The last few weeks has been spent going through and sharing some thoughts in the study of 1 Corinthians 1-5. The Christians at Corinth were having some difficulties with divisions and some moral issues. These same issues exist today in our churches but there is one agreement among Christians and that is the purpose of the Cross. Around this agreement, there is great power to organize and be victorious in the battle against anything that goes against this purpose.
There were two viewpoints brought out in the study; the world view and the God view. Experts in various fields seem to miss what should be obvious at times. Wrong data is captured and various opinions interfere in the accuracy.
True wisdom according to Paul is when a person is able to balance their Christian faith with life experiences in order to be more precise in their thoughts rather than only accepting one viewpoint and being closed minded to the amazing unseen qualities of God.
As the post “Healthy Living” points out, we should take care of ourselves because we are God’s temple. We should plant the seeds of Christ’s principles into our soul. By adding the clear water of the Spirit, God will make these seeds grow into the fruits of the Spirit.
Learned in the lessons so far is that there is power in our life when we let God be the final judge. There is power in our life when we give God credit for what we are blessed with. There is power in our life when we strive to be good examples for others to follow.
Reading in 1 Corinthians 5, the church had to expel a man from a leadership position because of misconduct. This quick decision would be a good one to follow today in overcoming hate, iniquity, and other corrupting influences in our society that keep us down. By getting rid of some bad apples, a society sets a tone for authenticity, sincerity and certainty that God provides.
The reading plan below will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing!
Questions for Reflection
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
What issue is discussed by Paul? What in the Corinthians’ legal practice upsets Paul? In what ways can you work toward right ethics, high standards, and love of neighbor?
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
What misapplication of Christian freedom does Paul attack? Which misuse of the body does Paul specify? What is the purpose of the person’s body? How should the truth of verses 19-20 govern our eating and sleeping habits? The exercise of our body?
1 Corinthians 7:1-24
Under what conditions is marriage advisable? What responsibilities do a husband and wife have to each other? Do married people necessarily lack self-control?
1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Why does Paul counsel to remain in the status that they are in when God calls? What basic attitudes toward earthly values and relationships does Paul urge? What are some ideas for balancing career and family life with devotion to the Lord?
1 Corinthians 8
What is the problem here (relate to the Corinthians’ circumstances)? How are they failing to show love to others? What may result if “stronger” Christians flaunt their knowledge and liberty?
1 Corinthians 9:1-18
Should people have the right to make their living at the expense of the church? What is Paul’s situation compared to other apostles? What are the right motives for serving God?
1 Corinthians 9:19-27
What is Paul’s attitude and purpose in personal relationships? How is Paul free to be all things to all people without being carried away with this freedom? What are you doing to keep in shape spiritually? What prize do you seek?
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