1 Corinthians 1
In what ways might Paul’s thanksgiving be a back-handed compliment: I thank God that he gives you grace … you need it! Do you think such a view is justified? Why or why not?
Given this introductory thanksgiving, what do you think we will find as we read through this letter?
In what ways are divisions still an issue for the church today? How do the divisions we face compare to those Paul describes?
What reasons do you have to boast in the Lord?
1 Corinthians 2
In what ways are simple messages more important for God’s kingdom than messages of “lofty speech?”
Why is “Jesus Christ and him crucified” the most important message you can know?
What does it mean to have the mind of Christ?
1 Corinthians 3
What does it take for each of us to be ready for “solid food” teaching, versus milk?
Paul says that multiple people work together to bring individuals to a place where God gives spiritual growth? How does this help affirm the part of ministry you are performing as having a much bigger scope than you working all be yourself?
Do you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in you? How does this knowledge impact the way you live your life?
1 Corinthians 4
What does Paul mean when he says he is a fool for Christ’s sake?
In what ways have you had similar experiences to Paul: hungry, thirsty, poorly dressed, buffeted, homeless, reviled, persecuted, slandered, and the scum of the earth? Do you think people will sign up for this sort of discipleship? Why or why not?
Are you able to tell someone to imitate your life? If not, what do you need to do to get to that place?
1 Corinthians 5
How do you think the church today would react if they heard of a situation like Paul describes with a man and his father’s wife? Why do you think the Corinthian church tolerated this?
How does boasting within the church affect the entire church?
In what ways should we purge evil doers from the church today? Do you think doing so is a popular opinion? Why or why not?