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Series: Saints Gone Wild
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
The most powerful title or position I'll ever hold is "Dad." I absolutely love being a dad to my three children. It is a privilege and a joy. I concur with Bill Cosby who said, "Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children." As a father, the greatest gift I can receive is when another person blesses one of my children. Similarly, the most hurtful thing anyone can do to me is to hurt one of my children. If there is anything that is capable of bringing out my wrath, it is this. What is especially hurtful is when one of my children hurts another one of my children. Worse yet, when one of my boys hurts his little sister.
Did you know that God the Father feels the same way I do? He absolutely loves being a dad. He cares about each of His children in the deepest way imaginable. But what grieves Him is when one of His children hurts another one of His children. Worse yet, when one of His children who has been given much dishonors one who has little.
We will discover that God will not tolerate divisions and distinctions within His body-the church. The reason is simple: God is dead serious about His body. In 1 Cor 11:17-34, Paul provides three exhortations for us to follow.
1. Include the entire body of Christ in worship (11:17-22). In these first six verses, Paul rebukes the church at Corinth for being divided. Paul begins this section in 11:17 with sobering words: "But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse." The conjunction "but" serves to contrast the worship events of 11:17-34 with 11:2-16. Ironically, the very equality the Corinthians were misusing in 11:2-16 was resolutely denied when it came to the observance of the Lord's Supper. This is confirmed by the use of the verb "praise." In 11:2, Paul praised the Corinthians because they rememb ...
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