Tom Scott - 16/08/2015
1 Corinthians 11:17-33
Date: August 16, 2015
Let me begin this E-study by passing on a prayer update. Eric Nixon’s father passed away yesterday. Services, I believe are being planned for Thursday. Please keep Eric and his family in your prayers.
It is Monday morning which means we are ready to kick off a brand new work week. One of the great things about having church on Sunday is that we get to start the week off right. Communion offers us an opportunity to come around the Lord’s Supper and enjoy a meal together as the family of God. Yesterday I shared a message about the communion service and so our E-study today will come from that message. Let me encourage you to work your way through these questions. My prayer is that this message will help us understand why we take communion each Sunday.
1. The message began with a story about a church that stood and sang to a blank way. When asked why they did it; many responded that this is what they had always done there. Communion can become a meaningless tradition if we are not careful. Do you have a favorite story to tell about taking communion?
2. The apostle Paul was writing to the church at Corinth because they were having some struggles with the communion time. Chapter eleven is where we find Paul talking about the proper way to share in this meal. He says that when you come together which would be once a week, that you should break bread together. What are some verses which suggest that communion should be held weekly?
3. When you look at the Lord’s Super, there are two ordinary items presented to us by Jesus. The bread and the juice can be found most anywhere in the world. Why do you think Jesus chose these two items to represent his body and blood?
4. Communion time is a moment for us to meditate upon what Christ has done for us. Paul says in verse 28 that a man ought to examine himself when taking these items. Hebrews 10:29 offers some harsh words for those who abuse this time of communion with Jesus. How hard is it for you to stay focused on the emblems of communion when they are passed out?
5. At the end of chapter 11, Paul tells the church to wait for one another. We wait to take the bread and the cup together because it promotes a sense of unity within the congregation. This is not how everyone takes communion, but why we do it the way we do here at Cumberland. What are some other ways that you have seen communion taken?
Have a good week in the Lord. Remember, Glow night is this coming Sunday night at 5:00m. It should be a fun evening. If you would like to order a shirt, they are five dollars. Call Lorie if you would like to pre-order one.
WHAT IS COMMUNION?
1 Corinthians 11:17-33 August 16, 2015
Introduction: There are as many different ways to share in the communion service as there are flavors at a local ice cream store. What do we believe about communion as a church? That is what I seek to explain this morning as we continue our series on the core values of the church. We will look at what Paul had to say to the church at Corinth.
I. It is a weekly meal.
A. When ______ come together. 1 Corinthians 11:17-22
B. When ______ come together. Acts 20:7
II. It is a humble meal.
A. Two ordinary ___________. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
B. Two simple _____________. Mark 14:25
III. It is a somber meal.
A. A man ought to ____________ himself. 1 Corinthians 11:27-32
B. A man will ______________ himself. Hebrews 10:29
IV. It is a common meal.
A. ____________ for each other. 1 Corinthians 11:33-34
B. Waiting promotes ____________. Ephesians 4:3
Conclusion: The Lord’s Supper is a very special time not because of the emblems here on the today, but because of the time we spend in reflection. We gather around this table to remember what Jesus has done for us. As often as we do this let’s focus on God’s great love for us.
Key Thought: We believe that communion is a great time for us to reflect upon the loving sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross.
Key Words: you, we, items, statements, examine, condemn, wait, unity