The Eucharist

Two Distinctly Opposite Beliefs Regarding the Eucharist:

Spiritual Christlike Communion

Scriptural Logical Communion

Early Christian:

David Bercot — Writer and teacher of Early Christian beliefs, David and his wife, Deborah, live in central Pennsylvania. You may see their book store here.

Consubstantiation (Lutheran):

Ernest Lassman — The Lord’s Supper (Lutheran)

Ernest Lassman — The Passover and the Lord’s Supper (Lutheran)

Ernest Lassman — Preparing for the Lord’s Supper (Lutheran)

Ernest Lassman — Are the bread and wine mere symbols? (Lutheran)

Ernest Lassman — What does the real presence mean? (Lutheran)

Ernest Lassman — What is closed communion? (Lutheran)

Consubstantiation (Methodist):

John Wesley — Duty of Constant Communion

Norman Wallwork — A Methodist understanding of the Eucharist

Transubstantiation (Roman Catholic):

Faith and Family Ministries — Early Christians describe the Eucharist and what it means. Presented by a Roman Catholic theologian.

True Faith Ministries — From a Roman Catholic perspective, an excellent teaching explains the Eucharist through Transubstantiation.

Protestant:

Huldrych Zwingli — The founder of the Protestant Church in Switzerland, wrote: “We believe that Christ is truly present in the Lord’s Supper; yea, we believe that there is no communion without the presence of Christ. This is the proof: ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’ (Matthew 18:20). How much more is he present where the whole congregation is assembled to his honour! But that his body is literally eaten is far from the truth and the nature of faith. It is contrary to the truth, because he himself says: ‘I am no more in the world (John 17:11), and ‘The flesh profiteth nothing’ (John 6:63), that is to eat, as the Jews then believed and the Papists still believe. It is contrary to the nature of faith (I mean the holy and true faith), because faith embraces love, fear of God, and reverence, which abhor such carnal and gross eating, as much as any one would shrink from eating his beloved son. … We believe that the true body of Christ is eaten in the communion in a sacramental and spiritual manner by the religious, believing, and pious heart (as also St. Chrysostom taught). And this is in brief the substance of what we maintain in this controversy, and what not we, but the truth itself teaches.”

Jean Gibson –Working with William MacDonald, Jean Gibson helped to establish The Discipleship Intern Training Program in San Leandro, California.

John Barnett — Working for the Word of Life Bible Institute in New York and Florida, Dr. John Barnett has studied the teachings behind the Eucharist.

John Piper — A Baptist pastor and chancellor of Bethlehem College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John Piper has taught and written about the Eucharist.

Steven Anderson — A Baptist minister in Steven Anderson explains why Baptists do not use fermented wine in communion, and what they believe about the service.

Anabaptist:

Samuel Troyer — Teacher and minister of a conservative Anabaptist fellowship in Gladys, Virginia, Samuel Troyer explains what virtually all Mennonites, Amish and Hutterites believe about the Eucharist.

Bruxy Cavey — A Mennonite leader and teacher, Bruxy Cavey contributes much in The Meeting House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Mennonite Brethren — Pastor of the Grace Mennonite Brethren congregation in Kitchener, Ontario, shares a message on the Eucharist, what it means to him and his church are they take part in it together.

Society of Friends (Quakers):

Michael Birkel — A Quaker educator and writer, Michael Birkel explains why they do not use water or wine in the communion. Everything has become spiritual, not physical.

Plymouth Brethren:

William Williams — Born and raised in Scotland, William Williams spent time in Australia before settling in southern Ontario, Canada. After his conversion, he actively served the Plymouth Brethren as a Servant of the World, and from this place, in 1910, he and his wife Mabel, left to established a new work in Venezuela. This is what he wrote, in Spanish, about the Lord’s Supper.

Sidney Saward — From Saskatchewan, Canada, a Plymouth Brethren congregation sent Sidney Saward to Venezuela to serve as a Servant of the Lord (church planter). He wrote this article in Spanish.

Christian Chirinos — Born and raised in Venezuela, Christian found his way to the Lord through the Plymouth Brethren. He served the church as a Servant of the Lord, loyally and faithfully, for many years. This is what he wrote about the Lord’s Supper (translated from Spanish.

Church of Christ:

Dan Owen and Jed Lovejoy — Two brothers of the Church of Christ in Broadway, Kentucky, share what they believe about weekly communion.

Don Blackwell — A teacher and Servant of the Lord amongst the Church of Christ, Don

Evangelical (Rediscovering the Eucharist):

Francis Chan — Of a Chinese background from San Francisco, California, Francis Chan became a popular and successful evangelist. But, as the Lord worked on him, he changed direction. Now he promotes small home fellowships that attempt to live like the first Christians.

Christopher Dodge — Working full time in the Awake us Now ministry in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Christopher Dodge and his wife Jan have enjoyed over forty years of marriage.

Kingdom Fellowship Churches:

Edsel Burdge — On the Lord’s Supper (Anabaptist — Shippensburg Christian Fellowship)

Matthew Milioni — A Servant of the Word at Followers of the Way in Boston, Massachusetts, shares a message on the Eucharist. A practice this home church fellowship shares weekly.

Jan Boshoff — From Pretoria, South Africa, Jan Boshoff shares the Eucharist. If you wish to learn more of what Jan believes and dose, click here.