More Corinthian than Christian?

February 5, 2017 Speaker: Michael Rhodes Series: Start Weak: His Strength Made Perfect in My Weakness

Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:17–11:35

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I. Jesus gathers us into the church to make us better

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II. The Corinthians’ gatherings made them worse rather than better!

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17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. (1Co 11:17 ESV)

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20 When you come together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat. (1Co 11:20 ESV)

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29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. (1Co 11:29-30 ESV)

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29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. (1Co 11:18 ESV)

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21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk.
22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not. (1Co 11:21-22 ESV)

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Because the Corinthian Christians are more Corinthian than Christian their gatherings are for the worse

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17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (1Co 10:17 ESV)

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26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1Co 1:26-29 ESV)

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III. Paul’s solution is for the Corinthians to reshape their life together around the story of Jesus

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23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when 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 also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
(1Co 11:23-26 ESV)

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31 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." (Jer 31:31-34 ESV)

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26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

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27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.
28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.
31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.
32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for (WELCOME!) one another-- (1Co 11:27-33 ESV)

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IV. People transformed by Jesus and his church carry Christ’s body and blood out into the world

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34 if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home--so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come. (1Co 11:34 ESV)

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“Paul attacks the system indirectly, to be sure, but at its very core. Be a true Christian at table, and care for the needy, a matter that is always close to Paul’s heart . . . will likewise become part and parcel of one’s life.”
- Gordon Fee –

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18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2Co 3:18 ESV)
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing.
4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. (2Co 4:3-12 ESV)

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Application #1- We come together looking to be changed by Jesus

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Application #2- Change requires each of us individually to embrace constant repentance and self-evaluation in hope.

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28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. (1Co 11:28 ESV)
32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. (1Co 11:32 ESV)

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Application #3 See something, say something

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Application #4: We must work out how to carry Christ out into the world together

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About the other things I will give directions when I come. (1Co 11:34 ESV)

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