– Episode 1809 –

Is the Lord’s Supper for Members Only?

Todd Friel summarizes three view points related to Communion participation: open, closed, and close.  Todd then discusses the topic of local church membership from an article “Is Church Membership Really Required?”.  Next, Todd discusses church membership covenants in relation to a letter he received from a former Jehovah Witness.  Then, Todd discusses an article from 9 Marks about membership in a local church being required for Communion.  Todd next discusses wrongly taking Communion from the context of 1 Corinthians 11.  To close out the episode, Todd discusses the historical account of John Calvin willing to lay down his life to protect the Lord’s Supper.


Segment 1 (0:00) – Todd introduces the three views of church Communion: open, closed, and close.  Then, Todd goes through an article “Is Church Membership Really Required?” by Ricky Jones detailing that local community membership is logical to be a member of the greater community, membership is Biblical based on content and instruction in the New Testament letters to local churches, and living without church membership is not healthy.  Todd also reviews the topic of local church covenants and membership by way of a recent letter he received regarding covenants from a former Jehovah Witness.

Segment 2 (10:35) – Todd Friel explores the topic of who should be able to participate in the Lord’s Supper and who should not in a local church via an article by 9 Marks ministry called “Is the Lord’s Supper for Members Only?”, which discusses Communion as a sign of church membership, either to the local church or another church that preaches the same gospel.

Segment 3 (18:43) – Todd Friel discusses from 1 Corinthians 11 what the Bible says about taking Communion wrongly, namely weakness, sickness, or death.  Todd then details a historical account where John Calvin was willing to sacrifice his life to keep the Libertines from forcing their way to partake of the Lord’s Supper.