Continuing 1 Corinthians.
The church in Corinth is one that has a unique story. I pray that you are encouraged through this journey. I want to give you a few encouraging points from these chapters.
Read: 1 Corinthians 11-12
In these couple chapters, we do find some complicated issues. I pray that I can shed some light on them for you. I pray even more that you are impacted by the truth of God’s Word.
1. Be imitators of me (11:1). This has always been an inspirational text for me. Paul says, imitate me because I seek to imitate Christ. As followers of Jesus, we, too, should seek to imitate Christ. The question that I ask myself is my life worth emulating? Would I want someone to do as I do? Let our devotion to the Lord be as such.
2. Veiled heads (11:2-16). Many of us reading this email will have a hard time understanding this text. I want to give you an understanding of this text, knowing what is cultural, what is principles that we are to apply. When it comes to the subject of veils, it was common during the part of the world, as parts today, that women were to wear veils. Veils were a sign of decency and modesty. Women that went without were considered offensive and of ill-repute. For us today, we can think of appropriate attire. Men and women should wear clothing that is not revealing. In the first part of this text, Paul addresses the man as the head of the wife. This is something we’ve discussed before. I love how Matthew Henry, great theologian addresses this topic.
“Women were created from the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled by him, but from under his arm to be protected by him, near to his heart to be loved by him.”
Men and women are created equal with unique and distinct roles. The purpose is not to divide, instead, to build up!
3. The Lord’s Supper (17-34). The Lord’s Supper is a subject that I’ve taught at our church before. It is something that I feel has been taken too lightly for too long. There has been lots of bad teaching when it comes to the Lord’s supper. In this section, Paul is addressing an issue within the church. They would come together and celebrate the Lord by having a meal. Families would bring their food and eat, it seems that they would only bring for themselves. While some families came without, others would indulge themselves. Paul says this is not the purpose of the Lord’s Supper. Instead, the Lord’s Supper is a time of reflection and pronouncement. First, it is a pronouncement of the Gospel. Some traditions teach that when you celebrate the Lord’s Supper, you are crucifying Christ and paying for your sins. I find no evidence in scripture to support this position. Instead, we see that the Lord’s Supper is a pronouncement of the Gospel. When you take Lord’s Supper or Communion, you are proclaiming the death and resurrection of Christ. Secondly, it is a time of reflection and repentance. Communion is not to be taken lightly. This is a time of deep soul searching and repentance. Paul proclaims some of you are sick and dying because you take this lightly. You’ve drunk the wrath of God upon yourself. As followers of Jesus, we must take communion with a humble and repentant heart. So the next time you make it, remember, you are proclaiming the goodness of Christ, repent of sin, and thank the Lord for what He has done.
4. Different Gifts, Same God (1-11). The point of this text is not to point out gifts. Instead, the point of this text is to point to the giver of the gifts. The giver of the gifts is the Lord. While we have different gifts that the Lord has given us, it is the Lord that gives those gifts. In the next section, we are going to go into the purpose, but you are not given the gifts for your own benefit.
5. Different Gifts, One Body (12-30). I’ve been pushing for a while that the church is not our building. Our building is not a living and breathing thing. During this entire pandemic, the building has not reached out to you, it has not prayed for you, it has done nothing for you. It has proven one thing, it is not the church, the people are. The purpose of our gifts is to build one another up, to encourage, love, rebuke, and teach one another. Your gift is to help someone love Jesus more. When you think of the church, we must think of people. When you think of your gifting, you must think of how are you building the body with it?
I am praying for you. It has been wonderful to go through our database of families and pray for each one of you.