Bible Proficiency Project
Week 32, 8/10 - 8/16, 2020

I.     Monday — 1Corinthians 7   Marriage & Divorce

1.     What is Paul’s meaning that it is good for a man not to touch a woman?  

2.    What does Paul see then as the reason for one to marry?

3.    On what basis does Paul say a Christian may divorce their spouse?

4.    What does Paul mean in v. 25 when he said I have no commandment from the Lord?

4.    According to v. 39 who are Christians to marry and when are they free to remarry?

II.    Tuesday — 1Corinthians 8-9  Idolatry & Authority

1.     What warning did Paul state in v. 1 about knowledge?

2.    Why did Paul say you may eat food offered to idols and when are you not to eat that food?.

3.    What does Paul say is the ground of his authority and the seal of his apostleship?

4.    What is Paul defending in 9:3-14?

5.    Why did Paul not receive support from Corinth?

6.    How is the Christian to run the race?

 

III.   Wednesday — 1Corinthians 10:1-22 OT Examples

1.     What does Paul emphasize by his use of the word all in the first five verses?

2.    In verses 6-11 mark out all those things that we are not to do wherein the Israelites became examples of

       disobedience?

3.    What is the intended application is this example?

4.    In the verses 14-22, how is the Christian to go about fleeing idolatry?

IV.   Thursday – 1Corinthians 10:23-11:1 Biblical Practice

1.     What exception does Paul raise concerning meat offered to idols in v. 25? 

2.    What is the issue with the meat provided when eating with a non-believing friend at his home?

3.    Why does Paul say you should refuse?

4.    What do we learn from this about the principle Paul stated in v. 31?

V.    Sunday — 1Corinthians 11  Head coverings and The Lord’s Supper

1.     What point does Paul make in speaking of head coverings? 

2.    In what way is man more in the image of God than the woman in Paul’s making this point?  

3.    Why does Paul admonish them regarding the Lord’s Supper?

4.    What must one do to partake of the Supper in a worthy manner and avoid judgment?

5.    What practical feeding is going on in the Supper?

 

Answers

I.     Monday — 1Corinthians 7   Marriage & Divorce

1.     He is speaking of singleness in the first sense.  Paul appeals to himself in v. 7 and 8 as an example of

       singleness. But to what purpose? It is so that one might focus on service to God.  By his use good he is not

       saying that being married is bad or evil. Only that if one is able to not be married they are free to engage in

       service to God with less distraction. How do we reconcile this with Gen 2:18 where God says it is not good

       for man to be alone? The answer is simple. Before the fall marriage was without hindrances but after

       marriage now has its share of distractions due to the mixture of the curse with the intended blessing. He

       clarifies this in vv. 32-33 & 35.

2.    Paul has been dealing with the sin of sexual immorality that was present and tolerated in the church. In ch.

       7 he now speaks of how to flee it, namely, that is the design and purpose of marriage. Sexual intimacy is to

       be regular within the marriage to remove temptation from both parties. In Hebrews 13:4 it says marriage is

       honorable among all, and the bed undefiled, but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Paul confirms

       this in v. 9 when he said for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

3.    Only if the spouse is an unbeliever who abandons the marriage (v. 15). Jesus also specified adultery. This

       becomes difficult when abuse comes into the equation so that v. 11 maybe a necessity where the wife

       leaves her husband but is required to remain unmarried or be reconciled back to her husband if she

       desires the marriage relationship.

4.    That there is no written commandment regarding virgins remaining single. This should not be taken as not

       inspired but Paul’s thoughts.

5.    The first principle is that Christians are to marry in the Lord.  The second rule here is that you are bound in

       your marriage to your spouse as long as they live. In the case of adultery the sinning spouse is viewed as

       dead for adultery and if they remarry are not allowed to return to the original spouse.

II.    Tuesday — 1Corinthians 8-9  Idolatry & Authority

1.     That knowledge can lead one to see themselves superior because of their knowledge and thus they know

       better than the other guy. Love however leads the believer to have compassion and care and act as a

       servant toward others.

