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Seek the Good of Others

1 Corinthians 14:13-26                                                                              Sunday, July 27, 2014

 

 

 

 

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Lesson Aims:

1.      To promote the reading, understanding, and application of       

            God’s Word (Nehemiah 8:8)

2.      To discuss the value of prophecy and of tongues;

3.      To consider how to edify the members of the Body

             Of  Christ

 

         

                                

 

 

  1. Devotional Reading:  Deuteronomy 32:1-10.  List three insights that you gained from studying this passage.  

     

     

  2. Memory Verses: 1 Corinthians 14:26 - How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. [1]

     

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on 1 Corinthians. The Church at Corinth. The church was a picture of converts who had come out of this background (see 1 Corinthians 6:11). The church had several problems, among them a leadership problem producing divisions in the church (1:10–17). Immoral practices were not being dealt with (5:1–6:20). An enthusiastic group in the church flaunted their spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40). A legalistic group was concerned about dietary laws (8:1–10:32). Some were abusing the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), and others were offering false teachings regarding the resurrection (15:1–58). These matters—in addition to its multiethnic makeup of Greeks, Romans, and Jews and a mixture of social classes including rich, poor, and slave—made for a unique and troubled congregation.

 

Purpose and Theology. Paul dealt with several problems in this letter. He learned of these matters through the report from Chloe’s people (1:11), common rumors (5:1), and from information received from the church (7:1; 8:1; 12:1; 16:1). Paul wrote to answer the questions the Corinthians had put to him, but he had other concerns as well. Although the church was quite gifted (1:4–7), it was equally immature and unspiritual (3:1–4). Paul wanted to restore the church in its areas of weakness. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he expounded the Bible’s clearest exposition on the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), the resurrection (15:1–58), and spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40).

Yet the focus of 1 Corinthians is not on doctrinal theology but pastoral theology. This letter deals with the problem of those who bring division to the body of Christ  (1:11–3:4), with the treatment of fellow Christians who sin (5:1–13), with matters of sexuality in marriage and  divorce (7:1–40), with propriety in church worship (11:2–34), and with disputes about food (8:1–11:1).[2]

 

 

IV.             THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER:       1 Corinthians 14:13-26

 

 

13Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

 

  • Wherefore: (διόπερ   dioper) = therefore.

  • Him that speaketh: (λαλῶν   lalon     Present Active Singular Nominative Masculine Participle) = the one expressing in speech.

  • Tongue: (γλώσσῃ   glosse) = any language but often referring to a language one has never studied and a supernatural ability to speak (or be understood) in it.

  • Pray: (προσευχέσθω   proseuchestho     Present Imperative 3rd Person Singular Deponent) = petition God or a deity to do something.

  • He may interpret: (διερμηνεύῃ   diermeneue     Present Active Subjunctive 3rd Person Singular) = translate words or senses from one language into another.

 

Questions:

  • Notice that the word unknown of unknown tongues in 1 Corinthians 14 (King James Version) is written in italics, meaning that unknown does not appear in the Greek language in either verse two, four,  thirteen, fourteen, nineteen, or twenty-seven. How does unknown, not being in the original text, impact your understanding and application of these verses?

  • What value does speaking in a tongue have for those who hear?

  • Why should we pray for interpretation as we speak in tongues?

  • What value does interpreting a tongue have for those who hear?

  • How should we use the gifts that God has given to the Church?

  • How can we abuse the gifts that God has given to the Church?

  • Why do we need God’s love as we exercise the gifts He has given to us?

 

 

 

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

 

  • Spirit: (πνεῦμά   pneuma) = the soul understood especially according to its composition: being made of a transcendental, immaterial existence known as spirit.

  • Understanding: (νοῦς   nous) = that which is responsible for one’s thoughts and feelings, especially the seat of the faculty of reason.

  • Unfruitful: (ἄκαρπός   akarpos) = not producing desired or intended results.

 

Questions:

  • Why should we strive for understanding as we pray in a tongue?

  • After reading John 4:24, describe how we should worship God.

 

 

 

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

 

  • I will sing: (ψαλῶ   psalo     Future Active Indicative 1st Person Singular) = to musically voice praises to someone, sometimes with stringed or other musical accompaniment.

 

 

Questions:

  • Why is it important that we pray with the spirit?

  • Describe the role of singing in your faith community.

 

 

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

 

  • Thou shalt bless: (εὐλογήσῃͅς   eulogeses     Aorist Active Subjunctive 2nd Person Singular) = praise; speak well of; put forth good or fine language toward another.

  • He that occupieth: (ἀναπληρῶν   anapleron     Present Active Singular Nominative Masculine Participle) = the one filling or assuming a position or role.

  • Room: (τόπον   topon) = the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another.

  • Unlearned: (ἰδιώτου   idiotou) = uninitiated; someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group, especially who is unlearned in the teachings of that group.

  • Say: (ἐρεῖ   erei     Future Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = express in words.

  • Amen: (Ἀμήν   amen) = truly, of a truth, verily, or this is indeed truth.

  • Giving of thanks: (εὐχαριστίᾳ   eucharistia) = the act of expressing gratitude or showing appreciation to someone.

  • Thou sayest: (λέγεις   legeis     Present Active Indicative 2nd Person Singular) =  express in words.

  • He understandeth: (οἶδε   oide     Perfect Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = know; make sense of a language.

 

 

Questions:

  • What is your faith community doing to attract others to the Kingdom of God?

  • On a scale of one to ten (ten being high) what level of importance does the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) have in your faith community?

  • How do you respond to the truth that comes from someone you do not like or from someone for whom you have no respect? (See Matthew 23:1-3).

  • Why does God take pleasure in truth and honesty?

 

 

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

 

  • Givest thanks: (εὐχαριστεῖς   eucharisteis     Present Active Indicative 2nd Person Singular) = express gratitude or show appreciation to someone.

  • Well: (καλῶς   kalos) = in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard.

  • Other: (ἕτερος   heteros) = not the same one or group already mentioned or implied, usually out of two possibilities of the same kind.

  • Is not edified: (οὐκ οἰκοδομεῖται   ouk oikodomeitai     not + Present Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = is not brought nearer to fullness or to completion, as of one’s moral strength or conscience.

 

Questions:

  • Why should we strive to edify others?

  • Describe how your faith community gives thanks.

 

 

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

 

  • God: (Θεῷ   Theo) = the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

  • All: (πάντων   panton) = every one of.

  • More than: (μᾶλλον   mallon) = to a greater extent or degree.

 

Questions:

  • Why does God give some people more gifts than He gives to others?

  • Why does God not give us all the same gift?

  • How do you express gratitude for the gift/gifts God has given to you?

  • Discuss how your gift of tongues edifies the Church.

  • Discuss your attitude toward those Christians who do/do not speak in tongues.

 

 

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

 

  • Yet: (ἀλλʼ   all’) = but, however, on the other hand.

  • Church: (ἐκκλησίᾳ   ekklesia) = an orderly congregation, specifically of those who trust in Jesus as the Messiah (or those who compose it).

  • I had rather: (θέλω   thelo     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Singular) = feel or have a desire for; want strongly.

  • Words: (λόγους   logous) = units of language that native speakers can identify.

  • I might teach: (κατηχήσω   katecheso     Aorist Active Subjunctive 1st Person Singular) = to teach or instruct by word of mouth.

 

Questions:

  • How are you using your gifts/gifts for the glory and honor of God?

  • Why is the interpretation of tongues necessary?

  • Why is it necessary to instruct others in matters of faith and life?

  • Describe your process of instructing your family in matters of faith and life.

 

 

20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

 

  • Brethren: (Ἀδελφοί   adelphoi) = believers understood as one’s own siblings in God’s family.

  • Children: (παιδία   paidia) = a (normally) prepubescent person of either sex, possibly with endearing notions.

  • Be: (γίνεσθε   ginesthe     Present Imperative 2nd Person Plural Deponent) = become;  enter or assume a certain state or condition.

  • Understanding: (φρεσίν   phresin) = the process of using one’s mind to consider something carefully.

  • Malice: (κακίᾳ   kakia) = depravity; the perverting of virtue and moral principles from their purposes to evil ends.

  • Men: (τέλειοι   teleioi) = spiritual mature; being at an advanced stage of spiritual development, usually as a result of experience, teaching, and in most cases time.

Questions:

  • How does one become a member of the family of God?

  • Describe your spiritual growth over the past year. What did you discover?

  • Why do we sometimes not develop to our full potential?

  • Why should we rid ourselves of evil thoughts and practices?

  • What does it take to receive the Kingdom of God as children?

 

 

21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

 

  • Law: (νόμῳ   nomo) = the whole of the Hebrew Scriptures (before the writings of the New Testament were added).

  • It is written: (γέγραπται   gegraptai     Perfect Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = set down in words or writing.

  • Other tongues: (ἑτερογλώσσοις   heteroglossois) = foreign language; a language that is not native to or understood by oneself.

  • Lips: (χείλεσιν   cheilesin) = speech conceived of in terms of the lips, perhaps with an emphasis on the physical aspects of speech.

  • People: (λαῷ   lao) = inhabitants of Israel; the persons (normally) geographically situated in Palestine of those descended from Abraham who claim alliance and trust in the God of Israel.

  • Yet for all that: (οὕτως   houtos) = thus; in the way indicated.

  • They will not hear: (οὐδʼ εἰσακούσονταί   ouk eisakousontai     Future Indicative 3rd Person Plural Deponent) = the will not heed, hear, or pay close attention to, and usually respond in conformity.

  • Lord: (Κύριος   Kyrios) = he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master.

 

Questions:

  • Why are we sometimes spiritually dull or even spiritually deaf?

  • Why does Paul quote Isaiah 28:11 in this verse twenty-one?

  • What does this verse reveal about human nature?

  • How do you respond to the voice of God?

