1 Corinthians 4:1-5 NASB
1 Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. 3 But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. 4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. 5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.
- Regard (v. 1-2)
- Ridicule (v. 3-4)
- Result (v. 5)
- (v. 1) How does Paul describe himself and his fellow workers? Why do we put people on a pedestal? What does Paul say is a primary attribute of ministers? What do we look for in ministries?
- The church at Corinth didn’t have a very high view of Paul. They were critical and judgmental of him. How did Paul respond to this? How do you respond to criticism and judgment? (v. 3-5)
- What would it look like to take a step today in finding your security, significance, value and identity in Jesus and not in other people?