Lesson No. 531
1 Corinthians Chapter 11
"God's Order (not mine or yours)"

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Questions about covering the head in worship
1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3 But 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. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. 5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 For 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. 7 For 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. 8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. 13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. 16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. Order at the Lord’s Supper 17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. 20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. 21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 22  What? 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. 23 For 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: 24 and 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. 25 After 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. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 33  Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. 34 And 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.

Lesson No.  531           "God's Order (not mine or yours)"

1st Corinthians 11                                               09/12/2020

1)  Paul first starts by telling the church members to 'imitate' him.  Why does he say this rather than telling them to be like Christ?

2) Verse 2 praises the church for following his teachings and maintaining the church, but then goes on in verses 3 through 10 to talk about an issue regarding woman's head covering in church!  What is this all about?

3) The head covering issue for men and women is symbolic for God's order: God over man, man over women, angels as witnesses (v 3).  God is superior to man of course, but does this 'order' suggest that men are superior to women?  (Hint 11-12)

4) What does God say about this in 'the beginning'?  (hint- Gen 2:18 and 3:16)   The relationship between man/woman is clear; what is it like?

5) What does it mean if a man covers his head or a woman uncovers her head?  Is this why men take their hats off in a building but not women?

Hats, hoodies, and long hair- is this important?  What is the bottom line with this?  God's order?  Positional respect?  Not offending a brother?

6)  Verses 13-16 offer an interesting position- but is this historical?

7) Paul goes on the second half of the chapter to talk about communion feasts (v 17-22).  What was the church doing wrong? 

8) What is the purpose of communion?  (hint- 23-26)

9) Verses 27-30 talks about judging ourselves before we participate in communion.  Why?  What is meant by verse 30?

10) What is Paul's message in this chapter?  Marital peace, proper head coverings, long or short hair, church pot-lucks verses true communion?

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