Young Adult (College/Post-Grad)Life group THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS My Love be with You All in Christ Jesus [chapter 16] MY LOVE THROUGH THE COLLECTION (16:1-4) (Question #1) The final chapter of 1 Corinthians is filled with expressions of the apostle Paul’s love in Christ for this church. In final words, the topic of a “collection for the saints” – the poor saints in Jerusalem – is addressed. Paul shows his love for the Corinthian Christians by asking them to participate in this collection to help the poor with this monetary gift. How does the apostle Paul ask the Corinthians to take up this offering, and how will it be carried to give to the poor in Jerusalem? [*REFLECT #1] One of the best ways to express our love for one another in Christ is to give sacrificially in our tithes and offerings to sustain the church and its ministries, especially to the poor or those in need/struggling within the congregation. How are you expressing Christ’s love for you by participating and being faithful in the area of sacred giving? When is the last time a needy church member has burdened you to the degree of helping them in any way you can – small and large ways? MY LOVE THROUGH VISITING YOU (16:5-9) (Question #2) The apostle Paul’s expression of love wasn’t just through financial means, but through his physical presence. Paul showed his love in Christ for the Corinthians by his earnest desire to visit them and spend time with them. How did the apostle Paul plan his visits strategically, and what caused him to stay or depart a certain location? [*REFLECT #2] How can we cultivate a greater desire to visit one another and spend time with each other as an expression of Christ’s love for us? Whether an introvert or extrovert, how can I intentionally become more spiritually active to meet others or more spiritually sensitive to listen to others before myself? How can time spent with one another not just be for purposeless fellowship, but for “a wide door for effective work” even if there be “many adversaries”? In our visitations with each other, how can we help each other on the journey with Christ, wherever we go? MY LOVE THROUGH FELLOW CO-WORKERS (16:10-18) (Question #3) Not only did the apostle Paul see his own visitations as expressions of Christ’s love, but also the visitations of those who represented his message and work, his co-workers and co-laborers in the gospel. Paul didn’t see himself as the main figure in gospel leadership. Rather, he upheld a shared leadership so that whether it be him or his faithful co-laborers who visited the Corinthians, they would minister in the same faithful way. Who were some of Paul’s faithful co-laborers, and why did Paul rejoice over them? [*REFLECT #3] Do you have faithful co-laborers and co-workers in the gospel that you can call by name today? Are you one of them for someone else? How can we express Christ’s love for one another by introducing others in need of ministry to faithful, watchful, firm in the faith, strong men and women of God in our lives? If we must be absent and unable to minister to a particular person or situation, how is introducing him/her to fellow co-workers in the gospel an act of love for them in Christ? MY LOVE THROUGH GREETINGS (16:19-24) (Question #4) The apostle Paul closes the letter with final greetings from other churches, alongside Paul’s own greeting by hand. In place of their absence, they sent heartfelt greetings. Who were they? What did the greeting – by writing or by holy kiss – speak of to the Corinthian Christians? [*REFLECT #4] How can your greetings to each other speak of the love and grace that Jesus has for you? HOLY SPIRIT MOMENT (APPLY #1) Spend two minutes inviting and listening to the Holy Spirit to show expressions love in Christ we can give to each other. (APPLY #2) Write two ways you can express and show Christ’s through you, as the apostle Paul showed to the Corinthian Christians. (1) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (2) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (APPLY #3) Share one of them with the group, and a first practical step you can take to accomplish it. (APPLY #4) Write a sentence-prayer for it: _________________________________________________________________________________________ (APPLY #5) Share spiritual life – How are you? What is one thing about Jesus that carried you through this week? What is one thing you prayed for today? How has God answered in prayer, or asked us to keep requesting in prayer?