1 Corinthians 1:10-17
God longs for us experience Gospel-Focused unity.
Don’t underestimate the importance of unity. (10)
Disunity is a very real problem. (11-16)
The key to unity is to be Gospel-focused. (17)
For the Next Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
1. Warm-up. Do you believe unity in a local church is important? Why or why not?
2. Read verse 10. Who does Paul appeal to, and why does this matter? In whose name does Paul make his appeal, and why do you think Paul made a point to mention this? What three things does Paul want them to do? What does it mean to be united “in the same mind”? In “the same judgment”? In what ways should a church have the same “mind” and same “judgment”? On what issues should there be room in a church for a variety of opinions? How would you summarize Paul’s appeal in your own words?
3. Read verses 11-16. What caused Paul to bring up the church unity issue? Who are Apollos and Cephas? What seems to be the issue causing the disunity in Corinth? What was Paul’s point in verse 13? Why do you think Paul included his statements in verses 14-16? What do these statements have to do with his appeal to be unified? What types of things threaten the unity of churches today? Why do you think small, meaningless issues grow into emotional and divisive issues?
4. Read verse 17. What did Christ send Paul to do? How did Paul accomplish this mission? What does this verse teach you about personal evangelism, talking to others about Jesus? How can this verse motivate you to have spiritual conversations with others? Considering this verse in the context of Paul’s appeal to unity, what is a key way to cultivate unity in our church?
5. So what. What things should you avoid that can cause disunity in our church? What can you do help cultivate unity in our church family?