 

 

22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

 

  • Wherefore: (ὥστε   hoste) = for this reason.

  • Sign: (σημεῖόν   semeion) = a marvelous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent, often with an emphasis on communicating a message. 

  • To them that believe: (πιστεύουσιν   pisteuousin     Present Active Plural Dative Masculine Participle) = persons characterized by their trust in Jesus as the Messiah for salvation.

  • To them that believe not: (ἀπίστοις   apistois) = unbelievers; those persons characterized by their lack of trust in Jesus as the Messiah for salvation.

  • Prophesying: (προφητεία   propheteia) = the ability to deliver representative declarations of the mind, will, or knowledge of God.

  

Questions:

  • Are tongues a sign for those who believe or for those who believe not? Why then, do we determine one’s spiritually by one’s speaking or not speaking in tongues?

  • Which gift, prophecy or speaking in tongues, enjoys the greater position within your faith community? Why?

  • Are you a believer in Jesus Christ? How do you know?

  • Define prophecy.

  • Reflect upon God’s attitude toward prophets in Jeremiah 23:1-40. What did you discover?

 

 

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

 

  • Be come together: (συνέλθῃ   sunelthe     Aorist Active Subjunctive 3rd Person Singular) = be assembled.

  • Whole: (ὅλη   hole) = constituting the full quantity or extent.

  • There come in: (εἰσέλθωσι   eiselthosi   Aorist Active Subjunctive 3rd Person Plural) = enter.

  • Unlearned: (ἰδιῶται   idiotai) = uninitiated; those excluded from or not a member of a group, especially those unfamiliar with the teachings of that group.

  • Will they not say: (οὐκ ἐροῦσιν   ouk erousin     Future Active Indicative 3rd Person Plural) =  declare; state as one’s opinion or judgment.     

  • Ye are mad: (μαίνεσθε   mainesthe     Present Indicative 2nd Person Plural Deponent) = frantic or insane, perhaps marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion.

 

Questions:

  • What would a worship service be like where everyone is speaking in tongues and where the hearers do not understand what those speaking in tongues are saying?

  • Why should the love of God (1 Corinthians 13:1-13) and our love of God’s people be the basis and motivation for our speaking in tongues?

  • Why should the gift of tongues be augmented by the gift of interpretation?

 

 

24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

 

  • Prophesy: (προφητεύωσιν   propheteuosin     Present Active Subjunctive 3rd Person Plural) = make a representative declaration of the mind, will, or knowledge of a god, as in his agency, under his influence, or indwelt by him.

  • He is convinced: (ἐλέγχεται   elenchetai     Present Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = convicted; proven or shown to be guilty.

  • He is judged: (ἀνακρίνεται   anakrinetai     Present Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = he is evaluated; he is subjected to the critical scrutiny of others.

 

Questions:

  • Which gift would you prefer? Speaking in tongues or going forth in prophecy? Defend your response.

  • How can prophecy (contrasted with tongues), bring one into a greater relationship with God?

  • What should be our response when we are convicted of sin?

  • What is God’s response to us when we confess our sin? See 1 John 1:9.

  • What is a false prophet?

  • What is a true prophet?

  • Read the following passages and discuss what they say about prophets: Jeremiah 14:14, Lamentations 2:14, Matthew 7:15, Matthew 24:11, Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:22, Luke 6:26, 2 Peter 2:1, and 1 John 4:1.

     

 

25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

 

  • Secrets: (κρυπτὰ   krypta) = something (whether information or object) that remains hidden from others.

  • Heart: (καρδίας   kardias) = the locus of a person’s thoughts (mind), volition, emotions, and knowledge of right from wrong (conscience).

  • Manifest: (φανερὰ   phanera) = become clearly revealed to the mind, the senses, or judgment.

  • Made: (γίνεται   ginetai     Present Indicative 3rd Person Singular Deponent) = becomes.

  • Falling down: (πεσὼν   peson     Aorist Active Singular Nominative Masculine Participle) = having prostrated oneself under the influence of gravity.

  • Face: (πρόσωπον   prosopon) = the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear.

  • He will worship: (προσκυνήσει   proskynesei     Future Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) =  to prostrate oneself in the presence of the divine or supernatural as a sign of deference and fear.

  • Report: (ἀπαγγέλλων   apangellon     Present Active Singular Nominative Masculine Participle) = announce, tell, or proclaim; to bring back message; to inform someone of someone else’s message, sometimes without any definite idea of the message’s source.

  • Truth: (ὄντως   ontos) = certainly or really; in accordance with fact or reality.

 

Questions:

  • After reading Hebrews 4:12, discuss how the Word of God impacts the secrets of our heart.

  • Respond to the following statement: We read other books, but the Bible reads us. What did you conclude?

  • List and discuss the things that we can hide from God? Why did you answer the way that you did?

  • How can prophecy bring us into a right relationship with God?

  • What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s convicting us of sin?

  • What happens to our heart when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord?

 

 

26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.[3]

 

  • Every one: (ἕκαστος   hekastos) = each one.

  • Psalm: (ψαλμὸν   psalmon) = a musical composition with words of a religious nature praising God, often referring to one of the 150 psalms of the Old Testament.

  • Doctrine: (διδαχὴν   didache) = teaching or instruction.

  • Revelation: (ἀποκάλυψιν   apokalypsin) = communication of knowledge (previously hidden) to man by a divine or supernatural agency, especially communications that proceed from God or Christ.

  • Interpretation: (ἑρμηνείαν   hermeneian) = the ability to interpret a language not one’s own.

  • Edyfying: (οἰκοδομὴν   oikodomen) = building up; the act of bringing something closer to fullness or completion, understood as if assisting in the construction of an incomplete building.

 

Questions:

  • How does your faith community edify others?

  • Explain to your group how you seek the good of others.

 

 

 

  1. BASIC REFERENCES: See the footnotes as listed and the Web Resources posted at the beginning of this website: www.mosesharrisevangelisticassociation.org.

     

     

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  2. SUGGESTED SONGS:

     

 

·        Be Thou My Vision

·        Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

·        Draw Me Nearer

·        Every Word of God Is Right; Hallelujah to His Name

·        He Is Lord

·        Holy, Holy, Holy

·        How Great Is our God

·        How Great Thou Art

·        I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

·        I Love Him (2x); Because He First Loved Me; and Purchased My Salvation on Calvary

·        I Want to Be More and More Like Jesus Every Day

·        Let the Spirit Lead You

·        Libre, Tú Me Hiciste Libre

·        Look Where He Brought Me From

·        Lord I’m Sending up My Timber Every Day

·        Lord, Send a Revival

·        Love Lifted Me

 

·        My Hope Is Built

·        Open Mine Eyes that I May See

·        Revive Us Again

·        Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

·        Saved, Saved, Saved

·        Speak to My Heart

·        There’s a Still Small Voice Saying to Me

·        Trust and Obey

·        Use Me Lord, in Thy Service

·        We Worship Thee O God (2x); in the Beauty of Holiness; We Worship Thee O God

·        What a Fellowship

·        Without God, I Could Do Nothing

·        Wounded for Me

·        Yes, Lord

·        Yield Not to Temptation

 

See www.nethymnal.org for additional songs

 

 

 

 

VII.          LESSONS FOR THIS QUARTER: THE PEOPLE OF GOD SET PRIORITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope and Confidence Come from God

 

June 1

Obey the Lord

Haggai 1:1-11 

June 8

Trust God’s Promises

Haggai 1:12-2:9

June 15

Live Pure Lives

Haggai 2:10-19

June 22

Hope for a New Day

Haggai 2:23; Zechariah 4:1-3, 6-14

 

Living as a Community of Believers

 

June 29

Pursue Unity in Christ

1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:4-9

July 6

Glorify God with Your Body

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

July 13

Exercise Freedom with Caution

1 Corinthians 8

July 20

Overcome Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:6-22

July 27

Seek the Good of Others

1 Corinthians 14:13-26

 

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Bearing One Another’s Burdens

 

August 3

Comfort in Times of Trouble

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

August 10

Forgiveness and Restoration

2 Corinthians 1:23-2-11

August 17

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

2 Corinthians 4:1-15

August 24

An Appeal for Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 7:1-4

August 31

Generosity in the Midst of Poverty

2 Corinthians 8:1-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!      

Dr. Harris         

 

 



[1] The Holy Bible: King James Version. Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009. Print.

[2] Dockery, David S. “The Pauline Letters.” Holman Concise Bible Commentary. Ed. David S. Dockery. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998. 553. Print.

[3] The Holy Bible: King James Version. Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009. Print.

 

Overcome Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:6-22                                                                                 Sunday, July 20, 2014

 

 

 

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THE TEMPTATION CYCLE:

 

 

 

 

Lesson Aims:

1.      To promote the reading, understanding, and application of God’s Word (Nehemiah 8:8);

2.      To memorize the cycle of temptation so that we may not be led into temptation

3.      To acknowledge that God always gives us a way of escape.

                                             

 

  1. Devotional Reading:  Hebrews 3:7-14.  List three insights that you gained from studying this passage.  

     

     

  2. Memory Verses: 1 Corinthians 10:13 - There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

     

     

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on 1 Corinthians. The Church at Corinth. The church was a picture of converts who had come out of this background (see 1 Corinthians 6:11). The church had several problems, among them a leadership problem producing divisions in the church (1:10–17). Immoral practices were not being dealt with (5:1–6:20). An enthusiastic group in the church flaunted their spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40). A legalistic group was concerned about dietary laws (8:1–10:32). Some were abusing the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), and others were offering false teachings regarding the resurrection (15:1–58). These matters—in addition to its multiethnic makeup of Greeks, Romans, and Jews and a mixture of social classes including rich, poor, and slave—made for a unique and troubled congregation.

