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Not Just An Ordinary Meal

1 Corinthians 11:20-22

The Lord’s Supper was being desecrated in Corinth. It was certainly not the solemn and formulated service which we often experience today. The church did not meet in a church building but probably in a large home (Acts 18:7-8).

Not Just an Ordinary Passover

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Although Jewish families had been celebrating God's rescue of His people from Egypt (Exodus 12:24-28) for almost 1500 years before Jesus, His Last Supper was different.

A Solemn Warning

1 Corinthians 11:27-30

The Lord's Supper is awesomely special. After the Holy Spirit came upon the church, the believers remembered Jesus when they met together and shared bread and wine (Acts 2:42-46).

See Yourself As God Sees You

1 Corinthians 11:31-34

Much of the world is preoccupied with making money, friends and fame. However good their achievements, 'It is the presentation which counts', they say. It is easy to carry that principle into the Christian life; play-acting holiness and worship ... like the Pharisees who earned Jesus' disgust (

Understanding Spiritual Power

1 Corinthians 12:1-3

New life in Christ brought new freedom to believers in Corinth. However, like children or immature adults, they did not know how to behave responsibly to each other or to God. They needed to be taught, which was why Paul wrote this letter. The Spirit of God had given special abilities to different people, but instead of treating God's gifts as tools (for serving the Lord and spreading the gospel) they used them as toys to feed their pride.

Many Gifts From One Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

The gifts which come from God's Holy Spirit are tools for the growth of His kingdom. They are the ability to share the light and power of God's grace with other people. In these verses, seven gifts are mentioned: the list is not exhaustive and is complemented by others in

The Church is the Body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

As people believed in Jesus, churches formed. But how should the believers relate with each other?

Unity and Diversity in Christ's Body

1 Corinthians 12:14-19

The 'Body of Christ' refers to three different, but linked, entities. It is His physical body which was crucified but then risen and glorified (Hebrews 10:5).

Many Parts But Only One Body

1 Corinthians 12:20

This verse is Paul's summary of the church. He writes dogmatically, proclaiming a truth which was always God's idea. His church (the 'called out' people) is the body of Christ in the world.