Friday, August 21, 2009

1 Corinthians 11

The lead idea in this chapter is clearly stated in 1 Cor. 11:3 -- The head of the woman is man, the head of the man is Christ, the head of Christ is God. Everything else springs from this idea. This statement also has some clear implications:
  • There is no difference in value between Christ and God, so there doesn't need to be inequality between a man and woman.
  • The differences in roles implies a mutual dependence, not a superior or one-way relationship.
  • God intends interdependence in worship. You might think of it as a dance of worship defined by relationships between persons with different roles.
  • An attitude of submission supports worship. Apart from submission at any juncture, worship breaks down.
The Lord's supper is not a place to over-eat or over-drink. It is not a time for rivalry or schisms, but for unity. The warning about taking the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner is about as stiff a warning as can possibly be imagined.

It is interesting that we should judge ourselves so we can avoid judgment with the world. I'm glad we program that kind of experience into church life regularly.

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