We are playing with a little confusion as we start the semester. So to go back over chapters 1-5 in brief today.
In 1 Corinthians 1 the apostle lays out his desire that they be unified even as they use their spiritual gifts. They have forgotten that they are united in Christ and that to be in Christ should not be a source of personal pride since God chooses the weak and foolish not the impressive.
1 Corinthians 2: The gospel is about power but not prestige. The power is the power of the cross not personality. The power of the cross comes to us by the Holy Spirit who teaches us God’s Word and gives us the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3: The standard of our effectiveness is not our following or who mentored us but a trust in God to give the fruit and a determination to have reward on judgment day.
1 Corinthians 4: Since we need to be faithful and trust God for the fruit, let us live with a clear conscience and be humble rather than proud.
1 Corinthians 5: Sometimes sin creeps into the body in public ways and needs to be dealt with publicly. This protects the church, promotes repentance and clarifies the Gospel.