Selfless Gifts (1 Corinthians 12-14)

We have been looking at how we can move from being selfish to selfless. The problems in the Corinthian church arose because of their selfish thinking. They had divisions, jealousy, fighting, and strife all because they were putting themselves first rather than thinking about others. In our first lesson, we overviewed the book of 1 Corinthians and saw that the message is that life is not about me. God has ordered the world and salvation so that no one will boast in themselves. Instead, if anyone will boast, they will boast in the Lord (1:28-29). In our second lesson, we noted that Paul is teaching us to consider ourselves as simply servants. In our third lesson, we learned that our bodies to not belong to us, but to God. God created us and purchased us. In our fourth lesson, we learned that we are not to use our knowledge to hurt the gospel or the faith of others. We learned that we do not use our rights, whether it be our rights as humans, as Christians, or as Americans, if it harms the gospel and does not reflect Jesus. Paul told us to lay down our rights for the good of others. In today’s lesson we are going to look another problem regarding selfish thinking from chapters 12-14 of 1 Corinthians…

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