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Introduction. 

This series is a verse by verse study of 1 Corinthians. Paul writes to the church he founded in the most important city in Greece. A few years after Paul moves on, he writes this letter to answer the issues and confusion experienced by the Corinthian church. These words are extremely relevant to the church today. It reveals the problems, pressures, and struggles of God’s people called out of a pagan culture. Division, spiritual pride, sexual immorality, lawsuits, and misuse of the Lord’s Table are some of the matters addressed. This word from God is applicable to us now, clearing up any confusion about our identity in Christ, and how to carry out his mission in our world.

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SERIES TITLE: CORRECTED - When Christians Get Confused

PART SIX: Obstacles to Spiritual Growth

TEXT:  1 Corinthians 3:1-17

INTRODUCTION.

This series is a verse by verse study of 1 Corinthians. Paul writes to the church he founded in the most important city in Greece. A few years after Paul moves on, he writes this letter to answer the issues and confusion experienced by the Corinthian church. These words are extremely relevant to the church today. It reveals the problems, pressures, and struggles of God’s people called out of a pagan culture. Division, spiritual pride, sexual immorality, lawsuits, and misuse of the Lord’s Table are some of the matters addressed. This word from God is applicable to us now, clearing up any confusion about our identity in Christ, and how to carry out his mission in our world.

DISCUSSION.

What are the markers of adulthood in our society? Do these things guarantee that a person is an adult? Why or why not?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.1-4 Repeatedly Paul has affirmed the Corinthian’s identity in Christ, as spiritual people. By saying he cannot address them that way is he calling their identity into question? Why or why not?

What do you think Paul means by milk and solid food?

What is the “flesh”?

What are the examples Paul gives of their fleshliness?

Vv.5-9 How does Paul address the problem of the Corinthians who are prioritizing one leader over another?

Does this emphasis on the work of God render human workers insignificant? Why or why not?

Vv.10-15 What is the significant difference in the two types of building materials?

Both types of construction are being done on the only foundation of Jesus. What does this tell us about the ultimate identity of the builders regardless of the materials used?

Vv.16-17 Not only are individual Christians the temple of God, that is who we are collectively. So how can anyone “destroy” God’s temple?

The word “destroy” means to defile, corrupt, ruin. In what way would God “destroy” the destroyer of his temple?

APPLICATION.  

  • The Corinthian church had issues of “jealousy and strife” and fleshly behavior. Do you see any similar issues in the American church?
  • How can we balance the competing truths that each one of us is both indispensable and unnecessary in carrying out God’s purpose?
  • According to this passage, what does quality work look like? What kind of service for Christ receives a reward?
  • What needs to change in your life so that you are ready for solid food?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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