Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord's Supper

The following is taken from professor and Praxis speaker Dr. Chris Green's book "Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord's Supper." As we move together into this holy weekend let us be reminded of the power of the Eucharist, and not simply approach it as a practice but let ourselves be formed into a peculiar people. Dr. Green's book can be found here

"... the Eucharist is for Christian pilgrims what the manna was for the wilderness-bound Israelites. Although real and effective, Christ’s presence in Communion is and remains hidden —in a sense, unexperiencable. Not from any lack of divine power or due to anything like divine capriciousness, but just so that we may act in faith, and in so acting, develop the character of Christ. Christ’s hiddenness is a gift that opens up for us the possibility of transformative, deifying faith-acts. As John 6 teaches, Christ’s eucharistic promise is purposefully scandalous, and to accept his words as true, believers must humble themselves, throw off everything except trust in and fidelity to Jesus as the Word. Glorious as it may be, the Eucharist is a form of Jesus’ ongoing humiliation in this time before the eschaton. In Bonhoeffer’s words, Christ humbles himself as creature in the Sacrament and in so doing makes it so that only those who humble themselves in response may receive him and his life. 

"This comes right to the heart of what the Eucharist is for. As G.F. Taylor puts it, the Communion rite is designed ‘to humiliate us, to teach us the spirit of Jesus, and to unite us as a church in the spirit of fellowship’. The second and third of these transformations simply cannot happen without the first."