2.    Paul makes clear the obvious that the false gods are no gods at all and so the Christian knows that food

       offered to idols is just food (v. 4). But he then distinguishes that eating food in an idol’s temple may lead a

       weaker Christian to stumble because they do not yet clearly understand this distinction and so in such

       situations they see it as eating food and participating in idol worship. In that case, don’t eat.

3.    The ground of Paul’s authority is his office of being an apostle. He is free in Christ from the bondage of sin

       and was placed in that office directly by Jesus to plant the Gentile churches. He then specifically states that

       the Corinthian church is a seal or proof of his apostleship because they are the result of his work.

4.    The minister’s right to be supported by those to whom he ministers.

5.    There appear to have been some who would undermine the reason why he preached the gospel accusing

       him of doing it for the money. So he refuses not to hinder his preaching the gospel (v. 16, 18).

6.    Paul uses sports analogies to emphasize that the believer needs to approach their walk in the Lord with

       the same focus and discipline as one training to compete in the games. Thus the Christian must be

       temperate v. 25 (exercise complete control), and discipline the body to bring it into subjection (v. 27) (we

       contend against our own flesh by the power of the spirit).

III.   Wednesday — 1Corinthians 10:1-22 OT Examples

1.     All of those Hebrews God brought out of Egypt were the recipients of God’s deliverance and benefits. In

       the crossing of the Red Sea, they were united through a form of baptism to become the body of believers.

       That in the eating of the manna and drinking of the water from the rock they became united to Christ

       spiritually. AND YET many of them showed themselves unworthy and unbelieving of their position in the

       church.

2.    The believer is not to lust after evil things, become idolaters, commit sexual immorality, tempt Christ (by

       accusing God), nor complain.

3.    (v. 12) The Christian must be mindful to stand in the Lord and obedience as a walk worthy of their calling.

       To encourage the believer Paul says God will not allow you to be tempted in a way that you can not

       escape it but will always provide a way out.

4.    Paul points out that those things you participate in joining you to the thing it represents. When one is in

       Christ they are united to Christ through the body and blood of the sacrament. In the same way, when you

       go to the idol’s temple and partake of the food offered to the idol you join yourself to that sacrifice which

       Paul said is a sacrifice to demons. As a Christian, you must see the urgency to separate and not participate

       in false worship.

IV.   Thursday – 1Corinthians 10:23-11:1 Biblical Practice

1.     Here he speaks about meat sold in the market place that came from the idol-temples. He says simply buy

       and don’t ask where it came from.

2.    Feel free to eat whatever is provided and don’t ask where it came from. However, if the host says it comes

       from being offered to an idol you are not to eat it at that point and attach your faith to false worship.

3.    In v. 28 the Christian refuses for the sake of the unbelieving friend as a testimony that this is to participate

       in something false and dangerous. Notice that it is not because of your conscience but as an effort to

       protect the conscience of the unbeliever.

4.    That every action of the believer must have the opportunity to witness for the truth of God considered that

       our witness to the world might be one of light. The goal is that others might be saved v. 33. Thus, Paul calls

       on believers in 11:1 to imitate or mimic his approach to witnessing the grace of the gospel at all times.

V.    Sunday — 1Corinthians 11  The Lord’s Supper

1.     The issue here is one of submission and showing proper respect for authority. In v. 10 the covering of the

       woman’s head shows her willingness to be under God’s authority and that of her husband. But he also says

       in v. 15 that her hair is her covering.

2.    Adam was created from the dust and had the breath of God breathed in him; whereas the woman is

       created from Adam’s rib and while she has the image of God in here equally she received it through

       Adam’s image.

3.    The Lord’s Supper is a symbol of the church’s unity but with divisions in the church, and by observing the

       Supper in different ways and groups they dishonor God and others in the church.

4.    Paul said in v. 28 that one must first examine themselves in terms of their walk with the Lord.

5.    This is not nourishment for the body (a meal), but for the soul (thus it is a spiritual feeding).