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                    Be The Church Week 14

                  1 Corinthians 11:2-16


Important Announcements!

Heart and Soul will be starting up this Sunday May 1st at the 11:00 service in the Heart and Soul room. If you have anyone in your group or have seen someone at church that you feel needs to go through Heart and Soul reach out to Blake or Anna or help them sign up on our app!


Theme: When we look into the church of Corinth we see a lot of things we can learn from! They were a messy church, but they were a church alive! As we dive into this book we can learn a lot, whether it be from their spiritual failures or whether it be from their spiritual success. The one thing we learn is that God has called the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus! And it's when the church comes together in unity and lives on mission together that God moves in the most powerful of ways! In chapters 1-10 Paul addresses how the church should live in the world outside the church. In chapters 11-14 Paul addresses Christians on how they should act inside the church! Let's Be The Church!

Major Points:

Chapter 11 Paul addresses the men and women on how they should relate to one another as male and female inside the church gatherings and worship services. Paul backs up his applications with verse 3 and with verses 7-10. God has designed men to be men (headship) and women to be women (helpers) to portray God's image in the world we live in and in the church where we gather. This isn’t about superiority or inferiority, this is about divine roles that God has placed us in!

1 corinthians 11:2-16

1.. Submission is the pathway to glorifying God, bearing his image, and experiencing eternal life.

This passage is less about “Head coverings” and more about submitting to the design and role that God has created you for specifically as male and Female! He has created us male and female on purpose for a purpose. When it comes to submitting to God and his plan I want you to remember (or take note of) three things when it comes to Headship (authority) and submission.

A.. The Example of Christ. (Vs 3 The head of Christ is God)

One thing I love about our God is that He doesn’t just tell us what to do, but He shows us how to do it. He doesn’t just tell us to submit to Him and His design, but He gives us a picture to look at! Jesus!  

Remember the supremacy of Jesus

John 1 - In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God!

Hebrews 1 - He is the radiance of God’s glory!

Colossians 1 - He is supreme over all things! (All creation)

Revelation - 14 - Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess.

Jesus has the Name above every Name! Yet… Jesus submitted!

Remember the Submissiveness of Jesus 

The Colossians 1 Jesus is also the Philippians 2 Jesus!

Philippians 2 - He made himself nothing.

Romans 5:8 Why we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Matthew 13 - Jesus washes His disciple's feet.

The same Jesus that spoke to Moses out of a burning bush telling him to take his shoes off (Exodus 3:4-5) because he was on Holy ground, is the same Jesus that knelt down and washed the disciple's feet.

Follow the Example of Jesus

Philippians 2 says

If (Since) you have been united with Christ, have the same mindset as Christ.

Like Paul, we should be able to say what he says in vs 1 of chapter 11, follow me as I follow Christ.

Truth: You’ll never be more like the satan than when you’re rebellious and you’ll never be more like Jesus than when you’re submissive!


How does Jesus teach men how to use their headship over their wives?

How does Jesus’ submission teach women how to submit to their husbands?

How does Jesus’ example make you love him all the more?

B.. The Design of God (vs 7-8 Paul jumps back to Genesis)

Paul is backing up the Doctrine of Headship and submission in marriage and in the church gatherings from the roles that God set for males and females in Genesis.

The reason God created Male and Female was so that they could bear His image in the world.

Man cant bear God's image (the trinity) by himself. God is one God in three persons. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. All are one in essence and being but all are different in roles. We see that Jesus is fully God. (“When you look at me you see the father”) But Jesus also submits to the father. In the same way, God created the man to lead his family and He made the wife to submit (Help) to him and help him lead! The church (Christian marriages) Should be a place that reflects God's image to the world. A place that people can look into and see what it looks like to be a man and what it looks like to be a woman. The bottom line is God wants men to be men and He wants women to be women. The church should be a place where Men are leading their wives sacrificially and a place where the women are submitting to their loving leadership out of their love for their husband and as an act of worship to God! That’s what Head coverings were all about in this culture. They were a symbol to the ones around them that said “ I belong to God, and I belong to my husband” I'm up under God’s authority and up under my husband's authority. 

The Biblical man

He submits to Jesus

He leads His family  (wife and kids)

He leads in the church

He will answer to God one day for his headship

The Biblical woman

She submits to Jesus

She Submits to her husband

She disciples her Kids

She serves in the Church

There is only one role/office that a woman can not serve in inside the church, that is the office of an elder/overseer. (Shepherding pastor) Why? Because of God’s design and role for men and women. God has set aside that office for the man. God has also set aside childbearing for the women! What a special role to play! What a great privilege as a mom.

We want to be a church where our women flourish in what God has called them to. We want to see them serve in big ways inside the church! We also desire for our Men to step up into the call that God has on their lives as well. Ch11:1 if you want to be over, you first have to be under!


What does God's design of Adam and Eve teach us about His desire for male and female and for Husband and wife?

How does biblical submission and Headship bear God’s image in the world?

Are you a Biblical man? What areas do you need to grow in? How can you grow in headship?

Are you a Biblical woman? What areas do you need to grow in? How can you grow in submissiveness?

C..The Instruction of Paul (vs 16 end of story!)

Play your role!

Men.. Be a man of God!

Women.. Be a woman of God

Everyone.. Submit to the Son of God!


How does sin in you try to rebel against the role God has called you to play?


Pray That God would help you own your manhood and own your womanhood. Pray that God would help you be the man/woman he has called you to be.