Monday, December 17, 2007

Treasures of Lutheranism: a testimony

All right, I used the word "testimony." Oh well. We digressed a bit this week (yesterday); the one speaker (a.k.a. educated layman) I had time to listen to spoke on a touchstone of theology: the Lord's Supper.

Mystagogy is the entry into the mysteries of Christ, the means of grace (Word and Sacraments). Christ Jesus says, "Take, eat, drink." Christ comes to us in the Supper. Study the Words of Institution (verba); the Supper is neither a show nor a reenactment nor our work--it is Christ, forgiving sins in the consumption of the elements, a local, saving, real Presence.

Preparing for the Sacrament: sermon (Rom. 10:17); self-examination, clinging to Christ's Word.

Approaching the altar: there is no greater privilege. The Gospel motivates reverence.

Life-changing: it is the highlight of the week. Christ serves us Himself (heavenly nourishment) and mediates for us.

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