The Responsibility of Taking the Lord's Supper
Corinthians 11:17-34


How they were Dishonoring the Lord's Supper (11:17-22)

Divisions Among Them (11:17-19)

 17 But in prescribing to you on this which I now enter on, I do not praise, namely, that ye come together, not for the better, but for the worse. 18 For first, when ye come together in assembly, I hear there exist divisions among you, and I partly give credit to it19 For there must also be sects among you, that the approved may become manifest among you. 

Confusing the Lord's Supper with a Social Gathering (11:20-22)

20 When ye come therefore together into one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s supper. 21 For each one in eating takes his *own* supper before others, and one is hungry and another drinks to excess. 22 Have ye not then houses for eating and drinking? or do ye despise the assembly of God, and put to shame them who have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you? In this point I do not praise. 

(Paul's Revelation from the Lord) (11:23-26)

23 For *I* received from the Lord, that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus, in the night in which he was delivered up, took bread, 24 and having given thanks broke it, and said, This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 In like manner also the cup, after having supped, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye shall eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye announce the death of the Lord, until he come. v.26 The purpose of coming together is to eat the bread and drink the cup. If that was all we did on Lord's Day morning, it would still be the Lord's Supper and we would still be answering His request to "do this" in remembrance of Him. Worship, praise, thanksgiving, and ministry are connected and flow from it. But it is in partaking of the bread and wine that we announce the Lord's death. Well then, have we no scriptural precedent or principle for singing hymns, reading scriptures, and giving thanks collectively before and after the Lord's Supper is taken? Yes we do. On the night that the Lord was betrayed, the disciples ate the Passover first, a picture of Christ offered as a sacrifice for sin (1 Cor. 5:7), and afterward He instituted His supper.

Eating and Drinking Unworthily (11:27-29)

27 So that whosoever shall eat the bread, or drink the cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty in respect of the body and of the blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man prove himself, and thus eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. 29 For the eater and drinker eats and drinks judgment to himself, not distinguishing the body. 


The Governmental Results of Dishonoring the Lord's Supper (11:30-32)

30 On this account many among you are weak and infirm, and a good many are fallen asleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves, so were we not judged. 32 But being judged, we are disciplined of the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 


Consideration for Others with Regard to the Lord's Supper (11:33-34)

33 So that, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 If any one be hungry, let him eat at home, that ye may not come together for judgment. But the other things, whenever I come, I will set in order.