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Dave Burnette's Commentary

1 Corinthians Chapter 11 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (55 AD)
Overview: Paul Answers Church Questions (c 7-16)
Theme: Instructions on Public Worship (c 11-14)
Message: Proper Worship (v 1-34)

1 Corinthians 11 Commentary

(11:1-16) Instructions for Worship - This section focuses primarily on proper attitudes and conduct in worship, not on the marriage relationship or on the role of women in the church. While Paul’s specific instructions may be cultural (women covering their heads in worship), the principles behind his specific instructions are timeless—for they instruct believers to show respect for their spouse and to have reverent behavior in worship. If a believer’s actions offend members and could divide the church, then the believer should change his or her ways to promote church unity. Paul told the women who were not wearing head coverings to wear them, not because it was a scriptural command, but because it kept the congregation from dividing over a petty issue that took people’s focus off Christ.

(11:17-34) Order in the Lord's Supper - A second abuse of worship existed in the Corinthian church regarding how to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Apparently, there was a division between the rich and the poor during both the love feast and the celebration of Communion itself. This lack of unity caused the believers to lose the real meaning behind what they were remembering—the sacrifice of Jesus’ body on the cross.



Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Heart of Worship

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of 1st Corinthians with Chapter 11 and in our text we see Paul giving instruction on public Worship to this immature Church of Corinth telling the heart of worshiper as it relates to their behavior and ending with the Lord's Supper. In making application we get a glimpse of the heart of worship as we are to follow the precepts of Scripture with the heart of Worship. Today many go through a ritual of worship but their heart is far from God while Paul expounds on how we are to be obedient to precepts as an expression of our Heart. How About You? Do you Worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth? Let us learn from our text today to see that Worship is not rituals but rather a heart felt expression of the indwelling Holy Spirit in the Truth of the Word of God as we show Him that He is Worthy.


1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians 11

 1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

 2Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

 3But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

 4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

 5But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

 6For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

 7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

 8For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.

 9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

 10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

 11Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.

 12For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

 13Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

 14Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

 15But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

 16But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

 17Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.

 18For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

 19For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

 20When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

 21For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

 22What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

 23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

 24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

 25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

 27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

 30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

 31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

 32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

 33Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

 34And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.