Today is Tuesday, September 25th, 2018. This morning in this passage Paul addresses and detests the division among believers in who they claim allegiance to. -Evan
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as guide when you connect with the Community or Group that your 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 1:10-17]
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
+ 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)
_ What does Paul desire the Corinthians community to look like in verse 11?
_ Who are the different figures the Corinthians are following in verse 12? Why?
_ What is wrong with people claiming “I follow Christ”? How does Paul address this in Verse 13?
_ How does Paul react to this news of quarreling?
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? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
_ Who or what do you follow?
_ Have you ever caught yourself doing the very thing Paul is addressing?
_ Why is it important to follow in the example Paul gives?
+ 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)