St Botolph's Weekly Bible Study for 9th July at 10am
Bible Study Passage
Please read 1 Corinthians Chapter 1
Scholars believe that this letter to the church in Corinth was written around 55-56AD, when Paul was on his third missionary journey. It was not his first letter to this church, and it wasn't his last. Corinth was a notorious place in the Roman World as it was a centre for trade and commerce, where different peoples and cultures met. It was cosmopolitan, religiously pluralistic and the people were known to be obsessed with status, self-promotion, and personal rights. (Does that sound familiar to us about elements in our society in the 21st Century?) It was a place where "anything goes" and every kind of distraction was available there. Hence the church struggled with the dissolute life they saw around them and their Christian faith. The church seemed to be always on the verge of going disastrously wrong, and Paul had to work hard to keep the fledgling church on the straight and narrow, remembering, of course, that there was no New Testament to help guide them.
Questions for study
1. Verses 4-7
Bearing in mind the description of the church in the reflection above, what do you think Paul is saying to the Christians in these verses?
2. Verse 7
What do you think are the types of spiritual gifts that Paul is referring to and do we have different spiritual gifts today?
3. Verses 7-8
What do you think the phrases "the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ" and "on the day of our Lord" might mean?
4. Verse 10-17
What do you think has been happening in Corinth that led Paul to write these lines in his letter?
5. Verse 17
What do you think this verse means?
Is he saying that baptism isn't important?
Is he implying that he does not possess wisdom?
6. Verses 18- 27
Read the verses which raise issues about wisdom, foolishness, strength and weakness. This passage is one of the typical Pauline arguments which can be difficult to follow. Take each verse and try to discern what Paul means.
We will discuss them when we get together.
7. Verses 28-31
What is Paul saying about Jesus in these verses?