July 21/1Corinthians 11

Verse 1 > I believe the Lord would want us at Hilltop to keep growing in our Christian maturity so that we can say to our children, our neighbors and new Christians when they question how a Christian should live > “follow me”.

Verse 2 > maturity comes by keeping the Lord Jesus in our thoughts daily and by studying his word and putting it into practice. My prayer is that this daily bible reading and some insights from my blog and other studies that we do will move us along the path of maturity. Obedience to God’s word has much more to do with maturity than age.

Colossians 1:6 (NLT) — 6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

The rest of this chapter has to do with order in the church in regard to men, women, and communion.

Verse 3 > this verse has nothing to do with inferiority but has everything to do with humility. Jesus humbly submitted to the Father, the husband is to humbly submit to Jesus, and the wife is to humbly submit to her husband. Humility carries the day and the family. Imagine how great family life and church life would be if there was reverence for Christ!

Ephesians 5:21 (NLT) — 21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Verse 4 > the Jews think that wearing the little hat called a yarmulke is a sign of humility but Paul says it isn’t. The heart is a better indicator of humility.

Verses 5-6 > There are those who say women should never share prophecy or pray in the assembly. Paul would disagree. A woman can pray and prophesy, and is encouraged to do so—but she is to have her head covered. Why? An understanding of the culture is helpful here, for in the Corinthian culture, women wore veils to differentiate themselves from the prostitutes whose heads were shaved as a sign of their service to Aphrodite. Thus, a woman who exercised her liberty in Christ by praying or prophesying with her head uncovered caused confusion in the congregation and dishonor to her husband.

Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (p. 1066). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
Verse 7 > a woman reflects how she is treated in the home. If there is humility in the home as we talked about before the wife will mirror that. I tend to look at the wife to get a good read on what is going on in the home. They tend to be a good reflection. Guys the better you treat your wife the better she will mirror you!
Verses 8-9 > The woman completes the man. The two become one. Cleo certainly completed me when she brought kindness, mercy and a servants heart into our marriage. When people get to know Cleo they more readily accept me!

Verse 10 > The angels are very sensitive to order in the house. They saw a third of their comrades thrown out of heaven because the leader wanted to do his own thing and be like God.

Isaiah 14:14 (NLT) — 14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’

Verses 11-12 > both men and women are vital to the body of Christ. One isn’t better than the other.

Verses 13-16 > Paul is saying that we ought to be able to tell the difference between a man and a woman. We wouldn’t have the gender issues today if the scriptures were read and studied. For that matter we wouldn’t have the competition that goes on between men and women today if  the scriptures were read and followed.

Verses 17-22 > communion was suppose to be a time for the family to come together to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus; the one who brought us all together into one family. They were acting like a divided family. This is what happens when humility is sent packing. Even at Hilltop when humility is ignored and sent out the door division occurs. This is always a sad reflection of the church. We are the bride of Christ and we should be reflecting his humility in all that we do.

Verses 23-26 > this should be a glorious and joyful time for all rich or poor. We all came to Jesus the same way > by the grace of God. Status in life doesn’t matter and after we are saved it should never matter. Here again humility comes to the forefront. No one can save themselves so no one should be boasting or looking down on another person. When we partake of the body and blood of Jesus we are partaking of divine humility! The announcement that we make is HUMILITY! Our humble Lord didn’t ask for a statue to be erected in his honor, he didn’t ask for a street to be named after him, he said to have a meal and celebrate my goodness to you and pass on that goodness! Our Lord is ok with eating and having a good time!

Verses 27-34 > Paul didn’t say we have to be worthy to partake of communion. He said we must partake in a worthy manner. A worthy manner would be to see if we are at odds with anyone. If so go and make it right. (In Corinth the rich weren’t sharing their food with the poor and some were getting drunk). If we are willfully practicing sin, repent of it and turn to God. We must also believe that there is healing in the body and blood of Jesus. Apparently the Corinthians didn’t because many were sick and some had died. Faith in Jesus is a worthy manner. Don’t wait for God to judge you judge yourselves now.

1 Peter 2:24 (NLT) — 24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

Godly order is a wonderful thing in the home, the church, the city and the nation. Thank you Holy Spirit for including this chapter for us to read and learn. Bless us as we carry out this word.

Be Inspired Hilltop!





  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Communion is to be done as an act of thankfulness for what Jesus did. It is not just a ritual that is done. It can be participated in all at once like we do or one at a time but in community like others do. The Corinthian church had turned it into a pagan feast. They were not honoring Jesus or communing with other believers.