Summary: Paul informed the Corinthian Christians of their shortcomings in the observance of the Lord’s Supper. The proper observance of the Lord’s Supper requires a suitable setting. A suitable setting for celebrating the Lord’s Supper assumes...
CELEBRATING/Observing The LORD’s SUPPER-I—1Corinthians 11:17-22
There are settings suitable for enjoying the game of golf.(See end of sermon)
Likewise, there are settings that are suitable for celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
Paul informed the Corinthian Christians of their shortcomings in the observance of the Lord’s Supper.
The proper Observance of the Lord’s Supper requires proper motives.
What characterizes a proper observance of the Lord’s Supper?
3 settings suitable for celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
1—A suitable setting for celebrating the Lord’s Supper assumes...
The BODY’s BETTERMENT(:17)
:17—“Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.”
“Better”— ‘more useful, more serviceable, more advantageous, more excellent.’
Our coming together must infuse us with an advantage.
We are meant to exit better than when we entered.
‘Betterment’ of the Body of Christ requires repentance, sacrifice, bearing up under stress...
“Instructions/Declare/Charging”—paraggellw—Verb—1) To transmit a message along from one to another, to declare, announce; 2) To command, order, charge. Strong—To charge, is used especially of the order of a military commander to his troops. Strong—To transmit a message, i.e. by implication--To enjoin.
From—para—1) From, of at, by, besides, near. Strong—a primary preposition; properly--Near; i.e. From beside(literally or figuratively),or--At(or in) the vicinity of(objectively or subjectively), or--To the proximity with(local especially)--Beyond or opposed to, or causal--On account of.—&—aggelov—1) A messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God. Strong—from aggellw[probably derived from agw[to lead; bring, drive, go, pass(time), or induce]; compare agelh[a drove](to bring tidings); A messenger; especially--An "angel"; by implication--A pastor.
“Praise”2X[See :22]—epainew—Verb—1) To approve, to praise. Strong—To applaud. Used 6X.
From—epi—Preposition—1) Upon, on, at, by, before; 2) of position--On, at, by, over, against; 3) To, over, on, at, across, against. Strong—properly, meaning superimposition(of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution--Over, upon, etc.; of rest--At, on, etc.; of direction--Towards, upon, etc.—&—ainew—To praise(God)...itself from-ainov(properly--A story, but used in the sense of epainov[laudation]; Praise(of God)).
“Better”—Adj.—1) More useful, more serviceable, more advantageous; 2) More excellent. Strong—comparative of a derivative of kratov[vigor["great"] (literally or figuratively)]; Stronger, i.e. figuratively--Better, i.e. Nobler. Used 18X.