1 Cor. 11:17-34 – “This Do in Remembrance of Me”
Practicing the Presence Series, Week 4
Sun. Mar. 6th 2016 – Pastor Stephan
Sermon Outline
I. Congregational Worship around the Lord’s Supper Focuses Believers on their Unity in Christ (1 Cor. 11:17-34).
A. The Lord’s Supper expresses the church’s oneness as the new covenant people of God (vs. 17-22).
B. Believers are to recognize their unity in Christ at the Lord`s Supper and overcome all barriers to it (vs. 27-34).
II. Congregational Worship around the Lord’s Supper Focuses Believers on Christ’s Presence with His People (1 Cor. 11:23-26).
A. Believers’ hearts and minds are drawn into His Presence as we remember Christ’s sacrifice during the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:24, 25).
B. The Lord’s Supper proclaims God’s desire for all humanity to be in His Presence eternally (vs. 26).
III. Believers are Nourished Spiritually in Christ’s Presence because it is the Lord’s Supper (vs. 20).
A. Transubstantiation teaches that the bread and the wine change into the actual body and blood of Christ.
B. Consubstantiation teaches the literal presence of the physical body and blood of Christ along with the natural elements.
C. Memorialism denies any form of physical or spiritual presence of Christ in the bread and wine.
D. Receptionism teaches that believers receive the body and blood of Christ spiritually through faith.
Questions for Study and Reflection
1. Recall a situation in your personal life when an occasion for celebration was spoiled due to conflict or division. How did you feel during and after the event? If you ever had the opportunity to attend another such occasion, what thing(s) would have to change? Why?
2. What does the celebration of the Lord’s Supper mean to you? In your opinion, what is the importance of the elements? What is the importance of the setting? What is the most important thing(s)?
3. What was causing disunity around the celebration of the Lord’s Supper in the Corinthian Church? Why is unity so important to what we do, especially when we come to the Supper?
4. How were the Corinthians despising the church of God (vs. 22) and thus bringing humiliation upon its members? In your opinion, are there things today that similarly result in us “despising” the church when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper? How could/should these be resolved?
5. Why is it important to celebrate the Lord’s Table? Review points IIA and B. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
6. Using Scripture, what is your current understanding of the Presence of the Lord at the Lord’s Supper as summarized in the subpoints under III? Perhaps search out some additional good resource material to aid in your understanding. In terms of fellowship with other believers, do you/where would you draw a “line” on this issue?
7. As you send time in your quiet time this week, ask the Holy Spirit to help you “remember,” to boldly “proclaim” and to enter into God’s Presence. Ask Him to bring to mind attitudes or situations in which you have not acted in accord with the unity Christ desires. Write these down. What are you going to do now?

Do This in Remembrance of Me