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The Heart and Appearance of Worship View video
1 Corinthians 11:2 - 11:16
2. I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.
3. But 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. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is just as though her head were shaved.
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;
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. Nevertheless, in the Lord 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.
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.
Reflection
Presenting Ourselves in Worship (11:2–10)
While there are different interpretations of this passage and much controversy surrounding its significance for today, the main point the apostle Paul makes is with regard to how we present ourselves during worship. In Paul’s time, as in ours, one’s external appearance could make powerful statements about one’s identity, values, and beliefs. We should be mindful of our dress and deportment when we gather for public worship so as to avoid unnecessary distractions that remove focus away from the Lord. Our conduct should also demonstrate the respect we have for one another and for the structures of authority that God has ordained for the church and the home. May our conduct always reflect the greatness of the God we worship.

God Comes First (11:11–16)
Paul stresses the importance of differentiated gender roles between husband and wife, but he does so to make a larger point: the most important hierarchy is the one in which God is above all, and everything we do as believers should flow from that foundational principle. Since men and women are created in God’s image, we should embrace our unique characteristics while also affirming our unity and calling as members of the body of Christ. One of the most basic ways to live this out in community applies to all believers, regardless of whether or not we are married: we strive to put others first, following Jesus’ example of laying down His life for His church.
Application
- How does worship in your church reflect God’s greatness and character? How do you keep your focus on God when distractions occur during worship?

- How does a heart of submission to God make it more natural for us to submit to others? How is God calling you to serve within your own situation and context?
A Letter to God
Dear heavenly Father, You are worthy of my whole heart! May my life of submission to You be demonstrated in how I submit to others. Use me according to how You have uniquely created me. In Jesus’ name, amen.





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