Participation in the Body and Blood of Christ

Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:1-22
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 01/13/2008 in Novato, CA.

This morning’s sermon is continuing our 3 week series where we have been looking at the means of grace.  Last week we looked at the Word of God as we read in 1 Corinthians 1 about the power of preaching Christ crucified.  This week we are looking at the sacraments, and next week we’ll look at prayer.

And yet when we turn to this passage in 1 Corinthians 10, you should notice right away that this is not a doctrinal discussion on the Lord’s Supper.  Actually the passage is about idolatry.  But as Paul deals with this problem of idolatry among the Corinthians he points back to the Lord’s Supper, showing how the Supper calls them away from idolatry and to Christ.  And as Paul mentions the Supper, we learn about some of its importance for the life and ministry of the church.  And so to that end, as we examine what this passage is saying with regards to the Corinthians and idolatry, we’ll ultimately see what it tells us about the Lord’s Supper and its importance for the church.

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