Studying 1 Corinthians
There are challenging parts of the Bible, and 1 Corinthians is certainly one of those. The section we are currently in—1 Corinthians 5, 6, and 7—particularly deal with material that may be hard for us to grasp. I believe, however, that the Scripture as a whole is our guide for faith (our beliefs) and practice (our actions). Often, it can help if we can find Paul’s primary point in any given section.
Yesterday, I suggested that Paul’s main point in 1 Corinthians 6 can be seen in verse 12. Paul writes there, “‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but I will not be mastered by anything,” (1 Corinthians 6:12, NIV). Paul’s main point is that we need to think beyond our rights or what we can do, and instead focus upon what is most beneficial for God’s kingdom.
Next week’s sermon is on 1 Corinthians 7. This is a challenging passage that has caused confusion for some time. I think we can apply the same principle here. Paul’s main point seems to be found in 1 Corinthians 7:17, “Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches,” (NIV). What he’s saying is that we should not be quick to leave the situation that we find ourselves, but God is able to use us where we are called. This applies to our relationships, our work, and even our personal status.
I hope these sermons are helpful for us as people who want to draw closer to God through Jesus.
Remember! This Sunday is North Danvers turn at the band concert. There are still ways you can help, and make sure to turn out to see the Danvers band in action.
God bless, Brian
Scriptures for next Sunday: 1 Corinthians 7:1-24—What questions do you have after reading this difficult passage?
1 Corinthians 7:25-40—What is the main point that Paul is making in this passage?
Esther 4—What was the importance of Esther being in the position that she was?
Matthew 19:1-12—What does Jesus say about our relationships here?