Join us as we focus each day for nine weeks on a different part of 1 Corinthians 13.
Monday: Love is patient, love is kind.
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26
Read: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Listen: 1 Corinthians 11
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper, in conjunction with a community meal, was a regular part of worship in the early church. This wasn’t just about sharing a meal. It was about who shared the meal and what it represented. The scene would cause people to stop in shock—social somebodies sharing food with social nobodies. Slaves and owners. The wealthy and the poor. People who wouldn’t acknowledge each other in the marketplace now serve each other at the table because of Christ. This Jesus-meal was like a billboard advertising the humility, wholeness and healing Jesus provides through his death and resurrection.
Our world sees the wonder of Christ when Jesus-followers from all backgrounds and economic situations stand together and serve as one. We bring his healing when we provide aid in natural disasters. We showcase his wholeness when a small group serves a new family in the community as they grapple with a child’s illness. We give his hope when we support neighbors in times of need.
This week we will discover serious problems with the Corinthians’ gatherings and celebrations of the Lord’s Supper. What should have been a billboard for unity had instead brought deep divisions. As we study the stern warnings Paul issued the Corinthians, we will understand how living the “Culture of the Cross” is as essential for us as it was for them.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Recommit yourself to the Habits of Love Challenge this week. Ask God to help you finish the last few weeks strong. Consider moving your bookmark and card to a new location to make it more visible.
Click on the photo below to “save image as” to set for the lock screen or home screen on your mobile device to cycle back to each phrase twice daily to remember to live a life motivated by love.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.