The church in Corinth had major issues. Paul calls them to grow up, he essentially tells them to watch how they are building.
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Apollos, Paul or any other leaders are just servants. We are called to focus on God rather than worldly standards of leadership. Human leaders are nothing compared to God. At the same time, Paul is not belittling leadership in God’s church. We are called to have a healthy, spiritual view of the church and the leadership with an overarching focus on God.
How can we be too worldly or extreme about leadership in the church?
How can we do better at avoiding these extremes/what are possible solutions?
We are in the world most of the time of the day. How much and what of that am I bringing into the church?
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Are we as hard-line about all the relational sins as we are about impurity etc?
Why is it difficult to challenge relational sin in the church?
How can we better bring about repentance in each other according to these passages?
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
The church is God’s holy temple. Therefore Paul uses very strong language against any Christian who is harming the church by their words or actions.
Why do we think God reacts so strongly to those who harm the church?
How would he expect us to respond as the church in light of this?
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