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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Cypress Bible Church · 07 - 11 - 2021 Cypress Bible Church Worship Service

SERIES TITLE: CORRECTED - When Christians Get Confused

PART THIRTY-ONE:  Characteristics of Community (part 2)

TEXT:  1 Corinthians 16:12-24

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.

When you have felt part of a community, what made you feel that way and why?

EXAMINATION.

V.12 Review chapter 1:10-17. How does that passage influence your understanding of this verse?                       

Vv.13-14 There are five imperatives here. Thinking back at all the issues Paul has addressed throughout the letter, which ones might be connected to these commands?

What are the different ways to interpret “act like men?”

Which one do you think is the best interpretation?

What does it mean for everything to be done in love?

Vv.15-18 What stands out to you about these people Paul recognizes?

Vv.19-24 Why do you think Paul would name some people and not others?

How should we understand greeting “with a holy kiss”?

Why would someone who didn’t love the Lord be accursed?

APPLICATION.

  • Which of the 5 imperatives in vv.13-14 do you find the most challenging, and why?
  • How can you do more to recognize and respect those who devote themselves to service?
  • What do you see in this chapter that would help foster greater community in the church?
  • What is one action you could take this week to increase the level of community?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?