• Principle or Custom? Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    When we and most of our tradition has been uncertain about whether a particular command is a principle or custom, then it is wise for us as individuals to treat it as a principle. We should not, however, bind the consciences of others who think the same command is only a custom when there has been much dispute over it. May we be faithful and honest to our own consciences but not look down on others who may honestly disagree. View Resource

  • Principle or Custom? Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    Sometimes, after we have studied the background of a text thoroughly, we are still not sure whether it is giving us a principle or a custom. But it is better to treat a custom as a principle than a principle as a custom. If we think a custom is a principle, we are only guilty of being overtly scrupulous. However, in disregarding what is really a principle because we say it is a custom, we disobey God. When faced with unclarity, treat the biblical teaching as if it is a principle. View Resource

  • Self-Examination and the Sacrament Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:17–32

    Self-examination of one’s soul before partaking of the Lord’s Supper involves determining whether or not one is a Christian. We are to consider whether we are trusting in Christ alone for salvation, and we are to repent for the unbelief that remains in our hearts. We are to repent of our sin and seek reconciliation with others wherever possible. As we do these things, casting ourselves on Jesus Christ, we are welcome at the Lord’s Table. View Resource

  • 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