Our study this week is in 1 Corinthians 16:1 – 24. Collections, Requests, Final Greetings.
- Brief discussion previous week, with thought questions that will tie into the lesson.
- Open with prayer
- Read the section of scripture. Try to let everyone read a few verses, but will modify as needed.
- Work through the prepared questions … at our own pace.
- Close with prayer after ~ 45 minutes.
Step1: Opening and Introduction to the lesson – Personal Testimonies and or any Reflections? Who is one person you would like to visit? When you travel, do you like to plan things thoroughly, or just go and see what happens?
Step 2: Hear – Read: 1 Cor 16:1 – 24. Collections, Requests, Final Greetings
Step 3: Explore – Discover the Passage
- What kind of collection did Paul ask of the Corinthians? How do you feel about giving money to your church? What compels you to give?
- After receiving this letter, how do you think the Corinthians felt about Paul’s plan to visit them? Beneath all his corrective instruction, how do you think Paul felt about the Corinthians?
- How would you feel if, like Timothy, Paul was sending you to this church? What should the Corinthians imitate regarding Stephanas and the others (vv. 15-18)?
- What does Paul desire to see accomplished in other Christians as he works for and with them? Who in your life, or in a specific group, has helped to refresh your spirit?
Step 4: Connect – Apply the Passage:
- Which of Paul’s concluding exhortations in verses 13-14 do you most want to apply in your life: Be on guard? Stand firm in the faith? Have courage? Be strong? Do everything in Love? How will you apply it to your life?
- How has this study helped you to be a better Christian? To be a better member of our church?
- How has this study challenged you (doctrinal beliefs, ethical principles, and conduct)? In what ways would you like to grow from here
Step 5: Reflect: Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.