This sermon was based on 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 & 11:17-34.
Warning Against Idolatry
14Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? 19What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
The Lord’s Supper
17But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, 19for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. 21For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.
23For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
33So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another— 34if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.
COMMUNION IS PARTICIPATION IN CHRIST – THEREFORE FLEE IDOLS
- Being a Christian means that we have skin in the game – we are not just spectators but participants.
- We participate in Christ’s blood – his death is applied to us.
- We participate in Christ’s body – the church.
- When we get involved in worshipping idols, there is a demonic spiritual reality behind it and we find ourselves participating in demons.
- As Christians we should not participate in both Christ’s table and the table of demons.
COMMUNION IS THE LORD’S SUPPER – THEREFORE DISCERN THE BODY
- When the Corinthians gathered for communion it was over a meal. But Paul said it did more harm than good.
- Rich believers were able to arrive first – and by the time poorer believers got there all the food was gone and the richer people were drunk.
- Jesus spent so much time eating with people – and he ate with unexpected people. What was happening in Corinth undermined this so it couldn’t even be called the Lord’s supper.
- Before we take communion we must examine ourselves to truly discern Christ’s body and put one another first.
COMMUNION IS A PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL – THEREFORE ACCEPT THE INVITATION
- Communion comes from the Last Supper.
- Jesus taught us to do it when we come together to remember him and what he has done for us.
- It is also a visual proclamation of the gospel to unbelievers who are present.