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Children and the Lord’s Supper – Editors: Guy Waters and Ligon Duncan


Communion is being served. Your young child is sitting next to you. Should you allow them to partake? What is your church’s stance on children and communion? What answer do you give them if you do not allow them? What answer do you give yourself?

In the book Children and the Lord’s Supper, the issue of paedocommunion is analyzed from biblical, theological, historical and pastoral perspectives.  This book targets those who are of the reformed tradition and specifically Presbyterians. I must confess that I am Baptist and have no dog in this fight. Even so, I found this book to be an interesting read as it helped me understand more fully the paedobaptist position.

The chapters are well written by excellent biblical scholars. They even threw a Baptist into the mix to give an objective view on the tradition in the Patristic era. I found myself thoroughly engaged with the arguments presented. I commend these men of God for their diligence in study and their sober-mindedness in dealing with this topic. In a world that has grown far to accommodating to sentimentality it is refreshing to see these men come to rest on the truth that they find in scripture. History and tradition were analyzed but ultimately the whole discussion ends with the inspired word of God.

Even though I do not agree with the starting point (paedobaptism), I do agree with their conclusion. Those who participate in the Lord’s Supper must be able to discern the body and show evidence of the grace of God in their lives. Otherwise, there in no “remembrance” in what they do nor “examination”. I agree with what the editors say in the introduction: “The Lord’s Supper does not create spiritual life in a person. The Lord’s Supper nourishes the spiritual life of the believer. Unless that life is already present in the believer, the Lord’s Supper will not profit him spiritually. Unless a person has made a public and credible profession of faith, the church has no biblical warrant to admit him to an ordinance designed to nurture faith.”

I commend this book to any who have struggled with this issue. There is much here to learn. Theological depth of thought, pastoral care and adherence to the authority of scripture make this book a good addition to anyone’s library but especially to those who minister to the Body of Christ.

This book was graciously provided to me by Christian Focus for the purpose of review.

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mentor (November 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845507299
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  1. December 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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