Book Review: 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

TITLE: 40 Question About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

AUTHOR: John S. Hammett

PUBLISHER: Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2015, (331 pages).

This is a great time for such an important topic to be raised. The subject of the Sacraments/Ordinances have taken a back seat in recent times to more “relevant” topics in contemporary evangelicalism and thus has been relegated-albeit unintionally- to seconary status. Ironically, I am of the belief that Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are among the most relevant topics we can discuss. Therefore, I was very pleased to see 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper by John S. Hammett as part of the 40 Questions Series.

Timothy George described this book as “a good resource for all Christians.” This is a great point to make. The format is catechetical or question and answer. Many of these questions are the same questions that we all have but rarely think to ask: “Why was Jesus Baptized?” “How often should the Lord’s Supper be observed?” “What is the Roman Catholic view of Baptism?” “Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper?”. The treatment of these questions are thorough without being bogged down with minor technicalities making this work readable for layity yet still important for the pastorate.

What I found personally useful was the books organization. It’s broken up into four parts: 1. General Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, 2. Questions About Baptism, 3. Questions About the Lord’s Supper, and 4. Concluding Questions. Under parts 2 and 3 there are sub-headings or sections that deal with Introductory Questions, Denominational Views, Theological Issues, and Practical Aspects. This makes questions more accessable for the reader who is interested in having quick access to particular questions. This format is a very useful way to study not only Baptims and Lord’s Supper but any doctrinal question.

My personal thoughts on the book are very favorable and I would highly recomend it especially for those not in the ministry with a desire to understand the Bible’s teaching. In this book, Hammett not only does an outstanding job at exploring the teachings of Baptistm and the Lord’s Supper, but he does it in such a way as to be respectful to opposing view points attempting to be as objective on the issues as possible. Some readers who have the “just tell me what to believe” approach to study might get frustrated over this book. Hammett isn’t trying to do that here. However, for the reader who is able to look at the answers presented and make the appropriate logical connections you will come away with a significant sacramentology.

Excelent read, five stars.

This book is provided to me courtesy of Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

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