Bible Proficiency Project
Week 31, 8/3 - 8/8, 2020

I.     Monday — 2Thessalonians 1  Paul’s Boast

1.     According to Acts 18 where was Paul and for how long when he wrote the two letters to the Thessalonian

       Church?  

2.    From the two letters what can we conclude was the continual challenge facing the Thessalonian church?

3.    What truth does Paul encourage them with regards to those who trouble them?

4.    What does Paul pray will be the end of all their faith and perseverance?

II.    Tuesday — 2Thessalonians 2-3 Instruction

1.     In 1Thessalonians Paul had emphasized the suddenness with which Christ would return. In this second

       letter what wrong understanding about the second coming had arisen according to 2:1-11?

2.    What did Paul say had to happen before the Lord’s return?

3.    In what form will this son of perdition appear and by what power?

4.    What is the church to do until Christ returns to defeat the son of perdition?

5.    How is the believer to respond to those in the church who walk disorderly (3:6)?

6.    What other problem seems to exist in the church that Paul addresses (see 1Thess 4:11 w/  3:10)?

III.   Wednesday — 1Corinthians 1-3:4  Gospel & Wisdom

1.    This letter to Corinth was probably written during Paul’s third missionary journey during the three years he

       spent in Ephesus (Acts 19). Paul left Corinth a church that had full teaching from him, but now he writes

       because of problems in the church. He first responds to what information (1:11)?

2.    What is the first contention that Paul addresses and how does he attack the problem?

3.    What was the basis for them choosing favorites?

4.    What does Paul say should be the basis for evaluating the preaching?

5.    How is it that one does receive the wisdom of the gospel (2:13)?

6.    What unique gift does the Christian receive?

7.    Why does Paul chide the Corinthians as still being carnal (3:1-4)?

IV.   Thursday – 1Corinthians 3:5-4:21  Apostleship

1.     How should the congregation view each of the men who serve as their pastors according to 3:5-15)?  

2.    What distinction and limitation does Paul state in 3:18-4:7)?

3.    What is meant that the Apostles are made a spectacle to the world (4:9)?

4.    Describe Paul’s unique relationship to the congregation and to Timothy (4:14-17)?

V.    Sunday — 1Corinthians 5-6  Morals & Ethics

1.     What was the abomination that was tolerated in the church?  

2.    What should be our attitude toward those who engage in sexual immorality in the church verses those

       outside the church?  

3.    Should the Christian sue someone in a public court?

4.    What is the principle of Christian liberty that is being expressed in 6:12-13?

5.    Why should the Christian always reject sexual immorality?

 

 

 

Answers

I.     Monday — 2Thessalonians 1  Paul’s Boast

1.     After leaving Athens for Corinth he was reunited with Silas and Timothy in Corinth where he labored for

       two years in the school of Tyrannus.

2.    Ever since Paul’s work there a fierce persecution and opposition existed against the church so that Paul in

       his inquiry mentions that they are to be commended for their perseverance in the face of opposition (1:4).

3.    That God will judge their enemies when the Lord Jesus returns (v. 9).

4.    That the name of the Lord Jesus Christ would be glorified in them and they be glorified in Jesus.

II.    Tuesday — 2Thessalonians 2-3 Instruction

1.     That the second coming had already happened.

2.    (v. 3) a great falling away and the revealing of the son of perdition.

3.    As one who is the antichrist and working through the power of Satan with signs, and lying wonders

       designed as deceptions to keep the unregenerate from believing the truth.

4.    (2:15) Stand ad hold fast to the traditions (teachings) of the church you hear through preaching or the bible.

5.    Those who act and teach things contrary to God’s Word are to be separated from for the good of the

       testimony of the church and to prevent their influence on others in the church.

6.    There was an element in the church that refused to work and sought to take advantage of the charity of

       the church. Paul’s instruction is clear that in such cases where the need is intentional that the Church is to

       send them to go to work and not to be their support (not a welfare organization).

III.   Wednesday — 1Corinthians 1-3:4  Gospel & Wisdom

1.     A letter from Chloe’s household regarding contentions in the church.

2.    Cliques in the church based favorite pastors. Paul chastised them for dividing up the church united in

       Christ.

3.    (1:17) implies that preaching styles were the issue but Paul points to the gospel of Christ as one no matter

       from which preacher.  Some were drawn to what they saw as a more sophisticated or wise presentation.

4.    Not cleverness but the simplicity of Christ and Him crucified (2:2), while at the same time preaching the

       mystery of the gospel that is foreign to the natural mind.

5.    The believer is enabled by the work of the Holy Spirit to be able to discern spiritual truth. The carnal mind

       can’t understand the gospel in the sense of true faith because they view the gospel as foolishness.

6.    (2:16) we are given the mind of Christ.

7.    Paul expected that at this point they should be much further along in their Christian walk but because of

       their problems that have led to divisions and strife in the congregation. Peace in the church is a sign of

       maturity because it reflects the love of God in the hearts of the people.

IV.   Thursday – 1Corinthians 3:5-4:21  Apostleship

1.     Each minister brings different perspectives that God uses to different ends, but each must be Christ-

       centered.

2.    The Christian is not to be infatuated with worldly wisdom or philosophy (3:19) but limit their view of what is

       true to God’s Word (4:6).

3.    The Apostles sacrifice and suffering for the sake of Christ goes contrary to the wisdom of the world, but

       this is by God’s design.

4.    Paul says there maybe many who teach in the church but he will always hold the unique position as their

       founding pastor as well as being an Apostle-father to them. In the same way, he now sends Timothy to

       whom he is also a spiritual father but with the commendation that his life and teaching will be the pattern

       by which they will be able to imitate Paul (v. 16).

V.    Sunday — 1Corinthians 5-6  Morals & Ethics

1.     Sexual immorality that was even rejected by the world: a son committing adultery with his father’s wife.

2.   The erring brother is to be set outside the body for the purpose of calling them to repentance. The worldly

       sinner we associate with as a witness to call them to repentance and faith.

3.    To view the court in Paul’s day with our courts is two different things. However, where possible difficulties

       should be resolved within the courts of the church where possible. But in some cases today with insurance

       companies and third parties that is not an option.

4.    Even though things are okay it does not mean they are helpful. Things should be viewed from the stand

       point of service to Christ first.

5.    Because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.