The True Meaning of the Last Supper: Welcoming Others

A Missional Approach to Holy Communion

by Donald R. Steelberg



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/26/2011

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781449716004
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 160
ISBN : 9781449716011
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 160
ISBN : 9781449716028

About the Book

Do you ever ask yourself why the first celebration of Holy Communion that we have says nothing about the forgiveness of sins, why the Apostle Paul is very careful about the way he describes the cup as a new covenant, or why doesn’t he demand that the leader of the congregation in Corinth straighten these folk out? What happened that caused Holy Communion today to become all about the forgiveness of sin? Would those Corinthians have any conception of a charge that they had caused Jesus to die for them? Paul doesn’t accuse them.

The True Meaning of the Last Supper: Welcoming Others seeks answers for these and other questions.

Developments in church life in the first century described in the pages of the New Testament—but also gleaned from the history of that first century and succeeding years—may change your understanding of Communion today.

About the Author

Donald Steelberg is a retired pastor of the Mennonite Church USA. He, served two churches—First Mennonite in Wadsworth, Ohio, and Lorraine Avenue Mennonite in Wichita, Kansas—for over thirty-five years. Educated at Northwestern University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he is married to Elsie, a practicing psychiatrist.