1 Corinthians, Week 2

 
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Before you come on april 10…

I loved, loved, loved having you all in my living room this week. Thank you so much for sharing your time with me and for sitting with a new-to-us group of women. I’m encouraged by the shared hope we have in Jesus, to change us and draw us to Himself, for His glory.

FOR OUR NEXT GATHERING:

To read:
1 Corinthians 1:2:1 - 3:32 (two whole chapters), Acts 17:16-34, 2 Timothy 1:14, Galatians 4:6


To think about:

- We don’t function in the spirit of this world - we have the mind of Christ. Is choosing the risk of a life led by the Spirit of God worth it? Why?

- Consider Paul in Acts 17, debating in Athens: how might this experience have prompted the words he wrote in chapter two to the Corinthians? What’s the difference between how Paul preached to the Athenians versus the Corinthians?

- When we are willing to risk reliance on the Spirit of God, we’re not free from fear or fallout. But we are free. Reread 2:10-13 — what does the Spirit do for and in us? Spend a few minutes reflecting on a time when you were aware of the Spirit’s presence with you. What was going on at the time? What did the Spirit do to remind you of His presence? [I am saying ‘aware’ here purposefully, since we know that we are never actually without the indwelling life of God’s Spirit — but our awareness of that tends to fluctuate: Psalm 139:7, 1 Corinthians 3:16]

- What kind of specific work is Paul talking about in 3:12-15? Who is he talking about in 3:16-17? Consider your role in your local church body and in the collective Church of God. How might you flesh out your union with the Spirit of God in service to the church God has placed you in for now?


To pray:

Part of the problem for the Corinthians was maturity - they wanted both Jesus and the world. They wanted to possess the wisdom of God and also to utilize earthly wisdom. They, like we ourselves so often do, attempted to fit their finite understanding of the hope of Jesus into the boxes of cultural norms. In our own day and age, the strong push for people of faith to acquiesce to the spirit of the culture in the name of “love” is at times overwhelming.

As you spend time in God’s Word this week, pray that He would make you aware of three things: His objective trustworthiness (His truth-telling nature), His deep love for you and for those who are separated from Him, and of the indwelling (which means living-in-you!) Spirit of God who is always with you.

Ask God to show you ways that you can live FROM this truth as the source of your choices and words, rather than living out of your own wisdom and determination. Thank God for the ways He has GROWN you up in Him, since you first were rescued and brought into union with Him.

PRO TIP:

Remember, if you don’t love sitting still to read, consider using an app that will read these passages to you! :)
- You Version
- Dwell Bible

I LOVE sharing resources - these are not required reading, just ideas for those who want to go a little deeper! You can click here to review the resources I shared last week.


FINAL NOTE:
This coming week, we’ll follow a similar format as our first meeting. I’d love to hear your thoughts and responses to the passages we read together and to the questions above, so I’ll work to use those questions as an anchor for our post-viewing conversation. If you know stuff about Corinthians or God speaks to your mind or heart, please share all your wisdom with us!

Looking forward to seeing you again,
sarah beth


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