Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bible Study - 1 Corinthians Part 3 - Leadership and being 'Spiritual'

This week we continue through Paul's opening discussion of the conflicts in the Corinthian church. In 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:23 Paul continues his discussion of God's foolish wisdom, what it means to be spiritual, and the role of leaders in the Christian community.

  • Read 1 Cor. 2:6-3:4. How does being a spiritual person relate to how we behave? Should our spirituality be evident in how you live? How do you spot a spiritual person? 
  • How would you react to Paul’s sharp criticism that your church is unspiritual? Do you think that your church spiritual in the sense that Paul is talking about? Are you? 
  • Read 1 Cor. 3:5-17. What is the role and purpose of Christian leaders? Do we make too much of individual leaders instead of keeping our focus on God and Jesus? 
  • What do you make of Paul’s idea that Christians taken together form God’s Temple? As you reflect read Ephesians 2:19-21. 
  • Read 1 Cor. 3:18-23. What do you think Paul means when he says “become fools so that you may become wise”? What do you think Paul means here by wisdom and foolishness?

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