Week 11

About 1 Corinthians 3-14

I love how the video below words it when they’re summing up 1 Corinthians. “1 Corinthians is about seeing every part of life through the Gospel.” In these chapters, we essentially look at how Christians should be living in light of the Gospel.

Milestones

God’s Wisdom and Our Folly

Paul is still addressing divisions in the church when we pick up in these chapters. He reminds the readers that only God is responsible for the growth of a person. Therefore, we have no reason to boast. We also don’t have room to boast as man’s wisdom is folly to God and everything belongs to God.  He goes on to ask what we have that we have not received. Again, a call to humility.

Sexual Immorality

Paul then moves on to sexual immorality within the church. He encourages churches to remove someone who is publicly sinning in the church in this way in hopes that they come back to the church eventually and receive true salvation. He later warns that our bodies are not our own which is why habitual sexual sin, in particular, taints our unity with Christ.

A Look at Marriage

Paul’s commands on marriage are quite interesting. He pretty much encourages believers to refrain from marriage if at all possible. He follows it up by basically saying, if you lack self control though, you can get married. We are able to see later on that both celibacy and marriage should be seen as gifts that provide different opportunities for service if you remain faithful in them.

Sharing the Gospel

In chapter 9, Paul talks about how he does not want anything to get in the way of sharing the Gospel. He even says he has become all things to all people that he might save some. It is important to note, that while making himself relatable to all of these groups of people, Paul was still obedient to Christ in it and did not act outside the law of Christ. Paul affirms that his main goal in life is to pursue the advancement of the Gospel.

Caring for One Another in Our Gifts

In chapter 12, we see that there is a variety of gifts that believers have under the same Spirit. Paul uses a metaphor of the body in saying that each member has a place and importance in the body. In chapter 13, he writes that we could have all the gifts in the world, but if we’re missing love, none of it matters. Finally, in chapter 14, he addresses more specifically the gifts of tongues and prophecy.

Thoughts to Ponder:

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 talks about those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God. I look at that list and am convicted as I see some not-so-good habits in my life that are similar to a non-believers. Are you truly living different than non-believers? What are some sins you need to start attacking and how will you go about doing that?

In chapter 9, Paul talks about running a race to receive the prize. How can we practically run that race well and encourage others to do the same?

Chapter 12, verse 26: “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” Do we really, truly suffer and celebrate together with other believers? Maybe take some time to check your heart in this topic.

These videos are the best!!!

Next Week: 

1 Corinthians 15-16; Daniel 1-9