Today is Wednesday, September 19th, 2018. This week we begin our new study on 1st + 2nd Corinthians titled “Of Vertigo and Love”. In this series we get a window into a church that was in a state of vertigo as her loves had become disordered. Through the letters, the Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, works through each situation the church is facing by applying the gospel resulting in a reordering of our loves and lives that are firmly planted in the soil of grace.
In preparation for this series, this week we reading the entire two letters this week to surface some of the meta themes and threads! Today we are reading chapters 13-16 of 1st Corinthians.
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
[ 1st Corinthians chapters 13-16 ]
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ How is love described in Chapter 13?
_ Would Paul prefer prophecy or tongues in Chapter 14?
_ What is Paul arguing for and reminding the church of in Chapter 15?
_ Who is Paul Collecting for and what are his instructions in Chapter 16?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)