1 Corinthians 1-11

To whom was 1 Corinthians written and Why?

Read 1 Corinthians 1: 10-16

Read 1 Corinthians 3:4-7

What did Paul teach about Church unity?

Silently read 1 Corinthians 3: 8-11

1 Corinthians 3: 16-17

As Church members seek to eliminate contention and division among themselves, they invite the Spirit of the Lord to be among them.

The Spirit of God Is Needed to Teach and Understand Heavenly Things 1 Corinthians 1:17–31; 2:1–16

quietly read through 1 Corinthians 1:17–31,

looking for phrases showing that the wisdom of the world cannot be used in preaching the gospel.

Read 1 Corinthians 2: 1-6
Look for ways in which to understand spiritual truth

Even though we may feel weak or inadequate, when we teach the gospel with the help of the Holy Ghost, our message is accompanied by spiritual power.

Learning by the Spirit:

Silently 1 Corinthians 2: 9-16 and Look for how spiritual truths should be learned

We learn the things of God through His Spirit

President Brigham Young

(1801–77) explained how his own conversion resulted from a missionary who taught by the power of the Spirit: “If all the talent, tact, wisdom, and refinement of the world had been combined in one individual, and that person had been sent to me with the Book of Mormon, and had declared in the most exalted of earthly eloquence, the truth of it, undertaking to prove it by his learning and worldly wisdom, it would have been to me like the smoke which arises only to vanish. But when I saw a man without eloquence, or talents for public speaking, who could only just say, ‘I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of the Lord,’ the Holy Ghost proceeding from that individual illuminates my understanding, and light, glory, and immortality is before me; I am encircled by it, filled with it, and know for myself that the testimony of the man is true” (Deseret News Weekly, Feb. 9, 1854, 24).

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught:

“The Lord’s prescribed methods of acquiring sacred knowledge are very different from the methods used by those who acquire learning exclusively by study. For example, a frequent technique of scholarship is debate or adversarial discussion, a method with which I have had considerable personal experience. But the Lord has instructed us in ancient and modern scriptures that we should not contend over the points of his doctrine. (See 3 Ne. 11:28–30; D&C 10:63.) … Gospel truths and testimony are received from the Holy Ghost through reverent personal study and quiet contemplation” (“Alternate Voices,” Ensign, May 1989, 29).

Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy taught:

“In the scientific world the scientific method is used to learn truth and advance knowledge. It has been extremely helpful over the years and has yielded tremendous amounts of scientific knowledge and continues to push back the curtain of ignorance about our physical world. