the Supper, and his appreciation of Calvin's theology of communion.
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Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.
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