Spring Quarter 2022

 

Training

 

Instructions to a Troubled Church

March 6    Divisions in Corinth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I Corinthians 1:1-16

March 13   True Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Corinthians 1:17-31

March 20   Christ—Our Only Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Corinthians 3:10-23

March 27   Members of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Corinthians 6:12-20

April 3   Concern for a Weaker Brother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Corinthians 8:1-13

April 10   Thoughts on the Lord’s Supper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Corinthians 11:20-34

April 17   Witnesses to Christ’s Resurrection (Easter) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Corinthians 15:1-11

 

Encouragement from a Tested Servant

April 24   God’s Comfort in Trouble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II Corinthians 1:1-11

May 1   Glory of the New Covenant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .II Corinthians 3:7-18

May 8   Our Heavenly Dwelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .II Corinthians 5:1-11

May 15   Ambassadors for Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II Corinthians 5:11-21

May 22   Spiritual Weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II Corinthians 10:1-12, 17-18

May 29   Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II Corinthians 12:1-10

 

This quarter we are going to take the opportunity to study the written correspondence between the church’s greatest theologian and one of its most troubled congregations. There is no such thing as a perfect church, so there is always room for growth. Therefore, the lessons in this series will challenge you as you consider how Paul’s rebukes and counsel to the Corinthian church could apply to your own church life.

The quarter is divided into two units, the first of which will cover selected passages from I Corinthians. In lesson 1, Paul rebukes the church for allowing itself to be divided over leadership. Lesson 2 shows that the message of the cross of Jesus Christ is the central component of the ministry of the church and the hope of the believer.

In lesson 3, we will see that all work in the church is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. Lesson 4 warns of the danger of sexual immorality and shows that the church is the temple of the Holy Spirit. The focus of lesson 5 is showing compassion to other people when exercising our liberty in Christ. Lesson 6 goes further into this idea as Paul rebukes the Corinthians for gorging themselves at the community meal of the Lord’s Supper. In lesson 7, we turn our attention to Easter as we read Paul’s incredible defense of the gospel and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In Unit II, we turn to II Corinthians as Paul’s correspondence to this church continues. In lesson 8, we see that God is the God of all comfort. Lesson 9 shows us that the new covenant of love that was given by Christ is superior to the old covenant of law. Lesson 10 discusses the future hope that we all have coming in heaven and gives a glimpse of the glory that awaits.

Lesson 11 teaches us that we are ambassadors for Christ and that there is no greater purpose in life than that. Our motivation to be Christ’s ambassadors comes from God’s great love for us. Lesson 12 deals with spiritual warfare and explains how the weapons of Christians are different from the weapons of the world. Lesson 13 closes the unit and the quarter with a study of Paul’s heavenly vision and the purpose behind the thorn in his flesh.

This quarter will give us much food for thought as we see how a church full of sinners should be living out the message of the gospel.