 

Purpose and Theology. Paul dealt with several problems in this letter. He learned of these matters through the report from Chloe’s people (1:11), common rumors (5:1), and from information received from the church (7:1; 8:1; 12:1; 16:1). Paul wrote to answer the questions the Corinthians had put to him, but he had other concerns as well. Although the church was quite gifted (1:4–7), it was equally immature and unspiritual (3:1–4). Paul wanted to restore the church in its areas of weakness. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he expounded the Bible’s clearest exposition on the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), the resurrection (15:1–58), and spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40).

Yet the focus of 1 Corinthians is not on doctrinal theology but pastoral theology. This letter deals with the problem of those who bring division to the body of Christ  (1:11–3:4), with the treatment of fellow Christians who sin (5:1–13), with matters of sexuality in marriage and  divorce (7:1–40), with propriety in church worship (11:2–34), and with disputes about food (8:1–11:1).[1]

 

 

IV.             THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER:       1 Corinthians 10:6-22

 

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

a.       Examples: (τύποι   typoi) = archetype; an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come, understood as a container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens.

b.      Were: (ἐγενήθησαν   egenethesan     Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Plural Deponent) = became.

c.       Should lust after: (ἐπιθυμητὰς   epithymetas) = a person who wants or needs something in an inordinate, self-indulgent manner.

d.      Evil: (κακῶν   kakon) = morally objectionable behavior.

e.       Lusted: (ἐπεθύμησαν   epethymesan     Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Plural) = craved (covetously); had an inordinate, self-indulgent craving (that displaced proper affections for God).

 

Questions:

1.      What things became our examples?  Why do we need examples from the Word of God?

2.      Discuss the jealousy of God, and indicate why we should not lust after evil things.

3.      Discuss how you deal with lust that comes into your life.

4.      Define spiritual adultery.

5.      Why is covetousness associated with other sins such as pride, idolatry, sexual sins, and love of money?

 

 

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

 

a.       Idolaters: (εἰδωλολάτραι   eidololatrai) = persons who worship a deity in or through material representations.

b.      It is written: (γέγραπται   gegraptai     Perfect Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = set down in words or lettering or texts.

c.       Sat down: (Ἐκάθισεν   ekathisen     Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = took a seat, usually on a chair or other support.

d.      People: (λαὸς   laos) = the inhabitants of Israel; the group of individuals, normally geographically situated in Palestine of those persons descended from Abraham who claim alliance and trust in the God of Israel.

e.       To eat: (φαγεῖν   phagein     Aorist Active Infinitive) = to take in solid food.

f.       Drink: (πιεῖν   piein     Aorist Active Infinitive) = to take in liquids.

g.      Rose up: (ἀνέστησαν   anestesan     Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Plural) = stood to one’s feet.

h.      To play: (παίζειν   paizein     Present Active Infinitive) = amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children.

 

Questions:

1.      How can gluttony lead to sin and a rejection of Godly moderation?

2.      Define sanctification.

3.      Discuss how we can become mature in the Lord.

4.      Read and apply 1 Corinthians 13:11 and Ephesians 4:14 to the discussion of spiritual maturity. What did you conclude?

 

 

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

 

a.       Neither: (μηδὲ   mede) = but not.

b.      Let us commit fornication: (πορνεύωμεν   porneuomen     Present Active Subjunctive 1st Person Plural) = commit sexual immorality; perform sexual acts that are forbidden either by custom or by law.

c.       Fell: (ἔπεσον   epeson     Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Plural) = died; conceived of as falling to the ground as in a battle or a hunt.

d.      Day: (ἡμέρᾳ   hemera) = the time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis.

 

Questions:

1.      List and discuss some of the causes of sexual immorality.

2.      How can one avoid the pitfalls of sexual immorality?

3.      Why should sexual immorality have no place in a Christian’s life?

4.      List and discuss some of the consequences of sexual immorality.

5.      Give Biblical examples where individuals were forgiven for sexual immorality.

6.      Is temptation a sin?

Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

 

a.       Let us tempt: (ἐκπειράζωμεν   ekpeirazomen     Present Active Subjunctive 1st Person Plural) = test; to put to the test in order to ascertain the nature of something, including imperfections, faults, or other qualities.

b.      Christ: (Χριστόν   Christon) = the Anointed One; the Messiah.

c.       Tempted: (ἐπείρασαν   epeirasan     Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Plural) = tried; made an effort or attempt.

d.      Serpents: (ὄφεων   opheon) = snake; any of various kinds of elongated limbless reptiles moving about on their stomachs and considered unclean for food.

e.       Were destroyed: (ἀπώλοντο   apolonto     Aorist Middle Indicative 3rd Person Plural) = were killed.

 

Questions:

1.      Why were the persons in this verse nine killed for putting Christ to the test?

2.      Why does Scripture give us warnings against idolatry, sin, and false teaching?

3.      Why does Satan tempt God’s people to do evil?

4.      What level of importance does Matthew 6:13a have in the life of the believer?

5.      What is a presumptuous sin? See Psalm 19:13.

6.      Define humility, and explain why this character trait should be a part of each believer.

 

 

10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

 

a.       Murmur ye: (γογγύζετε   gongyzete     Second Active Imperative 2nd Person Plural) = grumble; make complaining remarks or noises under one’s breath.

b.      As: (καθὼς   kathos) = just as; to the degree that.

c.       Were destroyed: (ἀπώλοντο   apolonto     Aorist Middle Indicative 3rd Person Plural) = were done away with.

d.      Destroyer: (ὀλοθρευτοῦ   olothreutou) = one who ruins or lays waste to.

 

Questions:

1.      Why is criticizing God considered to be a sin?

2.      Why is harsh criticism out of place amongst believers?

3.      Why did the Children of Israel murmur against Moses?  See Exodus 14:11.

 

 

11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

 

a.       Happened: (συνέβαινον   synebainon     Imperfect Active Indicative 3rd Person Plural) = came about; befell.

b.      Admonition: (νουθεσίαν   nouthesian) = cautionary advice about something, especially danger or other unpleasantness.

c.       Ends: (τέλη   tele) = final part or beginning stage.

d.      World: (αἰώνων   aionon) = era; a period of history having some distinctive feature.

e.       Are come: (κατήντησεν   katentesen     Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = arrived.

 

Questions:

1.      Why do we get warnings about our sinful practices or behaviors?

2.      When is it necessary to listen to the Word of God? After giving your reply, explain why sometimes we do not listen to or heed the Word of God.

3.      What is the purpose of Scripture? See 2 Timothy 3:16.

4.      How can the Word of God lead us to faith, salvation, and spiritual maturity?

 

 

12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

 

a.       Let him that thinketh: (δοκῶν   dokon     Present Active Singular Nominative Masculine Participle) = the one supposing (ungrounded); thinking or believing something, especially on uncertain or tentative grounds.

b.      He standeth: (ἑστάναι   hestanai     Perfect Active Infinitive) = hold one’s ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright.

c.       Take heed: (βλεπέτω   blepeto     Present Active Imperative 3rd Person Singular) = be careful, prudent, or watchful to do something, conceived of as watching carefully.

d.      He fall: (πέσῃ   pese     Aorist Active Subjunctive 3rd Person Singular) = suffer ruin, defeat, or failure.  

 

Questions:

1.      What happens to our faith community when we become complacent?

2.      Where can we find ultimate security?

3.      Discuss the false security projected by the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:17. What did you conclude?

4.      How can we be sure that we are the disciples of Jesus Christ? See John 8:31.

5.      If individual believers can fall away from following Jesus Christ, how can they be restored?

6.      When is the last time that you have helped to restore or reclaim a brother or a sister in the Lord?

 

 

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 

a.       Temptation: (πειρασμὸς   peirasmos) = an examination with the express purpose of producing (or proving) a fault in the examinee.

b.      Taken: (εἴληφεν   eilephen     Perfect Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = seized, affected, or taken effect on someone.

c.       Such as is common to man: (ἀνθρώπινος   anthropinos) = humanly frail; characteristic of (weak) humanity as opposed to transcendent divinity.

d.      Faithful: (πιστὸς   pistos) = characterized by steadfast affection or allegiance (to someone or something).

e.       God: (Θεός   Theos) = the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all that exists.

f.       Will not suffer: (ἐάσει   easei     Future Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = to make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen.

g.      To be tempted: (πειρασθῆναι   peirasthenai     Aorist Passive Infinitive) = to be tested; to be put to the test in order to ascertain the nature of someone, including imperfections, faults, or other qualities.

h.      Ye are able: (δύνασθε   dynasthe     Present Indicative 2nd Person Plural Deponent) = to be or become sufficient to meet a need or task.

i.        Will make: (ποιήσει   poiesei     Future Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = cause to be or to become, in rare cases without pre-existing material.

j.        Way to escape: (ἔκβασιν   ekbasin) = a means or a way out of something.

k.      Be able to bear: (ὑπενεγκεῖν   hypenenkein     Aorist Active Infinitive) = to face and withstand with courage.    

 

Questions:

1.      Discuss God’s faithfulness during your time of temptation.

2.      Give a personal testimony concerning the delivering power of God in your life.

3.      How did God’s grace impact your life when you were faced with temptation?

4.      How has God helped you during your time of testing?

 

 

14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

 

a.       Dearly beloved: (ἀγαπητοί   agapetoi) = a person dearly loved and cherished, sometimes preferred above all others and treated with partiality.

b.      Flee: (φεύγετε   pheugete     Present Active Imperative 2nd Person Plural) = to run or move away quickly, so as to escape.

c.       Idolatry: (εἰδωλολατρείας   eidololatreias) = the worship of a material representation of a deity.

 

Questions:

1.      Why should we flee from idolatry? Use Exodus20:5, Exodus 34:14, and Joshua 24:19 as points of departure for your response.

