Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:17-32 (HCSB)
The Lord’s Supper
- What are some important symbols in our world?
- Flags, religious symbols, personal rituals
- What importance do these symbols have?
- They draw our attention to a person or thing other than ourselves.
- What is the Lord’s Supper and why do we practice it?
Now in giving the following instruction I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. For to begin with, I hear that when you come together as a church there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. There must, indeed, be factions among you, so that those who are approved may be recognized among you. Therefore, when you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s Supper. For at the meal, each one eats his own supper ahead of others. So one person is hungry while another gets drunk! Don’t you have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you look down on the church of God and embarrass those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I do not praise you for this!
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, 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 also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
What is the Lord’s Supper?
- It was established during Passover as Christ ate with His disciples.
- What is Passover?
- What is the bread a symbol of?
- What does the cup symbolize?
- How does the Lord’s Supper provide a picture of salvation?
- It gives us a picture of Christ’s flesh, which was broken for us; and His blood, which was spilled for us.
- Why do we practice the Lord’s Supper?
- When we practice the Lord’s Supper, our attention is directed back to Christ’s death and resurrection (which is the perfect picture of God’s love).
- We are reminded that the Christian faith is not about us, but about God, who chooses to save us.
- The Lord’s Supper is a proclamation of the Gospel.
What was the church in Corinth guilty of?
- During the Lord’s Supper (which was actually a meal), people ignored the hungry.
- Others got drunk.
- Many focused only on their own desires, which defeated the purpose of the Lord’s Supper and of the Church as a whole.
- One of the big problems we have a churches today is that we are too focused inwardly. We develop programs for us while we ignore the hungry (both spiritually and physically).
- The Lord’s Supper is in remembrance of Christ, who was broken for the benefit of a broken world.
- If we are the Church of Jesus Christ, should we not also be willing to be broken for the sake of a broken world?
- Should we not sacrifice ourselves, our money, our sweat and our blood for the sake of the world (that they might know Christ)?
Questions for class discussion
- Is it wrong for the Church to be inwardly focused?
- We must continue to disciple one another and ourselves grow in the maturity of the Gospel.
- In what ways does the Church, or individuals, fail to serve the hungry (both physically and spiritually)?
- In what ways is the Church too inwardly focused?
- How can you, personally, better serve the hungry (both physically and spiritually)?