Summary: When we come to the Lord’s table, we need to take a fourfold look. Look back to His crucifixion, look within ourselves, look around at our brothers & sisters, look ahead to the Lord’s coming again.

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Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.


Note to the reader:

If you have been blessed with this sermon compilation, I would be honoured to receive an e-mail from you simply stating where in the world you are based; I do not need any other information. This is merely so that I can have the pleasure of giving thanks to Almighty God that all over the globe, the ministry which he has entrusted to me, is blessing the body of Christ and helping to extend the Kingdom of God.

Thank you.

Herman Abrahams,

Cape Town, South Africa.



(1 Cor 11:23-32; 1 Cor 10:16-17)

1 Cor 11:23-32

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 Therefore, 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 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32 When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. (NIV)

1 Cor 10:16-17

16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

When we come to the Lord’s table, we need to take a fourfold look.

1. WE LOOK BACK - “you proclaim the Lord’s death” (1 COR 11:26)


First, we look back to the cross. We are reminded of our Lord’s sacrifice; how He gave himself unselfishly and completely, for the atonement of our sins. The marvelous thing about this is that He did this "while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8). It has been said, "It is easy to love the lovable, but so hard to love the unlovely." Our Lord did what he did for all mankind without exception.

2. WE LOOK WITHIN - “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” (1 COR 11:28)


The second look is to the present or within — here and now. We look at ourselves: what do we see? What are we doing with our lives? How are we living? Are we striving for holiness? Do we put Jesus first in our lives – are we totally committed toHim. Let us truly examine ourselves, look deep into our hearts (1 Corinthians 11:28, 29). God wants us to acknowledge our sins and humbly ask for forgiveness.

ILLUSTRATION - Self Evaluation


State employment officials in Tucson, Arizona, posted an interesting sign over a full-length mirror. Directed to all job hunters, it read, “Would you hire this person?” In another office a mirror and sign posed this question: “Are you ready for a job?”

Self-evaluation was what the apostle Paul called for in 1 Corinthians 11. Believers in Christ need to judge themselves, he said, to avoid being judged by the Lord as unfit for His service. In the Corinthian church, the “appearance problem” was especially serious. Those Christians “looked” awful. They were actually getting drunk and quarreling among themselves while going through the motions of celebrating the Lord’s Supper. So Paul said, in effect, “Look at yourselves. What a mess! If you don’t get your lives straightened out, the Lord will have to do it for you.” Then the apostle added the sobering fact that God had already begun to cleanse the church by sending some of them to an early grave. This is a hard truth, but one the church still needs to hear today.

Our Daily Bread, January 9, 1994

3. WE LOOK AROUND - “Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” (1 COR 10:17)

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Kendall Ramsey

commented on May 29, 2007

Brief but conveys the message very well.

Roger Canary

commented on Aug 2, 2007

four good points good to see other prospective

Corey Wynns

commented on Aug 27, 2007

I did enjoy this, it gave me a new insight. Thank You

Joe Selenski

commented on Oct 28, 2007

Easy to expand on and to personalize according to local church needs and Holy Spirit guidance.

Buzz Brown

commented on Nov 26, 2008

A new introduction to use for the Lord''s Table. Thank you, Herman! Buzz Brown, Los Angeles

Dsklfjdskl Sdlkfskl

commented on Jan 23, 2009

A very good way to look at the Lords communion. Very thorough in its reach, yet with few words. Thank you.

Brandon Buford

commented on Apr 5, 2009

I have really enjoyed this look. Thank you.

Maggie Young

commented on Apr 6, 2009

Marshall, Texas Brief but Great Thank You

Bayala Pierre Marie

commented on May 1, 2010

Je suis au Burkina Faso (Africque de l''Ouest). Merci pour ce message court mais combien profond. Il m''a beaucoup encourag? et je l''ai partag? avec d''autres personnes. Que le Seigneur vous b?nisse et continue de vous tuliser dans le minist?re de la parole. AMEN

Herman Abrahams

commented on Oct 14, 2013

I gtranslated your message in Google translate but was not able to get the full translation, escpecially the paragraph starting with the word 'nisse'. God bless and thank you.

Manuel Mapa

commented on Jul 2, 2010

Thanks for this message!

Manuel Mapa

commented on Jul 3, 2010

Thanks for this message!

Glynn Dickens

commented on Feb 3, 2011

Thank you for your thoughtful exegesis of I Cor, 11:26-29. It will serve well in my preparation for Communion Sunday.

