THE REFORMED FAITH AND THE LORD'S SUPPER HOMEPAGE.
"III. The outward matter thereof, or Signes, are Bread and Wine.
IV. The Supper is lame, without both Signes; and to rob the people of the Cup, is Sacrilege.
V. The inward matter is Christ, with all his satisfaction and merit.
VI. As it is Jewish superstition, to use unleavened Bread; so the Popish Penny-wafers are superstitious reliques.
VII. Its outward form consists in Actions and Words.
VIII. The Actions are the breaking of Bread, and powring out of Wine; the distribution of both Signes, and the receiving thereof with the hand and mouth.
IX. The word is, the whole Institution, containing the Eucharist, the command, and the promise; but the promise chiefly."—John Wollebius, The Abridgment of Christian Divinitie, (1650).
WORKS ON THE LORD'S SUPPER:
Of the use of a Table in the Lord's Supper. And of the communicants their coming to, and receiving at the Table.-1649-George Gillespie.-In this essay, Gillespie explains and defends the use of a table in the celebration of the Lord's supper. This is an authoritative exposition of this subject.
Danger of Being Over Wise:-1835-William B. Sprague (1795-1876).-This is the sermon in which Sprague first attacks the temperance movement and its fanatical adherents who sought the removal of wine from the Lord's supper.
Dr. Sprague’s Reply to Professor Stuart’s Letter addressed to him through the American Temperance Intelligencer of August, 1835.-1835-William B. Sprague (1795-1876).-In this letter, Sprague responds to Moses Stuart, a professor at Andover Seminary, who objected to his sermon on religious fanaticism which demanded the use of wine, not grape juice, be retained in the Lord's supper. Sprague attacks the fanatical impulse and its undermining of the sacrament.
The Holy Communion. An Address Before Administering the Lord’s Supper.-1844-John Brown, of Edinburgh (1784-1858).-This address was given at the celebration of the Lord's supper for the edification of the communicants. In it, Brown explains the two dimensions of fellowship, or communion, involved in the right reception of the sacrament.
Debarring and Inviting Service.-1871-Samuel Bowden (1822-1894).-This address, from Reformed Presbyterian minister, gives an example of the warnings proper to the administration of the Lord's supper complete with debarring and inviting of would be communicants.