Family Resources for Bishop's Year of The Bible: Week 8

Week 8

Dear Families,
1Corinthians is a letter from St Paul to a community he founded around the year 51.  In his letter he gives admonishment, direction, guidance, and encouragement to the church in Corinth.  
Some of the chapters, you will find, have two options for you to choose from based on the age and maturity of your children.  

Sunday, January 17

1Cor 7:17     OR    1Cor 7:32
“Only, let every one lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in which God has called him.” (1Cor 7:17)

  • How can we know the life that God has prepared for us?
  • How will we know what He will call us to?
  • “I want you to be free from anxieties.” (1Cor 7:32)
    • I wonder what anxieties are?
    • What do you think it means to be free from them?

Monday, January 18

1Cor 8:3
“But if one loves God, one is known by Him.” (1Cor 8:3)

  • Can you think of some ways that we can love God?
  • I wonder what it means to be “known” by god?

Tuesday, January 19

1Cor 9:25
“Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we, an imperishable.” (1Cor 9:25)

  • A “wreath” is a type of award or prize.  What kind of awards do athletes usually receive?
  • Are they “imperishable” (last forever)
  • I wonder then, what kind of “imperishable” prize we are seeking?

Wednesday, January 20

1Cor 10:17        OR     1Cor 10:31
“Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” (1Cor 10:17)

  • I wonder how “partaking” (receiving) the “Body of Christ”, can make us “one body” in Christ?

“So whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1Cor 10:31)

  • Do you think it is possible to do all things for the glory of God?
  • What are some of the things we can do and how can we do them?

Thursday, January 21

1Cor 11:1    OR    1Cor 11:23-25
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1Cor 11:1)

  • What are some of the ways we can be imitators of Jesus?
  • Can it be hard sometimes to be an imitator of Jesus?

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the chalice, after supper, saying, “This is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1Cor 11:23-25)

  • Have we heard these words before?
  • These are the words of consecration.
  • Can you tell me what is happening as we are hearing these words?

Friday, January 22

1Cor 12:26
“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1Cor 12:26)

  • I wonder what St Paul means by “member”?
  • How can we suffer with someone?
  • What does rejoice mean?
  • How can we rejoice with them?

Saturday, January 23

1Cor 13:4-7        OR        1Cor 13:13
“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.  Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  (1Cor 13:4-7)

  • What did you hear?
  • Do you know these words? (jealous, boastful, arrogant…)
  • I wonder which of these are harder?

“So faith, hope love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 
  (1Cor 13:13)

  • I wonder why St Paul says the greatest of these is love?
  • I wonder how love can help us to bear, believe, hope and endure all things?