This week’s study is the first in a series looking at 1 Corinthians.

  1. Introduction, The Corinthian Church.

The Corinthian Church had significant problems Paul was writing to address.

Read the following and discuss what some of them were.

1Corinthians 5:1-5, 6:9-20.

1Corinthians 3:1-4.

1Corinthians 1:10-13,11:17-22.

Despite their problems what positive things did Paul say about them?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.

Look at all the times Paul mentions ‘Christ’. See similarly in Ephesians 1:1-8.

What does this tell us about his focus as he seeks to communicate truth to the Corinthians? Discuss how this focus applies to us as Christians as we live our lives?

What does Paul say God has done for the Corinthians (and all others) who have put their faith in Jesus Christ?

Read again Ephesians 1:3-8. Write down all the blessings Paul mentions we receive when we are ‘In Christ’. See also 1Peter 1:3-5.

With these blessings in mind share in your group how this makes you feel as a child of God.

What assurances does Paul give the Corinthians (and us) in 1 Corinthians 1:8-9?

See also Philippians 1:6.

 2. Application. ‘Be What You Are’.

How should we respond to all of the above?

In 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 how many times does Paul refer to Jesus as Lord?

Read Peter’s words in 1Peter 3:15 and Paul’s in Philippians 2:9-11.

As we look at application and our response to God’s grace and mercy discuss what Paul says in Philippians 2:12 and Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:1.

As we looked briefly at three of the Corinthians problem areas is there an area in your life God is wanting you to change and grow in?

What assurance does he give us of God’s help? Philippians 2:13.

Share with others in your group anything you have looked at in this study that has been beneficial and how.

In the following weeks we will look more specifically at the areas Paul wanted the Corinthians to change and grow in.


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