At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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November 2, 2014

1 Corinthians 13

How Should I Use My Spiritual Gift?




Have you ever been to the symphony?  The combination of many different instruments playing different notes, rhythms, and dynamics produces a beautiful sound.

Imagine for a moment that the instrumentalists have no music.  None of them knows what note or rhythm to play or what the other instruments are supposed to do.  What will happen when the director brings down his baton?  There will be a loud cacophony of meaningless noise; there will be no order or beauty.

The church is a lot like a symphony orchestra.  Every member plays a certain part and the proper combination of each member’s service produces a beautiful result.  Last week’s lesson was about why we have spiritual gifts.  This week you will learn how we use our spiritual gifts in the church.  Let’s begin where we left off.

1 Cor. 12:31

What was Paul going to show them?


The Need for Love

1 Cor. 13:1

The word charity means love; it is the Greek word agape’, which refers to God’s kind of unselfish and self-sacrificing love.  What would be the result if Paul spoke like the most eloquent speaker who ever lived – or even like an angel – but without love?


1 Cor. 13:2

What if he exercised all these spectacular gifts without love?


1 Cor. 13:3

What if he gave away everything he owned, even sacrificing his very life, but did it without love?


Why did Paul say these things?  The immature believers in Corinth were enamored with showy, flashy, spectacular spiritual gifts.  They wanted to prophesy, speak in tongues, and do great acts of faith, but they wanted to do those things to impress others.  They wanted praise and prominence: their ultimate motivation for serving in the church was selfish.  They did not serve out of love for their fellow church members.  Paul said such self-seeking service is worthless.  The only worthwhile motivation for using your spiritual gift in the church is genuine, God-like love.  Do you have that kind of love?  The next few verses describe it.

The Nature of Love

1 Cor. 13:4

“Love _____________ long, and is ________; love ___________ not; love vaunteth not __________, is not ________ up.”


1 Cor. 13:5

“Doth not behave itself ____________, seeketh not her _______, is not easily ____________, thinketh no ________.”


1 Cor. 13:6

“Rejoiceth not in ____________, but rejoiceth in the _________.”


1 Cor. 13:7

“___________ all things, _____________ all things, __________ all things, ____________ all things.”


1 Cor. 13:8

“Love never ___________.”


Where is the focus of true agape’ love: self or others? __________  Remember that this description of love is given in the context of an explanation of spiritual gifts and their proper use in the church.

The Permanence of Love

1 Cor. 13:8

Love lasts forever, but what three things will not?  _____________   ____________   ____________


The words fail and vanish away mean to be rendered inoperative.  The word cease means to automatically come to an end. 

1 Cor. 13:9

“For we know in _________, and we prophesy in ________.”  Is tongues mentioned in this verse?


1 Cor. 13:10

When will our partial knowledge and prophecy be done away (the same word translated fail and vanish away in verse 8)?


That which is perfect” refers to the perfect and complete knowledge we will have when we are with Jesus Christ in heaven.

1 Cor. 13:11

The Corinthian believers were immature and childish.  What happens when we become mature?


1 Cor. 13:12

How do we see now?


How will we see in heaven?


1 Cor. 13:13

What three things will abide forever?


Which of them is the greatest?


Concluding Thoughts: God has given every believer at least one spiritual gift.  Those gifts are to be used in the church.  When any member is absent or fails to use his or her gift, a gaping hole is left in the church and its ability to glorify Jesus Christ.

If you are a Christian you have a spiritual gift.  Do you know what it is? _______  Are you using that gift in the church? _______

Here is the most important question from this lesson: Is your service in the church motivated by genuine love for others, or by your desire for recognition?

God gave you a gift and He wants you to serve, but He wants you to do it for the right reason.  Serve God in His church out of genuine love and concern for others, not for praise, attention, or rewards.  Examine your motive and correct it if necessary.



Project: Memorize 1 Corinthians 13:6-7.  Ask your Sunday School teacher about ways to use your spiritual gift in your class.

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