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The Sacrifice of Praise: Meditations before and after Receiving Access to the Table of the Lord, 2nd ed.
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The Sacrifice of Praise: Meditations before and after Receiving Access to the Table of the Lord, 2nd ed.


Louis Kregel 1922

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In The Sacrifice of Praise, noted theologian Herman Bavinck argues that all those admitted to the sacrament of communion must first make a public profession of faith. Reformed Christians emphasize the inclusion of children in the Covenant of Grace, baptizing them as a sign and seal of God’s promise. Many parents and churches struggle to determine when these “children of the covenant” should be admitted to the table. Bavinck presents a reasoned, pastoral case for public profession as the prerequisite for taking communion. Though upholding the important role parents play in instructing their children in the faith, he emphasizes that a public profession must be prompted by the Holy Spirit—not human tradition. Bavinck’s careful treatment includes explorations of the unifying power of a common confession of faith, and practical instruction for those facing persecution for publically naming Christ. Pragmatic, straight forward, and refreshingly devotional, The Sacrifice of Praise will give readers a newfound appreciation for the importance of confessing one’s faith and the immense privilege of partaking the Lord’s Supper.

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Read more about Bavinck’s views on the Christian family in The Christian Family.

Key Features

  • Discusses public profession of faith as a prerequisite for taking Communion
  • Emphasizes Reformed understanding of the Covenant of Grace
  • Provides practical and straightforward teaching


  • The Basis or Foundation of Confession
  • The Training or Bringing up unto Confession
  • The Rule of Confession
  • The Essence of Confession
  • The Contents of Confession
  • The Diversity of Confession
  • The Universality of Confession
  • The Obligation to Confession
  • The Opposition to Confession
  • The Reward of Confession
  • The Triumph of Confession

Product Details

  • Title: The Sacrifice of Praise: Meditations before and after Receiving Access to the Table of the Lord
  • Author: Herman Bavinck
  • Translator: John Dolfin
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 136
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Ecclesiology

About Herman Bavinck

Herman Bavinck (1854–1921), was a Dutch Reformed theologian who contributed to the resurgence of Reformed theology. Bavinck studied at Kampen Theological Seminary and the University of Leiden and graduated in 1880. He taught at both Kampen Theological Seminary and Free University and was friends with Abraham Kuyper and B.B. Warfield.

His most well-known publications include his four-volume Reformed Dogmatics and The Philosophy of Revelation.

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