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1 Corinthians 11:17-30

There was a special time in the life of the early church — a time when they gathered together to celebrate the presence of Christ in their lives as they broke bread and shared the cup. It can also be a special time in the life of churches today.

I. It Is A Time To Reflect His Love
The church was the one place in the ancient world where all persons could gather on an equal basis, as brothers and sisters in Christ. From the wealthy to the slave, all were to be equal in the Body of Christ.
That’s why Paul was so upset at the distortion taking place in Corinth: the wealthier members were arriving early and consuming all of the “love feast,” while the slaves who had to work were left hungry. The result was deep division.
Paul urged them to “discern” or understand the Lord’s Body. The church is not a place for struggle, but a place for love and sharing. At the Lord’s Table we are all equal, and we reflect His love by loving one another.
II. It Is A Time To Remember His Death
We do this “in rememberance.” The first supper was at the time of the Passover. That Jewish festival is a time of remembering God’s deliverance of His people from Egypt. The Jewish father recounts the story of the Exodus to his family as they break bread together.
As we take the bread and cup, we do so remembering that Jesus, through His sacrificial death, purchased our deliverance from sin.
III. If Is A Time to Rejoice At His Return
Not only do we remember Christ’s death — we also remember that He is to return. The church lives in hope, awaiting the day He returns to claim His bride. As we examine ourselves prior to partaking of the Lord’s supper, we also prepare ourselves for His return.

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About The Author

Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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