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Jesus in 1 Corinthians – Chart by Dr. Michael Williams

01 Jun

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in the Book of 1 Corinthians

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Chart adapted from *Dr. Michael Williams Book: How To Read The Bible Through The Jesus Lens

Title for 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians: Theme

1 Corinthians 3:3

“Maturing”

God gives guidance to the spiritually gifted but immature Corinthian church.

“For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”

Christ-Focus in 1 Corinthians

Implications from 1 Corinthians

Hooks from 1 Corinthians

 Jesus shows us that Christian maturity is other-focused, not self-focused.

 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,

 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 

 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

 – Ephesians 4:11-16

 Let us grow in spiritual maturity by using our divinely bestowed gifts to build up the body of Christ.

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.

 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?

So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

 – 1 Corinthians 14:1-12

 

 Are you a mature Christian?

 Do you focus more on satisfying yourself or on the needs of others?

 Which is more important, the presence of spiritual gifts or the use toward which those gifts are put?

 How do you measure maturity?

 How does God measure it?

 Would there even be new life in Christ if Jesus focused His life on the same things you do?

About the Author: Michael James Williams in his own words: “After my conversion in the U. S. Navy (in a submarine beneath the North Atlantic!), I entered Columbia Bible College, where I received a B.A. (1985). This was followed by an M.A. in Religion at Westminster Theological Seminary (1987) and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (1999). In 2000, I was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church, and since 1995 have been teaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. I have also taught courses at Westminster Theological Seminary, the University of Pennsylvania, and brief stints in Limuru, Kenya; Donetsk, Ukraine; and Warsaw, Poland. In addition to articles on Old Testament topics in various reference works and academic journals, and contributing to and editing Mishneh Todah: Studies in Deuteronomy and Its Cultural Environment in Honor of Jeffrey H. Tigay (2009); I have authored Deception in Genesis: A Comprehensive Analysis of a Unique Biblical Phenomenon (2001); The Prophet and His Message: Reading Old Testament Prophecy Today (2003); and, most recently, How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture. Grand Rapids, Zondervan (2012). My amazing wife, Dawn, and I enjoy hiking and all things outdoors.”

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