Lord’s Supper


Don’t Ruin a Good Meal                  


1 Corinthians 11:17-34


How did the Corinthians ruin a good meal?

Let’s try to picture the scene Paul describes

They ‘came together’ in homes of the wealthy which had limited dining space, so some people sat in outer courtyards

People were bringing or being served different meals based on status, which was a social norm

The wealthy arrived early and servants would arrive later

Some were gorging themselves and v21 getting ‘drunk’

The ‘division’ described is over economic and social status

The results: God was dishonored, v22 the church was ‘despised’, v22 some were ‘humiliated’ and their witness to the world was corrupted


Application #1: Take seriously our fellowship with God

Paul takes the church back to the meaning of the Lord’s Supper

vs23-24 the Bread – represents Jesus’ body and the physical reality that God in flesh took our place

v25 the Cup – the context for the cup in the Old Testament was often wrath. Jesus died taking wrath for us 

Exodus 24:8 describes the Old Covenant: obey God’s law and he will bless you

Jesus’ blood established a New Covenant: trust in Christ’s death and you will receive his life

This New Covenant is between God the Father and God the Son; and we are brought into it (John 17:6-8)

This meal is called a ‘remembrance’ – to live with a cross-centered perspective

Eating this meal v26 is a ‘proclamation’ –  a testimony to one another

 A holy meal (fellowship) requires a holy heart

vs 27-32 tell us to ‘examine’ our hearts and eat this meal in a ‘worthy manner’

The Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal which proclaims our relationship with God

If we are careless with this relationship, we are guilty concerning Jesus v27

Carelessness with the Lord’s Supper shows inattention to the death and reign of Jesus

The honor of Christ is so momentous, God judges those misuse him

Those who reject him, are eternally condemned!

Believers who claim to know better, were disciplined for it (v30-32). “Does that mean I will be disciplined like this?”  The better question is should you be?

How do we ‘examine’ ourselves?

It involves careful reflection based upon what our actions reveal

But beware of self-examination that focuses only on our unworthiness 

Stephen Um: “Look for repentance and look for evidences of grace at work”


Application #2:  Take seriously our fellowship one another

The Corinthian’s misuse of the Lord’s Supper, was a misuse of one another

They didn’t distinguish fellowship in church from how the world treats one another

Their fellowship was marked by the world’s categories

We use people according to their gifts and maturity, but our fellowship with them is according to the cross

Take this a step further; we should be alert for those who are marginalized 

Their fellowship was ruled by personal selfishness:  Here I am, please me!

Remember how Jesus introduced this meal?  He first washed their feet (John 13)

The Church is not here to serve you; we are the Church to serve Christ and each other

Our fellowship is not in common earthly bonds, it’s in common heavenly bonds

We simply are a supernatural community; so we need to live that way

v33 the command to ‘wait’ – is a command to share the meal as a church. It is a command to look out for and take care of one another


What is your response – seek forgiveness, reach out, serve, or find biblical community?





By all means, enjoy whatever bountiful meal is placed before you on Thanksgiving. God who provides all good things, delights in our enjoyment of them!

However, may all who are in Christ be mindful that our true THANKSGIVING meal is the Lord’s Supper.


Sermon Leftovers 1/03/2011

Mark 14:12-25  “The Last Supper and a New Meal”

Jesus and His Disciples Celebrate the Passover

(1)  The Passover proclaimed the greatness of God:  God humbled proud Pharaoh and the mighty Egyptian empire, along with their gods.  He judged Egypt with devastation that affected every person (Exodus 12:12-13).

(2)  The Passover helped establish the identity of God’s people:  An undeserving race of slaves, became the chosen people of God.  The people of Israel were raised up through an extraordinary deliverance by the arm of God alone.

The One Who Ruled Over the First Passover, Still Rules

(1)  The small details were in Jesus hands:  vs 13-16 Jesus reveals his sovereignty in the place where their Passover would be celebrated.

(2)  The great details were in Jesus hands:  vs 17-21 Jesus life was not taken from him, it was purposefully given in a plan that preceded the universe (Revelation 13:8).  Judas had evil intent, but he was still a tool in God’s hand.  Men act according to their nature whether godly or ungodly, but God still remains sovereign over all they do.

We should trust God implicitly in every situation because He is wholly trustworthy.  If we truly trust God, then we will entrust Him with every situation and resource of our life.  If we wholly trust God, that will include the many ordinary details of our day, which we so easily keep to ourselves.   It is easy to tell ourselves that we will trust God in big things, while we ignore His Lordship over the little things that make up most of our day.

The Lord and Lamb of the Passover, Offers Us A New Meal

(1)  Jesus gives us the bread of his body:  Man must be accountable for man’s sin, so the Lord became a man (Hebrews 2:14-15)

(2)  Jesus gives us the cup of his blood:  Blood represents life (Leviticus 17:11), so Jesus shed his blood to pay the penalty owed for our sin.  That blood pays the penalty in full for all who trusts in that payment.  There can never be anything left for us to pay, we are saved completely – forever!

What Nourishment Will You Take From This Meal

(1)  Strength:  What we can do, is about what God does through us.  Whatever Scripture places before us is completely doable.  Stop doubting and putting off what we know God wants from us.

(2)  Health:  Our well being comes from living “in Christ” and “for Christ”.  If the Lords Supper is true in what it represents, then the only healthy perspective we can have is Philippians 1:21.

(3)  Rest:  If Christ is our everything, we do not need to fear or worry (Philippians 4:6-7).   Our Lord operates out of His perfections.  Do we trust in Him or do we trust in our requests we make of Him.  Do we trust God not to answer our prayers as we offer them?