Intended as a high point in our lives, the Lord's Supper is too often neglected and too little understood. But when the people of God reawaken to the Supper's significance and power, the church enjoys renewed vigor.
Given for You leads us to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Lord's Supper. Keith A. Mathison revisits church history (especially Calvin and the Reformation), searches relevant biblical passages, and guides us through theological and practical questions about the purpose, frequency, subjects, and elements of the Supper.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: The Historical Context
1. John Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper
2. Reformed Developments in the 1500s
3. Reformed Developments in the 1600s and 1700s
4. Reformed Developments in the 1800s and 1900s
Part 2: The Biblical Witness
5. Old Testament Shadows
6. The New Testament Reality
Part 3: Theological and Practical Issues
7. A Brief Critique of Other Eucharistic Doctrines
8. Toward a Reformed Eucharistic Orthodoxy
9. Practical Issues and Debates
Appendix: The Lord’s Supper Before the Reformation
Keith A. Mathison (MA, Reformed Theological Seminary; PhD, Whitefield Theological Seminary) is dean of the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and an associate editor of Tabletalk magazine at Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of Dispensationalism: Rightly Dividing the People of God?; Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope; The Shape of Sola Scriptura; and Given for You: Reclaiming Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper. He is editor of When Shall These Things Be: A Reformed Response to Hyper-Preterism and associate editor of The Reformation Study Bible. He lives in Lake Mary, Florida, with his wife and children.
"The best and most comprehensive treatment of the Reformed doctrine of the Lord’s Supper I have ever seen. . . . a genuine ‘must read’ book." — R. C. Sproul
"Argues cogently for the liturgical significance of returning to Calvin’s richly nuanced view of the real presence of Christ in the sacrament." — David E. Holwerda
"I know of no other book that combines solid research, pastoral concern, polemical edge, and attention to oft-forgotten biblical passages with such skill. Any informed decision an the Supper will need to include the careful reading of this volume." — Michael S. Horton
"To my mind, the most thorough and clearest exposition of the evangelical and Reformed view of the Lord’s Supper in recent memory. A ready antidote to many of the ills that threaten historic evangelicalism." — Frank A. James III