Sep 29

Community Group Resources

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Find the latest Community Group Resources here for our 1 Corinthians Sermon Series.

  • Discussion Questions

    Discussing the text

    1) What is the Main Idea of what Paul is writing?

    Reflections from the text

    1) Based on the Main Idea, how do you think God is calling you to apply this text? What are some concrete ways this application may look in your life?

    Examples of possible application:

    • Head and Heart: promise to claim, desire to cultivate, feeling to align with, truth to
      believe
    • Hands: Command to obey, example to follow, error to avoid, sin to forsake.

    2) Why might you struggle to apply this?

    Could this struggle be traced to a/an:

    • idol in your heart,
    • lie you are believing, or
    • truth you are suppressing.

    3) How does the gospel help you in your application?

    How might the gospel be a:

    • Motivation: We are responding to God’s salvation rather than trying to earn it
    • Means: God empowers us to live the life He calls us to live
    • Model: God models for us the life He calls us to live.
  • Context: 1 Cor 2:1-5

    1 Cor 2:1-5 is part of a larger section that starts in 1 Cor 1:10. There were divisions in the Corinthian church, with different groups giving allegiance to different leaders based on the status or eloquence of the leader.

    • Cor 1:10-17, Paul exhorts the Corinthians to unite around the wisdom of the gospel.
    • Cor 1:18-25, Paul calls the Corinthians to live according to the gospel and God’s Word, not according to the world’s categories of wisdom and power
    • Cor 1:26-31, Paul illustrates the contrast the wisdom of God with the wisdom of the world by reminding the Corinthians that God chose them despite many of them being “foolish” and “lowly” by the world’s standards.
  • Context: 1 Cor 1:26-31

    1 Cor 1:26-31 is part of a larger section that starts in 1 Cor 1:10. There were divisions in the Corinthian church, with different groups giving allegiance to different leaders based on the status or eloquence of the leader.

    • Cor 1:10-17, Paul exhorts the Corinthians to unite around the wisdom of the gospel.
    • Cor 1:18-25, Paul calls the Corinthians to live according to the gospel and God’s Word, not according to the world’s categories of wisdom and power
  • Context: 1 Cor 1:18-25

    1 Cor 1:18-25 is part of a larger section that starts in 1 Cor 1:10-17. There were divisions in the Corinthian church, with different groups giving allegiance to different leaders based on the status or eloquence of the leader. Paul’s Main Idea in 1 Cor 1:10-17 was to address this, calling the Corinthians to be united rather than divided by focusing on the message of the gospel, rather than the status or the eloquence of the leader.

  • Context: 1 Cor 1:10-17

    Paul founded the church in Corinth. After he left, an eloquent speaker named Apollos, after receiving some guidance from Priscilla and Aquila arrived in Corinth and helped to teach and build up the church (Acts 18).

    1:10-17 begins the first main section of Paul’s letter. Paul is responding to a report by Chloe’s people that there is quarrelling and divisions among the Corinthian church over allegiance to specific leaders (1:11-12). Specifically, their allegiance was based on the leader who baptised them (1:14-17), and which leader was the better preacher (1:17).

  • Context: 1 Cor 1:1-9

    Paul founded the church in Corinth, and so we would expect Paul to have a good
    relationship with the Corinthians. However, the content of 1 Corinthians and Paul’s
    combative tone suggests a deteriorating relationship between him and the Corinthians.
    Some key issues that Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians include:

    • Questions about his authority (4:1-5; 9:1-3)
    • Divisions in the church due to preferring “worldly” speech and knowledge over the
      gospel (1:20-21)
    • Divisions in the church over spiritual gifts (chpts 12-14)
    • Sexual immorality (5:1)
    • People of the church seeking their own good over the good of others (10:24)
  • The Big Picture

    Paul is calling the Corinthian church to a life shaped by the gospel. He is writing in response to specific issues that arise from:

    1. Pride that assumes superiority of their own authority and importance,
    2. Immaturity that prefers worldliness over gospel truth, and
    3. Selfishness that prioritises individual comfort at the expense of the other

    1 Corinthians is a letter written by Paul to the church in Corinth. Being a letter, this means that we only have one side Paul’s correspondence with the Corinthians. To help us understand this letter, we need to reconstruct the background of the correspondence as much as we can. This is the story so far.

    From Acts 18, we know that Paul founded the church in Corinth and stayed there for 18 months to build up the church before leaving with Priscilla and Aquila. After leaving, Paul continued to correspond with the Corinthians by letter. Before writing 1 Corinthians, Paul had written at least one other letter to them, in which he addresses several issues including sexual immorality, greed, and idolatory (1 Cor 5:9-10).

    The Corinthians have written a letter to Paul as part of their correspondence with him (1 Cor 7:1). At the same time, some believers from Chloe’s household were updating Paul on developments in Corinth that the Corinthians have left out in their letter (1 Cor 1:11). Paul writes the letter of 1 Corinthians as a response to both the letter he received from the Corinthians, and the report from Chloe’s people.