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Communion — Responding To God's Gift

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Many Reformed theologians and church leaders have been instrumental in promoting the cause of unity. In some parts of the world, Reformed churches have even become partners in projects of church union. But, the Reformed churches have not succeeded in maintaining the bond of unity among themselves. Visible unity is a living communion which puts an end, not to diversity, but to fragmentation, mutual indifference, and the scandal of visible disunity. We are one in giving thanks and praise to God. For this reason, the Reformers placed much emphasis on the proclamation of the Word and the celebration of the Lord's supper. They knew that the spiritual source of communion had to be constantly recalled and placed before the church. In order to maintain their unity, Christians had to return again and again to God's promise. Movements towards unity can only bear fruits by concentrating on the primary spiritual reality.

Keywords: Christians; communion; God's Gift; Lord's supper; Reformed churches; spiritual reality; theologians; unity

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