DRL Note: By Email, I receive sermon outlines from time to time.  The one below was quite interesting and I sought and received permission from the author to share it here.

Live to Eat or Eat to Live?

(1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

by Bob Bauer


A.        During the first century it was customary among the wealthy Romans to take an emetic immediately before their meals, in order to prepare themselves to eat more; and again soon after to avoid any injury from being very full of food.

1.         It is reported that every day, Maximus the Thracian, first barbarian who wore the imperial purple and the first emperor never to set foot in Rome, drank an amphora full, about 7 gallons of wine and ate 40 or 50 pounds of meat every day.

2.         Clodius Albinus, was a Roman usurper proclaimed emperor by the legions in Britain and Hispania. It was reported that he could eat 500 figs, a basket of peaches, ten melons, 20 pounds of grapes, 100 garden warblers, and 400 oysters at a sitting.

B.        Dinner for Diamond Jim Brady, a 19th century American railroad magnate and industrialist, consisted of 6 lobsters, six crabs, two ducks, a steak, two gallons of orange juice, and two pounds of chocolate. One restaurant owner called Brady, “the best 25 customers I ever had.”

C. Would you call these individuals gluttons? I think most of us would.

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But Let a Man Examine Himself…

by David Lemmons

The quotation above, you may recognize, comes from 1 Corinthians 11:28 and is in the context of Paul’s instructions to the Corinthian saints regarding proper observance of the Lord’s Supper.  The time we spend in the assembly observing the Lord’s Supper is an important time.  It is a brief time.  As Christians, it can and should be one of the most important parts of our lives, week by week.  Sometimes it is a real challenge for us PROPERLY to observe the Lord’s Supper.  It is to be a time of reflection upon the marvelous love of God and Christ for us.  We should think about the great sacrifice that was made on that cruel cross.  It is a time of COMMUNION with one another and with the Lord (1 Cor 10:16ff).

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