Adapted from the lyrics of the beloved gospel hymn, “When We Meet in Sweet Communion,” by Tillit S. Teddlie, this book focuses upon various aspects of our worship and practice involving the Lord’s Supper. It is designed to help disciples fulfill Jesus’ command, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
Three Keynote articles establish the overall focus. Daniel H. King, Sr. discusses the significance of “The Original Passover.” Bruce Reeves examines the meaning of Jesus’ command, “Do This in Remembrance of Me.” Jeff Himmel reflects upon God’s grace, mercy and love in “Sweet Communion.”
Various controversies are examined: “What is the Lord’s Supper?” by Greg Litmer, “If One Partakes, Must All Partake?” by Philip E. Chumbley, and, “This Bread” and “This Cup,” by Kyle Pope.
Expository studies include “The Lord’s Supper’s Relationship to the Kingdom (Matt. 26:29),” by Shawn Jeffries, “Hindrances to the Proper Observance (1 Cor. 11:17-34),” by Terry Partain, and, “The Devotion of the Early Disciples (Acts 2:42; 20:7),” by Matt Bassford.
Practical lessons are offered: “Preparing Our Hearts for Communion,” by David Dann, “Sweet Communion, not a Common Meal,” by Ron Halbrook, and, “Setting the Mood: Emotionalism vs. Sincerity,” by Richard (Dick) Blackford.
Personal challenges are weighed: “Is My Life Consistent with My Communion?” by Warren E. Berkley, “Staying Focused,” by Allen Dvorak, and, “Leading in the Lord’s Supper,” by Jonathan Chaffin.
“Sweet Communion Outside the Lord’s Supper” contains special insights by women for women: Connie Niemeier explores “The Importance of Hospitality,” Kay LaGrone addresses “True Friendship,” and, Nancy Picogna explores ways of “Ministering to the Needy.”
Finally, this book also includes a Supplemental section by Steve Niemeier, entitled, “Building A Congregation,” which serves as a summary of his workbook, “Committed to Spiritual Growth.”
edited by Mark Mayberry