1 Corinthians 4
I. Servants & Stewards (7-11)
The world says stand up for yourself and give it right back but the wisdom of the cross says we are all stewards and servants.
- Stewards of the Mysteries of God.
- Stewards are accountable to God, not each other.
II. Kings & Paupers (12-13)
The world says enjoy life to the fullest but the wisdom of the cross says “wait”.
- Someday we will indeed reign with Christ but the time is not now.
- But now we rejoice in persecution.
III. Fathers & Children
The world says “be your best you” but the wisdom of the cross says “imitate me”.
- We all learn faith from those who went before us.
- Love was lacking in Corinth
Questions for small group discussion:
- Are you a “steward of mysteries of God”?
- Why does Paul choose to not judge himself?
- How would you describe Paul’s tone in 8 through 13? How does it change in verse 14?
- Which of the persecutions in verses 11 through 13 do you think would be the hardest to take? Which can you identify with?
- Who have been your spiritual father(s) and mother(s)?
- Should we be able to say to others, “imitate me”?