It is Friday, November 9. In Chapter 12, Paul introduces the subject of what he calls spiritual gifts. He continues on this topic through to the end of Chapter 14. It's important to remember that the primary impetus of Paul writing this letter was to correct errors in beliefs and/or practices of this newly formed body of believers in the city of Corinth. There is still much debate surrounding this subject matter to this day, but one thing is clear according to Paul; the origination of and the purpose for these gifts to the Church of Jesus Christ. -Chris Adomanis
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when 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)
[1 Corinthians 12:1-11]
1 Now concerning[a] spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main
In one sentence explain what Paul says is important about the following:
_ The spoken word in verse 3?
_ Where spiritual gifts come from in verses 4-6? (Can you see the doctrine of the trinity alluded to in these verses)?
_ The purpose of spiritual gifts in verse 7?
_ The variety of spiritual gifts in verses 8-10?
_ The instigator and sustainer of spiritual gifts in verse 11?
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?
_ It becomes clear in Chapter 12 and in later chapters that Paul believes that some in the Corinthian church put an exaggerated emphasis on the gift of speaking in tongues or other languages. Do you have any spiritual "arrogance", exalting yourself (or degrading others) because of a gift that has been given from above? Confess and repent of this pride. Jesus loves the Church and gives gifts to benefit the whole body, never just one part! (I Corinthians 12:12-26)
+ 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)