Outline: The Essentials of CommunionAugust 25, 2013
Title: The Essentials of Communion
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 11:24-34
The Corinthian church was abusing the communion tables using it as a means to satisfy their flesh. Paul details the meaning and the necessity of communion and sets in order the purpose of the ordinance.
I. We are to Remember (v24-27)
A. The Body of Christ- “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me”
B. The Blood of Christ- “This is the cup of the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me”
II. We are to Review (v28-30)
A. The Judging Believer– “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup”
B. The Joyless Believer- “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep”
III. We are to Repent (v31-32)
A. Our Chastisement– “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord.
B. Our Correction- “that we should not be condemned with the world”
IV. We are to Regroup (v33-34)
A. Communion Should Bring Harmony– “Wherefore, my brethren, when ye are come together to eat”
B. Communion Should Bring Humility– “tarry one for another”
The truth of the table is for us to be transformed. Communion is a serious, sobering, and sincere time of reflection and remembrance.