Cecil Stokesberry

commented on Apr 1, 2011

Thanks so much - from North Idaho USA

Mark Akers

commented on Sep 4, 2011

Thank you for sharing your insights

Donald Jewell

commented on Feb 25, 2012

Thank you for these insights, Don Jewell, NC

Javier Romero

commented on Mar 17, 2012

very powerfull message it will be a great help for our celebration of The Lord supper thanks Pastor may God almithy bless you beyong your expectation

Elwood Long

commented on Mar 4, 2013

Concise and direct; biblically insightful; a great blessing to me. Elwood Long

Yvonne Perez

commented on Oct 6, 2013

what a blessing for this passage, thank you brother

Herman Abrahams

commented on Oct 14, 2013

Hi all. Thank you so much for your kind comments. In the area where I live in Cape Town, South Africa, we seldom preach a full sermon when doing the Lord's table, instead we do a DEVOTION; a full sermon is preached in addition to this. That is why my communion messages are rather brief. Thanks for understanding. One good thing is that it allows my readers the scope to add their own Holy-Spirit inspired insights and expand the teaching. Love and blessings to you in Jesus precious name :).

Doug Torrance

commented on Jul 6, 2014

Dear Pastor Abraham: Thank you so much for sharing your sermon here! It is very timely for me as I prepare to fill in for my wife, our pastor, who is unable to preach this morning! A sign of a great preacher is one who is ready at any moment to preach, pray, marry or bury someone at a moment's notice'....but concise, Holy Spirit led notes sure help in an emergency!! Thank you again. Doug Torrance Wellington Pentecostal Church, Wellington Ontario Canada

Herman Abrahams

commented on Aug 11, 2014

Blessings to you Doug.

Pastor Jennings

commented on Aug 1, 2014

Praise the Lord my Brother in Christ, Good Word, may the Lord bless and keep you going strong. Pastor Jennings (Anchorage, Alaska)

Herman Abrahams

commented on Aug 11, 2014

Thank you very much Pastor Jennings. God is faithful in the midst of our trials.

Richard Townsend

commented on Oct 31, 2013

I really enjoyed this. From Gunnsion, Colorado

Bill Scott

commented on Nov 3, 2013

Excellent exposition!

Derrick Tuper

commented on Dec 28, 2013

I will be using these four points for a Communion meditation this Sunday. Thank you, from Syracuse, New York.

Tom Chidester

commented on Feb 12, 2014

Sweet! I'll be using it this Sunday ! Thank you from Charlotte n.c

Herman Abrahams

commented on Aug 11, 2014

You are welcome Tom.

Herman Abrahams

commented on Aug 11, 2014

Thanks for commenting Derrick; you are most welcome.

Edward Cupido

commented on Mar 18, 2014

Edward Cupido. Melbourne, Australia. Thanks for a wonderful message. I'll share it on Sunday with our congregation.

Herman Abrahams

commented on Aug 11, 2014

Hello Edward. I pray all is well. Was great hearing from you. Mega blessings. Herman.

Norman Blowers

commented on Apr 27, 2014

Great convergence of the four perspectives in a single communion message. I will share it with several people today. Thanks

Herman Abrahams

commented on Aug 11, 2014

Enjoy my dear brother. God's richest blessings.

Jasmine Tan Su Peng

commented on May 29, 2014

Pastor Herman, thanks for the lovely 4 insights, will be sharing this Sunday for communion. Amazing this was posted 9 years back and still continuing to be a blessing to those who read it. May God continue to use you to bless more in years to come. God bless, Jasmine (Malaysia)

Herman Abrahams

commented on Aug 11, 2014

Hello Jasmine. Lovely hearing hearing from you. Thank you for writing to me. God bless you and yours :)

Mike Hammonds

commented on Sep 13, 2014

great word - enjoyed greatly!!

Dale Harper

commented on Dec 31, 2014

Thank you Herman for the insight ! Dale Harper Utah, United States.

Theodore Lakay

commented on Mar 25, 2015

Hi Herman, I enjoyed this message. As Christians, imagine we all live by that simple but powerful illustration you conveyed in your sermon. Someone once asked Dwight L. Moody, "If you knew the Lord would return tonight, how would you spend the rest of the day?" Mr. Moody replied without hesitation, "I wouldn?t do anything different than I do every day." I too want to be able to say that, today..I will use this as my watch word ensuring that I please our Heavenly Father. God Bless and take care! Theo -London

Scottie Torain

commented on Apr 30, 2016

Profound example Theo! Thank you!

Jeff Spielman

commented on Apr 2, 2015

Thanks for the message

Jane Warren

commented on Jan 30, 2016

Thank you for your clear succinct message.

Buddy Joyner

commented on Jun 22, 2016

Thank you for this inspiration for participation in the Lord's Supper. I plan to use your 3 points, but call them Look Up; Look Down; Look All Around May the Lord Judge you holy. Buddy Joyner Ricardo Baptist Kingsville, Tx

John Meissner

commented on Aug 6, 2016

Enjoyed the message!

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