Overview: This week we will read 1 Corinthians chapters 2-6. Some portions speak of God’s wisdom versus human wisdom. It covers several of the issues that impacted real people in the first century. Paul had received reports of problems in the church in Corinth and therefore addresses their problems. Paul declares three times that God ”has chosen” them and ”because of Him you are in Christ Jesus”. This truth is joyful and relieving to the believers of that time, and hopefully to us as well.
Day 1 – 1 Corinthians 2
1. Why do you think Paul points out that he come in weakness, fear and trembling?
2. Can you think of an example of human wisdom that doesn’t align with God’s wisdom?
3. Can our faith be judged by other humans?
Day 2 – 1 Corinthians 3
1. What is the foundation of our life?
2. Where is God’s temple?
3. What is the wisdom of the world to God?
Day 3 – 1 Corinthians 4
1. What two things does Paul say will be revealed when Jesus returns?
2. What are some of the things Paul endured for the sake of his faith?
3. Why did Paul say he sent Timothy to Corinth?
Day 4 – 1 Corinthians 5
1. What concerns might someone have with this passage?
2. Does Paul’s response seem unloving to you?
3. How do you hear this passage when comparing to Jesus’ instruction to not judge others?
Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 6
1. As always in scripture context is important. The Greeks were known for their courts. People would sue over nothing. The real questions here was “is it worth it”? Perhaps there is a different way to settle disputes. Can you think of an example when matters should go to the court, and when matters can be settled differently?
2. In verse 12, Paul addresses Christian freedom. Believers were using their freedom as a license to sin. “All things are lawful” was a common saying. “Is it lawful?” is not the right question. “Is it helpful and beneficial?” is the right question. Can you think of an example of this that you see today?
3. What is the main point you think Paul is trying to make?