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1 Corinthians 4

February 26, 2010

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

14 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 4”

  1. v.7 What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

    It is so easy to take for granted everything God gives.

    In the Message v.8 reads, You already have more access to God than you can handle.

    God has freely chosen to make Himself accessible. A holy God who makes himself available to unholy people – how amazing is that!

  2. v.7 What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

    It is so easy to take for granted everything God gives.

    In the Message v.8 reads, You already have more access to God than you can handle.

    God has freely chosen to make Himself accessible. A holy God who makes himself available to unholy people – how amazing is that!

  3. V.20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power."

    As Christians we spend too much time talking about God, sharing our own perspective on spiritual concepts, and trying to convince others we have the answer.

    If we would just live in the knowledge that our holy, awesome, almighty God is available to us at all times, we would experience His power and be able to have it operating in our lives. That is so much more effective than talk about it, don't you think?

    God bless.

  4. V.20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power."

    As Christians we spend too much time talking about God, sharing our own perspective on spiritual concepts, and trying to convince others we have the answer.

    If we would just live in the knowledge that our holy, awesome, almighty God is available to us at all times, we would experience His power and be able to have it operating in our lives. That is so much more effective than talk about it, don't you think?

    God bless.

  5. Yes I agree too, Inside the shrink. It is interesting how we try to convince others we have the answer. Seems to have been a problem with the Corinthians too.

  6. Yes I agree too, Inside the shrink. It is interesting how we try to convince others we have the answer. Seems to have been a problem with the Corinthians too.

  7. v.5 He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of people's hearts.

    We don't know the motives of people's hearts, only God knows that, so we shouldn't judge "before the appointed time".

  8. v.5 He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of people's hearts.

    We don't know the motives of people's hearts, only God knows that, so we shouldn't judge "before the appointed time".

  9. v. 9-10 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe to angels as well as to human beings. We are fools for Christ.

    The Message is quite interesting for this verse because I gather that in the Greek Paul uses a theatrical term and so it is put like this:
    It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We're something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We're the Messiah's misfits.

    Certainly being a Christian isn't about being popular!

  10. v. 9-10 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe to angels as well as to human beings. We are fools for Christ.

    The Message is quite interesting for this verse because I gather that in the Greek Paul uses a theatrical term and so it is put like this:
    It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We're something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We're the Messiah's misfits.

    Certainly being a Christian isn't about being popular!

  11. v.5 He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

    God will expose the motives of people's hearts and reward them accordingly.

    If we pressurize people into serving God their motives will be wrong and they will not be rewarded as they could be.

  12. v.5 He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

    God will expose the motives of people's hearts and reward them accordingly.

    If we pressurize people into serving God their motives will be wrong and they will not be rewarded as they could be.

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