The early church often met for a fellowship meal, followed by observance of the Lord’s Supper. At Corinth, the initial meal had become a drunken, disorderly feast characterized by arguments and selfishness.
This ancient version of a potluck dinner did not reflect well on the person of Christ. There was little caring and no sharing. This spirit then carried over into the Lord’s Supper.
Paul admonished the Corinthian believers to change their ways and make the Lord’s Supper the meaningful memorial it was intended to be. During Communion, Christians are expected to soberly examine themselves and ponder the meaning of Christ’s death on their behalf (1 Corinthains 11:27-34).
1 CORINTHIANS 11:20-21 – 20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.