It is alarming when a pastor or a minister in a given congregation only refers to 1 Corinthians 11 with the occasion of the Lord Supper. Of course this is not the only passage that clearly talks about this ordinance. When that happens, we can only think this minister is not familiar with the biblical and theological foundations of the Lord’s Supper. There are many books on Theology, many exegetical commentaries on the different books of the Bible, but there are few books in the Christian market that are devoted exclusively to the ordinance of Lord’s Supper.
Spreading the Feast (Howard Griffith, 2015, published by P&R Publishing) is a book that will change or affirm readers’ perspectives about the Lord’s Supper and does this ceremony really implies. The book is divided into two sections. Part one: Foundations (pages 25−73) is divided into three chapters. Chapter one (Theology) contains the theological foundation of the Lord’s Supper. The author goes from to the gospels to Paul’s writings, exploring also the meaning of the term covenant as it is related to the Lord’s Supper. Griffith provides a relatively brief but profound and effective theological perspective of the Lord’s Supper.
Chapter two (Inviting) is an exhaustive study on who is entitled to participate of the Lord’s Supper, based on the biblical point of view. Griffith develops the idea of including all believers who have been baptized according to the Lord’s ordinance, not matter if they belong to our local church or not. This chapter also provides three examples of invitation to the Lord’s Supper. The author closes chapter two with a warning section. Griffith refers to the warnings Paul addressed to the Corinthians in participating the Lord’s Supper.
Chapter three (Basic Themes) is devoted to the explanation of basic concepts and their meanings about the Lord’s Supper; what it means and what it does not mean.
Part two: Mediations (pages 77−144) is more personal and introspective. It contains meditations on passages that point to the Lord’s Supper. This part is divided into three sections: (1) Old Covenant Anticipations; (2) New Covenant Fulfillment; (3) The Riches of Union With Christ. This section is of great help for ministers as the author walks through the Scriptures reflecting and meditating on passages that support the importance of the Lord’s Supper.
Summarizing, Griffith has made a remarkable job in writing from his own experience as a pastor and theologian regarding the Lord’s Supper. I anticipate this book is going to be a point of reference for ministers today and in subsequent decades. This book has helped me to gain more awareness of the Lord’s Supper and its implications. It has impacted me not only as a pastor but also as a Christian for whom the blood of Christ was spilled.
I recommend this book, first to pastors and ministers who are in charge of ministering at the Lord’s Table. Secondly, I recommend this book to seminary students who are pursuing pastoral studies. Finally, I recommend this book to every Christian seeking to have a broader awareness of what does it mean participating of the Lord’s Supper.
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