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1 Corinthians 1:1-9 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

We gather for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany and hear the opening of Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians - a message of the importance of a community of faith. Paul's introduction to his letter is certainly filled with prayers for the people of Corinth, but his words also encourage Christians in their life of faith to be people who follow Christ as ones who walk the path of discipleship in community! We will reflect on where we hear God calling us and the importance of following God's invitation in the context of being with others. We are reminded that without community, we are not "the Body of Christ," - we discover the true blessings of the Spirit as we are blessed as God's people in the world.

Our Scripture passage is found in Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (1 Corinthians 1:1-9).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture lesson for the week. As you reflect on the reading, which words or phrases caught your attention? What does Paul say in his writing about his own identity and the identity of the Corinthians...and why do you believe these might be important descriptions?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on the following questions: What does Paul say that God has done for the Corinthians? What is God doing now? What will God do in the future?

  • Read both the "WHERE..." and "SO WHAT..." paragraphs below, as both address the idea of "community" and people being in fellowship: Reflect on the following questions: According to Paul, what is a "saint?" What is significant about Paul's use of the plural form in verses 4-9, and what does this say to you about Paul's thinking toward the "Christian community?" What have you learned from other Christians about faithful living?

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