What do you think is the significance of the Lord’s supper? If you grew up in the church, what did your tradition teach about the Lord’s supper? Do you find evidence for that view in this passage of Scripture?
I John tells us that love for our brothers and sisters should be an evident characteristic of the church. In the Lord’s supper, we all partake of one bread and one cup proclaiming through it that we are all part of one body. How were the Corinthians failing to proclaim this reality in their celebrations of the Lord’s supper? Though our cultural context is different, do you see any ways in which pride, social snobbery, and favoritism may be wounding some members of the body of Christ? What does the severity of the Lord’s discipline of the erring Corinthians tell us about his attitude toward this type of behavior in his church?
The fundamental purpose of the Lord’s supper is for believers to remember our Lord and his sacrificial death on our behalf. When we truly “remember” what the Lord has done for us, how should that impact our interactions with fellow believers? See 1 John 3:16 Paul’s solution to the problem of the Lord’s supper in Corinth seems pretty mundane – “when you come together to eat, wait for one another!” The word “wait” is also used in contexts of welcoming and accepting others. When we gather as a body, do we warmly welcome others and extend gracious acceptance to them? How can we improve in this area?