Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 16:19-24
Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.
You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.
- Read 1 Corinthians 16:1-14, focus on verses 19-24 for this Sunday.
Remember the format of this last section of the letter and its spiritual significance since it is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
- Who are the churches of Asia? Who are Aquila and Prisca? (Read Acts 18)
- What is the significance of where Paul is based on these ending verses while he is with Aquila and Prisca and the fact that they send greetings (or even hearty greetings)?
- What does it mean to greet one another with a holy kiss and why would Paul encourage it?
- What is Paul's intention and emphasis in verse 21? What weight does that add to verse 22? How does verse 22 relate to the final section of this letter? How does it relate to the letter as a whole?
- What grace is Paul extending that should be with the Corinthians?
- The Sermon Study equipping class notes are available online for anyone wanting to dig deeper. Please review this week's notes to help study this passage. Click here for the notes.
- Knowing the issues in Corinth, why would Aquila and Prisca send such hearty greetings? How do you treat others in our church or even other believers when you know there are differences and potentially even great sin between the Lord and them and potentially even sin against you?
- How do we greet one-another as related to the "hearty greetings" and a "holy kiss"? It is easy to give such greetings to those who are walking faithfully with the Lord. What about your greetings to those who are struggling? How would you greet the Corinthians especially if you were from there and were sent out as missionaries to help build up another church?
- How would you end your final comments to another believer or group of believers that you just had to exhort and/or rebuke for their sins and even their attitudes against you?