Our next sermon series examines the text of 1 Corinthians. Each week, we’ll publish a Bible study that previews the passage to be examined the next weekend at church. Please read the Scripture indicated and answer the study questions in advance if possible. May God richly bless you and draw you closer to Him as you dig deeper into His Word!
Week 1: Read – 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 (To prepare yourself for service the weekend of January 9th)
Study: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – Theme: Thanksgiving
Open It:
What (or whom) are you most thankful for today?
Explore It:
For what traits of the Corinthians did Paul thank God? (1:4-9)
For what period of time were the Corinthians’ spiritual gifts given? (1:7)
How would the Corinthians be able to live as God called them? (1:8-9)
Get It:
What spiritual gifts has God given you? How can your gifts be used in service to Jesus as we wait for His return?
In what ways is God faithful to you?
Apply It:
In what part of your daily routine this week can you take time out to thank God?
Study: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 – Theme: Divisions in the Church
Open It:
When was a time you helped two people settle a dispute?
Explore It:
Why did Paul ask the Corinthians to agree with one another? (1:10)
How did baptism cause division in the Corinthian church? (1:13-17)
What danger was Paul trying to avoid? (1:17)
Get It:
What social and cultural forces present the greatest threat to the unity of Christ’s church today?
What can our church do to build unity and guard against division?
Apply It:
What is the first step you could take to heal a damaged relationship with another Christian?

Source: The Navigators. New Testament Lesson Maker. NavPress Publishing Group: Colorado Springs, CO, 1992.