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|1 Corinthians: Being Church Together|
|New Testament Comments|
|Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.|
|Monday, 04 February 2013 00:23|
Paul's first letter to the Corinthians was one of he early letters, written to face down several issues, and give instruction for straightening out a troubled church. I've written a whole book about this epistle.
In this short meditation, I want us to walk through the letter rather quickly gaining the feel for Paul's wisdom and leaving some of the details for another venue.
Introduction to this Foolishness, 1 Corinthians 1. What are some things Jesus might call an individual to do that might look fooolish? Sometimes being church together could look foolish, but God asks us to do it.
Diversity in the Church, 1 Corinthians 2-4. How are we different? How do we complement each other? Where are we using the differences to increase hurtful power or exclusions? Dealing with diversity is part of being church together.
Flaunted Sin in the Church, 1 Corinthians 5-6. Have you known anyone who flaunted their gossip? or their adultery? or their pride? or their homosexual lifestye? or their lying? or their addictions? or their power over others? Have you known anyone who honestly and openly struggled with what to do about any of these things without flaunting them? What did it look and feel like? Being church ogether means we will care about the wake we leave.
Questions with No Clear Answers, 1 Corinthians 7-10. You've thought about what flaunted sin looks and feels like. Now think about what it looks and feels like to live in gray areas with no answers about who's hurting who, or whether there's lying of flaunting going on, or which course will honor God the most, or where to find needed resources. Being church together means sometimes we will sit together with no clear answers.
Traditions to Pass On in Church, 1 Corinthians 11. What are the traditions, the legacies, we wish to pass on to our children and the generations to follow? How will they be church together?
How the Work of the Church Gets Done, 1 Corinthians 12. I'm invited to contemplate personal giftedness because the Holy Spirit has given gifts for the benefit of the church. There should be no fears or arrogancies in the discovery and use of spiritual gifts. We're invited into the joy of working with Lord, together.
A Better Way, 1 Corinthians 13. Some gifts are more visible than others. Some gifts seem more powerful than others. Some are better. Some are more to be disired than others. All that is true, -- and love trumps all.
Decent Organization, 1 Corinthians 14. There are some uses of "gifts" that don't benefit the church as a whole. There are some uses of "gifts" that are outright unacceptable. This is why church organization is imperative. How does your church process nominations, and volunteerism, and placements? Being church together requires thinking together about our gifts.
The Whole Reason for It All, 1 Corinthians 15-16. If Christ is not risen there's no reason for being church at all. So this is our hope, that we will be church together here and also together with Christ in the life after death. Being church together has a forever future.
|Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 01:02|