Partaking in an Unworthy Manner: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Paragraph 8 of the Lord’s Supper in the 1689 Baptist confession of faith reads’ “All ignorant and ungodly persons, as they are unfit to enjoy communion with Christ, so are they unworthy of the Lord’s Table and cannot, without great sin against him, while they remain such, partake of these holy mysteries, or be admitted thereunto; yea, whosoever shall receive unworthily, are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, eating and drinking judgment to themselves.” It can be dangerous to be in Church sometimes! Not because a rock fall can come down and wipe out the Church at any time. But because when we come together for the Lord’s supper, if we do it in an unworthy manner we can eat and drink God’s judgment upon ourselves. Today as we come together for the Lord’s supper we are going to look at the warnings of taking the supper rightly. The portion before us falls into three parts. Verses 17-22 speak about the abuses in the Corinthian Church. V23-26 give us the tradition handed to the Corinthian Church by Paul. And V27-34 give us the warnings and the consequences that will come upon those who take of the Lord’s supper in an unholy manner.