Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Christ and His Table-Companions

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on September 25, 2014 at 9:19 am

The Lord's Supper

I thank God that, coming to this table every Sabbath-day, as some of us do, and have done for many years, we have yet for the most part enjoyed the nearest communion with Christ here that we have ever known, and have a thousand times blessed his name for this ordinance. – C.H. Spurgeon

 Surely one of the paradoxes in Spurgeon’s ministry was that although he was famous as a practitioner of the art of preaching as well as the most well-known homiletical theoretician among British evangelicals, he was a vigorous promoter of celebrating Holy Communion each Lord’s Day. He often expressed his conviction on this subject. For instance, in a sermon on the dimension of table fellowship he tells us that it is his custom to observe the sacrament every Sabbath day as a number of others in his congregation regularly do and have done for many years. In this, he tells us, they enjoyed the nearest communion with Christ they had ever known and again and again blessed his name for this ordinance. (Hughes Oliphant Old. “Holy Communion in the Piety of the Reformed Church”. Ed. Jon D. Payne. Tolle Lege Press, 2013. p.788.)

  1. We attended a brethren assembly for about a year some years back [not for their theology] and did appreciate their weekly celebration of the Lord’s table. There is something very spiritually attractive about this and it’s the only thing we miss from those days. I have spoken often to Baptist pastors about the possibility of doing this in their [our] church and in principal they agree yet it never seems to get beyond that point. It is I believe a Remembrance Service that all Christians need to be a part of on a more regular basis than simply “Communion Sunday” once a month. Would love to get comments from others on this singularly important matter.

  2. […] The Reformed Baptist Fellowship blog shares a quote from Hughes Oliphant Old’s book, Holy Communion in the Piety of the Reformed Church, regarding Spurgeon’s enjoyment of the weekly sacrament: […]

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