1 Corinthians 11:2-16 – “Orderly Worship: Head Coverings”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 10th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 11:2-16


  • Remember the previous section… teaching on our freedoms in Christ
  • Here we see Paul begin a section teaching on the importance of worship vv. 11:2-14:40
  • Particularly here… Head coverings in worship v. 11:2-16
  • Their liberties were beginning to impact the purity of the church.
    • Women were treated much better and given many more rights within the church as compared in society
    • Women were treated as second class citizens (consider the Middle East today
    • Where they pushing their liberties too far?
  • Culture then… Culture now

First things first… let us read the text and I will provide a running commentary

Here are few things as we consider the content of the text

God is our creator

  • He is the creator, and we are the created
  • He rules and reign over His creation
  • Gen 2
    • v. 18 – Not good for man to be alone.  I will make him a helper fit for him.
    • v. 20 – for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.
    • v. 24 – Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
  • Man was created first
  • Not good to be alone
  • God provided a partner/helper.
  • Men and women are created differently
  • A perfect fit (complement each other)
  • Two coming together to form one.
  • Ephesians 5:22-33 – The picture of marriage

The Consideration of Primary and Secondary Issues

  • We often hear. What does it matter? Why make a big deal about it?
  • It distracts us from the main thing. It has nothing to do with how someone is saved.
  • What is at stake is the inerrancy, infallibility, and sufficiency of Scripture… and the is not a secondary issue.

God’s plan (order, role, purpose)

  • Jesus did not send the Father but the other way around. 1 Cor. 15:24-28
  • Christ submitted to the will of the Father John 6:38
  • The Church today
  • The Family today
    • Look at our society today
    • Women, Men, Children… they are deciding who they want to be
    • This is a direct defiance to who God made us to be.
  • Our Society today
    • Little respect for authority
    • Coaches, Teachers, Civil Authority (My how things have changed)


  • We are equal in value, personal worth, and spirituality before God, but we are made different.
  • With this comes the idea of responsibility and purpose (we complement each other)
  • We should find our joy in who God has created and called us to be.
  • Finding our joy and purpose in Christ.
  • Jesus is enough

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