Bible Study July 26, 2017 – PastorBryan (Introduction to the book of 1 Corinthians)
Background (context): 1 Corinthians
Date: A.D. 55-57 (more likely 57)
Place: Paul wrote from Ephesus
When: Paul spent 18 months in Corinth. He wrote this letter a few years after he left.
Corinth: A port city not far from Athens. Corinth was known as a corrupt and sinful city.
Corinthian Church: Paul planted this church during his 18 month stay in Corinth.
Issues: The congregation wasn’t accepting the teachings of the new leadership and was starting to rely more on worldly knowledge and wisdom than Godly wisdom.
Greek Influence: Greek influence was strong; consider how it influenced the world.
Purpose of the Letter: The letter (epistle) was a response to a letter Paul received from the church as well as other reports he got about conditions in the church. The letter was meant to correct the issues.
- The nature of the church
- The nature of believers’ union with Christ, and its implications
- God’s wisdom
- Proper worship
- The Lord’s Supper
- Spiritual gifts
- Resurrection of the dead
Some practical themes
- The importance of unity in the church
- Roles of church leaders
- Christian freedom and responsibility
- Proper roles and honor in worship
- Ministering to the physical needs of others
Read 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9 and answer the following questions
1. Was Paul speaking to believers or non-believers?
2. What scripture supports your answer?
3. Was this a thriving or dying church?
4. What scripture supports your answer?
5. Explain the approach Paul is taking at the beginning of this letter.
6. What scripture stands out to you the most and why?
7. What do you think the scripture meant to the original recipients?
8. What does it mean to you?
9. Is there a command or promise?
10. How does this scripture apply to your life right now? Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.