Martha and I got drafted to do the study for 1 Corinthians 3 tonight. The text breaks into three sections, v1-9, v10-17, v18-22. This is what we came up with as study questions. What do you think?
(v4) For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
Whom do you follow today? Why are we tempted to put these people in those positions?
(v1-3) Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly – mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
What are other signs of spiritual infancy and how may we grow past it?
(v10-15) For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
What does building with gold and silver look like? What does building with hay and straw look like?
(v18) Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise.
How do I become a fool in order to become wise?
(v21-22) So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future-all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
How would you rephrase these verses?