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1 Corinthians 12:27-28 (spiritual gifts)

(1Co 12:27-28 ESV) Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 12:14-26 (unity in diversity)

Paul next offers a powerful metaphor — a comparison of a congregation to a human body, indeed, the body of Christ — (1Co 12:14-17 ESV) For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 12:13 (baptism and Living Water)

(1Co 12:13 ESV)  13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and all were made to drink of one Spirit. I interrupted the series on 1 Corinthians because … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 12:4-12 (“the body is one”)

Paul gets into the meat of his argument in a classic Trinitarian passage — (1Co 12:4-6 ESV) Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;   5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;   … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 12:1-3 (speaking in the Spirit of God)

In chapter 12, Paul continues to discuss the assembly — a subject that continues to the end of chapter 14. However, the focus now shifts from the Lord’s Supper to the exercise of spiritual gifts. (1Co 12:1 ESV) Now concerning … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (FAQs)

Q. Should we practice open or closed communion? A. The Churches of Christ have always practiced open communion. Following Alexander Campbell’s counsel to neither “invite nor debar,” the Churches never refuse communion to anyone present (other than an unbaptized child). Most Churches … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (The First Century Pattern for Communion)

It’s easy enough to compare our contemporary communion practices with the practices of the First Century and see a huge difference. We’ve managed to turn a real meal involving real fellowship among believers into a symbolic meal involving virtually nothing … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:27-34 (“If Anyone Is Hungry”)

(1Co 11:27-28 ESV) 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:22-26 (the Supper of the Lord)

(1Co 11:22 ESV) 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:17-21 (The Love Feast and the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb)

Abusing the Lord’s Supper (1Co 11:17-19 ESV) 17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.  18 For, in the first place, when you … Continue reading

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