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Invitation to Be Wise. Theme Scripture 1 Corinthians 6-8 6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age.

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1 Invitation to Be Wise

2 Theme Scripture 1 Corinthians 6-8 6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory

3 Introduction AUTHORSHIP –Paul, the apostle (1:1; 16:21), joined by Sosthenes, who some think may be the same as mentioned in Ac 18:17. –The authorship of this epistle is attributed to Paul by Clement of Rome in 95 A.D.

4 PLACE OF WRITING –The city of Ephesus (16:8). TIME OF WRITING –Probably in the spring of 55-57 A.D., shortly before the Jewish feast of Pentecost (16:8), during his third missionary journey (Ac 19:1-41). –A letter preceded this letter (5:9)

5 BACKGROUND OF THE CITY OF CORINTH –Corinth was situated on the Isthmus of Greece (called Achaia in the Bible) between the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea. –About 50 miles to the east of Athens.


7 –The old Corinth (which was famous and powerful in the days of the Peloponnesian War) was burned in 146 B.C. by the Roman proconsul, L. Mummius. –Because it was a city devoted to the gods, a hundred years were required to pass before the city could be rebuilt. –In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar rebuilt the city, populated it with a colony of veterans and freedmen & named it Julia Corinthus.

8 –It soon became a very important commercial center. With a population of 400,000 and being a prominent center of commerce in the Mediterranean world, it was a place for all sorts of vice. –An example of its immorality was found in the temple of Venus (Aphrodite), which hosted 1000 priestesses dedicated to prostitution in the name of religion.

9 Called to be ________ (1-9) 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, & our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus & called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ -- Holy

10 their Lord & ours: 3 Grace & peace to you from God our Father & the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way— with all kinds of speech & with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.

11 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

12 Holy Called to be Holy (1-9) 1.______________by God (1-3) 2.Enriched by Gods _________ (4-6) 3.____________Jesus to Return (7) 4.Depending on God’s _____________ (8-9) Set apart Grace Expecting Faithfulness

13 Called into __________(10-25) 10 I appeal to you, brothers & sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say & that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind & thought. Fellowship

14 11 My brothers & sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

15 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus & Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)

16 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel —not with wisdom & eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

17 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

18 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs & Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews & foolishness to

19 Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews & Greeks, Christ the power of God & the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, & the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

20 1.Is Christ divided? (10-13a) 2.Were you baptized in the name of Paul? (13b-17) 3.Was Paul crucified for you? (18-25) Fellowship Called into Fellowship (10-25)

21 Called to _______God (26-31) 26 Brothers & sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. Glorify

22 28 God chose the lowly things of this world & the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from

23 God—that is, our righteousness, holiness & redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

24 Glorify Called to Glorify God (26-31) 1.Reminded of _____they were (26) 2.Reminded of _____ they were called (27-29) 3.Reminded of ______ they had in Christ (30-31) who why what

25 Next Week: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

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