Paul's letters to the church of Corinth are found in these two books of the New Testament. Paul wrote to the people of Corinth twice, because he was unable to visit them again, and out of deep love for them, wanted them to change the way they were living. Paul shows the new Christians in Corinth that all of life's most complex problems can be seen through the lens of the gospel.
We are God's field (1 Corinthians 3:1-9)
"For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building."
Following leaders or God?
It can be easy to spend our lives following people, other leaders. Perhaps we get in spired by the stories of other Christians, or we follow a particular church speaker or preacher.
When Paul was talking to the people in todays passage, he reminds them that they don't need to pick sides and follow Apollos or Paul, but we are all co-workers in God's field.
Think of the biggest tree that you have seen
The Church of Scotland have some worship ideas and sermon notes for adults for this passage, about identity, status and knowledge.
One body with many parts (1 Cor 12:12-31)
Potato Head Talk
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When a part of the puzzle or a part of the body is missing, its not complete, it's not quite right!.
We're going to have some fun with Potato head to remind us that of all the parts of our church, none is more important.
Let the children play with the Potato head and talk about how the church is like a body.
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Give out the puzzle(s)to do first – this what we are thinking about today! We need all the pieces to make the whole picture...
Read the 1 Corinthians reading.
Here are some resources for leaders, who are looking for context and background information to share about the letters to the Corinthians
BibleProject Overview: 1 Corinthians
BibleProject: 1 Corinthians Overview poster, free download here