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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September 7, 2014

1 Corinthians 1 - 2

Spiritual Babies, Part 1

 

 

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word “babies?”  You might think of the fact that babies are cute, cuddly, and adorable.  Everyone enjoys seeing a baby.  They can cause grown men to act silly and even talk “baby talk.”  Advertisers have long known that a baby can sell almost any product.  Babies are miraculous testimonials to God’s creativity.

Babies are also helpless.  They can’t feed themselves, dress themselves, or change their own diapers.  They need constant attention and care.  If they don’t get what they want when they want it, everyone hears about it!  They haven’t learned to wait, share, or even be polite.

Paul wrote the letter of 1 Corinthians to a church full of spiritual babies.  They were selfish, immature, and cried whenever they didn’t get their way.  In the first six chapters of the letter Paul rebuked them for their spiritual immaturity.  In this lesson you will discover two marks of spiritual babies.

1 Cor. 1:10

“Now I ___________ you, brethren, by the name of our Lord _________  __________.”  What three important things did Paul ask of them?

  1. ___________________________________
  2. ___________________________________
  3. ___________________________________

 

1 Cor. 1:11

What had Paul heard about them?

 

1 Cor. 1:12

The Christians at Corinth were divided into groups or factions following certain leaders.  Who were those leaders?

 

1 Cor. 1:13

Answer the three questions Paul asked.  Is Christ divided? _____  Was Paul crucified to pay the price for their sins? _____  Were they baptized in Paul’s name? _____

 

These verses reveal the first mark of spiritual babies: Spiritual babies follow human leaders, causing divisions in the church.  Fights and factions are common in modern churches, revealing the spiritual immaturity of the members.  Mature Christians are unified, loving, and focus more on Jesus than on human leaders.  The next verses reveal the second mark of spiritual babies.

1 Cor. 1:20

What has God done to the wisdom of the world?

 

1 Cor. 1:21

What does God use to save sinners?

 

1 Cor. 1:22

What did the Greeks seek?

 

1 Cor. 1:23

What did Paul preach?

 

What did the Greeks think of this?

 

1 Cor. 1:24

To those who are called to salvation Christ is “the _________ of God, and the __________ of God.”

 

1 Cor. 1:25

“The foolishness of God is _______ than _____; and the weakness of God is __________ than _____.”

 

1 Cor. 1:26-28

God doesn’t save many wise, powerful, or noble people.  Who does He save?

 

1 Cor. 1:29

Why does He do this?

 

1 Cor. 1:31

In whom should we glory?

 

Spiritual babies trust human wisdomChapter 2 tells us what we should trust, and how we receive it.

1 Cor. 2:1

Paul did not use clever speech or man’s wisdom when he preached to them.  What did he declare?

 

1 Cor. 2:2

What was the focus of his preaching?

 

1 Cor. 2:5

Why did he preach the way he did?

 

1 Cor. 2:9

Can the human mind comprehend the things God has prepared for those who love Him (Christians)?

 

1 Cor. 2:10

How does God reveal these truths to us?

 

1 Cor. 2:12

Why are we able to know the things of God?

 

1 Cor. 2:13

Which did Paul speak – man’s wisdom or the things he received from the Holy Spirit?

 

1 Cor. 2:14

Can an unsaved person comprehend the things of God?  Why or why not?

 

Concluding Thoughts: Paul rebuked the believers in Corinth because they were spiritually immature.  The many problems in the church were because it was full of spiritual babies.  In this lesson you have discovered two characteristics of spiritual babies:

1.     Spiritual babies follow human leaders (instead of God), causing divisions and factions in the church.

2.     Spiritual babies trust human wisdom and reasoning more than the revealed Word of God.

What about you?  Are you a spiritual baby?

You can’t help starting your Christian life as a baby, but it is your responsibility to grow up.  If you see signs of spiritual immaturity in yourself, you need to get to work.  You must read the Bible and pray every day, and spend time around mature believers (such as your Sunday School teacher) at church.  Make a commitment to God right now to do those things this week.

 

 

Project: Memorize 1 Corinthians 2:14.  Read the Bible every day.

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