In this state of the art study, Pentecostal theologian Chris EW Green offers the most extensive investigation of the Lord s Supper in the Pentecostal tradition to date Beginning with a comprehensive survey of previous literature devoted to the topic, Green next engages in a detailed examination of the early Pentecostal periodical literature in both the Wesleyan Pentecostal and Finished Work streams of the movement in order to determine early Pentecostal attitudes toward, beliefs about, and practices of the sacraments in general and the Lord s Supper in particular Drawing on the results of this engagement, the author seeks to contribute to a biblical theology of the Supper by reading three specific biblical texts utilizing a Pentecostal reading strategy In his final major chapter Green constructs a Pentecostal theology of the Lord s Supper that builds upon the results of his study to that point, crafting a theology that is informed by both academic and practical discussion and concerns In this bold monograph, Green invites those within the tradition and beyond to intentional dialogue with regard to this most important Christian practice


10 thoughts on “Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord’s Supper: Foretasting the Kingdom

  1. Gino Gino says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book Chapters 4 5 are full of gold I particularly enjoyed Chapter 4 and the working through biblical texts of an explicit treatment of the Lord s Supper 1 Cor 10 14 22 , a testimony of Eucharistic celebration Acts 2 42 , and embedded sacramentality in John 6 52 59 So good Thoroughly enjoyed this book Chapters 4 5 are full of gold I particularly enjoyed Chapter 4 and the working through biblical texts of an explicit treatment of the Lord s Supper 1 Cor 10 14 22 , a testimony of Eucharistic celebration Acts 2 42 , and embedded sacramentality in John 6 52 59 So good


  2. Monte Rice Monte Rice says:

    I just finished reading Chris Green s 2012 seminal work, Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord s Supper Foretasting the Kingdom What I found most illuminating from Green s text is chapter three, Re Discovering the Sacramentality of Early Pentecostalism An Exploration of the Early Periodical Literature Here, Green provides a thorough literature review of early 20th century North American Pentecostal periodical literature pertaining to the Lord s Supper and Eucharistic metaphors and ima I just finished reading Chris Green s 2012 seminal work, Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord s Supper Foretasting the Kingdom What I found most illuminating from Green s text is chapter three, Re Discovering the Sacramentality of Early Pentecostalism An Exploration of the Early Periodical Literature Here, Green provides a thorough literature review of early 20th century North American Pentecostal periodical literature pertaining to the Lord s Supper and Eucharistic metaphors and imagery, equally representative of both the Wesleyan and Keswickian Finished Work streams Given the implicit sacramental sensitivities that are easily presumed within Wesleyan tradition, what is particularly noteworthy are Green s findings arising from this close examination of early Keswickian Pentecostal literature, such as found in early proto Assemblies of God literature Green specifically examines the writings of William H Durham originator of the Finished Work atonement theory , E.N Bell, J Roswell and Alice Reynolds Flower Early Finished Work periodicals examined include Word Witness, Latter Rain Evangel, The Pentecostal and Pentecostal Testimony, each of which precipitated the rise of the AG Yet also covered is the early AG periodical, The Pentecostal Evangel Green also examines early British Keswickian Pentecostal literature eg., A.A Boddy s Confidence magazine.Green concludes from this review that leaders and literature representative of early Wesleyan Pentecostalism testify to a strong and explicitly sacramental appreciation of the Lord s Supper Hence, this early body of Pentecostal literature testifies to a sacramental appreciation of the Supper, which cannot be easily subsumed into a strict Zwinglian memorialist doctrine which simply views the Supper as an act of rememberance Green therefore concludes from this survey Speaking broadly, early Finished Work Pentecostalism was no less sacramental than was early Wesleyan Holiness Pentecostalism He then adds, Rejecting Catholic and Lutheran articulations of Real Presence, they nevertheless adamantly affirmed that Christ was in some sense present to the celebrants at the Table The present tenseness of the Supper remained foremost Meanwhile, another significant theme Green explores is the early practice of footwashing amongst Keswickian Pentecostals as another expression of early Pentecostal sacramental spirituality Green therefore concludes it is no exaggeration to claim that early Finished Work Pentecostalism was characteristically sacramental Finished Work Pentecostals regard the Lord s Supper as an essential, even definitive rite of Christian worship and a source of blessing for the gathered congregation, including healing for both the body and the soul In fact, Green s literature also demonstrates how early Pentecostals commonly presumed that prayer for healing was integral to the partaking of the Lord s Supper Green over examines how early Pentecostal literature in both its Wesleyan and Keswickian streams, illustrate a sacramental spirituality deeply informed by meal time and Eucharistic biblical metaphors and imageries Finally, Green over provides a helpful response to those who fear such a renewed exploration into sacramental appreciation of Holy Communion may diminish the charismatic dynamics of Pentecostal congregational worship He thus refers to documented reports of early Pentecostal worship services that demonstrated an integrated fusion of charismatic ministry, encounters with the Holy Spirit, footwashing, and Holy Communion In the final chapter, Green writes, I am not unsympathetic with those who worry that frequent Communion would produce an overemphasis on the Sacrament, drawing attention away from the personal, immediate encounter with God He then adds, All these reservations and concerns notwithstanding, I remain convinced that it is possible to revision and reform Pentecostal worship around the Eucharist event in such a way that the believing community becomesandapt for Christ s transformative presence in the Spirit To that end, it is crucial that the Eucharist event be framed and undergirded by characteristic Pentecostal practices, such as the altar call, tarrying, prayers for healing, testimonies, and footwashing To conclude, I have long pondered where precedence might lie with Simon Chan s insistence that Pentecostal tradition, particularly in its Keswickian stream, needs to recover a stronger sacrementality that thereby places Holy Communion at the centre of Pentecostal congregational worship Chris Green s fascinating work decisively responds to this challenge, demonstrating that the roots of Pentecostal tradition are indeed much closer to Sacramental church traditions many Pentecostals and non Pentecostals alike readily assume.Green, Chris E.W Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord s Supper Foretasting the Kingdom Cleveland, TN CPT Press, 2012