• Blessing and Judgment Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:17–34

    Only sinners need the grace of Christ; therefore, only sinners can participate in the Lord’s Supper. But the only sinners who can freely commune with Jesus at His table are those who have acknowledged that they are sinners and have turned to Him as their only hope in life and in death. Do not let feelings of unworthiness prevent you from coming to His table. Jesus invites you to come and sit with Him if you are following Him in a life of repentance and faith. View Resource

  • Discerning Christ’s Body Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:17–34

    Christ has not instituted His sacraments for perfect people but for men and women who are sinners. But those who come to the table must be repentant sinners who do not take the sacrament lightly. Let us examine ourselves before we go to the table and repent of our sin so that we may not eat and drink judgment on ourselves. View Resource

  • The Marks of the Church Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:17–34

    First Corinthians 11:17–34 gives us the marks of the church specifically and through good and necessary deduction. The whole passage concerns the Lord’s Supper, a reference to the sacraments. Paul also gives the words of institution, a reference to the Word of God since these words were first spoken by Jesus. How highly do you value these means of grace and marks of the church? They are necessary for your spiritual growth and maturity. View Resource

  • Word and Sacrament Together Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:23–25

    Many of us come from a background in which the sacraments were mere afterthoughts, so we are thankful when we find churches that take these ordinances of God seriously. Yet we must never prioritize the sacraments over the preaching of God’s Word. Instead, the preaching of God’s Word and the administration of the sacraments must go together. Let us not let eagerness to meet Christ in His sacraments cause us to neglect meeting Him in His Word. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Supper and Proclamation Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:26

    Over the years, many people have felt themselves free to innovate with the Lord’s Supper, using elements Christ has not commanded or allowing anyone to take it whether they profess faith or not. Yet to do such things is a serious sin. The supper is to proclaim the death of Christ, and if we partake of the sacrament in a way He has not appointed, we cannot truly proclaim His death. We take the supper seriously because we take Christ and His death seriously. View Resource

  • Proclaiming the Lord’s Death Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:26

    We cannot live without food and drink, and the use of bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper is to remind us that we cannot survive without the death and resurrection of our Savior. As we eat the bread and drink the cup, we should think on how much we need Jesus and His work in our behalf. Moreover, we should thank Him that He has provided an atonement to meet the needs of our souls just as He has provided food to meet the needs of our bodies. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Supper and Examination Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:27–32

    Only sinners need the death and resurrection of Christ, so sinners are welcomed to His table. But not all sinners may come—only those who have trusted in Jesus alone for salvation, which trust bears fruit in submission to His lordship, may come to His table. If you are a repentant sinner who is not under church discipline from a Bible-teaching church, you may freely partake of the Lord’s Supper. View Resource

  • The Importance of Communion Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:27–34

    Few churches enjoy Holy Communion on a weekly basis. Some claim that to do so would demean its meaning by becoming common. Yet we gather every week to worship God. Others say it would be impractical. Discuss with your pastor what would prevent you from celebrating a weekly communion observance. View Resource

  • Communion in Gifts and Graces Devotional

    1 Corinthians 12

    Today’s passage reminds us that God has given each of His children at least one spiritual gift. If we do not use the gift or gifts the Lord has given us, the body will be diseased and will not function properly. But when we serve one another through the use of our gifts, the church is healthy and is able to ward off the infections of impurity, false doctrine, and an unloving spirit. How are you using your gifts to ensure the health and welfare of Christ’s body? View Resource

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Devotional

    1 Corinthians 12:12–13

    When we separate the baptism of the Holy Spirit from conversion, we end up with second-class citizens in the kingdom of God. But as the Lord has poured out His Spirit on all His people, this is impossible. Christians may be at different points in their sanctification and level of Christian maturity, but no Christian lacks the Holy Spirit in his life. Let us be encouraged by this, for it means that we will certainly grow into conformity to Christ. View Resource

  • The Body of Christ Devotional

    1 Corinthians 12:12–31

    In summarizing today’s passage and the communion of saints, answer 55 of the Heidelberg Catechism says that “each member should consider it a duty to use these [spiritual] gifts … for the service and enrichment of the other members.” One clear implication of today’s passage is that we are sinning if we are not putting our gifts to use in the church. It is therefore incumbent upon each of us to determine our gifts and then use them to serve others. View Resource

  • The Gifts of the Spirit Devotional

    1 Corinthians 12:12–31

    Today’s passage is an important text on the priesthood of all believers. Paul does not mean to deny the roles of elders, teachers, and other officers in the church; rather, he tells us that every Christian is to be involved in ministry and that all of us have gifts that are indispensable to the well-being of Christ’s body. If we are not using our gifts to edify the body, we are sinning against the body. Let us all look for ways to use our gifts in the service of Christ and His church. View Resource

  • The Meaning of Baptism Devotional

    1 Corinthians 12:13

    Whenever we read the Nicene Creed we confess belief in the communion of saints. This means that we become united to every believer who has ever lived whenever we trust in Jesus. The other Christians we know are not merely acquaintances; we are one body with them in Christ. Think of some people in your church whom you do not know well. Make plans to get together with them and fellowship as a way to display the unity we all have in Christ. View Resource

  • The When of Spirit Baptism Devotional

    1 Corinthians 12:13

    The greatest danger of positing a second blessing of the Holy Spirit is its creation of a Christian caste system. It divides the church into Spirit-haves and Spirit-have-nots, separating what God has united. This leads to feelings of superiority and inferiority depending on the group into which we fall, which is contrary to how we are to regard ourselves and others (Phil. 2:5-11). If we are in Christ, we have His Spirit, and we do not need a special experience by which He is conveyed to people. View Resource

  • The Priority of Love Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:1-3

    Consider whether you make love a priority this day. Are you zealous to preach the gospel and defend truth because you like to win arguments, or are you motivated primarily by love for lost people? Is it more important to be right when you argue with your spouse, or do you seek to treat that person with love, no matter what is going on? If love is not a priority for you, repent this day and strive to make expressing love part of your nature. View Resource