Welcome back to Week 2 in the Book of 1 Corinthians!
The daily reflections you have shared out on Instagram and Facebook have been WONDERFUL! I have loved reading them each day and they are such an encouragement! If you missed those discussions – I hope you will join us this week! Also, I encourage you to scroll down and look back at last week’s. They are so helpful!
Also, here are the links to last week’s posts on the blog, in case you missed any of them:
Stop Ripping Each Other Apart – based on our reading in 1 Corinthians 1-5
If you are looking for guidance in the color coding and daily insight into the reading – please visit me on Instagram and visit the hashtag #WomenLivingWell – there are lots of women posting their pictures of their color coded Bibles and their reflections on our reading. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do this and not all of our Bibles will look alike.
Here’s what mine looked like last week:
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This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
(Leaders: Copy and paste these into your groups. If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.)
Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit and a temple is a sacred place of worship. We are meant to keep our bodies pure sexually because we are not our own. We have been bought with the price of Jesus’ blood. This means that we have strength that the world does not have, to remain pure.
When you use something that someone else paid for, are you more careful with it? Our bodies are on lend to us from God to be used for his glory. How can you be more careful with your body? If you have any sins that you need to repent of today, quietly pray a prayer of confession. Remember that once you confess, you are fully forgiven. (1 John 1:9)
Everyone is either single or married. While Paul was single and saw it as good, he considered both marriage and singleness a gift from God. Each one of us is to embrace the life that the Lord has assigned to us. No one is gifted for sexual immorality. We are either to live faithfully or be celibate.
Being married has its challenges and being single has its challenges. Which are you today – single or married? How do you feel about the place God has assigned to you? How is God speaking personally to you through this chapter today?
Idol worship was a huge part of the culture in Corinth. Most of the new believers would have come out of this idolatry. So, eating meat sold in the market place, that had first been offered to idols, became an issue for the church. Many in the church most likely suffered for their choice to follow God and so their conscience would not allow them to eat the meat offered to idols. It may have felt like a denial of Christ for them. So, Paul reminded the church that love should trump their freedom to eat meat.
Sacrificial love is needed in our churches today. Freedom in Christ is a delicate balance. While we are free to enjoy many things, we must consider if abstaining from certain things would be the more loving choice. Have you been in a situation where you felt free to enjoy something that a sister or brother in Christ felt convicted about? Is there an area where perhaps you need to abstain out of love for them?
The Corinthians were familiar with the ancient Olympic Games. So, Paul used the example of both a runner and a boxer to show the way in which we as believers must live our Christian life. Winners are not slackers. Winners work and train hard to obtain the prize.
Paul tells us to put effort into living the Christian life and into sharing the gospel. We should live just like an athlete that competes to win. There is a reward awaiting us in heaven. We are to run hard and fight hard. Are you living your Christian life in this way? What is one thing that you need to change so you can run more effectively?
Paul warned the Corinthian church against idolatry and also against taking advantage of their Christian liberties. All things may be lawful but are they helpful? We are not to seek our own good but rather the good of our neighbor. This takes great maturity, wisdom, sensitivity and sacrificial love. Whatever we do, we must do to the glory of God.
God has given us great freedom and he wants us to enjoy all the good things he has created for us. But we must never forget how our freedoms affect our neighbors. God does not want us caught up in legalism and man-made rules, yet there are times when we must lay down our rights and liberties, out of love for our neighbor. Sacrificial love is so needed in the church today, but more freedom is also needed in the church today as well. Which way do you tend to swing, towards legalism or towards freedom? Is there an area in your life where it would be more loving for you to do something different?
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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 6-10.
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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Remember to leave at least 20 minutes for your reading each day. I am in prayer for you all and asking God to help us understand his word clearly.
Have a wonderful week in God’s Word – I’ll see you back here on the blog this Friday as we go deeper into God’s Word together! (Don’t forget to visit me Monday through Friday over on Facebook and Instagram. )
Keep walking with the King,