Sunday’s Sermon: Table Manners

Wine and breadOne of the questions I didn’t get an opportunity to on question and answer Sunday was this:

“I remember something from the Bible about taking communion ‘wrongly’—or without the right heart or something like that, that would cause illness, death, etc. What’s the story/explanation?”

If my understanding is correct, this question stems from 1 Corinthians 11.27-30, where Paul writes:

“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. … For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves. For this reason many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.”

We’ll be celebrating communion next Sunday and so it seems to me a fitting week to address this question. I’m excited about the chance to talk about this passage because along with the warning comes a powerful proclamation of the importance of the sacrament and the power of the gospel. I hope to see you there.