2.      List and discuss some of the negative effects of idolatry.

3.      How does materialism promote idolatrous practices?

4.      Why should we as believers guard ourselves from materialism?

5.      Define revival.

6.      How can we bring the religious practices of our faith community back into harmony with the Word of God?

 

 

15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

 

a.       Wise: (φρονίμοις     phronimois) = judicious persons; persons marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense, especially in practical matters.

b.      I speak: (λέγω   lego     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Singular) = say or express in words.

c.       Judge: (κρίνατε   krinate     Aorist Active Imperative 2nd Person Plural) = evaluate; form a critical opinion of something (either positive or negative) by examination or scrutiny.

d.      I say: (φημι   phemi     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Singular) = speak or express in words.

 

Questions:

1.      What is the best approach for evaluating the Word of God?

2.      How do we become spiritually mature enough to evaluate the Word of God?

 

 

16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

 

a.       Cup: (ποτήριον   poterion) = a small container usually used for drinking.

b.      Blessing: (εὐλογίας   eulogias) = the speech act of praying for divine favor or protection, especially with the idea that even the audience (as well as the recipient) receives a benefit from the utterance.

c.       We bless: (εὐλογοῦμεν   eulogoumen     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Plural) = to invoke (or enact) divine favor, often implying a positive disposition or kind actions toward the recipient.

d.      Communion: (κοινωνία   koinonia) = participation fellowship; the act of sharing in the activities or privileges of an intimate association or group, especially used of marriage and churches.

e.       Blood: (αἵματος   haimatos) = the seat of vitality; the vital life force; the red fluid that is pumped from the heart and circulates around the bodies of humans and other vertebrates.

f.       Bread: (ἄρτον   arton) = loaf; a shaped mass of baked food made from flour and water that is usually torn apart or cut before eating.

g.      We break: (κλῶμεν   klomen     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Plural) = detach a piece from a whole.

h.      Body: (σώματος   somatos) = the entire structure of an organism, animal, or human being.

 

Questions:

1.      How can we obtain and maintain fellowship with God?

2.      Why is unity within our faith communities constantly under threat?

3.      React to the following statement: The Church is one in essence because it is founded on one Gospel, united to one Lord, and indwelt by one Spirit. What did you conclude?

4.      How does your faith community promote unity within its body?

5.      Why did Jesus institute ordinances such as baptism and the Lord’s Supper?

6.      How is the New Covenant a covenant of grace?

7.      How does our relationship with Jesus Christ cause us to be made anew?

8.      What is the purpose of the Lord’s Supper?

9.      How often should we celebrate the Lord’s Supper? See 1 Corinthians 11:16.

10.  How does your local faith community show love to each other?

11.  How did the blood of Jesus Christ bring about reconciliation and unity?

12.  Discuss the following model for promoting unity within the body:

Common Belief- same system for worshipping God

Common Appreciation – letting others know they are important

Common Mission – goals and purposes for your organization

Common Task – working together on key projects

 

 

17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

 

a.       Bread: (ἄρτος   artos) = loaf; a shaped mass of baked food made from flour and water that is usually torn apart or cut before eating.

b.      Many: (πολλοί   polloi) = a multitude, throng, or large gathering of people.

c.       All: (πάντες   pantes) = the whole; the entirety.

d.      Are partakers: (μετέχομεν   metechomen     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Plural) = have, give, or receive a share of.

 

Questions:

1.      Since we are one bread and one body, why do we have so many divisions within and between our various faith communities? See 1 Corinthians 1:10-16.

2.      Why is the Church called the Body of Christ?

3.      Why should we remember the physical body of Christ as we partake of the Lord’s Supper?

 

 

18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

 

a.       Behold: (βλέπετε   blepete     Present Active Imperative 2nd Person Plural) = consider; look at; take into consideration as an example, conceived of as directing one’s gaze towards something.

b.      Israel: (Ἰσραὴλ   Israel) = the family or descendants of Israel, the nation of Israel.

c.       Flesh: (σάρκα   sarka) = race of people; people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock.

d.      Eat: (ἐσθίοντες   esthiontes     Present Active Plural Nominative Masculine Participle) = those consuming or taking in food.

e.       Sacrifices: (θυσίας   thysias) = the act of killing an animal as an act of worship, restitution, or atonement in regards to a deity.

f.       Partakers: (κοινωνοὶ   koinonoi) = collaborator; an associate in an activity or endeavor or sphere of common interest, especially one in which the associates both participate in the profits or benefits.

g.      Altar: (θυσιαστηρίου   thysiasteriou) = a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made; the altar is often made of stone.

 

Questions:

1.      How is our sacrifice fulfilled in the New Covenant.

2.      Why was Jesus’ sacrifice necessary?

3.      In what ways does the Lord’s Supper show our fellowship with God and with our brothers and our sisters?

 

 

19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

 

a.       Idol: (εἰδωλόν   eidolon) = a pagan and material effigy that is worshiped as a representation or in lieu of a deity.

b.      Which is offered in sacrifice to idols: (εἴδωλοθυτόν   eidolothyton) = food offered to an idol as a form of religious service or worship.

 

Questions:

1.      Define monotheism.

2.      Define polytheism.

3.      Why does God warn us against idolatrous practices?

4.      Why does God prohibit the worship of any God other than Himself? See Exodus 20:1-7 and Exodus 34:14.

5.      Why is idolatry an offence against the doctrine of creation?

 

 

20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

 

a.       Sacrifice: (θύει   thyei     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = killing or slaughtering for the worship of a deity.

b.      Gentiles: (ἔθνη   ethne) = non-Jewish; unbelievers.

c.       Devils: (δαιμονίοις   daimoniois) = demon; created supernatural beings who are rebellious and hostile to God and to anyone allied with Him.

d.      I would: (θέλω   thelo     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Singular) = feel or have a desire for; want strongly.

e.       That ye should have: (γίνεσθαι   ginesthai     Present Infinitive Deponent) = enter or assume a certain state or condition.

 

Questions:

1.      Define true worship.

2.      How should believers deal with demons and evil spirits? See, for example, Matthew 6:13.

3.      Why should believers demonstrate holy behavior?

4.      Why should we separate ourselves from evil associations?

 

21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

 

a.       Lord: (Κυρίου   Kyriou) = he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master; Jesus the Messiah.

b.      Table: (τραπέζης   trapezes) = meal; the food served and eaten at one time understood as the table upon which one normally serves food.

 

Questions:

1.      How do we as believers participate in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ?

2.      How does your faith community celebrate the Lord’s Supper?

3.      By what other names is the Lord’s Supper known?

4.      Why should we choose to be faithful to the True and Living God?

5.      Why should believers not participate with the work of demons?

 

22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

 

a.       Do we provoke to jealousy: (παραζηλοῦμεν   parazeloumen     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Plural) = to make jealous; to cause to be desirous or zealous for exclusivity in relationship.

b.      Stronger than: (ἰσχυρότεροι   ischyroteroi) = having strength or power greater than average or expected.

 

Questions:

1.      Why should our hearts be only toward the True and Living God? Why should we give our allegiance only to the True and Living God?

2.      How do you overcome temptation in your life?

 

 

  1. BASIC REFERENCES: See the footnotes as listed and the Web Resources posted at the beginning of this website: www.mosesharrisevangelisticassociation.org.

     

     

     

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  2. SUGGESTED SONGS:

     

 

·        Be Thou My Vision

·        Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

·        Draw Me Nearer

·        Every Word of God Is Right; Hallelujah to His Name

·        He Is Lord

·        Holy, Holy, Holy

·        How Great Is our God

·        How Great Thou Art

·        I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

·        I Love Him (2x); Because He First Loved Me; and Purchased My Salvation on Calvary

·        I Want to Be More and More Like Jesus Every Day

·        I’ve Been Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb

·        I’ve Been Redeemed, Washed in His Blood

·        Jesus Breaks Every Fetter

·        Let the Spirit Lead You

·        Libre, Tú Me Hiciste Libre

·        Look Where He Brought Me From

·        Lord, Send a Revival

·        Love Lifted Me

·        My Hope Is Built

·        Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

 

 

·        Power, Power Lord; Need More Power; Power Lord

·        Revive Us Again

·        Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

·        Saved, Saved, Saved

·        Speak to My Heart

·        Standing on the Promises of God

·        The Blood that Jesus Shed for Me

·        There’s a Still Small Voice Saying to Me

·        Trust and Obey

·        Use Me Lord, in Thy Service

·        Victory in Jesus

·        Walk in the Light

·        What a Fellowship

·        Without God, I Could Do Nothing

·        Wounded for Me

·        Yes, Lord

·        Yield Not to Temptation

 

 

See www.nethymnal.org for additional songs

 

 

 

 

VII.          LESSONS FOR THIS QUARTER: THE PEOPLE OF GOD SET PRIORITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope and Confidence Come from God

 

June 1

Obey the Lord

Haggai 1:1-11 

June 8

Trust God’s Promises

Haggai 1:12-2:9

June 15

Live Pure Lives

Haggai 2:10-19

June 22

Hope for a New Day

Haggai 2:23; Zechariah 4:1-3, 6-14

 

Living as a Community of Believers

 

June 29

Pursue Unity in Christ

1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:4-9

July 6

Glorify God with Your Body

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

July 13

Exercise Freedom with Caution

1 Corinthians 8

July 20

Overcome Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:6-22

 

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July 27

Seek the Good of Others

1 Corinthians 14:13-26

 

 

 

 

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

 

August 3

Comfort in Times of Trouble

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

August 10

Forgiveness and Restoration

2 Corinthians 1:23-2-11

August 17

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

2 Corinthians 4:1-15

August 24

An Appeal for Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 7:1-4

August 31

Generosity in the Midst of Poverty

2 Corinthians 8:1-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!      

Dr. Harris         

 

 

 



[1] Dockery, David S. “The Pauline Letters.” Holman Concise Bible Commentary. Ed. David S. Dockery. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998. 553. Print.

