Bible Story

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The Church Divided

In the first century, Corinth was an important destination in the Roman Empire. The city was located on a narrow area of land connecting the southern end of the Greek peninsula with the mainland to the north. When Paul visited Corinth on his missionary journeys, the city was full of people with various cultural and religious backgrounds.

Corinth was a strategic place to plant a church. Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half with Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. On the Sabbath, Paul went to the synagogues to teach God’s message to the people. When the Jews refused to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, Paul preached to the Gentiles. Many Corinthians believed and were baptized. (Acts 18:1-18) Finally, Paul returned to Antioch in Syria.

About six years passed. Paul was in Ephesus when he heard a report that the church in Corinth was struggling. The people in the church were arguing and suing each other. In some ways, they lived just like the people in Corinth who were not believers. So Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian church—the Book of First Corinthians—not only to instruct them on how to live but to answer questions they had about the faith.

Because of Jesus and what He has done, believers can humbly come together as one body. Emphasize that Paul gave practical instructions so that the believers would know how to live—not as a way to earn God’s favor, but to live in light of their salvation.

Paul spent a significant portion of his ministry meeting with believers and encouraging them to keep the faith. Jesus’ mission for the church is for believers to come together to worship God and to share the gospel.

Paul told the believers in the Corinthian church to come together because of the gospel. He reminded them that Jesus saves sinners. Because of Jesus and what He has done, believers can humbly come together as one body.

 


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The Church Divided

(1 Corinthians 1-6)

Paul told the believers in the Corinthian church to come together because of the gospel. He reminded them that Jesus saves sinners. Because of Jesus and what He has done, believers can humbly come together as one body.

 


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • Who are some people you struggle to get along with?
  • How can you show love to those people?
  • Why do you think God unites all kinds of people through Jesus?
  • Why is it important for believers in the church to get along?
  • Why should believers live in such a way that people can see them and know they follow Jesus?
  • How can people who are different from one another come together?
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Worship

Game Idea

Every Piece Important

 

 -Provide a variety of interlocking brick toys.

-Instruct the kids to build something, like a car, but restrict them from using all but a certain type of piece, such as pieces of a given size, shape, or color.

-After a minute or two, lift the restrictions and encourage them to use any and all pieces.

 

 

CONNECTION:

"If you restrict yourself to using only certain pieces, you limit the possibilities of what you can build. In a similar way, God uses people of all kinds in His plans because we all benefit from one another. Today we will learn about a time Paul wrote a letter to a church that was divided by arguments. What do you think Paul told them to do?"