Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to understand the Christian faith more deeply

Church historian Mark Noll writes:

“The experience that prompted the deepest reflection on the nature of Christianity in my own life as a Christian was regular celebration of the Lord’s supper” (52)
John Piper comments:

Pondering and experiencing the presence of God in the Lord’s Supper was a bridge to the nature of the Christian faith that Noll’s exposure to world Christianity was making clearer. The Lord’s Supper is a kind of incarnation — a kind of translation — of divine reality into the particularities of the physical, cultural, personal, human present. And so is all of Christianity — first manifest in the incarnation of Christ, and then in the missionary expanse of the church into one culture after the other.

From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian’s Discovery of the Global Christian Story (Baker Academic, 2014).

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