Taking Communion

Communion is something important in a church – but why? What does it mean? And just how important is it? In this video we look at what the Bible says about communion and think about some practicalities.

The book I mentioned is Remembrance, Communion and Hope by J. Todd Billings.

Did you know – you can do the How to Live as a Christian course right here on the website!

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What are Sacraments? (Heidelberg 25)

What are the sacraments and why are they important for Christians? In this session we start to look at the sacraments and how God uses them to help us to understand the gospel.

There are four questions in this session:

  • Q65 – Since faith alone makes us share in Christ and all his benefits, where does this faith come from? (In other words, is even faith itself something which is to our own credit?)
  • Q66 – What are the sacraments?
  • Q67 – Are both the Word and the sacraments then intended to focus our faith on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as the only ground of our salvation?
  • Q68 – How many sacraments has Christ instituted in the new covenant?

This last question is one where particularly Roman Catholics and protestants will disagree. Protestant churches believe there are only two sacraments. It’s no surprise that the Heidelberg Catechism, being a Reformed / protestant catechism, takes this line.

The sacraments were one of the key battle grounds in the middle ages between Catholic and protestant theology, and it’s important to understand what they are and why they’re important. I hope that the Heidelberg Catechism in looking at the sacraments warms your heart and enlivens your faith as you think through these things.

Want more?

If you enjoy this, you can do the whole series right here on the website, or on the app (see links on the right hand side of the page). Alternatively, I am uploading them regularly to YouTube and Facebook. All sessions on YouTube are available on this playlist.

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Taking Communion – Living as a Christian part 5

What is communion and why is it important? In this video we think about communion – how we should take it, how often, and how important it is or isn’t.

This is part 5 of the “How to Live as a Christian” video course. In due course, this will be available as a as a course for you to complete as part of the teaching programme.

The How to Live as a Christian series is designed to help new (and not-so-new) Christians get up to speed about living in the way God wants us to. It’s designed to be practical, so that it’s not just all about the theory. You can check out all the videos so far on the YouTube playlist, or if you prefer you can read the whole series.

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