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 tradition and 4. Final Thoughts.
Richard C. Barcellos
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There aren't many modern books on Reformed eucharistic theology, but this book is one I would highly recommend as an introduction to this topic. It is a short book (less than 150 pages) that doesn’t address the historical development of Reformed Eucharistic theology (for a historical theology, I would recommend Keith Mathison’s Given for You: Reclaiming Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper), but it addresses exegetically how the Lord’s Supper is a present communion with Christ.
After reading the book, I would strongly recommend it for those who: (1) grew up in a background that viewed the Lord’s Supper only as a remembrance and (2) grew up in a background that de-emphasized the Lord’s Supper (and thus doesn’t view it as an essential part of Christian maturity). The argumentation of the book can be somewhat technical, but I believe that careful attention and prayerful meditation of the argument will bring the reader to deeply...
"An exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ by a thorough-going treatment of the Lord's Supper, a praise-provoking theology of the Holy Spirit, a brief but crucial introduction to Trinitarian salvation from Ephesians, and a manual on prayer in short compass - how many books do that in less than 130 pages?! If you are a pastor, the author reminds you of the wonders of sound exegesis, the essential nature of the means of grace, our Lord's kind maintenance of His churches in giving us the Lord's Supper as taught by the Apostle Paul, and our rich confessional history of observing the ordinance. From the introduction by Dr. Renihan, through the Preface and chapters of Dr. Barcellos' thorough work, every page is densely packed with helpful information, capped with persuasive pastoral application in the final chapter. If you are a layperson but wanting some meaty material for meditation, do not let the helpful Greek work intimidate you; you also will find much here to feed your soul and...
Dr. Barcellos has provided us with a clear exegetical defense of the Lords Supper (and prayer) as a means of grace. He helpfully interacts with the theological terms and tradition of the reformed view of Christs real spiritual presence showing that the supper, while being a memorial meal, is more than that. This book leaves you wishing he had written more which is a better problem than wishing the book was finished before the end.
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