Practical Observations on the Lord’s Supper by C. Matthew McMahon


Most Christians just follow the crowd at “supper” time to the table. Do you? What is the Lord’s Supper? Does the Lord’s Supper mean something specific? And do you participate answerable to Christ’s directives?


Practical Observations on the Lord’s Supper by C. Matthew McMahon

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“Practical Observations on the Lord’s Supper” offers an in-depth exploration into the significant spiritual act of participating in the Lord’s Supper, going beyond mere ritual to reveal a deep, spiritual communion with Christ. This book does not engage in theological debates or critique differing perspectives; instead, it focuses on the experiential aspects of the Supper, emphasizing the personal and communal relationship with Christ that is nurtured through this sacred practice.

McMahon explores the essence of the Lord’s Supper, presenting it as more than just a ceremonial partaking of bread and wine; more than a memorial. It is depicted as an intimate dialogue with Christ, a moment of joyful and comforting communion that has the potential to elevate the believer’s spiritual life. McMahon explains the Apostle Paul’s concept of “worthy participation,” drawing from 1 Corinthians 11, to highlight how such engagement with the Supper can lead to a spiritual exchange of divine grace and blessings.

Through participation in the Lord’s Supper, believers are invited to a deeper understanding and connection with Christ. It is an occasion for Christ to impart His spiritual grace, fostering the believer’s sanctification and growth in faith. The Supper is portrayed as a pivotal expression of fellowship with Christ, allowing believers to partake in His benefits and merits and by faith, grow in their walk before him.

This work encourages readers to reflect on their personal approach to the Lord’s Supper, urging them to seek a more meaningful and enriching experience that strengthens their bond with Christ. It is a call to recognize the Supper as a vital expression of spiritual fellowship, a sacred sign of unity with Christ that demands reverence and thoughtful engagement.

“Practical Observations on the Lord’s Supper” is an essential read for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of this central Christian sacrament and to enhance their spiritual journey through a more purposeful and fulfilling participation in the Lord’s Supper.

C. Matthew McMahon, Ph.D., Th.D., is a Reformed theologian, and pastor of Grace Chapel in Crossville, TN; part of the Biblical Reformed Synod of Christ the King. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan’s Mind, the largest Reformed website on the internet for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology, the Puritans and Covenant Theology. He is the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes rare Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century, specializing in the Westminster Assembly. He is also a managing partner at, and the Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Lord’s Supper as a Sacrament
Chapter 2: The Lord’s Supper as a Necessity
Chapter 3: Preparation to the Lord’s Supper
Chapter 4: The Blessing of Christ in the Lord’s Supper and Communion with God
Chapter 5: The Sanctifying Influences of the Lord’s Supper
Chapter 6: Covenant Renewal is Your Life
Chapter 7: Starving the Soul from Ordinances
Chapter 8: The Spiritual Nature of God’s Judgments
Chapter 9: The Riches of the Father’s Covenant Mercy in Christ

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