Scripture: I Corinthians 11

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Instruction On Public Worship

I Corinthians 11:1-16 (WEB) Be imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brothers, that you remember me in all things, and hold firm the traditions, even as I delivered them to you. 3 But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.  4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered dishonors her head. For it is one and the same thing as if she were shaved. For if a woman is not covered, let her hair also be cut off. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or be shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man; for man wasn’t created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this cause the woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels.  11 Nevertheless, neither is the woman independent of the man, nor the man independent of the woman, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, so a man also comes through a woman; but all things are from God. 13 Judge for yourselves. Is it appropriate that a woman pray to God unveiled? 14 Doesn’t even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her, for her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if any man seems to be contentious, we have no such custom (practices), neither do God’s assemblies (churches).

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Questions and Answers:

1. Who did Paul tell the Corinthians to imitate (I Corinthians 11:1)? Paul told the Corinthians to imitate him, as he was an imitator of Christ.  My thoughts: Paul wasn’t suggesting they follow him instead of Christ.  My Bible notes: The Corinthians believers didn’t know much about the life and ministry of Christ. Paul couldn’t tell them to imitate Jesus because the Gospels had not yet been written, so they didn’t know what Jesus was like.  Paul had been in Corinth almost two years and had built a relationship of trust with many of these new believers.

2. What is the order of authority (headship) according to Paul (I Corinthians 11:3)? The head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 

3. Why was Paul for women wearing headcovers and against men wearing head coverings (I Corinthians 11:7)? Paul said the man is the image and glory of God and the woman is the glory of the man.

4. Who does Paul say woman is from (I Corinthians 11:8-9)? Paul says woman is from man for man wasn’t created for the woman, but woman created for man.

5. What do you believe Paul is saying in I Corinthians 11:10-11? My Bible notes: God created lines of authority in order for His created world to function properly.  Although there must be lines of authority, even in marriage, there should not be lines of superiority. God created man and women with unique and complementary characteristics.  One sex is not better than the other.  We must not let the issue of authority and submission become a wedge to destroy oneness in marriage.  Instead, we should use our unique gifts to strengthen our marriages and to glorify God.

6. From whom are all things (I Corinthians 11:12)? All things are from God.

The Lord’s Supper

I Corinthians 11:17-34 (WEB) 17 But in giving you this command, I don’t praise you, that you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when you come together in the assembly, I hear that divisions exist among you, and I partly believe it. 19 For there also must be factions among you, that those who are approved may be revealed among you. 20 When therefore you assemble yourselves together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. 21 For in your eating each one takes his own supper first. One is hungry, and another is drunken 22 What, don’t you have houses to eat and to drink in? Or do you despise God’s assembly and put them to shame who don’t have enough? What shall I tell you? Shall I praise you? In this I don’t praise you.  23 For I received from the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which He was betrayed took bread. 24 When He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of Me.” 25 In the same way He also took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks the Lord’s cup in a way unworthy of the Lord will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy way eats and drinks judgment to himself if he doesn’t discern the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep. 31 For if we discerned ourselves, we wouldn’t be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are punished by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 33 Therefore, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest your coming together be for judgment. The rest I will set in order whenever I come.

Questions and Answers:

1. What is the topic of Paul’s message (I Corinthians 11:17-20)? Paul’s message is about the Lord’s Supper. My Bible notes: The Lord’s Supper is a visible representation of the Good News of the death of Christ for our sins.  It reminds us of Christ’s death and the glorious hope of His return. Our participation in it strengthens our faith through fellowship with Christ and with other believers)

2. Why does Paul seem disturbed (I Corinthians 11:21-22)? Paul believed the Corinthian believers were not receiving the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner. It was not being a time of celebrating what Christ had done for them but a time when some would over eat and get drunk, and others would be hungry.

3.  What message did Paul receive from the Lord (I Corinthians 11:23-25)? The Lord Jesus on the night in which He was betrayed took bread.  When He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat.  This is My body, which is broken for you.  Do this in memory of me.” In the same way He also took the cup, after the supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.  Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of Me.”

4. What did Paul say would be proclaimed as often as the Lord’s Supper was observed (I Corinthians 11:26)? Paul said as often as they ate the bread and drank the cup, they would proclaim the Lord’s death until He came.

5. Of what will someone who partakes unworthily of the Lord’s Supper be guilty (I Corinthians 11:27-29)? They will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. My Bible notes: When Paul said that no one should take the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner, he was speaking to the church members who were rushing into it without thinking of its meaning. Instead of honoring Jesus’ sacrifice, they were sharing in the guilt of those of who crucified Christ. 

6. What was happening to many who were partaking unworthily of the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:30)? Many were weak and sickly and dying.

7. What do you believe Paul meant by “if we discern ourselves, we wouldn’t be judged” (I Corinthians 11:31-33)? My thought: To prepare myself for the partaking of the Lord’s Supper, I need to first examine myself for any unconfessed sin or resentful attitude.

8. Why do you believe you should eat at home before you come together to partake of the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:34)? My Bible notes: People should come to this meal desiring to fellowship with other believers and prepare for the Lord’s Supper to follow, not to fill up on a big dinner.  My thought: The first meal at home is for our physical hunger; the second (the Lord’s Supper) is for our spiritual hunger.

HEAR the WORD

I Corinthians 11:4-7 (WEB) Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered dishonors her head. For it is one and the same thing as if she were shaved. For if a woman is not covered, let her hair also be cut off. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or be shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man. 

1 Corinthians 11:4-7 (AMP) Every man who prays or prophesies with something on his head dishonors his head [and the One who is his head]. And every woman who prays or prophesies when she has her head uncovered disgraces her head; for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved [in disgrace]. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, she should cover her head. A man ought not have his head covered [during worship], since he is the image and [reflected] glory of God; but the woman is [the expression of] man’s glory.

1 Corinthians 11:4-7 (NLT) A man dishonors his head if he covers his head while praying or prophesying. But a woman dishonors her head if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head. Yes, if she refuses to wear a head covering, she should cut off all her hair! But since it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut or her head shaved, she should wear a covering.  A man should not wear anything on his head when worshiping, for man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory. And woman reflects man’s glory.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verses above.  My Bible notes: While Paul’s specific instructions may be cultural (women covering their heads in worship), the principles behind his specific instructions are timeless, principles like respect of spouse, reverence and appropriateness in worship, and focus of all of life on God.  If anything you do can easily offend members and divide the church, then change your ways to promote church unity.  Thus Paul told the women who were not wearing head coverings to wear them, not because it was a Scriptural command, but because it kept the congregation from dividing over a petty issue that served only to take people’s minds off Christ. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Corinthians 11:3 (NIV) Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

I Corinthians 11:23b-25 (NIV) The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, 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.”  In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood: do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

I should demonstrate the unity and love that should characterize the church when I partake of the Lord’s Supper.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

I should encourage others to understand the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper.

PRAY the WORD

Father, I pray we believers will accept the authority that has been placed over us (I Corinthians 11:3).  Father, I pray we will discern what we are to do concerning cultural traditions (I Corinthians 11:13).  Father, I pray we will understand the meaning of why we partake of the Lord’s supper (I Corinthians 11:23-26).  Father, I pray we will partake of the Lord’s supper in a Christ honoring manner (I Corinthians 11: 27).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I always prepare ourselves to partake of the Lord’s Supper.” <>< Dona