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Truth We Can Touch

How Baptism and Communion Shape Our Lives

Tim Chester

How the sacraments embody the promises, grace, and presence of Christ.

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Many Christians often feel confused about the sacraments of baptism and Communion. What is happening when someone goes down into the water in baptism? What’s the significance of eating bread and wine together as a church on Sunday mornings?

In this book, Tim Chester makes a compelling case that God has given us truth we can touch for a reason: the sacraments embody the promises, grace, and presence of Christ. He looks throughout the Bible to explain how the sacraments are intended to actually shape Christians’ lives by giving us physical bread, wine, and water we can point to as an expression of our union with Christ.

The aim is to help readers treasure baptism and Communion and approach them rightly so churches can receive the full benefit God intends them to bring us.

Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson.

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  • Table of Contents:
    Introduction: Why Water, Bread and Wine?
    1. Enacted Promise
    2. Enacted Grace
    3. Enacted Presence
    4. Enacted Memory
    5. A Baptized Life
    6. A Baptized People
    Conclusion: Re-Enchanting the World

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Contributors Tim Chester
ISBN 9781433566578
Format Paperback
First published February 2020
Dimensions 133mm x 213mm x 12mm
Weight 0.23 kg
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher Crossway

J. Todd Billings

Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan

In Truth We Can Touch, Tim Chester makes a compelling case for evangelicals to recover an understanding of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as God’s promise that comes to us in physical form. Deeply biblical and yet eminently practical, this book provides an alternative to a theology of the word limited to our heads. God’s word in Christ comes to us not only in preaching but also in baptism and at the table. As embodied creatures, we embrace God’s promises in touch and taste, with delight and praise. This accessible and winsome book is a joy!

Sam Allberry

Pastor at Immanuel Church, Nashville; author of Is God Anti-Gay? and What Does God Have to Say About Our Bodies?

This is hands down the best book on the sacraments I’ve read—warm, compelling, eye-opening, and saturated in gospel encouragement. I hadn’t realized how much I needed it.

Thomas R. Schreiner

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

In this delightful book, Chester reminds us that baptism and Communion are God’s gifts to us that convey the gospel and grace in powerful ways. As a Baptist I would put some things differently, but I celebrate and rejoice in the main thesis set forth by Chester. Baptism and Communion are central in the New Testament, and something is wrong if they are neglected or ignored by us. Take up and read and be instructed, challenged, and—most of all—encouraged by the gospel, which is displayed so beautifully in baptism and the Eucharist.

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