Why Christians Take Communion


Why do Christians take communion? In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Robert Stamps explains what happens at communion and why it’s so important for Christians to regularly celebrate the Eucharist. He suggests that it has more to do with what happens to us than what happens to the elements.

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Dr. Stamps has served in the pastorate of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for more than 39 years. He is a gifted lecturer and presenter as well as hymn writer and is author of The Sacrament of the Word Made Flesh: The Eucharistic Theology of Thomas F. Torrance (Rutherford House, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2007). He and his wife, Ellen, have two grown children.


  1. I really appreciate this teaching, thank you. It makes more sense to me & rightly focuses on what God is doing rather than what the giver or receiver of the sacrament is doing. While the heart & attitude of both should be right with God, putting the primary focus on Jesus allows for Him to meet anyone who comes to His table to encounter Him there, whether they’re doing so for the first time or have done so all their life. To me, this is more consistent with God’s Word, character & purposes than anything else I’ve heard or read. To God be the glory.