Eating At His Table
I Corinthians 11:17-34
OPEN: Author Max Lucado tells of an episode from his youth. He was part of a group of young people from his church who, as a service ministry, took the Lord's Supper to homebound or hospitalized members of the church. He and his friends visited one elderly gentleman in particular who was in the hospital--nothing serious, just a minor illness--and these young people were disappointed to find that the gentleman was fast asleep. Nothing they did, it seemed, could stir him from his sleep.
Well, they were crestfallen; they hated to leave without performing their duty. So, one of the eleven-year-olds pointed out that the gentleman's mouth was open. The young boys looked at each other, as if to say, "Why not?" and they broke off a tiny little piece of a wafer, and placed it in the elderly gentleman's mouth, and poured in a tiny sip of grape juice; and sure enough, the man swallowed.
He never woke up. Max Lucado goes on to write: "Neither do many people today."
APPLY: The church at Corinth was a congregation that was asleep to the meaning of the "Lord's Supper." So, Paul starts out writing to them about Communion. His 1st words are:
"In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good." 1 Corinthians 11:17
The early church at Corinth worshipped much like we do today. They met every Sunday, they read and discussed Scripture, they prayed… and they took communion together. But there was one thing Corinth did that was slightly different. Every Sunday they'd have a fellowship meal before the Lord's Supper. I suspect they had this fellowship meal as part of each Sunday worship because on the night Jesus betrayed, Jesus and His disciples were eating the Passover meal. At the end of that meal, Jesus passed the loaf and cup to His friends and told them "this do in remembrance of me!"
AND SO Corinth had a potluck dinner every Sunday. You like potluck dinners? I do. It' ...
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