Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1-4. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The believers in Corinth were struggling with their environment and the sinfulness around them. They were surrounded with corruption and many sins, feeling the pressure to adapt. When Paul learned of the peoples’ struggles, he wrote a letter to address their issues and answer their questions. Paul was letting the people know that they should live like they believe, which is very important. Follow along as we read 1 Corinthians 1-4!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God called on Paul to specifically preach about Jesus. As believers, each of us has a duty to fulfill, a special role to take on, or some type of contribution to make. Some assignments may seem “more important” or “greater” than others; however, each specific task is very important and necessary to carry out God’s greater plans for His kingdom. We must always be willing and available to carry out the assignments and tasks that He gives to us. Paul thanked God for the believers in Corinthians. Our thanks to God should be expressed daily. There are so many things that we should be thankful for, especially God’s gracious gift of salvation. God will one day create a new heaven and a new earth, and we will live with Him for eternity, free from pain, suffering, and the troubles of this fallen world that we are currently living in. This world is not all there is to life; the best is yet to come! We must not seek approval from others; it is the approval from God that means the most. Only God knows a person’s heart; we are not to judge others. God loves each and every one of us equally, for we are all His children. We must live how God wants us to, letting others see that the power of God is working in us. Also, God wants love to guide our behavior. We are to love God and to love others. The world needs both God and more love.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of 1 Corinthians, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.