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The Earnest Communicant: Blessed Preparation for the Lord's Supper [KJV scripture references]
Oxenden, Ashton

The Earnest Communicant: Blessed Preparation for the Lord's Supper [KJV scripture references]

ISBN: 9781601780690
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Book Description:

Many books have been written to explain the nature of the Lord's supper, and to exhort people to partake of it. Such is not the object of this book. It is not intended for one who is seeking information respecting the Holy communion; but it offers help to one who is already an 'earnest communicant,' or desires to be so; and it is intended to assist them in preparing themselves from time to time, with God's help, for that ordinance.

This booklet provides devotional material, aimed to prepare one's heart for partaking of the Lord's Supper.

It is designed for daily preparation the week before Communion service. Each day contains a brief meditation, several points for self-examination, a number of challenging resolutions, and a prayer. Over the course of the week, you will cover topics such as repentance, faith, holiness, God's Word, prayer, Christ's sufferings, and love.


Ashton Oxenden (1808-1892) was an English clergyman who served as Anglican Bishop of Montreal and Metropolitan of Canada for ten years. Like his contemporary and fellow bishop, J. C. Ryle, Oxenden was an evangelical Calvinist and a clear and prolific writer, author of more than forty books.


The blessings of coming to the Lord's Table are beyond calculation! They seem to increase with our desire to know Christ better and to live in ongoing communion with Him. Although we often feel poorly prepared to meet with Him, He comes to meet with us. But we long to be better prepared to meet welcome Him.
For those who do, The Earnest Communicant will be a great help. Gently and graciously it will lead you to see your need afresh - but also to see that Jesus Christ is more full of grace than you are of sin. Ashton Oxendon knew this well and teaches us afresh that, at the Lord's Supper, Christ stands at the door and knocks. If anyone opens the door, He will come in and share the supper with them. Our Lord Jesus Christ welcomes and receives sinners at His table!
--Sinclair B. Ferguson

Through warm meditations, searching examinations, heartfelt resolutions, and moving prayers, Ashton Oxenden presents us with just what we need as earnest communicants to seek God's face in Christ with passion for each day of the week preparatory to communion
--Joel R. Beeke

Additional Information:

Cover: Booklet
Number of Pages: 46
Publisher: Free Reformed Publications
Publication Date: 2009