Honoring Christ in The Meal- Day 7

Meals as Mission

In the first three centuries, largely up until the time that Constantine politicalized Christianity as the state religion, the whole of the Christian worship service (the gathering) was referred to as “the Lord’s Supper.” It wasn’t a wafer and a sip from a plastic throwaway cup that was in Paul’s mind in 1 Corinthians 10:17–34, when he spoke of the Supper. The context of Paul’s argument in 1 Corinthians clearly is regarding a full meal that was substantial enough to satisfy hunger. It was clearly a meal in which everyone had a part, and it was a meal weighty enough in length of time to where the rich and poor were allowed enough leeway to develop considerable relational issues.

Imagine how our churches today would change dramatically and be more effective if we would consider the Lord’s Supper more deeply?

Paul cautions the believers in Corinth at the table to discern the body rightly. Normally, when someone teaches on this passage, they do so to encourage each believer to individually assess their own sin and salvation in self-reflection during the Supper. However, this approach and drastic individualism does not fit Paul’s argument as he goes almost directly into talking about Christ’s Body as “us and we.” Paul has a particular intent in causing us to discern the body. Paul is primarily concerned with communal relations, not individual piety. At the meal, a meal substantial enough to allow people to get drunk and rowdy, the rich were being gluttons and were ignoring the poor. They were eating in a manner just like the Greeks of that day. The meal for them was more about prestige than actual community.

This is HUGE! Did you catch it? The meal in Paul’s mind was a place for believers to remember Jesus but also to remember their responsibility to the least of these and the unbelievers. All were at the Lord’s Supper. Today, we separate believers into Sunday mornings to observe Communion, and we “minister” to the less fortunate in the evening suppers. It’s divided. It’s us and them. It’s us over them. However, to Paul, the meal was missional and spiritual. How does this effect how we view ministry, Evangelism, and The Lord’s Supper and define what real community is and should be?

This changes everything!

*For further reading in the Bible: 1st Corinthians 11:17 – 11:24

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Author: Dave Yauk

Dave Yauk is first a foremost a follower of Jesus. He is Husband to Katie, and Father to 4 wonderful children (Naomi, Jesse, Levi, and Analise). Dave's primary passion is to seek after Gods Glory in all things, and in his contribution you'll find he holds a passion for Theology and all things Beautiful as seen in the Creator, Creativity, Character and Culture. Dave has been privileged to do ministry in over 17 countries. This has been his primary means of education and learning as a follower of Jesus. However, Dave has also had the honor of getting a B.A. from Colorado Christian University in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership, a Master's in Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from I.W.S. Dave owns the Garden City Project (an online collaborative marketplace for Christian artists and innovators), Finale School of Music, and teaches online guitar for Jamplay.com. He is also a Professor of Theology, Worship and Missiology at Visible Music College and Grand Canyon University.

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