 

Exercise Freedom with Caution

1 Corinthians 8:1-13                                                                                   Sunday, July 13, 2014

 

 

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            God’s Word (Nehemiah 8:8);

  • To encourage stronger believers to consider the impact of their

            behavior on weaker believers;  

  • To consider how we can draw closer to God;
  • To discuss how we can uphold the truths of the Gospel.  

 

 

  1. Devotional Reading:  Romans 14:7-12.  List three insights that you gained from studying this passage.  

     

     

     

  2. Memory Verses: 1 Corinthians 8:9 - But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

     

     

     

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on 1 Corinthians. The Church at Corinth. The church was a picture of converts who had come out of this background (see 1 Corinthians 6:11). The church had several problems, among them a leadership problem producing divisions in the church (1:10–17). Immoral practices were not being dealt with (5:1–6:20). An enthusiastic group in the church flaunted their spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40). A legalistic group was concerned about dietary laws (8:1–10:32). Some were abusing the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), and others were offering false teachings regarding the resurrection (15:1–58). These matters—in addition to its multiethnic makeup of Greeks, Romans, and Jews and a mixture of social classes including rich, poor, and slave—made for a unique and troubled congregation.

 

Purpose and Theology. Paul dealt with several problems in this letter. He learned of these matters through the report from Chloe’s people (1:11), common rumors (5:1), and from information received from the church (7:1; 8:1; 12:1; 16:1). Paul wrote to answer the questions the Corinthians had put to him, but he had other concerns as well. Although the church was quite gifted (1:4–7), it was equally immature and unspiritual (3:1–4). Paul wanted to restore the church in its areas of weakness. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he expounded the Bible’s clearest exposition on the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), the resurrection (15:1–58), and spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40).

Yet the focus of 1 Corinthians is not on doctrinal theology but pastoral theology. This letter deals with the problem of those who bring division to the body of Christ  (1:11–3:4), with the treatment of fellow Christians who sin (5:1–13), with matters of sexuality in marriage and  divorce (7:1–40), with propriety in church worship (11:2–34), and with disputes about food (8:1–11:1).[1]

 

 

IV.             THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER:          1 Corinthians 8:1-13

 

1Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

 

  • As Touching: (Περὶ   peri) = concerning or about.

  • Things offered unto idols: (εἰδωλοθύτων   eidolothyton) = idol-sacrificed food; food offered to an idol as a form of religious service or worship.

  • We know: (οἴδαμεν   oidamen     Perfect Active Indicative 1st Person Plural) = we have knowledge about (someone or something), normally as acquired through reflection or thinking.

  • All: (πάντες   pantes) = each; everyone.

  • Knowledge: (γνῶσιν   gnosin) = cognitive content; the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned.

  • We have: (ἔχομεν   echomen     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Plural) = possess or contain some aspect or feature.

  • Puffeth up: (φυσιοῖ   physioi     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = to cause to become proud, conceived of as inflating something with air.

  • Charity: (ἀγάπη   agape) = Christian love; a strong, non-sexual affection and regard for a person and his or her good as understood by God’s moral character, especially characterized by a willing forfeiture of rights or privileges in another person’s behalf.

  • Edifieth: (οἰκοδομεῖ   oikodomei     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = build up or construct; make nearer to fullness or completion (as of moral strength or someone’s conscience); conceived of as constructing something further.

 

Questions:

  • After reading Proverbs 16:18 and Proverbs 29:23, discuss what the Bible says about pride. In the light of these and related passages, how should we conduct our lives?

  • Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, and share with your group a Biblical definition of charity (love).

  • Discuss how your faith community builds up or strengthens or edifies others.

And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

 

  • Think: (δοκεῖ   dokei   Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = believe something, especially on uncertain or tentative grounds.

  • That he knoweth: (εἰδέναι   eidenai     Perfect Active Infinitive) = be aware of; have knowledge or understanding of.

  • Nothing yet: (οὐδέπω   oudepo) = not yet.

  • Knoweth: (ἔγνωκε   egnoke     Perfect Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = come to know, perceive, or recognize.

  • He ought: (δεῖ   dei     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = is required by obligation, compulsion, or convention.

 

Questions:

  • Why should we always be ready to receive the truth?

  • Define self-deception. How can we apply this definition to our Christian walk?

  • Why should we not become prideful about what we can do or about what we know?

 

 

But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

  • Love: (ἀγαπᾷ   agapa     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = have a strong, non-sexual affection and love for individuals and their good as understood by God’s moral character, especially characterized by a willing forfeiture of rights or privileges in another person’s behalf.

  • God: (Θεόν   Theon) = the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all that exists.

  • The same: (οὗτος   houtos) = the very one; the same; that person.

 

Questions:

  • How do you know that you love God, and how do you demonstrate your love to Him?

  • How do you know that God knows you and claims you as His own?

  • What does God say to you about who you are?

  • Discuss your uniqueness as found in God.

 

 

As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

 

  • As concerning: (Same as the phrase, as touching) of verse one.

  • Eating: (βρώσεως   broseos) = the act of consuming food.

  • Nothing: (οὐδὲν   ouden) = not anything; has no real existence.

  • Idol: (εἴδωλον   eidolon) = the supernatural being which is, or is perceived to be, behind the effigy which is worshiped.

  • World: (κόσμῳ   kosmo) = the created realm considered as a distinct, spatial-temporal entity in distinction to the heavenly realm.

Questions:

  • Define monotheism.

  • How many true and living Gods are there? See Deuteronomy 6:4, Ephesians 4:6, and 1Timothy 2:5. What are some of His identifying attributes (qualities)?

  • Define polytheism.

  • Why does God forbid polytheism?

  • Why are other gods nothing in the world?

  • Read Joshua 24:15 and 1 Kings 18:21. What do these passages tell us about serving or worshipping God?

  • Why do some people serve false gods?

 

 

For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

 

  • Are called: (εἰσὶν + λεγόμενοι   eisin + legomenoi     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Plural + Present Passive Plural Nominative Participle) = are designated as; so-called; things called; in popular tradition.

  • Gods: (θεοὶ   theoi) = deity; a supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force.

  • Heaven: (οὐρανῷ   ourano) = the abode of God and the angels.

  • Earth: (γῆς   ges) = the place where human beings and animals live, modernly understood as the third planet from the sun.

  • Many: (πολλοὶ   polloi) = a quantifier that can be used with count nouns, amounting to a large but indefinite number.

  • Lords: (κύριοι   kyrioi) = the sovereign master of the inhabited world, often of Jesus as sovereign master of all creation or of Caesar, the emperor.

 

Questions:

  • List and discuss examples of idolatry in the Old Testament.  See, for example, Joshua 24:1-28.

  • List and discuss examples of idolatry in the New Testament.  See, for example, Acts 17:16-31.

  • After reading Deuteronomy 10:12-22, discuss the greatness of our God.

  • Why should we serve only the True and Living God?

 

But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

 

  • Father: (πατήρ   pater) = the progenitor; the one from whom everything originates; the Architect of all creation.

  • Lord Jesus Christ: (κύριος Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς   Kyrios Iesous Christos) = our Master, the Son of God, God Incarnate, the Anointed One of God, the Savior of Mankind.

 

Questions:

  • Discuss the meaning of the divinity of Jesus Christ.

  • List and discuss titles of Jesus Christ that illustrate His divinity.

  • How is Jesus Christ God’s Active Agent in creation?

  • Discuss the following statement: God is alive and active. In contrast to idols, He is uncreated and the source of all continuing life. What did you conclude?

  • Who made you? Why? See Genesis 1:26-28 and Isaiah 43:7.

  • How is this natural world sustained? See, for example, Hebrews 1:1-3, Colossians 1:17, and Psalm 104:1-35.

 

 

Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

 

  • Conscience: (συνειδήσει   syneidesei) = awareness of; being accustomed to; being used to.

  • Unto this hour: (ἄρτι   arti) = now.

  • Eat: (ἐσθίουσι   esthiousi     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Plural) = take in solid food.

  • Being weak: (ἀσθενὴς   asthenes) = lacking in moral strength, courage, or will.

  • Defiled: (μολύνεται   molynetai     Present Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = feel guilty; become dirty; conceived of as being soiled with dirt or grime.

 

Questions:

  • Discuss our Christian duty to those who experience some element of weakness in their lives. See Galatians 6:1-2.

  • Why is it important that we examine ourselves as we are helping those who are struggling?

  • Why do some individuals believe in idol gods?

  • Who can judge whether or not our conscience is right or wrong?

  • How do you relate to those who are not as spiritually mature or grounded in the Lord as you are?

 

 

But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

 

  • Meat: (βρῶμα   broma) = any food, whether solid or liquid, that is used as a source of nourishment by humans or animals.

  • Commendeth: (παρίστησι   paristesi   Future Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = cause to be present; cause to be in a specified place or in near proximity to something else, often in order to be at someone’s disposal.

  • Are we the better: (περισσεύομεν   perisseuomen     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Plural) = do we abound; are we in a more fortunate or prosperous condition, conceived of as being amply supplied.

  • Are we the worse: (ὑστερούμεθα   hysteroumetha     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Plural) = conceived of as being poorly supplied.

 

Questions:

  • How should I respond to those who make dietary restrictions a condition of my relationship with God? See Colossians 2:16.

  • Does eating or not eating certain foods give us a closer relationship to God?

  • Discuss how the old covenant allowed people to draw closer to God.

  • Discuss how the new covenant allows people to draw closer to God.

  • Why can neither formalism nor legalism put us in right standing with God? Use Hebrews 9:1-28 as a background for your response.

  • By what means are we drawn closer to God?

 

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

 

  • Take heed: (βλέπετε   blepete     Present Active Imperative 2nd Person Plural) = be careful, prudent, or watchful to do something, conceived of as watching carefully.

  • Liberty: (ἐξουσία   exousia) = discretion; freedom to act or judge on one’s own.

