Church #nofilter 5.2

Pray and read

 Praise God for making himself known to us by his Son. Ask him to give you eyes that see, and a heart which responds with faith and thanksgiving.

 Read 1 Corinthians 3 and then re-read 1 Cor 3: 5 - 9

 

Explore

 How does Paul describe himself and Apollos?  (v5)

 What is Paul’s role and what is Apollos’s role?  What is God’s role?  Where does the real power lie? (v6-7)

 What is the outcome for the ‘worker’? 

 What picture does Paul use for the Corinthian church? 

 

Apply

 Paul is correcting the Corinthian perspective on Christian leaders.  He shows them that, while they have different roles, they have one purpose.  However, the real power resides with God.  He is the one that does the ‘watering’ and ‘makes things grow’. 

 This may be an ancient church but it is not an ancient problem.  Modern Christians still line up behind theologians/writers/songwriters for all sorts of reasons and then let personal preference get in the way of unity. 

 Paul is not saying ‘don’t be discerning’.  Paul and Apollos are both leaders who hold to the truths of God’s word and believe that Jesus is who he said he was.  Paul is saying when leaders are clearly ‘good leaders’ then don’t let our preferences get in the way of the ‘one purpose’ of seeing people grow in Christ.  You don’t belong to Paul or Apollos, you belong to God. 

 Can you think of a Christian leader/writer/song writer you really identify with?  Have you ever found yourself arguing with someone about this issue? Can you remember how that felt?  Did you feel personally attacked? 

 

 

Pray

 Thank God for the good Christian leaders you know and ask God to help them to lead in a way that points people to Jesus

 Pray that you and your church will see Christian leaders in the correct light and that they wouldn’t be a focal point for disunity

 Pray that God will raise up more leaders who can ‘plant’ and ‘water’

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