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The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace: More Than a Memory

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Richard Barcellos' specific focus is to show us how the Lord's Supper is a means of grace. The study is divided under four headings - 1. The terminology connected to the Lord's Supper in the New Testament. 2. The Biblical data that supports the Lord's Supper as a means of grace. 3. The confessional formulation of the Lord's Supper as a means of grace in the reformed tradit ...more
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Published November 20th 2013 by Mentor
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Luis Dizon
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-religious
Richard Barcellos has provided an insightful new text on sacramentology from a Reformed Baptist perspective that delves into the idea of the Lord’s Supper as a means of grace, whereby Christians are sanctified and brought closer to Christ. As the title indicates, this book explains how the Lord’s Supper is more than just a “memorial.” It shows biblically how the Supper is used by God as a way to spiritually nourish the believer’s soul, much the same way prayer and the reading/preaching of Script ...more
Kaleb Miears
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a good, and I feel necessary read for most evangelicals I am in contact with. The arguement by Barcellos that the Lord's Supper is more than a memorial is well thought out and supported with exegisis of spcripture. I thouroughly enjoyed and would recommend this book to anyone looking to read about the meaning of the Lord's Supper.
Abby Jones
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this book you will find a comprehensive study of the Lord's Supper as a means of grace and encouragement to view it with a past, present, and future perspective.
While this book was a fairly quick read, I think large portions of it went over my head especially in the middle. Even with that it was a valuable and encouraging read. I have felt convicted for a while now about my lack of understanding of the Lord's Supper and the practical chapters at the end were very helpful to me. I plan on re-r
Caleb Adams
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic, and helps recover what is simultaneously the most significant use of The Lord’s Supper and what is the least known and understood use of The Lord’s Supper. To lack a proper understanding and practice of this ordinary means given to the church is to lack a fundamental element of weekly spiritual nourishment, and fail to take hold of blessings obtained by Christ for the good of the church.
Andrew Tucker
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book Baptists need to read. Being one myself (and raised one that) and being mostly convinced of a Calvinistic view of the Lord's Supper I decided to do research about the original perspective of the Baptist- coming to find that it was Calvinistic. Borrowed this book from my professor/boss/kind-of mentor after my research and a conversation with him about it and was really encouraged while reading this book. The book is hermeneutically solid, draws directly from scripture while being historica ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book reaffirming the reformed teaching of communion being more than just a memorial, but rather the means by which God's Holy Spirit delivers grace to the believer. I admit my NT Greek was never good enough to follow the finer nuances of the tenses discussed, but thankfully Barcellos provides English translations. A good read whether you're a Baptist, Presbyterian or belonging to another reformed grouping.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
The most significant contributions of this book are: 1) the discussion of the role of the Holy Spirit in enabling us to eat and drink Christ's body and blood; 2) the fact that the English Particular Baptist confessions are Calvinistic and not Zwinglian in their Eucharistic Theology. There was also a call for more frequent communion at the end, which made some interesting connections between the Lord's Day and the Lord's Supper.
Matt Felton
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Argues that the Lord's Supper is more than a memory - and actually given to the church as a "means of grace". Shows this to be the historic understanding of Reformed churches, including Baptist ones. Important practical conclusions, including: if it is indeed a means of grace (like prayer, like preaching), shouldn't it be celebrated on the *more frequent* side?
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I grew up not active in church. I was converted as an 18 year old at a typical Southern Baptist Church and began to grow much in my Southern Baptistism…and also some in my Christianity. Even when I was not necessarily growing in grace and knowledge of the Lord, I was most definitely absorbing the culture of, some if not much, of the Southern Baptist world. I bought into the true truth. I knew that it was not a worship song if you couldn’t make motions to go along with it (Youth Group), that conv ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
when we take the Lord’s Supper, it is a covenantal renewal meal. It does not bring us into covenant with God; it reminds us that we are in covenant with him through Christ and enhances that covenantal bond

Michael Horton says: The Lord’s Supper, then, is a covenant meal. That means that while it is first of all a ratification of God’s pledge to us, it also ratifies our pledge to God and to each other. It has both vertical and horizontal dimensions. 7

1 Corinthians 10:16 Is not the cup of blessing
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, kindle
This book is more of an extended essay, than book. The title describes the book remarkably well, as Barcellos repeats over and over--the Lord's Supper is more than a memory, but is a means of grace for the believer.

