1 Corinthians 16:5-24 NASB
5 After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going through Macedonia. 6 Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.
10 When Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11 No one, then, should treat him with contempt. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers.
12 Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity.
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.
15 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia,and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, 16 to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it. 17 I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house.20 All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.
22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord!
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
- Struggle (v. 5-14)
- (v. 5-7) Uncertainty
- (v. 8-9) Opposition
- (v. 10-11) Dislike
- (v. 12) Disagree
- (v. 13-14) Commands
- Support (v. 15-24)
- (v. 15-24) Support Cast & Community
- In Christ, we are all called to the ministry. What are your expectations of ministering to broken, hurting people?
In verses 8-11 what picture do we get of ministry? Why do you think Paul spoke of adversaries and people despising Timothy?
- (v. 12) Paul and Apollos didn’t agree. What was Paul’s response? How well do you deal with conflict and disagreement?
- (v. 15-18) Paul instructs the church to recognize and be in subjection. How and why do we struggle with this in our context, culture, homes and churches?
- What stood out to you most from the book of 1 Corinthians? Do you believe that Jesus grows you? Where has He grown you most this year?