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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971428972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971428973
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful, comprehensive, and engaging invitation to deeper understanding of and participation in the Lord's Supper. This will be a most useful book for pastors and congregations. --William H. Willimon, author of Sunday Dinner: The Lord's Supper and the Christian Life

I have been fortunate to hear Dr. Hicks' Come to the Table in oral form. Our church family spent a month studying and implementing it. It has helped many see the Lord's Supper as a joyous community event that focuses on the Risen Christ instead of a solemn and solitary reflection on his death. Instead of silence, there is sharing. Instead of sorrow rooted in gruesome memories, we experience table fellowship and joy. Readers will be challenged. Those who implement its insights will be blessed. --Rubel Shelly, preaching minister, Family of God at Woodmont Hills, Nashville, TN

About the Author

John Mark Hicks is professor of theology at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary. His most recent books are Yet Will I Trust Him: Understanding God in a Suffering World and a commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles.

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He gives an excellent understanding of O.T. covenant meals and how this carries into the N.C. Lord's Supper.
Budnews
This book was much worth the read and if you are interesting in learning more about the Lord's table, maybe even 'revisioning' it, then this book will get you started.
James A. Lee
The book is scholarly and full of careful exploration of biblical passages, yet it is also readily accessible to the average person.
honestseeker

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Damien Lawrie on September 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Contrary to the views espoused by the previous reviewer, Come to the Table is a felicitous call to imbue our time of communing around the "Lord's Table" with all that it was intended.

Whilst I take issue with much of gallantknights review, in my assessment he correctly notes several things:

* It is indeed a scholarly presentation, but it is far from unreadable and quite engaging at times

* Much of Dr Hicks' points are indeed based on Old Testament precedent, and rightly so. Hicks' ably brings to bear the covenental symbolism Jesus purposefully gives the Lord's Supper. From its relationship to the passover in particular, to the relationship between altar sacrifice and the ensuing table fellowship this book offers much insight into the desire of God for communion with and among His people.

* Hicks' historical survey of meals in both the Old and the New Testaments is a highlight of the book and provides the structure for most of it. His exegesis of pertinent passages is accurate, as noted, but the discerning reader will struggle to find examples of ignoring context, inspite of gallantknight's warnings. I find it strange that he would list Hicks' treatment of Acts 2:46 as an example of denying context, when the author's exposition of this verse was based solely on the immediate context. Those who would deny a reference to the Lord's Supper in that particular verse must wrest it from the text to disallow the clear flow of thought and terminology found in verse 42.

In this book Hicks' unapologetically presents an image of the Lord's supper that stands in stark dissonance to the practice of most contemporary traditions. This in several ways is a brave move for someone with a heritage in the Restoration Movement, as it invites(?!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By honestseeker on December 5, 2006
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Come to the Table is an outstanding treatment of what the scope of Scripture reveals concerning the original purposes of the Lord's Supper. The author sets the Communion meal in the context of other sacred meals that God shared with his people in earlier times and that Jesus shared during his ministry. He also examines the relevant texts from the epistles and puts them in their original context so that the reader is able to hear what the apostle was really getting at. The author interacts with both Scripture and current church practice, comparing and contrasting the two. He writes with great respect for both, yet also with the candor to suggest that current practice needs to be reshaped by Scripture. The book is scholarly and full of careful exploration of biblical passages, yet it is also readily accessible to the average person.

For those who realize that, in spite of our good intentions, time and custom often lead us gradually away from the original intent of church practices, Dr. Hicks does the reader a great service in recovering from Scripture the full richness of the Supper as Jesus intended it. That is, Communion was originally a reverent yet celebrative meal in which the participants interacted with each other and shared their joy in Christ's salvation. It was given to the church to deepen our sense of fellowship as we encourage and commune with each other as well as with the Lord who saved us, rather than a time for soberly withdrawing into private meditation. Dr. Hicks also gives a good deal of attention to the fact that the mood of the meal was originally one of expressed joy and deep gratitude in what Jesus accomplished more than a sorrowful and guilt-ridden recounting of the agony that we caused him.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James A. Lee on January 15, 2011
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Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord's Supper is an interesting treatise concerning the manner in which the Eucharist is observed in modern Christianity. This book takes the reader through a journey from the Scriptural attestation, a brief early Christian witness, and a modern application in 205 short pages. John Mark Hicks' treatment of this debated, diversely observed, and often divisive issue is fair-minded and communicated in a conversing manner. Come to the Table invites the reader to do just that, come and dine with the master, who is host of the table.

The Table discussion has long been a controversial subject amongst believers. The debate of trans-substantiation vs. con-substantiation has raged for ages. Zwingli and Luther debated the manner in which the table was conducted and sparked a reformation dialog the carried on for centuries. Is it really that simple? Or is it actually much simpler? Some questions that lack answers normally, receive an admirable treatment in Come to the Table. Some of them include,

* What is discerning the body?
* What is eating and drinking unworthily?
* What is the table of demons and the table of the Lord?

I really enjoyed this book for it scriptural substance. Hicks is very purposeful in painting the picture of what the Lord's Table was according to Luke, Acts, and 1 Corinthians. You begin to find yourself seated at table with not only the Lord and his disciples, but also with those whom Paul is addressing in Corinth. Giving data from the Old Covenant, showing more clearly the data of the New, and modernizing our approach for today all come together quite well.
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