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Why Is Communion Important?

1 Corinthians 11:17-30

17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.

18For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

19For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.

20Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.

21For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.

22What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.

23For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."

25In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

26For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

27Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

29For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

30For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

We often wonder when asked to do something, "What is this going to do for me?"

It seems to be the trend of this age.

We see this attitude in the believers in the church in Corinth.

The City of Corinth was known for its immorality.

Many gods and goddesses of every form of pleasure

were created, worshipped, and followed.

The city’s reputation could be summed up in the expression "to live like a Corinthian."

This expression meant that one was to live in an uncontrolled

"anything goes" manner.

Paul called the Christians at Corinth "carnal".

That means they were worldly in their lives.

FRIENDS -- It would be easy to conclude

that there is too much of the influence of Corinth

in and on the Church today.

Our Christian brothers and sisters in Corinth

Were examples of the worse kind of attitudes

of selfishness and separation.

Oh -- they were believers --

but they were more concerned about themselves.

When it was Communion Time...

They were more concerned about

what they personally were going to get out of the Lord’s Supper.

Through the wrong actions of the Christians in Corinth

we gain an understanding of what the Lord’s Supper

can do for us.


17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.

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