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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spurgeon on examining ourselves before coming to the Lord's Table

Posted by Gary on October 2, 2008

Fencing the table is an important responsibility of a pastor. The invitation to the Lord’s Table for His children should be joyful and yet include the warning that approaching something powerful holds danger. Today I came across this from Charles Spurgeon in a sermon on fencing the Lord’s Table:

I fear that there are others who come to the communion table out of mere form. I find that it is the custom of certain persons to do this always on Christmas day and on Good Friday, though what particular sanctity there can be about those two days, I am sure I cannot tell. I see little enough of holiness about them, and a great deal of sheer superstition. But let all of us be careful that we never come to the communion simply because it is the first Sabbath in the month, or even because it is the day of our Lord’s resurrection, and because, as church-members, we feel that we ought to come there.

I mention these things—although I hope, to the most of you, they are unnecessary,—because they are necessary to a certain class of persons who, in one or other of these ways, thoughtlessly profane the table of the Lord. But, brethren and sisters in Christ? we need to examine ourselves, because it may be that, though free from these evils which I have mentioned, we have come to this solemn feast without due solemnity without serious thought, without the proper preparation of heart or the right observance of the ordinance.

We have come very often to the communion table, yet there has been but little real heart-fellowship with Jesus. There has been bread upon the table, and in our mouths, but we have not discerned the Lord’s body. There has been wine there, but we have not looked through the sign to the blood of which it is only the symbol. If it has been so with any of us, we have, to that extent, eaten and drunk unworthily, and I know not how much of deserved chastisement God may have laid upon us on that account but the apostle’s words have often been fulfilled since his day, ‘For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.’”

(Charles Spurgeon from the sermon “Fencing the Table”)

Comments

3 Responses to “Spurgeon on examining ourselves before coming to the Lord's Table”
  1. Bill says:

    What do you say of a church that doesn’t practice communion?

  2. Gary says:

    Dear Bill,

    I would say at the least it is a church that is being unfaithful and in rebellion to the degree that it must be questioned whether it is really a church. I do not say that lightly nor am I unsure of what I am saying. Jesus cannot be more clear can He? “Do this in rememberance of Me.”

    There are three things that mark a church. One is the preaching of God’s Word, the second is the presence of the sacraments and third, the application of discipline.

  3. Bill says:

    A friend of mine just left the Catholic church and is now at a non-denominational (That doesn’t do communion). He was asking me about the drastic differences. I wasn’t sure what to tell him.

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