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14 November, 2015

The Scriptures —Study 3— 1 Corinthians 3 and 4

Study 3 From The Book of 1 Corinthians Is: 1 Corinthians 3 and 4


1.      3:1-4:2. Discover and summarize all that this section has to teach concerning the place and tasks of Christian workers.  What is, or should be, their relationship to (a) God, (b) each other, and (c) those among whom they work?
2.      4:1-21. What lessons are to be learnt from the earthly lot of the apostles?  Why are men’s judgements concerning the worth of Christian ministers’ work of such little value? How and when will the real worth of a man’s worth for God be made plain? Can the value of what he does affect his own salvation? Or what will it affect? See 3:13-15.
Notes
1.      3:12, 13.  The different materials here mentioned can be taken to represent the teachings of those who were ministering in the church; the gold, silver and precious stones being the doctrines of the Spirit, and the wood, hay and stubble the wisdom of the world.
2.      4:6. ‘To live according to scripture’: literally, ‘not beyond what is written’. This was probably a familiar catchword of the day.  AV supplies verb ‘to think’, which gives a more pointed sense in context than RSV ‘to live’.