1 Corinthians 11



1 Corinthians 11 addresses issues of order and propriety in public worship, including the symbolism of head coverings and the proper observance of the Lord's Supper. Paul emphasizes the importance of unity, self-examination, and consideration for others in their gatherings.


  1. Head Coverings and Order in Worship (1 Corinthians 11:1-16): Paul addresses the issue of head coverings, emphasizing the principle of headship. He argues that while men and women are interdependent, there is an order established by God. Women are encouraged to have a symbol of authority on their heads during worship as a sign of submission.
  2. The Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:17-34): Paul reproves the Corinthians for their improper observance of the Lord's Supper. He highlights the sacred nature of this practice and the need for self-examination before partaking. Those who partake in an unworthy manner are warned of the serious consequences. The Lord's Supper is meant to be a time of unity and remembrance of Christ's sacrifice.
  3. Concerns for the Poor and Unity (1 Corinthians 11:18-34): Paul criticizes the divisions and inequalities in their gatherings, especially regarding the Lord's Supper. He stresses the need to wait for one another and to consider the needs of others. The purpose of the Lord's Supper is to proclaim the Lord's death until He comes, and it should be done with reverence and unity.