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The “Haves” and the “Have-Nots”

1 Corinthians 11:17-22
17But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, 19for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. 21For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22What! 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.
Paul now addresses a serious problem that had cropped up in the Corinthian church. There was a sharp division between the rich and the poor and it was being played out during Holy Communion. The licentious lifestyle of Corinth was wreaking havoc in th…

Divine Authority

Consideration for Others

After a four-week hiatus from our regular study due to the Advent/Christmas season, we are back in the book of 1 Corinthians. It seems a long time ago that we were discussing Paul’s advice about how to live in a culture that does not necessarily embrace Christian principles and lifestyle. We pick up his conversation about eating meat sacrificed to idols found in 1 Corinthians 10.

1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1 23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat …

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