Title: Worthy Communion
Vs. 17-19 : The Diagnosis
Vs. 20-22 : The Symptoms
Vs. 23-34 : The Treatment
Paul gives praise to the Corinthian believers at the beginning of his letter (1Cor 1:4-9) but soon admonishes them for a variety of failings, one of which is their "love feasts." These were gatherings as part of a Communion meal. Not simply the serving of a small piece of matzo and small cup of juice but more like the first church pot-lucks centered around Communion.
He speaks of coming to the meal in an "unworthy manner" which is not to say they needed to be worthy to participate but rather the manner in which they engaged in the meal was not worthy of what was the purpose in gathering, the remembrance of Christ's sacrifice of his body and blood for all.
This simple outline guides us through Paul's line of thought and intent to set them right but also to direct us to have the right focus when we gather with fellow believers. Do we come with the understanding of what the church is and in respect to what Christ has done for all who are of the church with prejudice aside? Is our approach to gathering worthy of Christ's sacrifice and Church?