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Understanding Four Views on the Lord's Supper (Counterpoints)


Who should participate in the Lord’s Supper? How frequently should we observe it? What does this meal mean? What happens when we eat the bread and drink from the cup? What do Christians disagree about and what do they hold in common? This volume in the Counterpoints: Church Life series allows four contributors to make a case for the following views: Baptist, Reformed, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic.

  • Baptist View: Christ's Presence as a Memorial, Russell D. Moore
  • Reformed View: The Real Presence of Christ, I. John Hesslink
  • Lutheran View: Finding the Right Word, David P. Scaer
  • Roman Catholic View: Christ's True, Real, and Substantial Presence, Thomas A. Baima

John H. Armstrong is president of ACT 3 in Carol Stream, Illinois and served as a pastor for more than twenty years. He is an adjunct professor of evangelism at Wheaton College Graduate School. His online commentaries regularly appear at He holds degrees from Wheaton College, Wheaton Graduate School, and Luther Rice Seminary. He is the author or editor of a number of books including The Catholic Mystery, Five Great Evangelists, Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper, and Understanding Four Views on Baptism.