These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

1 Corinthians 1: Called in Christ

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of 1 Corinthians.

Have you ever found a Christian group that doesn't have any problems? If so, don't join it—you'll ruin everything!

The church in Corinth was far from perfect. Paul had heard a long list of complaints about this eager but misguided flock. As he attempted some long-distance pastoring, where would he begin? Paul's starting point is very relevant for problem groups and individuals today.

Warming Up to God

When have you been hurt by division within a church or Christian group you were a part of?

Read 1 Corinthians 1

Discovering the Word

  • Before discussing the problems in Corinth, Paul affirms his readers (vv. 1-9). Why is he thankful for them?
  • Why do you think cliques had formed around Paul, Apollos and Cephas (v. 12)?
  • How did Paul conduct himself in Corinth to avoid, if possible, the problem of a personality cult (vv. 14-17)?
  • The Corinthians boasted in worldly wisdom and those who taught it. How does the message of the cross destroy all such boasting (vv. 18-25)?
  • The Corinthians also felt intellectually and spiritually superior to others. What had they forgotten about their past and the reason God chose them (vv. 26-29)?
  • What does it mean to "boast in the Lord" (vv. 30-31)?

Applying the Word

  • As you reflect on your own past, what reasons do you have for being humble rather than proud?
  • How can genuine humility promote unity in your church or fellowship?

Responding in Prayer

Take time to thank the Lord for all he has done for you.