Week of September 22 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: 1 Corinthians 11:20-22

When you come together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat. 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.

Reflect: According to Paul, in what ways were the Corinthians missing the mark when they observed the Lord’s Supper? What effect did this have on the unity of the church?

Consider: The Corinthians thought they were advanced believers, when in reality they were but little children. Paul did not suggest that they abandon the feast, but rather that they restore its proper meaning. “Let the rich eat at home if they are hungry. When you abuse believers who are less fortunate than you are, then you are actually despising the church!” The “agape feast” should have been an opportunity for edification, but they were using it as a time for embarrassment.2

Respond: As followers of Jesus, why is our unity and commitment to the body so important? How have you experienced this personally?

2 Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 605.