Body Life (4): Meet and Eat (2016-0207)


2016/02/07 Christ Church, Mountain Top; The Lord’s Table
Children, Luke 9.28-36
Message, 1 Corinthians 9.19-27, 10.14-23 (10.16-17, 10.21-22), 11.17-34

Review/intro:
3 weeks ago:
      Members of Christ patronizing prostitutes, uniting with
      Bodies are made for Union with One – exclusive, covenantal
            With God, with another
2 weeks ago:
      Members of Christ and gifts of the Spirit
      Unity of the Body of Christ based in the Holy Trinity
      Diversity of the Body of Christ based in the Holy Trinity
1 week ago:
      Confusion over, and rejection of, resurrection
      Bodies are made for eternity – with God and transformed
      Both death and sin are defeated by Jesus’ resurrection
This week:
      Conversation over mission and the Lord’s Table
      Reference to “body” both as our individual human bodies and the metaphorical Body of Christ
      What is the nature and extent of our Communion? With others who share our faith (unity and reconciliation), and with those who do not (mission)?

The problems Paul is addressing:
Expected role of apostle (chapt 9):
      “Super” apostles who enjoy the privileges of leadership
            Appeals to Corinthian super strong spirituality
      Paul: all things to all – Jew, Greek, WEAK
            Debates this week: true progressive/conservative
            Paul would not fit
            Mission is first, not privilege
            Body made a “slave” to the mission
 
Eating meat sacrificed to idols (10):
      Strong faith and weak faith
      “If you are eating at the home of an unbeliever”
            (Elsewhere in NT, eating with those of “weak” faith)
      Show consideration out of respect for your neighbor & mission
      Eating unities us (CommUnion) – God is jealous

Love Feast and the Lord’s Table (11):
      Worship with meal and the Sacrament
      But the meal was not shared, the poor are humiliated/hungry
      They do not “recognize” the Body

Freebie: Wordplay in 11.29-34
      “Discern” the body
      Eat and drink “judgment” on the body
      “Condemnation”
      ALL share the same root (with different prefixes) – root of English “crime”, “criminal”

Stories/context:
“Worship Wars”: The real saints – the ones who gave up their worship time to make room for newcomers
      Nursery – I didn’t need it, I didn’t have it, I don’t know why we need to provide it
      What comes first for the Body of Christ is not privilege but mission
      Privilege of the apostle is to serve – make body a slave to Mission
      Privilege of church membership is to serve the Mission

1 Corinthians 11:27,29 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord.  29 For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves.
When we treat one another as unworthy (improper), we become unworthy
      Worthiness as status earned, membership/time: person it “ought” to be or “deserves” – language of privilege
      Worthiness by “judging the book by its cover”: Body piercings

Dad’s story: conversion at the Lord’s Table

      Union and Mission

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