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October 23 – 1 Corinthians 11:17-32

It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

1 Corinthians 11:17-32

Correcting an Abuse of the Lord’s Supper

17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 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.” 25 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.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.

SOAP Note

Discipline | Shiree King

Scripture

1 Corinthians 11:32

Observation

The Corinthian church appeared to be a people of excess and had a hard time understanding what a true life in Christ should look like.  As is the case in many of the topics we’re reading, they took something good (partaking together in a meal to remember Jesus’ sacrifice) and exploited it.  They gathered for “The Lord’s Supper” but instead used it as an opportunity to “party” on a first come-first served basis.  In doing so, they completely missed the point of the exercise – reverence for Jesus’ sacrifice, an internal examination and confession of their own sin, and fellowship with other believers, acknowledging Jesus’ gift is for others as much as themselves.  As a result, they needed Paul’s harsh words to re-center them on the real purpose for the gathering.

Application

No discipline ever feels pleasant. I, especially, don’t like being told what to do or feel like I’m wrong.  However, if I can lay down my pride and acknowledge my sin, then God’s discipline for me is successful with the point of avoiding eternal condemnation.

Prayer

Dear God, Forgive my resistance to Your discipline.  I know it is because of Your love, and You see my potential beyond what I can see, and it is all for a good purpose.  I don’t want to be indifferent, self-centered, and irreverent.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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