A Short Study on 1 Corinthians 11:1-34
First, read 1 Corinthians 11:1-34 and then spend some time working through the following questions.
The beginning of this passage can be a bit confusing so first do this. Map out the relationship between God the Father & Jesus, Jesus and a husband, a husband and a wife. How does Paul speak of each relationship? How does Genesis 1 & 2 speak of these relationships?
When is authority a good thing? When is it a bad thing? Who / what gives one person authority over another?
Verses 4-7 can be confusing. Take some time to “dig into the context” here. Why would a man normally pull his hood over his head in public? What was the difference between a woman with an uncovered head and a covered head (hint, look at the symbolism between head coverings and wealth for men and head coverings and marital status for women).
Read Genesis 2:18-25 for background on 1 Corinthians 11:8-10. How do these two passages go together?
Why did God make Eve (Gen 2:18)?
Why is the man the head of the marriage (1 Corinthians 11:8-9)?
What does Paul tell us about men and women (particularly husbands and wives) in verses 11 & 12?
What problem is Paul concerned with (again) in 1 Corinthians 11:17-22?
What is the purpose for communion as described in verse 26?
What are some ways in which Christians can “eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner” (vs 27)?
What does it mean to “examine yourself” before partaking of communion (vs 28)?
What consequences are described in verses 29-32?
What, then is Paul’s final directive on this (vs 33-34)?
Worship Songs for Sunday:
- The Good Book Guide to 1 Corinthians by Mark Dever
- For Everyone Bible Guides by N.T. Wright
- Bible Questions of 1st Corinthians by David E. Pratte