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THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS (part 1):
Jesus Christ – the Wisdom and Power from God (1:1-31)
SENDERS AND SOURCE OF WISDOM (1:1-3)
(Question #1) Acts 18 tells us that when the Lord planted this church in the city of Corinth, Paul was there and stayed over a year with the Christians at Corinth. Later as Paul traveled to another city called Ephesus, he received reports about many problems that were brewing in the Corinthian church, and so he writes this letter to them. The content of what Paul would say in this letter would be challenged by the congregation, so how does Paul establish his credibility from the beginning (verse 1)?
[*REFLECT #1a] Brother Sosthenes is mentioned, who had protected Paul from the hostile synagogue. Strangely, what was his position in the synagogue and what happened to him for protecting Paul (see Acts 18:17)?
[*REFLECT #1b] How can you be a “brother Sosthenes” today, called by the will of God, who forfeits position and protection to help others declare and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ?
[*REFLECT #1c] The word “apostle” means “someone sent by God with God’s authority, credibility, ability to represent Him.” It is synonymous with the meaning of an ambassador. Are you sent? How have you embraced God’s commission?
[*REFLECT #1d] In writing letters, we are more used putting the recipient first, then closing with the sender. In ancient letters, it is the opposite – the sender is put first, followed by the recipients. Who is this letter written to (verse 2)?
[*REFLECT #1e] When Paul says that they were “called to be saints together” and that Jesus is “both their Lord and ours”, what issue was on Paul’s heart (see verse 10-11)?
[*REFLECT #1f] How can we experience more of what it means to be called saints together and Jesus as our Lord?
[*REFLECT #1g] When our focus is on God as our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, what flows down to us (verse 3)?
WISDOM BY THANKFULNESS (1:4-9)
(Question #2) This was a church with many problems. Still, why was Paul so thankful to God for them (verse 4-6)?
[*REFLECT #2a] In our Presbyterian heritage, we have a time called confirmation to confirm the testimony about Christ in our lives. How has God’s grace been given to you in Christ Jesus, that changed your speech and knowledge, as a testimony about Christ confirmed among the body of Christ?
[*REFLECT #2b] Why did God confirm the testimony about Christ among the Corinthian Christians (verse 7-9)?
[*REFLECT #2c] How has God equipped you, not lacking any gift as you wait for the revealing of Jesus Christ? Who will sustain you and be faithful to you until the end, although become faithless?
WISDOM IN UNITY (1:10-17)
(Question #3) Why were the Corinthian Christians divided amongst themselves (verse 10-17)?
[*REFLECT #3a] Is Christ divided? What happens when Christians divide amongst themselves over trivial/unimportant issues like who baptized them (verse 17)? What are trivial issues we need to avoid?
JESUS CHRIST, THE WISDOM AND POWER FROM GOD (1:18-31)
(Question #4) What two vastly different responses do people have about the word of the cross (verse 18-19)? How is this possible?
(Question #5) Can the world know God through worldly wisdom – why or why not (verse 20-21)?
(Question #6) What was God pleased to do, so that those who seek wisdom from the world will stumble and never find it there (verse 21-25)?
(Question #7) What does God choose in the world to show His wisdom and power (verse 26-28)?
(Question #8) Why does God choose this way (verse 29-31)?
(Question #9) Why did God choose you? How can you live and choose wisely for that end?