This is a textual lesson from Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth. Paul is correcting some false perceptions about being spiritual and also some false views about God’s servants, specifically those that had been working among the church in Corinth (Paul, Apollos, etc). The church needed to be reminded that spiritual people must also act spiritual (not with rivalries and contentions). They also needed to be reminded that their teachers were just servants of God and not to be praised. Using a farming analogy, Paul points out that God owns the land, the workers, and the crop that is produced.
This lesson discusses how unity is disturbed as a result of our own worldliness and perversion of God’s Truth. It also focuses on our personal responsibility to work towards unity with our brethren. Finally, it addresses the tension between preserving unity and preserving truth.
This lesson discusses God’s plan for individual Christians to organize within local churches. The focus of this lesson builds upon the biblical examples which show that it is God’s desire and expectation that we as Christians participate and collaborate with other Christians within a local church congregation. The local church is God’s ordained method of organization for accomplishing the work of evangelism, benevolence, and edification.