Nov 29, 2013

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One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 331

One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 331

For 2013, we here at Jesus Slave will be reading the Bible in chronological order.  Each day we will present and reflect on a snippet of scripture.  We welcome the chance to hear your thoughts each day so please leave a comment.  We also encourage you to read the Bible without the aid of study guides.  We feel it is important to allow God’s Word to speak directly to you without any outside influences.  We understand that sometimes you may run into a roadblock and draw a blank.

The Chronological outline of our study can be found HERE

1 Corinthians 1

Greeting

1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge– 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you– 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Divisions in the Church

10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 2

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

1 And I, when I came to you, brothers,did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Wisdom from the Spirit

6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”– 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3

Divisions in the Church

1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,”are you not being merely human? 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw– 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future–all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

1 Corinthians 4

The Ministry of Apostles

1 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God. 6 I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? 8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! 9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things. 14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. 17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ,as I teach them everywhere in every church. 18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

 

  1. Wow, what another great reading. I love days like this where it seems as though we could spend a week just discussing these 4 chapters.

    2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2, ESV)

    Paul was an educated man. He had spent the vast majority of his life learning about the Jewish teachings and the law of God. However, when we read the above, we can’t miss what he is actually saying here. Paul is recounting how he delivered the message of Jesus to the Corinthians. He states that he “.. decieded to know nothing..” In other words, he made a decision to not include anything of himself in the message that he shared with them. It was God’s message and His alone. So why would he make this decision? The answer is found in the chapter before:

    17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. (1 Corinthians 1:17, ESV)

    Paul recognized the fact that if he added anything to the Message, that he ran the risk of emptying the cross of it’s power. By thinking we can add anything to this message to make it better in some way is crazy. It’s the greatest story ever told. By adding anything to it, Paul realized that he would mess it up. I’d say that the same is true for us as well.

  2. 10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

    Obviously this still goes on today with around 41,000 Christian denominations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_denominations

    4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,”are you not being merely human? 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

    – Great verse. I know sometimes we like to see results quickly….. so when you introduce Christ into someone’s life you want to see transformation of his life. If the transformation does not happen over night, just understand that you may have been the “planter”, someone else may have to “water” his relationship with the Lord to allow God’s power to enter his life.

  3. Hailey says:

    this was a great read!! I really liked when Paul talked about how we are Gods fields and buildings (1 Corinthian 3:9-15). I interpreted the versus to mean that God created us and lays the groundwork for our lives. However, as we go through life people influence and try to pull us and shape us to build the person others think we should be. If the building doesn’t match God’s plan for your life, God wants to ensure that all the negative influence in your life be destroyed so that you keep a strong faith and image of God. For those that negatively affect your foundation and God’s plan for life will not be accepted by God but for those that positively build and influence your life will be accepted by God for eternity.

    • The realization that people/the world tries to influence us and does influence us is so important! It can be so easy to get caught up in the worldly perspective which is so opposite to the teachings of Jesus and what God would have for us. Your post was a great reminder for me.
      Thanks!

  4. I agree…a great read. I appreciate Paul’s honesty of himself and for his desire for the followers of Christ in Corinth (and for us). I find an undertone of simplicity and common sense. The gospel is simple;

    “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

    It has nothing to do with me, but everything to do with Christ. He came for me to pay my penalty so that I can be reconciled to the One that created me. If I know nothing but Christ crucified, then I have an understanding of the love that God has for me and the cost that He endured for me. Paul spends quite a bit of time to make us understand that earthly wisdom is a fools game. Earthly wisdom and our sin nature lead in the direction that it can’t be that simple.

    True wisdom comes from God and if we are wise then it is only by His spirit. I think this explains a lot with what our culture says about the Christian community today…closed minded, foolish, simplistic, etc. Godly wisdom endures and will overtake the wisdom of men.

  5. I really never looked into 1 Corinthians before joining Play By Faith, but ever since joining and going on the retreat, I find this whole book to be very interesting and full of the Lord’s expectations. (1 Corinthians 4:4) said, It is the Lord who judges me.” I thought about this and how this related to Paul and our daily lives as Christians. God wants Paul to live his life for Christ and then preach his findings of believing of why we should believe. This relates back to God wanting us, as followers in Christ to live our lives for him and be outgoing Christians without the thoughts of being judged by other people and distractions that may take us away from our faith that linger throughout the world. God will be the true judge of how we interact with others and our faith and have the final say in what happens in our lives or to ones around us. We have been called to a duty to serve our Lord Jesus Christ after what he did for us, giving us the freedom to believe and worship, while he made the sacrifice. I think Paul explains this well.

  6. Bethany says:

    I loved the “Ministry of Apostles” section (1 Corinthians 4). I loved the comparisons and contrasts he made in that reading, especially when he likened the church and apostles to “men sentenced to death”. I thought it was clever on his part, since he is referring to bodily death, and goes on to strengthen his point by saying how wise they are in Christ, and are “fools for Christ’s sake”. To me it was almost like taking what ignorant people saw them as, and spinning it in a way to acknowledge their stereotypes while also demonstrating their faith!

  7. Corey T says:

    Wow powerful scripture from Paul. Corinthians is yet another great example of Paul addressing a specific issue that arose in the community, but can still be applicable today. What I found interesting was 1Corin 3: 14. “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” I feel that this specific issue was highlighted several times throughout the school year in our bible studies. What I mean is the whole aspect of putting Jesus in the driver seat and guiding us on the right path instead of our own interests and world views. I agree with Hailey that God lays out a specific route in our lives as compared to Google maps. And figuratively speaking God wants us to avoid “accidents” or worldly influences in our lives so we don’t have that miss-communication and keep that close and intimate relationship like Paul has with God. One last note that Paul highlights is building your foundation before the coming of the Lord. In 1 Corin 4:11-13, Paul uses apocalyptic language to emphasize the importance of living righteously like Jesus did, because he in fact was rewarded by being risen from the dead and granted eternal life. However, for those who do not put Christ first and instead become engulfed by temptations and other things that limit a relationship with God, they will feel the wrath of God and suffer the fire. Well on a happy note, what I learned from this passage is that we as Christians must put Christ first and accomplish the deeds that God has laid before us. And in the end we will be rewarded eternal life with our amazing God and father.

  8. Corey T says:

    This passage was yet another great example of Paul’s apocalyptic teachings. For one thing this passage stresses the importance of not using the mind that our that consists of worldly views and interests, but instead with the mind of Christ (1Corin 3:16). I agree with Hailey that God does lay before us a map of where to go in life. I always say that everything happens for a reason, because God is divine and knows best. Like our various bible studies during the school year we talked about, “putting Jesus in the driver seat.” That has always stuck with me since then because it is true. As humans we are not perfect and most of the time we like to take the wheel ourselves and not listen God’s plan, as a result we lose that close relationship with Christ. All in all Paul stresses the importance of putting Christ first and building one’s foundation through deeds and faith. Jesus is a prime example of accepting God’s plan. He lived a righteous life, and for that he was granted the greatest gift of all, eternal life with God. This passage is a calling to all believers to live righteously like Jesus did, and not be succumbed by earthly interests. If believers achieve this, then just like Jesus did, we will be resurrected and have eternal life with God.

  9. Corey T says:

    Disregard the first one I didn’t see that it posted it lol, sorry. I thought it didn’t send so that is why I posted another one.

    • Haha….. sorry Corey….. the first time someone posts to the site I have to approve it. You are good to go from here on out 😉

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