1 Corinthians Chapter Eleven, Order vs. Confusion... 

In our study of 1 Corinthians chapter eleven, we will look at the principle of orderly worship to eliminate confusion. Paul continues to answer questions that the Corinthian church had sent him and we will apply the lessons to our lives today. 

1 Corinthians 11:1

"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." NIV translation

At first glance, this seems to be a pretty bold statement as Paul urges the Corinthian believers to follow his example but he meant more than that. Paul was telling them to follow him as he followed Christ so, in effect, they would be following Christ. He is also telling them to only follow him when it is in agreement with the mind of Christ. There are many people today that elevate a pastor to the position where they blindly follow anything that is shared with them. Many times, this is due to laziness as the people do not want to put in the time required to study the word on their own and let the Holy Spirit speak to them through the word.

1 Corinthians 11:2

"I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you." NIV translation

Up to this point in this letter to the Corinthians, Paul has not had anything to praise them for but here he does. They were holding fast to the teachings that they had been given instead of being blown along by whatever new trend in thinking appeared. That is why it is so important to study the word and to pray and seek understanding from God. If we do that, we too will be able to stand firm and glorify God.

1 Corinthians 11:3

"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." NIV translation

Paul begins by showing us who is in authority because, without someone in authority, you cannot have order. We see that God is over all creation and even Jesus is subject to the will of the Father. Then all men are subject to Christ and all women are subject to their husband. The head is the one that gives instructions and so we see that all are subject to following the direction of God through the Holy Spirit. (A woman does not have to follow blindly everything that her husband says. She must respond to him as he responds to God.) We also see that, since God is the leader of all, then, there is no merit to all of the so-called leadership training ministries that we see today. You do not need training to listen to God as all you need is the Spirit living in you.