In September Ptr. John Onelum started researching with the
University of Birmingham’s Dept. of Theology and Religion…but what exactly is he studying?

Well, at Hampden Chapel, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper in our worship service every Sunday. It is the highlight of the service, challenging us to “keep the main thing the main thing” as we focus on the redemptive act of God in Christ on the cross and open ourselves to the Spirit’s reaching, renewing and releasing power in each service. It has been a life-changing experience for many!

Underpinning this experience is my current research interest in Pentecostal approaches to the Lord’s Supper. My research project is entitled ‘Come Dine With Me: Toward a Pentecostal interpretation of the meal motif in the message to the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:14-22.’* In summary, I am looking at alternative ways of interpreting Jesus’ offer to dine with the Laodicean church.

From a contextual interpretation standpoint, I see in this passage an opportunity for Pentecostals to develop an understanding of the Lord’s Supper that explores the spiritual renewal and community forming opportunities that is afforded by a regular cross-centred and Spirit-engaging celebration of the meal…now that’s the kind of ‘breaking down’ of the Table going on here!

So, if you desire spiritual renewal and intimacy with God, then come dine with us on Sundays, 10.30 am at Hampden Chapel, Lauriston Rd. London, E9 7EU.

 

*’Come Dine with Me’ from Channel 4 TV show. A phrase that I have also used in the past to discuss The Lord’s Supper.