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Series: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 11
One way to view History, at least biblical history is as a series of meals.
In the Garden of Eden, Gen. 3 - SEPARATION FROM GOD
In Egypt, the Passover in Exodus 12 - DELIVERANCE FROM SLAVERY
In Jerusalem, The Lord's Supper in Matthew 26 - DELIVERANCE FROM SIN
In Heaven at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb - Rev - RESTORATION TO GOD
So recorded human history begins with a meal and ends with a meal and it has two major meals in between.
EARLY CHURCH -
In our day the dominant aspect of a church service may be preaching, it may be singing, in some circles it may be the exercise of spiritual gifts. In the early church, the dominant aspect of the service was a meal.
Remember that Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper in the context of an actual meal.
We see in Acts 2:46 (ESV)
46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
Do you see how closely eating together was tied to the corporate gathering?
Not worship and mission, not worship and evangelism, not worship and soul-winning visitation worship and eating. AS A RESULT OF THIS FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2:47 (ESV)
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
People saw their fellowship, community, love and wanted to get in on that. Fellowship and enjoying meals were practically Synonymous.
We see in Acts 20:11 (ESV)
11 And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.
SMALL GROUPS - As a matter of fact, one of the main problems with our small groups - YOU DON'T EAT ENOUGH. You should eat a lot more! Some of you are thinking, ''I love this Church''. Seriously, meals are for building fellowship it's practically impossible to have true friendships i ...
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