Going Deeper With the Sermon

Speaker: Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Date: February 5, 2017
Text: Devoted: Eating Together

SCRIPTURE VERSES

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 foryou. 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 judge 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 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.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1.  In this passage, Paul is addressing a worship problem that the church in Corinth wasexperiencing. What was it? What was happening?

2.  Paul notes, "...there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized" (v. 19). What do you think he means by this? How does division with a congregation reveal the hearts of those involved in the conflict?

3.  Notice that Paul writes that what he received from the Lord, he passed on to the churches concerning the institution of the Lord's Supper (v. 20). In what ways are you "passing on" the faith that you received to those who follow behind you?

4.  Paul includes a caution to those receiving the body and blood of Christ. When we receive communion, we must prepare (v. 28) so that we worthily eat and drink the elements and commune with God. Do you prepare for the Sacrament? What are some things you might consider doing to prepare to meet with Christ in the bread and cup?

5.  What do you think that Paul means by, "...if we judge ourselves truly, we would not be judged" (v. 31)?

6. When God judges and disciplines his people, it is toward a certain outcome. According to verse 32, what is that end?

7.  What is Paul's final instruction concerning the Lord's Supper? What might this suggest about the nature of the Supper? Is it just about communing with God or is it more than that?

PRAYER

PSALM 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
  before the gods I sing your praise;

2 I bow down toward your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
    for you have exalted your name and your word
    above everything.

3 On the day I called, you answered me,
    you increased my strength of soul.

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth.

5 They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
   for great is the glory of the Lord.

6 For though the Lord
   is high, he regards the lowly;  
   but the haughty he perceives from far away.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
   you stretch out your hand, 
   and your right hand delivers me.

8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.