IX. Dealing with the Lord’s Supper
A. The Rebuking of the Disorder
  1. But I give you this charge and do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse.
  2. For first of all, when you come together in the church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and some part of it I believe.
  3. For there must even be parties among you, that those who are approved may become manifest among you.
  4. When therefore you come together in the same place, it is not to eat the Lords supper;
  5. For in your eating, each one takes his own supper first, and one is hungry and the other is drunk.
  6. Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and put those to shame who have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this I do not praise you.
B. The Review of the Definition
  1. For I received from the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread,
  2. And having given thanks, He broke it and said, This is My body, which is given for you; this do unto the remembrance of Me.
  3. Similarly also the cup after they had dined, saying, This cup is the new covenant established in My blood; this do, as often as you drink it, unto the remembrance of Me.
  4. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you declare the Lords death until He comes.
C. The Need of Proving and Discerning
  1. So then whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.
  2. But let a man prove himself, and in this way let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
  3. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not discern the body.
D. The Discipline of the Lord
  1. Because of this many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.
  2. But if we discerned ourselves, we would not be judged.
  3. But being judged by the Lord, we are disciplined that we may not be condemned with the world.
  4. So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
  5. If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, that you may not come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.