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Love feast
Bible Passage 1 Corinthians 11: 17-22
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book 1 Corinthians.

Love feast

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached November 8, 2023

17 Now I am not praising you in giving you the following instructions. When you gather, it is not for the better but for the worse.

18 For in the first place, I hear that when you gather as a church there are divisions among you, and I partly believe it.

19 Of course, there must be factions among you to show which of you are genuine!

20 When you gather in the same place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.

21 For as you eat, each of you rushes to eat his own supper, and one person goes hungry while another gets drunk.

22 You have homes in which to eat and drink, don’t you? Or do you despise God’s church and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I will not praise you for this!


The practice in those days was that when Christians met for the Lord’s Supper, all who could afford brought along food and drink to share with the poor in a common meal.

It was after this common meal that they ate the Lord’s Supper. The common meal was called a love feast, but at Corinth, it showed little sign of love. The ceremonial meal was called the Lord’s Supper, but at Corinth, it was very much their own supper. The rich greedily ate their own food without sharing it with others and without even waiting for everyone to arrive.

The Christians who arrived first had the most comfortable seats. They did not wait for the Christian slaves who came later, after their work. Instead, they started their own meal. They ate and drank more than their fair share. So there was little or nothing left when the poor Christians arrived later.

So the poor went hungry, while the rich feasted and became drunk. Paul says that those who shame themselves and the church in this way would do better to eat at home.

Their attitude showed that they did not care about the unity of God’s church. So, they might as well stay at home for their meals. Paul had to go on to remind them about the meaning of the Lord’s supper.

🔷The Church must show equal love and concern for all classes of people, and even show more love to the poor among them

🔷 Our factions in the Church must depict our love for Christ and rejection of evil and not for divisions on grounds of race and class

🔷 The Lord’s Supper must be taken with introspection and examination so we don’t bring curses upon ourselves

💥 Pray for unity in the Church
💥 Ask for pardon for any act of divisions

Christians must direct their energy towards confronting evil, and not showing the class they have. The Church must create a bridge between the rich and poor but a barrier between evil and good.

In series Bright Morning Reflections