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Bible Study Guide:

Test Yourselves

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, The Example of The Church of God in Corinth: In Remembrance of Me

The Example of The Church of God in Corinth: In Remembrance of Me.

1. I Corinthians 1:2 To whom, besides, the church of God in Corinth, is this letter addressed? What, if anything, makes this letter relevant to your life?

2. I Corinthians 1:3-9 Read this passage as if personally addressed to you. How does it make you feel?

3. I Corinthians 1:10-12 Have you had any experience within any church congregation similar to the situation described in these verses? What was the end result? Name the source of the unity that prevents division within a congregation. Compare with Romans 15:1-7.

4. I Corinthians 3:1-3 What prevented the Corinthian church from growing in spiritual maturity?

5. I Corinthians 11:17-22 What were at least two of the harmful situations within the Corinthian church? What examples, if any, have you experienced personally that are similar to these situations?

6. I Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:13-22 Why did Jesus instruct his followers to eat the bread and drink the wine of the Lord’s Supper?

7. I Corinthians 11:27 From the context of the previous verses, what do you think Paul means by the phrase “in an unworthy manner?”

8. I Corinthians 11:28; John 3:16-21 How can we avoid eating the bread and drinking the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner?

9. II Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 6:2-5; I John 4:1; I Thessalonians 5:21-22; Romans 12:2 The Greek word translated “examine” is also translated “test” in several other passages. What test, or tests, can we make before we participate in the memorial of Jesus’ death? How and when should these tests take place?

10. I Corinthians 11:29-32 What discipline does God sometimes use to teach us to respect the body* of the Lord? Why does God discipline his children?

11. Philippians 2:1-4 How do we express genuine respect for the body of the Lord?

* “The word “body” may refer to either the Lord’s physical body or the church as the body of Christ (see 12:13, 27). The first view means that the person partakes of the Lord’s Supper without recognizing that it symbolizes Christ’s crucified body. But in that case, why is the blood not mentioned? The second view means that the participant is not aware of the nature of the church as the body of Christ, resulting in the self-centered actions of vv. 20-21.” The Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Note on I Corinthians 11:29