EMMAUS: Duane W.H. Arnold PhD

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  1. Michael says:

    I just finished teaching through Genesis…and from the beginning, God has fellowshipped with us through the sacrament of a meal…

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    Indeed! The “events” do not stand in isolation…

  3. Jean says:

    It is very interesting that while Matthew wets the appetite for catechumen with two miracle feeding stories, and includes probably the most theologically rich account of the first Supper, he does not include explicitly institute the Supper as a sacrament as in Luke: “Do this in remembrance of me.”

    When we get to the very first generation of Christians, the Supper was already known and a Sacrament: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

    Therefore, the Lord’s Supper and Baptism were means of grace from the very beginning of the Church.

    And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

  4. Em says:

    “…from the beginning God has fellowshipped with us through the sacrament of a meal…” What chapter in Genesis did you begin your lessons? ? ?

  5. Michael says:

    I started from the beginning…and table fellowship was the means of making covenants and agreements together…and in Gen 18, God comes to dinner.
    He shows up every Sunday for the same…

  6. Jean says:

    “After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said,

    ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
    Possessor of heaven and earth;
    and blessed be God Most High,
    who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ ”

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    And then some of us think the first church was in the Garden of Eden where Adam & Eve fellowshiped with God and received his good gifts on a daily basis. 🙂

  8. Babylon's Dread says:

    Covenant is family, family is table fellowship, no wonder the enemy wanted them to eat his food.

  9. Em says:

    Covenants? Then am i correct that this teaching refers to the interaction after the Garden of Eden?
    Is Jean’s point that the first reference recorded was Melchizedek’s encounter with Abram and company?

  10. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    For a Lutheran, a sacrament is much more specific than just fellowshipping over a meal or striking out a covenant.

  11. Duane Arnold says:


    Thank you… I think we all are aware of that…

  12. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Well it sure as heck didn’t sound like it.

  13. Duane Arnold says:


    Well then, tell them to get off the lawn ?!

  14. Jean says:

    “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.”

    That proper time is 9:00 am every Sunday morning. What time is it for each of you?

  15. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    9 am Sunday mornings here also… except in the summer, then 5:30 Sat evening.

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