HOPE CHAPEL Sunday Service Notes
Teaching Series: “Be Different” based on 1 Corinthians
Today’s Topic: “Week 7: Worthy Worship” (Chapters 11)
For further study:
“Who Were the Women With Shaved Heads?” https://blogs.bible.org/who-were-the-women-with-shaved-heads-1-cor-115/
“A Meta-Study of the Debate over the Meaning of “Head” (Kephalē) in Paul’s Writings” https://www.cbeinternational.org/resource/article/priscilla-papers-academic-journal/meta-study-debate-over-meaning-head-kephale
“The Lord’s Supper in the Early Church”
Book: “New International Biblical Commentary: 1 Corinthians” (Marion L. Soards, 2004)
We have reached the eleventh chapter of 1 Corinthians. Paul’s overarching topic for this chapter is on how to worship God in a way that is worthy of Him. He addresses two particular topics–coverings for women’s heads and the Lord’s supper; he does say that when he arrives he will give further directions concerning their worship times together, but he has chosen these two specific items to discuss presently in his response to them. In the previous section of his letter, he has just finished speaking about how the Corinthians are to exercise their ‘freedom in Christ’–or rather are to refrain from exercising it for the sake of others, so as not to cause anyone to sin. Even though he has now turned his attention from the topic of eating ‘idol meat’ to head coverings for women, the common thread connecting these two is the exercise of our freedom in Christ.
In these next verses, Paul makes the argument that the believers’ ‘freedom’ should take cultural norms into account as he teaches about the need for the Corinthian women to cover their heads when they pray and prophecy. Paul wants the Corinthians to understand that it is important to give due consideration to the messages that their behaviour sends to others during their times of worship. He then addresses the Lord’s supper at which some people are acting selfishly with no regard for others. Again, is their intent to glorify God in their meeting together as it should be or is it just to satisfy themselves and their own desires? And with that, let’s begin...
“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. 3 But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.
7 A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.”
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!