The Duty Of Constant Communion

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When one becomes part of something new, there is an experience attached to it. Theologically speaking, that experience is known as “conversion.” This means to convey that one leaves behind one’s old being, the old falsehood, weary and loathsome life. It is an experience in which we “turn away from sin and turn instead to God.” This of course is based on accepting that God has the authority to forgive us our sins and provides us with grace to “be born again.” During one of the class lectures, Dr. Ron provided us with the definition of baptism by Vatican II. This definition projected the concept of baptism as a sacrament that said “Baptism is the sacrament of that faith, by which, enlightenment by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we respond to …show more content…
He asserts that it is “the grace of God” that “confirms to us the pardon of our sins, by enabling us to leave them.” It is important to be reminded about the foundation of Christian faith and theology that is a reminder of God’s love and grace for us humans. Pointing out to the theme of God’s grace for us as humans, Wesley also makes a point that “Christ had ordained certain outward means, for conveying his grace into the souls of men.” The discussion now enfolds the question “how does one have access to this means of grace?” Wesley makes the claim that according to his definition of the "means of grace" he means the “outward signs, words, or actions, ordained of God, and appointed for this end.” He further comments these signs “to be the ordinary channels” by which God “might convey to men, preventing, justifying, or sanctifying …show more content…
Dr. Anderson mentions two such names as the “Lord’s Supper” and the “Holy Communion.” These names carry some historical connotations. According to Dr. Anderson, the term The Lord’s Supper is relative to 1 Corinthians 11 and therefore implies that the Lord’s Supper is not associated with any abuse of the Supper. It is not based upon our action of inviting others, but is chiefly centered on the Lord’s Supper “to which we are invited.” On a similar note, the Holy Communion is about having communion with God and, with those that are gathered at the table. This is significantly associated with understanding that those with whom we gather at the table are the members of the Body of Christ. On another note, that is why they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Also, this communion helps the gathered community to “be brought into a relationship with God in Christ Jesus” and with “one another.” That is why Eucharist is a sacrament because it involves the use of tangible things and is about fulfilling the oath with God. It is directly related to the channel of means of grace. Stookey observes that God’s grace “can be proclaimed through things such as the water of baptism and the bread and wine of the holy

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