Overview: Let’s review a little of what we have studied so far this year. We have read the gospels, which tell of the earthly life and ministry of Jesus. We have begun the book of Acts, which is the history book for most of the rest of the New Testament. Paul wrote all of his letters while the events of Acts were happening. We know this because in Acts Luke tells about Paul’s missionary journeys. On these journeys, Paul was starting new churches and writing letters back to the ones already established.
1 Corinthians is one of the longest letters Paul wrote. He had spent a lot of time in Corinth helping them become established.
When we read passages about issues such as eating meat that had been offered to idols, we must realize that there were parts of their culture that we don’t have to deal with, as there are parts of our culture that they couldn’t even imagine. Ask God to show you how to apply these things in your own life. As eating meat offered to idols was a controversial issue for them, there are many divisive issues for Christians today as well.
Day 1 – 1 Corinthians 7
1. Write one thing Paul says about marriage?
2. What do you think verses 20 and 24 mean? And what does it show us about Paul’s belief for Christ’s return?
3. Is Paul for or against marriage?
Day 2 – 1 Corinthians 8
1. What did Paul think of food offered to idols?
2. What was Paul willing to do for the weaker Christians?
Day 3 – 1 Corinthians 9
1. What is the answer to almost all of the questions in the passage?
2. What was Paul’s view of being paid for service to the Lord?
3. How do you understand v. 19-23?
Day 4 – 1 Corinthians 10
1. Why did Paul give examples from the Old Testament?
2. What might it mean in v. 13 that God will provide a way out so that you can endure it?
3. How can you apply v. 23-33 to your life with others?
Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 11
1. Do you think a woman having long hair is another of the cultural issues of that day?
2. Why would Paul have a problem with people eating before partaking in the Lord’s Supper together?
3. What are we proclaiming when we take the Lord’s Supper?