1 Corinthians 11:17-34 – “The Lord’s Supper”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan. 30th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as a listening guide each week for our Tabernacle Church Family. You can find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, 19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat. 21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for[l] one another— 34 if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

INTRO

  • This morning we have the wonderful opportunity to observe the Lord’s Supper
  • It is an opportunity for us to gather as the church to remember who we are in Christ and all that took place for our sin on the cross.
  • Here is a great article that gives a brief overview and explanation. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/essay/the-lords-supper/
  • I am afraid at times we may be guilty of forgetting what an impactful time of worship this can be.
  • I want us to consider the text this morning and allow the Word to teach us the ministry of the Church, the meaning of the cross, and the motives of our heart

Remember the Ministry of the Church – v. 18-22

The church in Corinth was gathering, but they were divided.

They were not coming together to worship

  • Focused on self
  • Not considering others

It is important that we remember why it is we gather as the church

  • To Worship
  • To Grow
  • To Encourage
  • To Care

The opposite of division and factions is unity and fellowship

  • same purpose
  • same mission

The early church – Acts 2:42-47

Ponder the Meaning of the Cross – vv. 23-26

Christ’s Sinless Life and Atoning Death

  • So that our sins may be forgiven

This is my body, which is for you

  • Perfect sacrifice

This cup is the new covenant in my blood

  • An atonement for our sin. Our Sins forgiven.
  • New covenant.  Based on grace

you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes

  • Incarnation
  • Death
  • Resurrection
  • Return

Check the Motive of our Heart – vv. 27-34

Examine – discern & prove

  • Prove who you are…examine your heart and see who you are
  • Do I have an assurance of my salvation?
  • Do I truly love the Lord and love the things that He loves?

Take part in an unworthy manner

  • To worship in an unworthy manner.
  • To live in an unworthy manner.

Judgment on himself

  • Our heart… Our actions
  • When we fail to truly honor, trust and live for God.
  • It brings His discipline upon our life

Yet, when we judge ourselves truly, we are forgiven

  • Confession = Forgiveness 1 John 1:9

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