“The Lord’s Table: A Sacred Opportunity of
Grace” (1 Corinthians 11:17–34)
Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun AM/August 3, 2014
Hymn: “Holy, Holy, Holy”
1 Corinthians 11:17–34 (NIV)
the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more
harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come
together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I
believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to
show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come
together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are
eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one
person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have
homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating
those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly
not in this matter! 23 For
I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the
night 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, after supper he took the
cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you
drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread
and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 So
then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy
manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28
Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink
from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the
body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why
many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31
But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come
under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way
by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned
with the world. 33 So
then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat
together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so
that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. And
when I come I will give further directions.
The Lord’s Table is
an opportunity to renew our
unity as the Church, the one Body of Christ (vv. 17–22, 33–34).
Romans 12:3–8 (NIV)
by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more
highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in
accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For
just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all
have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form
one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have
different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is
prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if
it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if
it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give
generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it
Hymn: “Our God Has Made Us
The Lord’s Table is
an opportunity to reflect on
our union with Jesus Christ, our Crucified and Risen Lord (vv. 23–26).
my servant will act wisely;
will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
as there were many who were appalled at him—
appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
his form marred beyond human likeness—
he will sprinkle many nations,
kings will shut their mouths because of him.
what they were not told, they will see,
what they have not heard, they will understand.
has believed our message
to whom has the arm of the Lord
grew up before him like a tender shoot,
like a root out of dry ground.
had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
in his appearance that we should desire him.
was despised and rejected by mankind,
man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
one from whom people hide their faces
was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
he took up our pain
bore our suffering,
we considered him punished by God,
by him, and afflicted.
he was pierced for our transgressions,
was crushed for our iniquities;
punishment that brought us peace was on him,
by his wounds we are healed.
all, like sheep, have gone astray,
of us has turned to our own way;
the Lord has laid on him
iniquity of us all.
was oppressed and afflicted,
he did not open his mouth;
was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
he did not open his mouth.
oppression and judgment he was taken away.
who of his generation protested?
he was cut off from the land of the living;
the transgression of my people he was punished.
was assigned a grave with the wicked,
with the rich in his death,
he had done no violence,
was any deceit in his mouth.
it was the Lord’s will to crush
him and cause him to suffer,
though the Lord makes his life an
offering for sin,
will see his offspring and prolong his days,
the will of the Lord will prosper
in his hand.
he has suffered,
will see the light of life and be satisfied;
his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
he will bear their iniquities.
I will give him a portion among the great,
he will divide the spoils with the strong,
he poured out his life unto death,
was numbered with the transgressors.
he bore the sin of many,
made intercession for the transgressors.
Hymn: “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed”
The Lord’s Table is
an opportunity to repent and
judge ourselves now so that we will not be disciplined by the Lord or face
judgment on the last day of Christ (vv. 27–32, 34).
mercy on me, O God,
to your unfailing love;
to your great compassion
out my transgressions.
away all my iniquity
cleanse me from my sin.
I know my transgressions,
my sin is always before me.
you, you only, have I sinned
done what is evil in your sight;
you are right in your verdict
justified when you judge.
I was sinful at birth,
from the time my mother conceived me.
you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
taught me wisdom in that secret place.
me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
me, and I will be whiter than snow.
me hear joy and gladness;
the bones you have crushed rejoice.
your face from my sins
blot out all my iniquity.
in me a pure heart, O God,
renew a steadfast spirit within me.
not cast me from your presence
take your Holy Spirit from me.
to me the joy of your salvation
grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
I will teach transgressors your ways,
that sinners will turn back to you.
me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
who are God my Savior,
my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
my lips, Lord,
my mouth will declare your praise.
do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
broken and contrite heart
God, will not despise.
it please you to prosper Zion,
build up the walls of Jerusalem.
you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
burnt offerings offered whole;
bulls will be offered on your altar.
Hymn: “I Lay My Sins on Jesus”
Remembrance of Lord’s Supper
Hymn: “In Christ Alone”
13:20–21 (NIV) 20 Now
may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought
back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip
you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is
pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.