Apostolic Theology of the Breaking of Bread


Having written an academic journal article on this very theme, I think it's about time to do a wee bit of popularization. So, over the next few weeks, I'm going to post now and again on this topic in nice easy to understand English.

So, for today, I simply want to leave you with two quotes from D.P. Williams on the Lord's Supper. I'll leave my comments for the next time. Williams wrote that in the Breaking of Bread:
‘through the agency of the Holy Spirit, and the blessing of Christ, the effectiveness of the Finished Work on Man’s behalf is spiritually experienced and appropriated by them who have entered within the bonds of the Covenant of Grace.’

This meant that for Williams:
‘To neglect and disregard the Holy Sacrament is to disregard the very Covenant itself.’
D.P. Williams, Riches of Grace, Vol. iii, No. 7 (May 1928)

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The Tenets of the Apostolic Church

The Unity of the Godhead, and Trinity of the Persons therein.

The utter depravity of human nature, the necessity for repentance and regeneration and the eternal doom of the finally impenitent.

The virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, ascension, and abiding intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ; His second coming, and millennial reign upon earth.

Justification and Sanctification of the believer through the finished work of Christ.

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers, with signs following.

The nine gifts of the Holy Ghost for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church, which is the body of Christ.

The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord's Supper.

The Divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures.

Church government by apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons.

The possibility of falling from grace.

The obligatory nature of tithes and offerings.