I CORINTHIANS 12:1-11

THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – September 29, 2004

1

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says "Let Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit.
4

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
Background Writer: Paul, who helped found the church in Corinth on his second missional tour of duty. The city of Corinth, a bustling port city, was known as a hotbed of immorality. The church of Corinth was populated mostly by gentiles, formerly pagans, who were unfamiliar with the Old Testament. About 55 AD.

Date:

What’s Going On: The strong church of Corinth was going through growing pains, and needed direction from Paul as to how to deal with warring factions within the church. Questions about church community, idol worship, the role of women, divorce, the Lord’s supper, and the validity of Jesus’ resurrection were asked of Paul, and 1 and 2 Corinthians are his responses, which serve as a blueprint for church communities to this day.

St. Matthews Emmaus Groups Men’s Group Biblical Equipping: Fall 2004

Explore:

1.
2.

Why did the writer (St. Paul) focus on “spiritual gifts”? Why did he emphasize the “varieties” of gifts from one God? (Facilitator Note: Pagan tradition emphasized many different Gods for many different things) What does the Holy Spirit have to do with all this?

3.
Connect

1. 2. 3.

What gifts has God given to you? How have you “exercised” these gifts? What are some obstacles to exercising such gifts?

Prepare Everyone writes down how they plan to apply the concepts discussed here to their daily life in the ensuing week. We will discuss how that went during Check In next week. ADDITIONAL PREPARE: COMPLETE THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS QUESTIONNAIRE/ SCORING SHEET PRIOR TO NEXT WEEK.