Eucharist, communion, or the Lord's Supper has always been at the heart of church ceremony. Bartels lucidly explains how the rite has been understood and performed throughout church history, arguing for a position of "real presence," as opposed to transubstantiation or simple memorial. 288 pages, softcover. Concordia.
This book offers a theological and historical introduction to the doctrine and practice of the Lord's Supper in the Christian church. The 14 chapters portray the meaning and significance of the Eucharist for God's people, presenting through vignettes and careful analysis the apostles' teaching in Scripture, the traditions and abuse of the Medieval church, and the "rediscovery" of the evangelical traits of the Lord's Supper in the Reformation. The author presents a rich picture of the ways congregations have celebrated the Sacrament through the years; he also explores the various doctrinal positions in the church's history, always with a pastoral heart, to promote and preserve the gracious nature of Christ's gift to His redeemed people. This book provides a remarkable overview of the "foretaste of the feast to come." Study guide include in the book.
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