Letters of Paul

1 Corinthians

Divisions at Corinth – Discussion Questions

Questions for Discussion:

1. Are there divisions in the congregation of which you are a part? What is at their roots?

2. What do you make of Paul’s claim that the cross of Christ is in some fashion or other a basic criterion of meaning and truth?

3. How would you analyze the ways in which your Church community divides along lines of status or wealth? Are such divisions a major element in the life of the community?

4. Do we share Paul’s perspective that there is a dramatic difference between “revelation” and the world that we confront every day? What is the relationship between Christ and culture?

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  1. Adrian Bruder

    Questions for Discussion:
    1. Are there divisions in the congregation of which you are a part? What is at their roots?
    a. Gay Marriage – Literal versus cultural interpretation – Church split trying to respect assets while allowing each side to worship separately.
    2. What do you make of Paul’s claim that the cross of Christ is in some fashion or other a basic criterion of meaning and truth?
    a. Christ as both the sacrifice and the resurrection are what the prophets have pointed to being the ultimate reconciler from a fallen humanity to the one true GOD. The church is focusing and fighting about the gifts and not the sacrifice that made the gifts available to them IN CHRIST.
    3. How would you analyze the ways in which your Church community divides along lines of status or wealth? Are such divisions a major element in the life of the community?
    a. I think the more wealth the blurrier lines get. It’s complicated. Blessed are the poor vs. blessed are the poor in spirit (there is contention on what these things mean). We live in a society that places a human beings value on what he or she owns.
    4. Do we share Paul’s perspective that there is a dramatic difference between “revelation” and the world that we confront every day? What is the relationship between Christ and culture?
    a. CHRIST’s ultimate glory came from defeat. GOD values and antithetical to the values of the World which makes sense because Adam and Eve gave the World away. The Sermon on the Mount makes it clear that what God blesses and values is the complete opposite of what the World values today.

  2. claire carter

    church of UMC most definitely- some people view the people who are not on their side as wrong…. possibly that the reconciling ministries are trying to turn UMC into something “relevant” when it is simply their interpretation of scripture that leads them to where they are. also, some people view the people who aren’t ready to accept the reconciling ministry message as unloving/unaccepting. root is in the idea of what are we called to, how do we love like Jesus, what does SCRIPTURE MEAN TO SAY
    – more that the regions are separated by wealth than that the church is separated by wealth?
    -Christ and culture. Christ has a role in culture, yet He does not completely make it up. the media we absorb can involve Christ, can be pleasing to Him, displeasing to Him, and also indifferent.