1 Corinthians 11:17-34
17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.
Table of Contents
Why do I call it “breaking of bread” and not the “Lord’s supper”?
- “Lord’s supper” only mentioned 1 time in bible (v20).
- The Lord’s supper was the meal that they ate in unity both in doctrine and physical presence (v17-22). Technically, we have the Lord’s supper every week at our church.
- Breaking of bread was an ordinance performed during the Lord’s supper.
- 1 Corinthians 10:21 – The “Lord’s supper” is also referred to as the “Lord’s table”.
What is the significance of breaking bread?
- Ordinance not sacrament – symbolises partaking of christ’s flesh and blood spiritually and does not save (profit the flesh) – John 6:53-63
- Remembrance of me – time to remember Christ’s sacrifice
- Luke 24:30-35 – Known unto them in breaking of bread
- Shew the Lord’s death till he come.
- A public testimony of the death of Christ that will continue until his return.
- Joshua 4:5-7 – to teach our children
Open Communion vs Closed Communion
- We practice what would be known as “open” communion but in reality it is a “closed” communion.
- We don’t believe in a “church membership” list – you may be a “member” of another church but tonight you are a member of this church.
- A membership list doesn’t make you a church member, your physical presence does.
- Only if you’re physically present can you even be a part of this, so in reality every communion is “closed”.
Who should partake of the bread and cup? What makes a person worthy?
- Baptism does not make a sinner worthy.
- Baptism can be examined by others
- Baptism doesn’t add you to a church – churches that practice a “closed” communion.
- If a church delays baptizing members for any reason, it means believers can’t partake for sometimes months on end through no fault of their own.
- Works do not make a sinner worthy.
- Who doesn’t have sin in their life?! It’s not a time of self-focus but Christ-focus – this do in remembrance of ME (not YOU).
- It pushes people away from communion with God when it should bring them to it.
- Acts 2:42-47 – It’s a time of gladness, not sadness.
- The disciples were sad because Jesus was actually going to die and leave them that night.
- We should be glad knowing Christ is alive!
- Reflecting on what he did for us should make us happy not sad.
- Only faith can make a sinner worthy.
- Otherwise no one would be worthy.
- Faith can’t be seen by others
- v28 Examine yourself
- v29 Not discerning the Lord’s body
- v31 Judge ourselves
- Only believers should partake of the bread and cup.
- If you’re a believer make sure you are partaking by faith and for the right reasons.
- Not as some sacrament to make you more holy or more loved by God – this is the reason why I believe God was chastising some of the believers in Corinth.