where are your table manners?

What were some of the “table manners” your mom insisted you learn? How often were you an embarrassment when eating out in public? I remember at camp we had a silly game/song/chant about catching campers or staff with their elbows on the table (‘Doug, Doug, if you’re able get your elbows off the table! this is not a horse’s stable but a first-class dining table!’) 

It seems Paul noticed when churches were abusing the Communion Table. He called the Corinthians to watch their manners. We need to read the etiquette book as well. Here is my outline: trust it helps as you prepare for Communion.

Teaching notes:

Rev. D. Johns


1 Corinthians 11:17-34

  1. The PRACTICE of The Lord’s Supper in the early church (What was The Agape Feast?) 
  2. The PROBLEM with The Lord’s Supper in the early church (that which was designed to unify was actually indicating divisions and irresponsibility!) 
  3. Maintaining The PRIORITIES in The Lord’s Supper:
  • Look back – to Christ’s death
  • Look in – with self examination
  • Look up – in fellowship with God
  • Look around – for fellowship with others
  • Look forward – at Christ’s return
  • Look outward – and proclaim the Lord to others

About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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