1 Corinthians 11:17-34
He says this even as he begins to confront the factions, divisions, and sinful practices that are tearing the church apart.
Your meetings do more harm than good.
"I have no doubt it's true."
We're connecting ourselves to the most important event in all of history.
How should we approach this act of worship?
1. Let’s Begin by Taking a Closer Look at Ourselves.
It's up to you to judge yourself more strictly than you judge anyone else.
It's up to you to hold yourself to a higher standard than you hold anyone else.
We know that we at least mean well.
"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior."
• Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am?
• Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
• Am I a slave to fashion, friends, work, or habits?
• Do I give the Bible time to speak to me everyday?
• When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?
• Do I pray about the money I spend?
• Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
• Is there anyone whom I dislike, disown, criticize, or hold in resentment?
• Do I grumble or complain constantly?
• Is Christ real to me?
2. Let’s Make this Act of Worship a Genuine Connection with Christ and His People.
We are to partake of this sacrament together, with one another.
"But we've always done it this way."
Communion is also intended as a moment of unity with others.
3. Let’s Remember What This Tradition is All About.
"Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner."
As we stand with one another at the foot of the cross, we stand together on level ground.
The blood of Christ symbolizes God's act of restitution and restoration with all human kind.
It connects us to our brothers and sisters as it connects us more deeply to our Lord Jesus Christ.