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I am always impressed by the steady hands of those who pour from a chalice into a small, individual communion cups. I am no less impressed by those who can hold the cup to the lips without spilling, and for those lips to receive without dribbling. More
The focus of the Lordís Supper should not be the office of the minister, but Christ alone. With him as our focus, we easily see that there are indeed offices or orders in the Christís Church but that we ďare all one in Christ Jesus.Ē More
All of Godís people are to be given both kinds in the Lordís Supperóboth the bread and the wine, his body and his blood. The reason for this usage is simply this: the Lord himself commands this practice for the forgiveness of sins. More
Just because someone wants it to be a certain way, does not make it so. If someone commands authority, this does not necessarily make his demands right. The dictates of an entire culture do not stamp a matter with divine approval. More
If we are to seek first the kingdom of God (Matt 6:33), what is it that we should desire? The simplest answer is that we should seek Christ. More
Even if we were to allow such a faulty example, we would need to deal with the priesthood of all believers, and that we are all one in Christ. Lutherans confess that there is no class difference in the Church. More
Who is elevated or remembered in such a distinction between clergy and laity? Is it Christ? Or is it the clergy who are given the greater dignity? More
When we speak of breaking bread, we mean that we take the time to enjoy a meal. In the Church, this may simply refer to a fellowship meal. Yet, in certain Scriptures it could be understood as being something more than a potluck. More
In the institution of the Lordís Supper, Jesus does not mention the bitter herbs or the sweet charoset or other elements of the Passover meal. More
The blood of Christ is ďpoured out for many.Ē This word ďmanyĒ means for the multitude or for the whole gathering. This was the institution of Christ and the practice of the early Church. More
Everyone received bread; all received wine. Why? The simple reason Paul gives is, that is the way the Lord established it, so that is what the apostle passed on to the Church. More
Lutherans do no alter Christís institution, for in so doing, we would change the very message of the gospel. Christ gave his body and shed his blood for all. More
Jesus cannot be more clear. One must partake of both his body and blood in order to have new life in Christ. To eat and drink of the Sacrament is a holy communion with Christ himself. More
The purpose of government is to maintain Godís will on earth. Specifically, our leaders are to do two things: maintain the faith and protect the people. More

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