33 “Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.”
Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
Not only should members share their food with one another but they should also “wait for one another” to arrive for the Agape meal. It is a matter of courtesy to wait until everyone is ready to eat together. A church service should be a joint service.
But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment.
The purpose of eating at church is more than to satisfy hunger; it is a fellowship of consideration and mutual edification among believers. God looks on this so seriously that it is an issue of divine discipline.
And the rest I will set in order when I come.
There were other issues that Paul does not consider in 1 Corinthians, but he will deal with them when he comes to Corinth the next time. It was not necessary to include them in the canon of Scripture.
Courtesy is part of Christianity
Selflessness is a characteristic of Christianity. This is true in the category of courtesy as well. There is no place for prejudice or discourtesy in the local church. Discretion is the better part of valor.
Ro 12: 10Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another…