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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 EIGHT: Leaders Worth Imitating

TEXT:  1 Corinthians 4:6-21

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 some characteristics of a good leader and some characteristics of a leader you would not follow?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.6-7 What do you think Paul means by learning “not to go beyond what is written”?

What are they “puffed up” or prideful about?

Vv.8-13 Paul seems to be using sarcasm. What point is he making?

Does Paul imply that unless we are experiencing hunger, thirst, brutality, homelessness, we are not following Christ? Why or why not?

How does Paul’s response to cursing, persecution, and slander match with Jesus?

In what we are we the “scum of the earth, the refuse of the world”?

Vv.14-17 In what sense is Paul their “father through the gospel”?

How can he ask them to imitate him? Shouldn’t he simply say “follow Jesus”?

What can Timothy tell the Corinthians that they don’t already know?

Vv.18-21 Twice more, Paul refers to the “puffed up” or “arrogant.” What is the cause of that inflated view of themselves?

What does it mean that the Kingdom is not talk but power?

APPLICATION.  

  • How do you avoid the trap of feeling prideful about your gifts and abilities?
  • What are the dangers of seeing the Christian life as immune to suffering and hardship?
  • When accused, attacked, abused, how is it possible to respond with blessing, endurance, and kindness?
  • What is the greatest challenge to living that out in your life?
  • Who is your “father in the gospel”?
  • Who have you “fathered”?
  • What can you do this week to display the power of God’s kingdom through your life?
  • 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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