  • Stumblingblock: (πρόσκομμα   proskomma) = any cause that results in a person sinning, whether by preventing righteous action or by promoting sinful behavior.

  • Become: (γένηται   genetai     Aorist Subjunctive 3rd Person Singular Deponent) = enter or assume a certain state or condition.  

  • Them that are weak: (ἀσθενοῦσιν   asthenousin) = those who are feeble; those who are stumbling.

 

Questions:

  • Why should stronger Christians not become a stumblingblock to weaker ones?

  • List and discuss some common stumblingblocks within our society.

  • Discuss the seriousness of leading others into sin.  See Mark 9:42.

  • Why do we sin? See Genesis 3:1-6 and Revelation 12:9.

  • Why should the decisions that we make honor our Lord and Master Jesus Christ?

  • Discuss how you are using your liberty to the glory and honor of God.

 

 

10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;

 

  • See: (ἴδῃ   ide   Aorist Active Subjunctive 3rd Person Singular) = perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight.

  • Hast: (ἔχοντα   echonta     Present Active Singular Accusative Masculine Participle) = containing or possessing some aspect or feature.

  • Idol’s temple: (εἰδωλείῳ   eidoleio) = a place for the worship of material effigies of deities.

  • Sit at meat: (κατακείμενον   katakeimenon     Present Singular Accusative Masculine Participle Deponent) = reclining at table; recumbing or reposing (on a cushion) in a lying position (on one’s side) in order to eat.

  • Be emboldened: (οἰκοδομηθήσεται   oikodomethesetai     Future Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = be built up; be made nearer to fullness or completion (as of moral strength or someone’s conscience), conceived of as constructing something further.

 

Questions:

  • Discuss your Christian responsibility toward those who are weak in the faith.

  • React to the following statement: If they can do it, so can I.

  • How do our actions impact the behaviors of others?

  • List and discuss ways of growing in faith.

  • In what ways do you encourage others to live out their faith?

 

 

11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

 

  • Perish: (ἀπολεῖται   apoleitai     Future Middle Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = destroy utterly; kill.

  • Brother: (ἀδελφὸς   adelphos) = a male (believer) understood as one’s own sibling in God’s family, sometimes used of any sibling (regardless of gender) in God’s family.

  • Died: (ἀπέθανεν   apethanen       Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = passed from physical life and lost all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life.

 

Questions:

  • Discuss our responsibilities toward those who are weak in the flesh and in the spirit.

  • How can false teaching weaken our assurance in Christ?

  • How does your faith community promote unity within the Body of Christ?

  • Why did Christ die on the cross?

  • How can we avoid doing spiritual harm to a brother or a sister?

 

 

12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

 

  • When you sin: (ἁμαρτάνοντες   hamartanontes     Present Active Plural Nominative Masculine Participle 2nd Person) = violating a divine law.

  • Wound: (τύπτοντες   typtontes      Present Active Plural Nominative Masculine Participle 2nd Person) = damage abstractly or physically, conceived of as delivering a sharp blow with the fist or a weapon.  

Questions:

  • What happens to our relationship with God, with ourselves, and with others when we violate a divine law?

  • What does loving my brother or loving my sister look like in its every day application?

  • How do we express our love for each other?

  • Which behaviors in my life do I need to change so that I do not sin against my brothers and sisters and thereby against Christ?

  • Do you use your influence for good or for evil? Explain

     

 

13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

 

  • Make to offend: (σκανδαλίζει   skandalizei     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = to cause someone to sin, often with an idea of finality or falling away, conceived of as causing someone to stumble and fall.

  • Flesh: (κρέα   krea) = the meat or soft tissue of animals used as food.

  • While the world standeth: (αἰῶνα   aiona) = era; a period of history having some distinctive feature.

 

Questions:

  • Which of my behaviors should I avoid so that I will not cause my brother to offend?

  • List and discuss some of the characteristics of this age. Explain how these characteristics can impact society for evil or for good.

  • Discuss self-denial and the possibility that it might impact the eternal destiny of a brother or a sister.

  • Why should I exercise my freedom in Christ with caution?

 

 

  1. BASIC REFERENCES: See the footnotes as listed and the Web Resources posted at the beginning of this website: www.mosesharrisevangelisticassociation.org.

     

     

     

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  2. SUGGESTED SONGS:

     

 

·        Be Thou My Vision

·        Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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·        Draw Me Nearer

·        Every Word of God Is Right; Hallelujah to His Name

·        He Is Lord

·        Holy, Holy, Holy

·        How Great Is our God

·        How Great Thou Art

·        I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

·        I Love Him (2x); Because He First Loved Me; and Purchased My Salvation on Calvary

·        I Want to Be More and More Like Jesus Every Day

·        I’ve Been Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb

·        I’ve Been Redeemed, Washed in His Blood

·        Jesus Breaks Every Fetter

·        Let the Spirit Lead You

·        Libre, Tú Me Hiciste Libre

·        Lord, Send a Revival

·        Love Lifted Me

·        My Hope Is Built

·        Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

 

 

·        Power, Power Lord; Need More Power; Power Lord

·        Revive Us Again

·        Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

·        Saved, Saved, Saved

·        Speak to My Heart

·        Standing on the Promises of God

·        The Blood that Jesus Shed for Me

·        There’s a Still Small Voice Saying to Me

·        Trust and Obey

·        Use Me Lord, in Thy Service

·        Victory in Jesus

·        Walk in the Light

·        What a Fellowship

·        Without God, I Could Do Nothing

·        Wounded for Me

·        Yes, Lord

 

 

See www.nethymnal.org for additional songs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.          LESSONS FOR THIS QUARTER: THE PEOPLE OF GOD SET PRIORITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope and Confidence Come from God

 

June 1

Obey the Lord

Haggai 1:1-11 

June 8

Trust God’s Promises

Haggai 1:12-2:9

June 15

Live Pure Lives

Haggai 2:10-19

June 22

Hope for a New Day

Haggai 2:23; Zechariah 4:1-3, 6-14

 

Living as a Community of Believers

 

June 29

Pursue Unity in Christ

1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:4-9

July 6

Glorify God with Your Body

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

July 13

Exercise Freedom with Caution

1 Corinthians 8

 

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July 20

Overcome Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:6-22

July 27

Seek the Good of Others

1 Corinthians 14:13-26

 

 

 

 

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

 

August 3

Comfort in Times of Trouble

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

August 10

Forgiveness and Restoration

2 Corinthians 1:23-2-11

August 17

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

2 Corinthians 4:1-15

August 24

An Appeal for Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 7:1-4

August 31

Generosity in the Midst of Poverty

2 Corinthians 8:1-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!      

Dr. Harris         

 

 



[1] Dockery, David S. “The Pauline Letters.” Holman Concise Bible Commentary. Ed. David S. Dockery. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998. 553. Print.

 

Glorify God with Your Body

1 Corinthians 6:12-20                                                                                   Sunday, July 6, 2014

 

 

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            God’s Word (Nehemiah 8:8);

  • To encourage believers to flee sexual immorality;
  • To promote a righteous and holy lifestyle;
  • To discuss how we can glorify God in our bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Devotional Reading:  Ephesians 4:7-16.  List three insights that you gained from studying this passage.  

     

     

     

  2. Memory Verses: 1 Corinthians 6:19 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

     

     

     

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on 1 Corinthians. The Church at Corinth. The church was a picture of converts who had come out of this background (see 1 Corinthians 6:11). The church had several problems, among them a leadership problem producing divisions in the church (1:10–17). Immoral practices were not being dealt with (5:1–6:20). An enthusiastic group in the church flaunted their spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40). A legalistic group was concerned about dietary laws (8:1–10:32). Some were abusing the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), and others were offering false teachings regarding the resurrection (15:1–58). These matters—in addition to its multiethnic makeup of Greeks, Romans, and Jews and a mixture of social classes including rich, poor, and slave—made for a unique and troubled congregation.

 

 

Purpose and Theology. Paul dealt with several problems in this letter. He learned of these matters through the report from Chloe’s people (1:11), common rumors (5:1), and from information received from the church (7:1; 8:1; 12:1; 16:1). Paul wrote to answer the questions the Corinthians had put to him, but he had other concerns as well. Although the church was quite gifted (1:4–7), it was equally immature and unspiritual (3:1–4). Paul wanted to restore the church in its areas of weakness. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he expounded the Bible’s clearest exposition on the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), the resurrection (15:1–58), and spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40).

Yet the focus of 1 Corinthians is not on doctrinal theology but pastoral theology. This letter deals with the problem of those who bring division to the body of Christ (1:11–3:4), with the treatment of fellow Christians who sin (5:1–13), with matters of sexuality in marriage and divorce (7:1–40), with propriety in church worship (11:2–34), and with disputes about food (8:1–11:1).[1]

 

 

IV.             THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER:          1 Corinthians 6:12-20

 

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

  • Are lawful: (ἔξεστιν   exestin     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = permissible; allowed, especially as according to rule or custom.

  • Are not expedient: (συμφέρει   sympherei      Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = are advantageous or appropriate for achieving a particular end.     

  • I Will not be brought under the power: (οὐκ ἐγὼ ἐξουσιασθήσομαι   ouk ego exousiasthesomai     Future Passive Indicative 1st Person Singular) = be controlled or subject to the power, authority, or influence of another.

 

Questions:

  • What place does the Law have in the life of the Christian?

  • Discuss how we can misuse the gifts or the privileges granted to us by God?

  • How can we achieve self-control in challenging areas of our life?

  • Why should we choose to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit?

  • What chains, if any, need to be broken in your life? Now that you have identified an area for spiritual growth, how will you proceed?

  • Why should we be willing to deny ourselves certain thoughts or behaviors?

 

 

13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

 

  • Meats: (βρώματα   bromata) = any food, whether solid or liquid, that is used as a source of nourishment by humans or animals.

