Paul’s chief concern in his letter to the believers in Corinth is to bring unity to a divided church. Much of the letter attempts to persuade the Corinthians that they should be unified. The church in Corinth reflected its culture, which was filled with divisions rooted in pride, self-promotion, thirst for social status, pursuit of carnal pleasures, and an insistence on one’s rights. A relevant question now, as then, is this: Is Christian culture compatible with a culture that insists on the exercise of individual rights and on the values of self-gratification and self-fulfillment? Paul’s answers to these surprisingly modern issues assist us in discovering a more genuinely gospel-centered, Christ-oriented vision for life together in Christian community.

United in the gospel.

June 4 – 8

“Be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1 Corinthians 1:10b

United in the Spirit.

June 11-15

“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12

United in humble service.

June 18-22

“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:7

United in purity.

June 25-29

“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.” 1 Cor. 6:11

United in resolving conflict.

July 2-6

“To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?” 1 Cor. 6:7

United in contentment (marriage).

July 9-13

“Each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.” 1 Cor. 7:2

United in contentment (singleness).

July 16-20

“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.” 1 Cor. 7:17

United in valuing people over preferences.

July 23-27

“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Cor. 8:9

United in prioritizing our witness over our rights.

July 30 – August 3

“For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” 10:33b