Today is September 24th, 2018. This morning we begin our in-depth study of Paul’s continuing relationship with the Corinthian church.  Jesus leads Paul to address real and essential issues in the church as he disciples the body in Corinth. We will see Paul speak gracefully about his authority as an apostle, the holiness of God and His church, and how the unity in the church should reflect the unified Godhead. Paul’s spirit of thankfulness in the midst of the mission can’t be missed! - Kim

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.

CONNECT

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 1.1-9 ]
Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

+ 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)
_ Think about the last time you wrote a letter.  How did you begin? (v 1)
_ Why did Paul find it necessary to add “called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus?
_ To whom is Paul writing this letter or epistle?  What specific and unifying attributes does this group have? Why is this important? (v 2)
_ What words in verse 3 make it apparent that the words that will follow are not just Paul’s?  
 _What key blessings come with the words? (v 3)
_ How do the words “I give thanks to my God always for you…” resonate with you and those you are discipling?
 _ What convicts you about these words? (v 4)
_ What specific gifts were/are given to the Lord’s people when Christ is confirmed in them?  See verses 5, 6, 7
_ What promises do believers see in verses 7 and 8?  What verbs surprised you in verse 7 and 8?
_ How does Paul point to the power and the mission focus of the words that will follow in his inspired letter? (v 9)

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)