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

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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