1 Corinthians 11,1-16
1 Corinthians 11:1-16
July 7, 2002
Intro: Next Question.
1 Corinthians 7:1, Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: …
A- The question seems to be: “What is the roll of men and women in the church?”
1 Corinthians 11:1, Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
A- Closed with this verse last week and starts this weeks teaching.
1- Fits all the issues that Paul has been addressing.
a- Concerning liberties (1 Cor 11:1)
b- Concerning church edict (1 Cor 11:1)
B- For instruction in godliness we look to the bible as our guide.
1- What we look to is:
a- God’s instruction in the O.T.
b- Jesus’ example in the N.T. Gospels
c- And man following Jesus’ example in Acts and the epistles.
Paul: “In matters of Christian living I have taken biblical principles, considered WWJD, and lived my life accordingly for the benefit of the church of Christ.
2- Paul was not perfect because apparently there were ways in which he didn’t imitate Christ.
a- But God’s desire is that we would imitate the godly as they imitate our Lord.
Hebrews 10:24, And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
John 13:15, “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
Read Romans 15:1-7
1 Corinthians 11:2, Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
A- Paul is saying “(V:1 being the case) I praise (approve) that you (constantly) remember me and keep the traditions.
1- Now traditions are usually a bad word.
a- Usually something that causes a church to remain in a spiritual rut and hinders any new thing the Lord wants to do.
- (why do you do that like that?) We just always have.
b- It can be a tool of destruction to God’s work when man places tradition of par with God’s word.
B- Tradition here = That which is passed along by teaching.
2 Thessalonians 2:15, Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
1- The reason for the letter to Paul is not doctrinal or theological.
a- But the application of the teachings of Paul.
- It’s what make things so rich for us or any church.
b- Society may change is many different ways but God never does.
1 Corinthians 11:3, But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
A- But I want you to know = This is important (something not previously addressed in detail).
1- Concerning the biblical roll for men and women in the church.
a- The biblical order (organization) in which God intends society to be structured is:
- The Father – Jesus – man – women
- If you have no order, in any organization, you have a mess.
1Corinthians 14:40, Let all things be done decently and in order. (Concerning spiritual gifts and their application)
Ø It’s important to understand what the bible is NOT saying here or anywhere else.
A- We are not being told that Men are superior to women in God’s sight.
1- In an unsaved state they are both seen as Spiritually dead.
2- In as saved state God sees both as equals.
Galatians 3:28, There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
3- There is no distinction between man and women in:
a- Personal worth, abilities, intellect, or in spirituality.
B- With the structure that we have in this church:
1- If I have a problem with a ministry
a- I’ll talk to the leader
2- If God needs to call someone of the carpet.
a- In the household
b- In the church.
- The designated spiritual leaders
· The male.
Read Ephesians 5:22-33
c- Terry and I and our finances.
- With Jesus, w/man, w/woman, It’s a matter of task and responsibility.
· God’s blessed organization.
- So the issue is not who can do better, what works best, or who is best suited, it’s what is God’s will.
Ephesians 1:22, And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, (Christ’s authority)
Colossians 3:18, Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. (man’s authority)
John 5:30, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. (The Father’s authority)
Read verses 4
A- We see right off that Paul is speaking in the confines of ministry.
1- Praying: talking to God about people.
2- Prophesying: Talking to people about God.
Ø In society at this time it was customary for women to where Vail.
A- Head covered = having down from the head.
1- A man dressed as a women, while doing the work of ministry, dishonors the position God has given him.
a- My close selection for tonight.
- If I attempted to assume the role of a woman it just wouldn’t work.
Read verses 5-6
A- 1st notice it is ok for women to do spiritual things within the church.
Acts 21:9, Now this man (Phillip) had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
1- Paul’s point again is someone doing spiritual matters masquerading as the opposite sex.
a- Men assume your proper rolls and not that of the women.
b- Women assume your proper rolls and not that of the men.
Read verses 7-10
A- Paul shows the responsibility of the rolls, men, this ought to strike the fear of God in you.
1- At night we know that the sun still is on, still exists and shines it’s light.
a- We can’t directly see it
b- BUT I can indirectly see in that the moon reflects it.
- the glory of the moon is the sun as man is the glory of God.
c- Now at night the moon reflecting the suns light illuminates the earth.
- The amount of light the earth receives is in direct proportion to what the moon reflects.
· The night time earth is the glory of the moon.
· Woman is the glory of man.
d- Men, how glorious you are is in direct proportion to how shinny your wife is.
Read verses 8-10 God set the example and angles witnessed it.
A- The veil should be a reminder.
1- Jews believed that angles are the guardians of the created order.
Read Verses 11-12
A- Male chauvinism is just as big a perversion as feminism to God’s order.
Read verses 13-15
A- Doesn’t common since tell us that we should assume our God ordained rolls?
1 Corinthians 11:16, But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
A- If anyone wants to argue the point examine what is the norm in the church general.
1- Jesus is the glory of the Father, Man is the glory of Christ, Woman is the glory of man.
1 Corinthians 11:1-16
July 7, 2002
1 Corinthians 7:1
2 Thessalonians 2:15