Welcome back to Week 3 in the Book of 1 Corinthians! This study is going by SO quickly! This week’s resources include the final chapter in the book of 1 Corinthians– chapter 16. That will be next Monday’s reading.
After we finish 1 Corinthians, the Good Morning Girls will go on a break through the month of October. In the month of November, I’ll be leading my most popular series of the year – The Making Your Home a Haven Challenge! So watch for more details about that study coming soon!!!
Then, the next book of the Bible we’ll study for the “Reading Through the Bible Series” will be announced in December and begin in January – so be on the look out for that announcement as well.
Now, let’s get back to this week’s study and finish strong!
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This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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The Lord’s Supper was causing division in the Corinthian church. Paul explained that they were taking it irreverently and selfishly. That is a dangerous thing to do. He called on them to examine themselves before they took of the cup and bread or they would face discipline from the Lord.
The Lord’s Supper is not a fancy meal. It is simple and it is meant to be done as an act of worship and remembrance of Christ’s body and blood shed for our sin. First, are you regularly participating in the Lord’s Supper? If not, begin this week to find a local church to join. Secondly, if you are taking the Lord’s Supper regularly, examine yourself. In what manner have you been taking it? Is there anything you need to change?
Every single believer has been given a gift from the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are not given for self-glorification but to glorify God and to build up the body of Christ. Love is the goal of the spiritual gifts.
Church is not a place we attend once a week to fill a seat and then leave. The Church is meant to function as a body. If one part is hurting, we all should hurt. Spiritual gifts are very practical in nature. They are to be used to care for one another just like we care for our little toe when we stub it or our eye when it is hurting. This is why divisions and fighting in the church so displease the Lord. God wants us to have a loving heart towards one another. Do you know what your spiritual gift is? How are you using it to love those in your church? If you don’t know, pray and ask the Lord to show you.
While our spiritual gifts are wonderful, it is faith, hope and love that we all must pursue. All of the New Testament speaks to the pursuit of these but the greatest of the these is love. Love trumps faith, hope and our spiritual gifts. Without love, our gifts are useless. One day when we see Jesus and we will no longer need faith or hope. But we will experience love for all of eternity!
In 1 Corinthians 13, love is not defined as a feeling but rather as an action. Love is not fragile, and it is not proud. It is humble and it endures forever. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and evaluate yourself. In what ways do you need to be more loving to those closest to you and to those in your church?
Paul was reminding the Corinthian church that all worship and use of spiritual gifts should be done in an orderly way and for the edification of all believers. Also, they were not to just passively receive a word of encouragement. He wanted them to participate and give as well. The goal is that we all learn and are all encouraged.
God wants us to yield the use of our spiritual gift to the Spirit’s leading. We are not to selfishly use our gift whenever we feel like it. This can lead to confusion and disorder. If you have been in the church long, most likely you have seen someone cause disorder in the church because they were asserting themselves and their desires. How can you avoid being the person who causes this? Write a prayer below asking God to guide you as you use your spiritual gifts.
Because death has been swallowed up in victory and we have a hope of resurrection with Christ, we can stand firm. We can be immovable. We can work hard serving the Lord knowing that all of our labor is not in vain. There is a sure hope of eternal life with Jesus one day!
Do you have days when you are weary from serving the Lord, that you are tempted to feel like maybe it’s not worth it? How does remembering the truth of our future resurrection with Jesus, help you to not give up and to abound in the work of the Lord?
The Corinthian church needed clarity on many issues inside the church that were causing divisions. As Paul closes out his letter, he reminds them one last time to seek to do everything out of a heart of love for one another.
This is the same message we need in our churches today. There would be so much less division in our churches, if we would simply let all that we do, be done in love. In what ways can you show more love inside of your church? Write a prayer below asking God to help you apply all that you have learned through the book of 1 Corinthians in your life.
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This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for 1 Corinthians 11-16.
Here’s the Printable
Bible Reading Plan Bookmark
so you can check off the days as you go.
Here’s an explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:
And the Bible Coloring Bookmark:Click HERE to Print the full page Coloring Chart
or here for the Bookmark Coloring Chart
Here are the highlighters, pens and pencils I refer to in the video:
Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
I use the ESV Inductive Study Bible and the ESV Journaling Bible as my personal study Bible.
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Keep walking with the King,
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