  • Belly: (κοιλίᾳ   koilia) = the abdominal region of the body of a vertebrate between the chest and the pelvis understood as the digestive area.

  • God: (Θεὸς   Theos) = the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all that exists.

  • Shall destroy: (καταργήσει   katargesei     Future Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = inactivate; cause something to become idle, inactive, inoperative, or useless.

  • Body: (σῶμα   soma) = the entire structure of an organism, animal, or human being.

  • Fornication: (πορνείᾳ   porneia) = sexual immorality; sexual acts that are morally objectionable, especially related to prostitution.

  • Lord: (Κυρίῳ   Kyrio) = our Owner, Master, and Savior, Anointed by God to bring salvation and deliverance to all people.

 

Questions:

  • List and discuss some of the causes of sexual immorality.

  • After reading 1 Thessalonians 4:3, discuss why sexual immorality has no place in the Christian’s life.

  • Consider the list of unrighteous behavior in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and then explain why many people are denouncing only the homosexual sins.

  • How should we relate to those individuals who have fallen into sin?

  • How does an individual become part of the Kingdom of God?

  • For whom and to whom should we dedicate the use of our body? Why?

 

 

14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

 

  • Hath raised up: (ἤγειρε   egeire     Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = resurrected or awakened someone, conceived of as causing someone to wake up and arise (out of bed).

  • Will raise up: (ἐξεγερεῖ   exegerei     Future Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = will emphatically resurrect, as in waking up, perhaps in a more extensive (with a greater number of objects) or intensive manner (with greater power).

  • Power: (δυνάμεως   dynameos) = possession of controlling influence, often understood as manifesting influence over reality in a supernatural manner.

 

Questions:

  • Why did Jesus die on Calvary’s cross?

  • Why should the resurrection of Jesus Christ be a central point in all of our teaching and preaching?

  • Discuss the limits, if there be any, of God’s power.

  • How do we become part of the Family of God?

  • Discuss the future state of those who die in the Lord.

  • After reading Matthew 27:50-53, discuss what happened to the dead saints after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • How does God feel about the death of His saints? See Psalm 116:15.

  • How does our hope in the resurrection of the dead affect our attitude about our future?

  • What is the main theme (idea) of 1 Corinthians 15:1-58?

 

 

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

 

  • Know ye not: (οὐκ οἴδατε   ouk oidate     Perfect Active Indicative 2nd Person Plural) = have knowledge about (someone or something), normally as acquired through reflection or thinking.

  • Members: (μέλη   mele) = body part; any constituent part of an organism such as an organ or extremity.

  • Christ: (Χριστοῦ   Christou) = the Anointed One; the Messiah, the Son of God.

  • Shall I take: (ἄρας   aras     Aorist Active Singular Nominative Masculine Participle) = appropriate or bring.

  • Make: (ποιήσω   poieso   Aorist Active Subjunctive 1st Person Singular) = join to.

  • Harlot: (πόρνης   pornes) = female prostitute; a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for payment.

  • God forbid: (μὴ γένοιτο   me genoito     negative + Aorist Optative 3rd Person Singular Deponent) = Never, never! No indeed! No way! Far be the thought!

 

Questions:

  • Describe the attitude that we should have toward our bodies.

  • Why should Christians avoid prostitution?

  • List and discuss some of the side effects of prostitution.

  • How can an individual be saved?

  • After reading Matthew 21:31-32, discuss how it is possible for prostitutes to be saved.

  • How can fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous drunkards, revilers, or extortioners be equipped to enter the Kingdom of God? Use 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 as a point of departure for your response.

 

 

16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

 

  • He which is joined: (κολλώμενος   kollomenos     Present Passive Singular Nominative Masculine Participle) = the one attaching oneself; the one establishing a relationship with someone.

  • Shall be: (Ἔσονται   esontai     future indicative 3rd Person Plural Deponent) = shall become.

  • Saith: (φησίν   phesin     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = declares or states one’s opinion or judgment.

  • Flesh: (σάρκα   sarka) = the soft tissue of the body of a human being or animal: mainly muscle tissue and fat.

 

Questions:

  • Define the following examples of prohibited sexual relationships: incest, adultery, prostitution, fornication, rape, and homosexuality. What are the similarities, and what are the differences?

  • Why does this verse sixteen warn us against harlotry?

  • Why should Christians live a holy and a consecrated life?

  • After reading Jeremiah 3:20, discuss how sexual immorality is a picture of spiritual unfaithfulness.

  • Why is mankind often separated or estranged from God?

  • How can we become reconciled to God?

  • How can we break the power of sin in our lives?

 

 

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

 

  • Spirit: (πνεῦμά   pneuma) = the transcendental, immaterial, rational existence that constitutes the essence of supernatural entities such as God, angels, and human souls.

 

Questions:

  • How do we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ?

  • How do you know that you are reconciled to God? See 2 Corinthians 5:16-20.

  • What is a covenant?

  • How is marriage a covenant, and how does it illustrate the relationship of God with His people?

  • How does the Lord’s Supper promote unity within the Body of Christ?

 

 

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

 

  • Flee: (φεύγετε   pheugete     Present Active Imperative 2nd Person Plural) = run or move away quickly, so as to escape.  

  • Fornication: (πορνείαν   porneian) = sexual immorality; sexual acts that are morally objectionable, especially related to prostitution.

  • Sin: (ἁμάρτημα   hamartema) = an act or feeling that transgresses something forbidden or ignores something required by God’s law or character, whether in thought, feeling, speech, or action.

  • Man: (ἄνθρωπος   Anthropos) = a person; a human being, sometimes referred to collectively as people.

  • That committeth fornication: (πορνεύων   porneuon     Present Active Singular Nominative Masculine Participle) = the one being sexually immoral; the one known for sexual profligacy or licentiousness or immorality.

  • Sinneth: (ἁμαρτάνει   hamartanei     Present Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = violates a divine law.

  • Own: (ἴδιον   idion) = particular; unique or specific to a person or thing or category.

 

Questions:

  • From which behaviors or thoughts do you need to escape?

  • After reading James 2:8-10, discuss how we can keep all the Law of God.

  • Discuss the power of the Holy Ghost in the avoiding of sin.

  • Define holiness.

  • How can we honor God in every area of our lives?

  • How can we break the power of sexual sins in our lives?

  • In what ways should our lives reflect the character of God?

 

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

 

  • Temple: (ναὸς   naos) = a building considered as the house or dwelling place of a deity where the deity could be worshiped.

  • Holy Ghost: (ἁγίου πνεύματός   hagiou pneumatos) = the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son; sometimes referred to in a way which emphasizes His personality and character (the Holy Spirit); sometimes referred to in a way which emphasizes His work and power (the Spirit of Truth); never referred to as a depersonalized force.

  • Ye have: (ἔχετε   echete   Present Active Indicate 2nd Person Plural) = you have received.

  • Own: (ἑαυτῶν   heauton) = of or belonging to oneself.  

 

Questions:

  • Does the way in which you treat your body agree with the Word of God? Discuss.

  • List and discuss techniques for improving the condition of your body.

  • Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? See Acts 19:1-7.

  • How has the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) helped you to live a holy life?

  • After reading 1 Peter 1:13-16 share with your group how your life is following after the character of God.

  • Discuss the following statement: Separation is at the heart of the Biblical idea of holiness. What did you conclude?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

  • Ye are bought: (ἠγοράσθητε   egorasthete     Aorist Passive Indicative 2nd Person Plural) = to be or become the property of another by purchase or by means of a financial transaction.

  • Price: (τιμῆς   times) = the amount of money or goods needed to purchase something.

  • Glorify: (δοξάσατε   doxasate     to positively acknowledge, recognize, or esteem one’s character, nature, or attributes.

 

Questions:

  • How can we become more spiritual?

  • Discuss the price that was used to purchase our salvation.

  • Explain how you are being a good steward of the body that God has entrusted to you.

  • How do you glorify God with your body? What things do you need to change so that you may be more God-like?

 

 

 

 

  1. BASIC REFERENCES: See the footnotes as listed and the Web Resources posted at the beginning of this website: www.mosesharrisevangelisticassociation.org.

     

     

     

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  2. SUGGESTED SONGS:

     

 

·        Be Thou My Vision

·        Every Word of God Is Right; Hallelujah to His Name

·        He Is Lord

·        Holy, Holy, Holy

·        How Firm a Foundation

·        I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

·        I Love Him (2x); Because He First Loved Me; and Purchased My Salvation on Calvary

·        I Want to Be More and More Like Jesus Every Day

·        I’ve Been Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb

·        I’ve Been Redeemed, Washed in His Blood

·        Let the Spirit Lead You

·        Lord, Send a Revival

·        Love Lifted Me

·        My Hope Is Built

·        Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

 

 

·        Power, Power Lord; Need More Power; Power Lord

·        Revive Us Again

·        Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

·        Saved, Saved, Saved

·        Speak to My Heart

·        Standing on the Promises of God

·        The Blood that Jesus Shed for Me

·        Trust and Obey

·        Use Me Lord, in Thy Service

·        Walk in the Light

·        What a Fellowship

·        Without God, I Could Do Nothing

·        Wounded for Me

·        Yes, Lord

 

 

See www.nethymnal.org for additional songs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.          LESSONS FOR THIS QUARTER: THE PEOPLE OF GOD SET PRIORITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope and Confidence Come from God

 

June 1

Obey the Lord

Haggai 1:1-11 

June 8

Trust God’s Promises

Haggai 1:12-2:9

June 15

Live Pure Lives

Haggai 2:10-19

June 22

Hope for a New Day

Haggai 2:23; Zechariah 4:1-3, 6-14

 

Living as a Community of Believers

 

June 29

Pursue Unity in Christ

1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:4-9

July 6

Glorify God with Your Body

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

 

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July 13

Exercise Freedom with Caution

1 Corinthians 8

July 20

Overcome Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:6-22

July 27

Seek the Good of Others

1 Corinthians 14:13-26

 

 

 

 

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

 

August 3

Comfort in Times of Trouble

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

August 10

Forgiveness and Restoration

2 Corinthians 1:23-2-11

August 17

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

2 Corinthians 4:1-15

August 24

An Appeal for Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 7:1-4

August 31

Generosity in the Midst of Poverty

2 Corinthians 8:1-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!      

Dr. Harris         

 

 

 



[1] Dockery, David S. “The Pauline Letters.” Holman Concise Bible Commentary. Ed. David S. Dockery. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998. 553. Print.

