Great theological debates have occupied the Christian church through the years on the question of how Christ is present at the communion service. Various Bible writers have been pressed into service to support this side or that. Perhaps, says C. Raymond Holmes, the major concern of the Scriptures in this matter has another focus.
The communion service offers the opportunity for the minister and the musician to cooperate harmoniously—both literally and figuratively. Both must be aware of the vital role music plays in the communion service.
Are we ministering to the wrong crowd? Of course, there is really no
right or wrong crowd that must hear the gospel, but there is a group that
we too frequently miss because we beam our message outside its range
of receptivity, although it, too, desperately needs the gospel To reach
these hostile ones in our congregations, we must use Jesus' methods.
Those who were suffering He did not wound, but ministered
compassionately to them.
Too often young men, recent concerts, have been urged into the gospel ministry by well-meaning pastors, only to flounder when faced with the challenges of a college theological curriculum. A longtime college Bible teacher suggests a way to prevent disaster from befalling these young, less mature men.
The sanctuary doctrine is not, as some have suggested, merely a strange expedient designed to explain away the Disappointment episode of 1844. It is present truth that embraces all other truths within it.