The book actually gets a bit repetitive on this point, as he nails this idea into the minds of his readers. That being said, his case is quite compelling--particularly when he reviews four of the major catechisms of the church, which show this is no new teaching, but has been around s
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
This is actually a great little gem about a study of the sacrament of the Eucharist(or communion, or the Lord's supper), from a Reformed Baptist point of view. I would have liked it to be a bit longer, as it was a fascinating read. I missed a chapter about how this idea of "as a means of grace: more than a memory" is compared to the wider Christian tradition, as well as a more in-depth focus on the gospel accounts rather than this focus mainly on Paul. Still, it feels like enough. Richard C. Bar ...more
Rich Kier
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lord's supper IS a means of Grace

I have felt for a long time that the way communion was done (I hesitate to say celebrated) was lacking something. It seemed to be something "tracked on" to the ordinary service. Sometimes once a month; or in one church I attended, at the pastor's whim. This book resonated with my spirit - it gives me the reason for my discontent as well as the way to really celebrate communion.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Short, quick moving book defending the Lord's Supper as more than just a memory but a real means of grace. I think the author does a good job making his case and whether you agree or not you will leave with a fresh appreciation for the Supper. Spends a decent amount of time exegeting texts from Ephesians to show the Spirit's involvement in the Supper. If you are studying the Lord's Supper this book should be involved.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was definitely a hard book to read, with it's in depth discussions of Greek translations and grammar. I do believe the intended audience is pastors, so that isn't really a concern. I did feel like the author was speaking a different language sometimes, and it wasn't Greek... It was grammar 😂
But!! It is definitely worth any Christian's time to reflect on The Lord's supper and I do think this book covered some very helpful points. I was blessed especially by my congregation's book study and
Stephen Bratton
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
This book highlights the importance of the Lord's Supper and explains well that and how it is a 'means of grace'. Chapters 2-4 give thorough exegesis on three passages of scripture that are helpful to this explanation. In reading through these passages it will be helpful to have an understanding for Greek and grammar. It is not necessary, but it will make those portions less tedious.
Caleb Batchelor
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Barcellos provides a helpful section on how the Spirit applies the benefits of Christ's work to us. I agree with Barcellos that the Lord's Supper is a mean's of grace; however, I wouldn't include this on my short list of introductions to the Lord's Supper.
Ken Thomas
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding read and resource for other reads.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you believe the Lords Supper is only symbolic, you should read this book.
Josh Robinson
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is great. After reading this book, I can say that I have a much greater appreciation for the Lord's Supper. I grew up in a church that badly neglected The Lords Table, and after reading Barcellos, I have a better understanding just how essential partaking in this means of grace is for our spiritual health, and most important of all, I feel a much more intimate relationship with the Lord in partaking of the Table now. For the book to be so short, it's quite thorough, which I found surpr ...more
Patrick McWilliams
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are very few books I can recommend without a single caveat or reservation. Richard Barcellos’ new book, The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More than a Memory, is one of them. Writing in an incredibly clear, straightforward style (unlike so many other theological works these days), Barcellos spells out exactly what his aims are in this book: to demonstrate how the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace to the faith of believers in Jesus Christ. He then proceeds to do exactly ...more
Katie Bliss
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This scholarly treatise on the Lord's Supper being a means of grace was excellent. Pastor Barcellos did an excellent job using scripture, confessions and catechisms to all prove the point that the Spirit is actively working through the Lord's table to strengthen our faith as Christians. I came away edified and look forward even more now too taking of the Lord's Supper again, knowing and appreciating its significance all the more.

I especially liked the conclusions/applications drawn at the end th
David Varney
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Would have opted for 3.5 stars but on the whole went with four as I found the book stimulating and encouraging in general.

Barcellos presents the Lords Supper as a means of grace in line with traditional reformed thought. He offers exegesis of three key Pauline passages as evidence for his position, the chief passage being 1 Corinthians 10:14f.

The author's exegesis of this text was thorough but I found it unconvincing as a 'key text' in the discussion. The other passages were clearly pointing t
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Helpful little book in understanding a reformed means of grace view on the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper being a means of grace means that God provides spiritual blessing to the believer when he partakes of the Lord's Supper.

Barcellos argues well from historic Christians creeds and confessions and parallels the Lord's Supper with prayer as a means of grace. Exegetically, Barcellos's argument hinges on his interpretation of Ephesians 1:3 and how much "the blessings in the heavenlies" are reali
David Luke
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Whilst I have some sympathy with Barcellos' view this was a very disappointing presentation of it. The Means of Grace seemed to be his interpretive principle rather than the conclusion he came to. Two passages in Ephesians were presented with tortuous exegesis followed by rabbit from the hat conclusions about the Supper as a means of grace. Furthermore he did not explain what this grace was or how it is available to us in ways that it is not otherwise available. John Owen on the Lord's Supper of ...more
Pete Williamson
A very manageable and well-presented explanation and working out of the Lord's Supper. A valuable book for both pastors and members of the congregation.
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