 

Pursue Unity in Christ

1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:4-9                                                                    Sunday, June 29, 2014

 

 

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608052526177781194&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0Lesson Aims:

  • To promote the reading and understanding of

            God’s Word;

  • To define and discuss the meaning of unity in

            in Christ;

  • To encourage followers of Jesus Christ to be on

            one accord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Devotional Reading:  1 Corinthians 12:12-10.  List three insights that you gained from studying this passage.  

     

     

  2. Memory Verses: 1 Corinthians 1:10 - Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

     

     

     

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on 1 Corinthians. The Church at Corinth. The church was a picture of converts who had come out of this background (see 1 Cor. 6:11). The church had several problems, among them a leadership problem producing divisions in the church (1:10–17). Immoral practices were not being dealt with (5:1–6:20). An enthusiastic group in the church flaunted their spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40). A legalistic group was concerned about dietary laws (8:1–10:32). Some were abusing the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), and others were offering false teachings regarding the resurrection (15:1–58). These matters—in addition to its multiethnic makeup of Greeks, Romans, and Jews and a mixture of social classes including rich, poor, and slave—made for a unique and troubled congregation.

 

 

Purpose and Theology. Paul dealt with several problems in this letter. He learned of these matters through the report from Chloe’s people (1:11), common rumors (5:1), and from information received from the church (7:1; 8:1; 12:1; 16:1). Paul wrote to answer the questions the Corinthians had put to him, but he had other concerns as well. Although the church was quite gifted (1:4–7), it was equally immature and unspiritual (3:1–4). Paul wanted to restore the church in its areas of weakness. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he expounded the Bible’s clearest exposition on the Lord’s Supper (11:17–34), the resurrection (15:1–58), and spiritual gifts (12:1–14:40).

Yet the focus of 1 Corinthians is not on doctrinal theology but pastoral theology. This letter deals with the problem of those who bring division to the body of Christ (1:11–3:4), with the treatment of fellow Christians who sin (5:1–13), with matters of sexuality in marriage and divorce (7:1–40), with propriety in church worship (11:2–34), and with disputes about food (8:1–11:1).[1]

 

 

IV.             THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER:          1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:4-9

 

1 Corinthians 1:10-17:

 

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

 

  • I beseech: (Παρακαλῶ   parakalo     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Singular) = entreat, ask, or request earnestly.

  • Brethren: (ἀδελφός   adelphos) = believers understood as one’s own siblings in God’s family.

  • Name: (ὀνόματος   onomatos) = a person’s attributes, nature, and very self, understood as summarily comprehended in the word or term by which an individual is known.

  • Of our Lord Jesus Christ: (τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ   tou Kyriou hemon Iesou Xristou) = our Owner, Master, and Savior, Anointed by God to bring salvation and deliverance to all people.

  • Ye speak: (λέγητε   legete     Present Active Subjunctive 2nd Person Plural) = utter, say, tell, or express in words.

  • Divisions: (σχίσματα   schismata) = groups separated into opposing factions.

  • Perfectly joined together: (κατηρτισμένοι   katertismenoi     Perfect Plural Nominative  Passive Participle 2nd Person Middle) = having made or become ready, suitable, or equipped in advance for a particular purpose or for some use or event.

  • Mind: (νοῒ   noi) = a complex mental state or attitude involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways.

  • Judgment: (γνώμῃ   gnome) = an opinion formed by assessing or evaluating something, conceived of in terms of the mind.

 

Questions:

  • How does one become a member of God’s family? See Mark 3:32-35.

  • What does your name reveal about you?  Are you living out the meaning of your name?

  • Define unity.

  • Why is it important that all believers speak the same thing?

  • Why should the Church demonstrate or model unity?

  • List and discuss examples of God’s goal of unity.

  • Discuss how we can avoid a damaging kind of division within our faith community.

  • For what purpose has God already prepared you?

  • Why should my Christian values and beliefs be in agreement with the values and beliefs of another Christian?

  • How are you working to build up the Kingdom of God?

 

 

11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

 

  • It hath been declared: (ἐδηλώθη   edelothe     Aorist Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = made clear or made manifest.

  • Chloe: (Χλόης   Chloes) = a Christian woman of Corinth.

  • Contentions: (ἔριδες   erides) = a bitter disagreement between conflicting facts or claims or opinions.

 

Questions:

  • Why do bitter disagreements exist within the body of believers?

  • Respond to the following statement: Contentions within our faith communities usually arise because of administrative or doctrinal reasons.

  • After reading Acts 2:42-47, compare the Early Church with your current place of worship. What are the differences, and what are the similarities?

  • Why is quarrelsomeness unfitting for the people of God?

  • How does Hebrews 12:14 provide a basis for unity in the Church?

  • How does your faith community promote fellowship among its believers?

  • Define Mediator.

  • Discuss how Jesus Christ promoted harmony between God and mankind.

 

 

 

12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

 

  • I say: (Same as speak in verse 10 above).

  • Every one: (ἕκαστος   hekastos) = each.

  • Paul: (Παύλου   Paulou) = Paul was the most famous of the apostles and wrote a good part of the New Testament.

  • Apollos: (Ἀπολλῶ   Apollo) = a learned Jew from Alexandria and mighty in the scriptures who became a Christian and a teacher of Christianity.

  • Cephas: (Κηφᾶ   Kepha) = another name for the apostle Peter.

 

Questions:

  • Describe how you are using your intellectual abilities for the glory and honor of God.

  • Why has the Christian Church split into hundreds and hundreds of denominational groups?

  • Compare and contrast your commitment to Jesus Christ with your commitment to your denomination. What did you discover?

  • What does true commitment to Jesus Christ look like?

 

 

 

13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

 

  • Is divided: (μεμέρισται   memeristai     Perfect Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = become separated into parts, pieces, or factions (groups, parties, divisions, offshoots).

  • Was crucified: (ἐσταυρώθη   estaurothe     Aorist Passive Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = executed by being nailed to a cross.

  • Were ye baptized: (ἐβαπτίσθητε   ebaptisthete     Aorist Passive Indicative 2nd Person Plural) = become momentarily immersed in water as a cleansing, ceremonial, and initiatory rite.

 

 

Questions:

  • Consider some of our mainline denominations, and explain why several variations of the same group exist?

  • Discuss why we should follow Jesus Christ rather than a denominational or organizational individual or position.

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14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

 

  • I thank: (εὐχαριστῶ   eucharisto     Present Active Indicative 1st Person Singular) = express gratitude or show appreciation to (someone).

  • God: (Θεῷ   Theo) = the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all that exists.

  • None: (οὐδένα   oudena) = no one or nobody.

  • Crispus: (Κρίσπον   Krispon) = the ruler of the Jewish synagogue in Corinth, baptized by Paul.

  • Gaius: (Γάϊον   Gaion) = Gaius, the host of Paul when he wrote the Epistle to the Romans, and who joined in sending his salutations (Romans 16:23); the one whom Paul baptized at Corinth.

 

Questions:

  • Why is Paul thankful that he baptized very few individuals?

  • Why is baptism linked with repentance?

  • Should infants be baptized? Why? Why not?

  • Why do we baptize? See Matthew 28:16-20 and Romans 6:3-5.

  • How does baptism symbolize a new relationship?

  • What form should baptism take? See Acts 8:26-38.

  • Discuss the most recent baptism in your local faith community, and explain its impact on those who were present.

 

 

15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

 

  • Should say: (εἴπῃ   eipe     Aorist Active Subjunctive 3rd Person Singular) = declare; state as one’s opinion or judgment.

 

Questions:

  • Why should we direct attention away from ourselves and toward Jesus Christ?

  • Discuss why factions develop among believers.

  • To whom do we belong? See 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

  • Why should leaders demonstrate humility?

 

 

16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

 

  • Stephanas: (Στεφανᾶ   Stephana) = a Christian convert at Corinth.

  • Household: (οἶκον   oikon) = a social unit living together usually consisting of family, servants, and some extended family, understood by the physical building in which a family normally resides.

  • Besides: (λοιπὸν   loipon) = more than these, otherwise, or for the rest.

  • I know not: (οὐκ οἶδα   ouk + oida     negative + Perfect Active Indicative 1st Person Singular) = I do not remember or keep in mind for attention or consideration.

 

Questions:

  • Define family.

  • Share with your group the steps you are taking to ensure the salvation of your family members.

  • How do you know that you are part of the family of God?

 

 

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

 

  • Sent: (ἀπέστειλέ   apesteile     Aorist Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular) = dispatched; sent away towards a designated goal or purpose.

  • To preach the gospel: (εὐαγγελίζεσθαι   euangelizesthai     Present Middle Infinitive) = to convey or to bring the good news concerning the now present representation of Jesus’ divine dominion and way of salvation by His death and resurrection.

  • Wisdom: (σοφίᾳ   sophia) = the ability to acquire and discern truth about natural and supernatural matters.

  • Words: (λόγου   logou) = speech; a more sustained act of communication by word of mouth (to an audience), especially to persuade the hearers (to perform some action).

  • Should be made of none effect: (κενωθῇ   kenothe     Aorist Passive Subjunctive 3rd Person Singular) = to be nullified; to be made or become devoid of significance or point; become pointless.

 

Questions:

  • How do you know that you are sent by Christ? Why did He send you?