WE ARE COWORKERS IN GOD’S SERVICE
1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Key Verse: 3:9
Why did Paul give Christians in Corinth only milk, not solid food? (1,2) In what respect were they worldly (mere infants in Christ)? (3,4) What are “milk” and “solid food”? What might be the reason that there was jealousy and quarrelling among them?
Read verses 5-7. Who were Paul and Apollos? What was the role of each servant? (5,6) Who makes the seed grow? In what sense servants are nothing compared to God? (7)
What does verse 8 teach us about different tasks that God’s servants do? Why should we respect one another in serving the Lord rather than become jealous? What can we learn about the importance of coworking in God’s ministry? (9)
In what sense was Paul an expert builder? (10,11) What is the only foundation for Christians or the church of God? (1Co 15:3-4; Eph 2:20-22) What kind of material do the builders use as they build? (12) How will the work of the builders be tested? (13-15) What can we learn about the building God’s church or building one’s life?
What does it mean we are God’s temple? (16) What will happen to those who cause divisions in the church? (17)
What false confidence did they have in worldly wisdom? (18) How does God view such wisdom? (19-20) What was their motive in boasting? Why should we not boast about human leaders? (21b-23) In light of this passage, what is the ultimate solution to divisions in the church?