Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/16/2023: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Today please be in prayer for

Barnes UMC
Haddam UMC
Washington: First UMC
Salina District
Webber UMC
Salina District
Hope UMC
Lyona UMC
Woodbine UMC
Salina District
Hope UMC
Lyona UMC
Woodbine UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind — just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you — so that you are not lacking in any gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the partnership of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today's Devotional

Read the 1 Corinthians passage a second time. This time, read the word “you” as either “y’all” or “you all.”
  • How does Paul identify himself to the hearers of this letter in Corinth? (Most would have been illiterate and would have had this letter read to them.) [In verse one, we read that Paul notes that he is “called,” specifically “to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.”]
  • How does Paul identify the recipients of the letter? [“who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…”]
  • Paul’s letter will go on to highlight numerous ways the people in this church are falling far short of whom Christ is calling them to be. How is it that Paul can call them saints? What might that mean for how we think about being a saint? [Saint is someone who recognizes their need for a savior and is beholden to God through Jesus Christ.]
  • Why do you think Paul begins the formal portion of this letter with gratitude (v. 4, “I give thanks to my God always for you…”)? [It was customary; it reminded them of their relationship, and it displayed Paul’s gratitude, even as he critiqued them.] What is Paul thankful for? [Grace of God; the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among them; the evidence of their spiritual gifts.]
  • Paul writes that they (all of them as a body) do not lack in spiritual gifts. (An individual might be lacking; but as a community, they are not lacking.) How did the second reading of the passage (using the phrase “you all” or “y’all”) change or modify your understanding of the passage?
  • What does it mean to you to belong to the body of Christ?
  • How can this group help each person experience the grace and empowerment of God?

 

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