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I attended an Anglican ordination service in Melbourne just over a week ago, communion was served (as we Anglicans do), and I noticed a Middle Eastern lady wearing a headscarf, quite possibly Muslim, returning from receiving the elements and quietly weeping. Now, I don’t know who she was or what was happening in her heart, but I got the impression this was a very important moment for her, perhaps even a point of conversion. In any case, such experiences raise, for me at least, the issue of whether the eucharist can be an evangelistic tool.
An interesting point is raised by James Dunn (Beginning from Jerusalem) who asks whether unbelievers ever partook of the “Lord’s Dinner”? Can the eucharist be evangelistic? Here’s Dunn’s comment:
Question - Unbelievers - Outsiders - Lord - Dinner
All this leaves unresolved the question whether unbelievers and outsiders were admitted to the Lord’s dinner. The implication of 14.23-24, that such could be present when believers came together as church, may apply only to gatherings for worship....
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