Sunday, May 19, 2024

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Starting Out:
1. What are some different group identifiers of Christians today?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-21:
2. Paul uses present tense in verse 18 (“are perishing… are being saved”.) In what sense does a believer experience ongoing salvation through the cross of Jesus?
3. What two types of people did Paul mention in these verses? What distinguishes the two categories?
4. Do you think of your life this way? Do you think of those apart from Christ this way?
5. Is the pursuit of earthly wisdom necessarily a bad thing?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:22-25:
6. Why does Paul insist on preaching Christ crucified? How is the Gospel different if Jesus’s crucifixion is left out?
7. What about Jesus’s crucifixion would have been a stumbling block to ancient people? How is the crucifixion of Jesus a stumbling block to people today?
8. Why would God work through the crucifixion, an act that makes him look weak and foolish in the eyes of the world?
9. Why is it that many who seek wisdom don’t ever find it in the Gospel of Jesus?

Taking it Home:
10. What are the differences between information, knowledge, and wisdom? How might people engage with the crucifixion of Jesus on these three levels?
11. What challenges do you face in proclaiming Christ crucified? How might these challenges be similar or different to those faced by Paul’s audience in the early Corinthian church?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
Acts 18:24-28, Deuteronomy 21:22-23, 2 Corinthians 13:1-10