Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A Biblically Closed Communion

To come to the Table at our church, you do not have to be a member here.  All baptized Christians who are in good standing in their local churches are welcome and we believe the Lord has summoned them here – to this Table now, with these brothers and sisters – to partake of the body and blood of the Lord.

This is what we consider a biblically closed communion.  The fact that we require that you be baptized means that we require that God, by means of His church and Holy Spirit, has marked you out as His.  He is the One Who, providentially, has called you out.  To not allow unbaptized persons to the Table is not a sign of high-arrogance, quite the opposite.  It is a declaration that the only ones who may come must come in humility – and that humility was poured over them or they were dunked in it – in the form of water.

We are all sinners – forgiven sinners – washed sinners – marked sinners – saved sinners – and hungry-for-the-Lord sinners.  Come and welcome to Jesus Christ.

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