1 Corinthians 15:1-34
One group at Corinth did not believe in life after death at all, and another did not believe in the resurrection of the body. In this classic passage Paul deal with both groups.
- What strikes you about the content and the proclamation of the gospel as summarized in verses 1-4? What benefit does it offer to men, and how is this benefit to be enjoyed? Cf. 1 Tim. 1:15.
- What is the significance of the evidence that Paul marshals in verses 5-11 for the resurrection of Christ? What for Christians are the five far-reaching consequence of denying the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead? See verses 12-19. Does death set any limit to your hope in Christ?
- What are to be the full and final consequences of the resurrection of Christ? Of what ultimate consummation is it the promise and pledge? Why are Christians able triumphantly to face death for Christ’s sake?
1 Corinthians 15:35-58
- What does the analogy of the seed suggest about the relation between our present natural body and our future spiritual body? In what will the latter be different from the former? What does verse 38b also imply?
- What will take place when Christ comes again? Cf. 1 Thess. 4:13-18. In view of tis, what should be the character of our present life and service?
1 Corinthians 16
- Verse 1: ‘The collection for God’s people’. Paul was concerned about a fund that he had initiated among the Gentile churches to aid the poor of the church in Jerusalem. What can we learn from his practical directions about the collection and sending of this money?
- What can we ‘earn from this chapter about the plans, movement and ministry of Christian workers? How can we help such people to do ‘the work of the Lord’ more effectively?
- How were the five commands of verses 13, 14 particularly relevant for the church at Corinth as we know it from this letter? Examine your own life in order to discover in what ways you, too, need to obey theses commands.