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1 Corinthians 11
<ul><li>Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 11 – two main sections </li></ul><ul><li>v. 2-16 ...
<ul><li>13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?  14 Does not the very na...
<ul><li>33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other.  34 If anyone is hungry, he should ea...
<ul><li>Propriety in Worship </li></ul><ul><li>2  I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the tea...
<ul><li>What does Paul spend his ink talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>3 Now I want you to realize that the head of every m...
<ul><li>What does Paul spend his ink talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>6 If a woman does not cover her head, she should hav...
<ul><li>What does Paul spend his ink talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for m...
<ul><li>What does Paul spend his ink talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>Is he talking about a Godly fashion decree? </li></u...
<ul><li>What was the fashion of the day? </li></ul>
<ul><li>What was the fashion of  our  day? </li></ul>
<ul><li>What was the fashion of  our  day? </li></ul><ul><li>After 20 years, we can guess within 4. </li></ul><ul><li>Afte...
<ul><li>So what was Paul telling the Corinthians? </li></ul><ul><li>So what was Paul telling  all of us ? </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>What  were  the Corinthian Christians doing? </li></ul><ul><li>v. 18 – They were divided </li></ul><ul><li>v. 20-2...
<ul><li>What  were  the Corinthian Christians doing? </li></ul><ul><li>They were sinning because they were doing what they...
<ul><li>What  were  the Corinthian Christians doing? </li></ul><ul><li>They were sinning because  they were not recognizin...
<ul><li>Relationship between Christ and his church </li></ul><ul><li>Christ is the head </li></ul><ul><li>Christ sacrifice...
Men and women already looked enough alike!
Men and women already looked enough alike!
<ul><li>The issue is  not  some Holy Mandate about hair. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about roles. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about ...
<ul><li>Symbolism is a key to understanding </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t get the analogy, you don’t understand the princ...
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Covered Heads, Covered Dishes

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A look at 1 Corinthians 11, which finally answers the question about whether women ought to wear hats in church.

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Covered Heads, Covered Dishes

  1. 1. 1 Corinthians 11
  2. 2. <ul><li>Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 11 – two main sections </li></ul><ul><li>v. 2-16 Propriety in Worship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Head coverings for women </li></ul></ul><ul><li>v. 17-34 The Lord’s Supper </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to eat together </li></ul></ul>What do they possibly have in common?
  3. 3. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>What do they possibly have in common?
  4. 4. <ul><li>33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other.  34 If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.  </li></ul>What do they possibly have in common?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Propriety in Worship </li></ul><ul><li>2 I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you. </li></ul><ul><li>The Lord’s Supper </li></ul><ul><li>  17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. </li></ul>What do they possibly have in common? Parallel Structure
  6. 6. <ul><li>What does Paul spend his ink talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>3 Now 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 And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved.  </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>What does Paul spend his ink talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>6 If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.  7 A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.  8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;  </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>What does Paul spend his ink talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.  10 For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.  11 In the Lord, however, 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. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>What does Paul spend his ink talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>Is he talking about a Godly fashion decree? </li></ul><ul><li>Is he talking about specific styles? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the Hebrew law/custom? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the Greek law/custom? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the Roman law/custom? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>What was the fashion of the day? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>What was the fashion of our day? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>What was the fashion of our day? </li></ul><ul><li>After 20 years, we can guess within 4. </li></ul><ul><li>After 50 years, we can guess within 10. </li></ul><ul><li>After 200 years, we can guess within 40. </li></ul><ul><li>After 2000 years… </li></ul><ul><li>Big variations </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>So what was Paul telling the Corinthians? </li></ul><ul><li>So what was Paul telling all of us ? </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 11, part 2… </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>What were the Corinthian Christians doing? </li></ul><ul><li>v. 18 – They were divided </li></ul><ul><li>v. 20-21 – They didn’t wait on each other </li></ul><ul><li>v. 21 – Some got drunk </li></ul><ul><li>The point was fellowship – </li></ul><ul><li>not convenient cafeteria dining. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>What were the Corinthian Christians doing? </li></ul><ul><li>They were sinning because they were doing what they did in the wrong spirit . </li></ul><ul><li>Christ wanted us to commune as a body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>v. 27 – sinning against the body and the blood of the Lord </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>v. 29 – anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>What were the Corinthian Christians doing? </li></ul><ul><li>They were sinning because they were not recognizing the body </li></ul><ul><li>This is the clue to unlocking the first part of Chapter 11 </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter and verse are arbitrary additions </li></ul><ul><li>Paul stated this as a direct case in one reading </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Relationship between Christ and his church </li></ul><ul><li>Christ is the head </li></ul><ul><li>Christ sacrifices for his people </li></ul><ul><li>The church submits to the leadership of Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship between husband and wife </li></ul><ul><li>The husband is the head </li></ul><ul><li>The husband sacrifices for his wife and family </li></ul><ul><li>The wife submits to the leadership of the husband </li></ul>Within the church, there are separate roles for men and women
  18. 18. Men and women already looked enough alike!
  19. 19. Men and women already looked enough alike!
  20. 20. <ul><li>The issue is not some Holy Mandate about hair. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about roles. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about men being men, and women being women. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about the body being a body, and not trying to be a head. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about the church being the church, and letting Christ be Christ </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Symbolism is a key to understanding </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t get the analogy, you don’t understand the principle </li></ul><ul><li>Know why you do the things you do </li></ul><ul><li>We are not saved by rote </li></ul><ul><li>We are told to examine ourselves </li></ul>Avoid things that would confuse guests or new Christians

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