The Big Picture of 1 Corinthians

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Follow the prompts and instructions below, and respond in full sentences.
A. Getting Started
Read 1 Corinthians in one sitting and respond to the following questions:
What seems to be the situation (or problems) that Paul is responding to in this letter?
What does Paul want to see happen as a result of people reading this letter?
What are the major themes of this letter?
What questions to you have about the material in the letter?
B. The Big Picture of 1 Corinthians
Watch the video on the overview of 1 Corinthians and respond to the following questions: Read Scripture: 1 Corinthians
What is the story behind the letter?
What is the design or structure of the letter?
What is Paul’s methodology for responding to the various problems in Corinth?
How does the gospel inform the various sections of the letter?
What are Paul’s expectations for Christians?
What is the basis for those expectations?
According to Paul, how does the resurrection impact Christian views on sex?
How does the hope of resurrection shape the entire message of 1 Corinthians?
What is the gospel, according to 1 Corinthians?
C. Digging Deeper
Read 1 Corinthians 1.1-9 and respond to the following:
What is the basis for Paul’s thanksgiving? In other words, what is he giving thanks for?
What is does 1.8-9 reveal about God’s roll in our lives?
Read 1 Corinthians 1.10-17 and respond to the following:
What is the cause of divisions within the church at Corinth?
Read 1 Corinthians 1.18-2.5 and respond to the following:
What is the main theme of 1.18-30?
What does 1.26 reveal about the social make-up of the church in Corinth?
What does Paul emphasize when describing his ministry in 1 Corinthians 2.1-5 and why?
Read 1 Corinthians 2.6-16 and respond to the following:
According to Paul, how to perishing people (1.18) come to see Christ crucified as the wisdom of God?
Why would Paul choose to highlight this point?
Read 1 Corinthians 3.1-4 and respond to the following:
What is the main point that Paul is making in this passage?
Read 1 Corinthians 3.5-9 and respond to the following:
How does Paul reshape the way the community should think about its leaders in this passage?
Read 1 Corinthians 3.10-17 and respond to the following:
What are the themes that Paul develops in this section?
What does it mean that the church is the temple of God?
Read 1 Corinthians 3.18-23 and respond to the following:
What does Paul ask the wise to do in this passage?
How does this passage summarize what Paul has already said?
Read 1 Corinthians 4.1-5 and respond to the following:
How does Paul say that Christians are to regard their leaders?
What is the primary task of a leader in the church, according to Paul?
What are the criteria that God used to judge his leaders?
Read 1 Corinthians 4.6-13 and respond to the following:
What does Paul condemn in this passage?
What is Paul’s point in contrasting “we” and “them”?
Read 1 Corinthians 4.14-21 and respond to the following:
What is the warning in this passage?
What does Paul expect from the Corinthians in this passage?
Read 1 Corinthians 5.1-13 and respond to the following:
What is the problem that Paul is addressing in this section?
According to Paul, how should the church respond to the problem that he is addressing?
Read 1 Corinthians 6.1-11 and respond to the following:
What is the problem that Paul addresses in this passage?
What is Paul’s argument for not taking another Christian to court?
Read 1 Corinthians 6.12-20 and respond to the following:
What is Paul responding to in this passage?
What is Paul’s argument in response to this problem?
Read 1 Corinthians 7.1-40 and respond to the following:
What are Paul’s views on marriage and celibacy in this passage?
Read 1 Corinthians 8.1-11.1 in one sitting and respond to the following:
What are the major themes of these chapters?
List four questions and/or observations that you have after reading these chapters?
Read 1 Corinthians 11.2-16 and then respond to the following:
Describe in your own words the issues that Paul is addressing in 1 Corinthians 11.2-16. (2 pt)
Read 1 Corinthians 11.17-33 and respond to the following:
What is the issue the Paul is addressing here?
What is his solution to the problem?
Read 1 Corinthians 12.1-14.40 in one sitting and the respond to the following:
What is the relationship between chapters 12-14? In other words, how are the themes related to one another?
According to Paul, what is the purpose of (spiritual) gifts? (1 pt)
Read 1 Corinthians 15.1-58 in one sitting and respond to the following:
What issue is Paul addressing in the passage? In other words, what is Paul trying to correct?
For Paul, what is at stake if Christ was not raised from the dead?
What is Paul’s vision of the future in this passage?
For Paul, how does the resurrection change how we live?
D. Understanding God’s Plans for the Future in Paul
Listen to the following lecture on audio and respond to the following questions:
Audio
“Future of the world in Paul” by Dr. Kelly Liebengood
What are the three Rs that explain God’s plan for the future?
According to Paul, what are we to expect at the return of Jesus? (Rom 2.1-1; 2 Thess 1.5-12; 1 Thes 1.10; 1 Thes 4.13-18)
What is the basis for salvation/deliverance? (Romans 3.21-26; Phil 3.9; Rom 8.3-4; Gal 2.15-20; Rom 5.1-11)
According to Paul, what kind of resurrection awaits those who are in Christ?
Phil 3.10-21
1 Cor 15.35-50
2 Cor 5.1-11
According to Paul, what will happen to our world in the future?
Romans 8.18-25
Colossians 1.15-20
1 Thess 4.13-18/2 Tim 4.18 to be read within this narrative
How does return, resurrection, and renewal shape and affect faith, hope, and love? (1 Corinthians 13; 2 Cor 4.12-17)
E. Putting it All Together
Drawing on the material in Unit 5, make a 2-minute video that summarizes God’s plans for the future using the 3 Rs (return, resurrection, and renewal). Be sure to explain in adequate detail what is involved in each of the three Rs, and where we see this idea developed in Paul’s letters (it doesn’t need to be exhaustive; just point to one or two passages that develop the themes).
You will need to upload your presentation on YouTube and then paste the link in your Word document to complete this section of the assignment. Instructions for uploading a video on YouTube can be found here. Make sure to check the sound and lighting. It is recommended you record at least one minute and double check the sound/light. When uploading the video, make sure to change the YouTube setting to UNLISTED. If the setting is on private, the instructor will not be able to view the video, and you will receive a grade of 0 for this part of the assignment.

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