Holy Meal, A: The Lord's Supper in the Life of the Church

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"This is my body," said Jesus at the Last Supper. What did he mean? Throughout church history, there have been various interpretations of his words. These differences have caused denominational ruptures that have yet to heal.

In A Holy Meal, Gordon T. Smith shows that we cannot appreciate the Lord's Supper until we understand it. In light of the renewed attention given to the sacraments by all branches of the church, he examines the historic interpretations and seeks common ground among believers. In the process,...

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A Holy Meal: The Lord's Supper in the Life of the Church

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Overview

"This is my body," said Jesus at the Last Supper. What did he mean? Throughout church history, there have been various interpretations of his words. These differences have caused denominational ruptures that have yet to heal.

In A Holy Meal, Gordon T. Smith shows that we cannot appreciate the Lord's Supper until we understand it. In light of the renewed attention given to the sacraments by all branches of the church, he examines the historic interpretations and seeks common ground among believers. In the process, he shows how the Lord's Supper can infuse new meaning into the church as it confronts the forces of postmodernism and secularism.

A Holy Meal is essential reading for Christians who want to ponder the Lord's Supper again--perhaps truly for the first time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027680
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon T. Smith (PhD, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) is president of Ambrose University College and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. He is also the president of reSource Leadership International and has taught at Regent College, Vancouver. He is the author of a number of works in theology and the spiritual life.
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Eating, Symbol, and Sacrament

1. Eating and the Reign of God
2. The Sacramental Principle

Part 2: Seven Words

3. Remembrance: The Lord's Supper as a Memorial
4. Communion: The Lord's Supper as Fellowship with Christ and with One Another
5. Forgiveness: The Lord's Supper as a Table of Mercy
6. Covenant: The Lord's Supper as a Renewal of Baptismal Vows
7. Nourishment: The Lord's Supper as Bread from Heaven
8. Anticipation: The Lord's Supper as a Declaration of Hope
9. Eucharist: The Lord's Supper as a Joyous Thanksgiving Celebration

Part 3: Concluding Observations

10. The Presence of Christ and the Ministry of the Spirit

Scripture Index

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