Everything in Common
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Life is not about me; life is about Jesus.
We share a common purpose. (1)
We share a common personality. (2)
Owned by Jesus.
Local representative of Jesus.
Dedicated exclusively for Jesus.
Bonded together by faith in Jesus.
We share a common predicament. (3)
For the Next Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
1.Warm-up: If you could only use three words to describe yourself, what three words would you use?
2.Read verse 1. How does Paul describe himself? Take some time to discuss and list-out other things you know about Paul from other parts of the Bible (see also Acts 7:58, Acts 9:1-25, 2 Cor. 11:22-33). To what is Paul called (see also Acts 9:15)? Who is Sosthenes (see Acts 18:17)? What do you think happened in Sosthenes’ life that brought Him to the place where he is listed as a co-author of 1 Corinthians with Paul? As we begin our study of 1 Corinthians, why do you think it is helpful to know about the authors? When you consider the lives of Paul and Sosthenes, what do you learn about how God can use you to influence other’s for Christ? Why do you think we sometimes doubt that God can use us to help others spiritually?
3.Read verse 2. Who is the recipient of this letter? In what ways is the church described in this verse? Take some time to closely look at the details because there are at least five ways Paul describes the church. Which of these descriptions sticks out most to you? Which of these descriptions applies to our church? Which of these descriptions helps you understand who you are as a follower of Jesus Christ? Why is it important to understand who you are in Christ?
4.Read verse 3. What two things does Paul want for the church in Corinth? What does each of these words/concepts mean? Why do you think Paul chose these two words or concepts to start out this letter? Keep in mind that Paul uses these two concepts in the introductions of each of his letters. What/who is the source of these two realities? Why are these two concepts important for you to constantly remember in your daily life?
5.So what. What is one specific thing you can take away from these three verses that applies to your life today?