Preparing for the Lord's Supper

Soli Deo Gloria

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Preparing for the Lord's Supper presents practical instruction from two Puritans. William Bradshaw's contribution explains the dangers of taking Communion unworthily and how to prevent it. His work concludes with a set of questions to aid Christians in self-examination as they prepare for the Lord's Supper. Bradshaw's piece is supplemented with Arthur Hildersham's thorough catechetical tool for understanding and properly partaking of the sacred meal. These treatises exemplify what Puritan ministers taught to common people in ordinary, obscure towns and villages as they prepared to take the Lord's Supper. They are a similar challenge to us today to prepare ourselves thoughtfully and prayerfully before coming to the Lord's Table. In the broadest sense, they supply a helpful guide for proving our faith through self-examination. As Bradshaw says, 'The duty of trying and examining a man's self is of use to the best of Christians.'