Are you actually eating the body of Christ and drinking His blood? Is the Lord’s Supper another sacrifice like the Old Testament sacrifices? Is Communion simply a “memorial” of the death of Christ, like we “remember” someone’s birthday and have cake? Does it matter whether the Supper is taken privately or does it have to be within the setting of a church service?
Rev. Mark Vander Pol (from the Lynden URC) led the seventh study in the overview series of Covenant Theology and addressed these and other questions regarding the second sacrament that Christ instituted for the Church. (Remember that the other sacrament is Baptism, which was covered in Podcast #6.) Some of the other topics discussed were comparisons between the Roman Catholic and Protestant faiths for the Supper, whether or not children should be allowed to partake, and what elements must be present for the Lord’s Supper to be legitimate. Some of the Scriptures included: John 6:35; I Corinthians 11; Psalm 115; I Peter 1; and Exodus 24. A book that was often referenced was “Children at the Lord’s Table?” by Cornelis Venema.
The session began with an opening prayer by John W., and a few quick announcements on the church plant:
- There are two more study sessions planned (Feb 8th and Feb 22nd). The next two sessions will cover Reformed Theology of Worship and Church Government/Miscellaneous topics.
- Evening services will start in March, Lord willing. They will be held at the school where we are currently having the Bible study sessions.
- Lynden URC continues to pray for us and the Lord’s work in Gig Harbor.
- The deacons at Lynden URC continue to oversee all contributions for this church plant from both Gig Harbor attendees and members of the Lynden URC as well. Remember that should this church plant not succeed, all unused funds will be given to other church plant funds from within the URC. We are very thankful for everything that God has done already for this work!
- There will soon be phone calls and inquiries sent out to qualified candidates for the pulpit.
- As we are a community of saints, we urge everyone to pray for each other, and for specific, personal needs and requests, not just the church plant as a whole. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have a personal prayer request and/or to find out how you can pray for others in the community.
- Please contact us for more information on the church plant in general or how to give.