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The Lord's Supper: A Christian Thanksgiving

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The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The First Letter to the Corinthians B. Affirmation of Edifying Worship: “Glorify God” in Your Worship, 11:2–14:40

Someone may have communicated something like the following to Paul:

“When the church was gathered at so-and-so’s house for the Lord’s Supper, they had their best friends (other richer families of the church) with them in the triclinium (dining room) where all the food was served (and where some were even getting drunk as in a common drinking party). The rest hung around out in the atrium and hardly got to eat or drink anything. It was apparent from where and what each one was served (if anything) how they ranked in terms of their social status.

Transition to Exposition 1 (17-22)
1 Corinthians 11:17–22 ESV
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.

I. The Lord’s Supper is not a meal for sustenance but an action of community (11-22)

Do we do anything else like that?
How about busywork?
Realize that the Lord’s Supper is something for the community
I believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the CHURCH and is not to be taken apart from it.
Transition to Exposition 2 (23-26)
1 Corinthians 11:23–26 ESV
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.

II. The Lord’s Supper is a community action of Thanksgiving and Remembrance (23-26)

When you recognize the celebration, remember what Jesus has done
Do it in thanksgiving
Transition to Exposition 3 (27-34)
1 Corinthians 11:27–34 ESV
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 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.

III. The Lord’s Supper is an act of community reconciliation and identification(27-34)

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