Reverence in Worship and Fellowship
1 Corinthians 11:1-34
Key Verse: 11:26
“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
Read verses 1-3. Why does Paul encourage Christians in Corinth to follow his example? (1; 10:33) What does he praise them for? (2) What is the general principle governing the relationships between God, man and woman? (3)
According to verses 5 and 13, what was the problem of some women in the church? Why would they worship with their heads uncovered in public? What is Paul’s reason that women should worship in public with their heads covered? (3-10) During worship, how did keeping this practice express reverence for God? How can reverence in worship be expressed today? (Heb 12:28)
Read verses 11-16. In what sense are men and women equal? (11,12) How does this help us understand the order Paul describes? On what basis did Paul appeal to them?
Read verses 17-22. What is the next issue Paul mentions in verses 17-21? Why? How does he rebuke them? (22) How had they been expressing their irreverence for the church of God?
Read verses 23-25. From whom did Paul receive the instruction of the Lord’s Supper? (23) What did Jesus say concerning the Lord’s Supper? (24,25) What does it mean to drink the cup and break the bread? (Jn 6:53-58) When celebrating the Lord’s Supper what should be the focus? (24b, 25b)
Read verses 26-34. What is the significance of the Lord’s Supper? (26) Why is it a serious sin to eat the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner? (27-29) What judgment and discipline did they receive? (30-32) What kind of attitude should we have while eating the Lord’s Supper? (28,29,33,34)