1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians. Respectful practices

1 Corinthians 11:1-34

SUMMARYRespectful practices

OVERVIEWPaul addresses two areas of public worship that we tend to abuse: our attitude and conduct and our participation in the Lord’s Supper.

BIG IDEALet your worship be centered on God alone.

KEY VERSE1 Corinthians 11:28 (Paul to the Corinthians)
That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.

Worship is a gift to you and me. I love it when you worship on your own or as a group. It is actual music to my ears that brings me joy. Worship me throughout the day when you sing or speak, in your actions, and through how you handle the numerous thoughts in your mind. Bring all of yourself to me. Let your life be an act of worship.

Worship is also a gift to you. When you worship, you are doing one of the things I created you to do. You’re expressing and fulfilling your purpose in life. You’re using your time wisely and modeling for all the power in praise. But don’t worship halfheartedly, either thinking of tasks to be completed or focusing on potential distractions around you. Give me your time and focus. Outside distractions will take care of themselves, or you can address them another time. Focus on me. Bring me your praise.

Check your motives before you worship. Focus on honoring and praising God, not on whether you like the songs, the message, or those around you. If you struggle in this area, ask God to help you and to redirect any distracting thoughts to him.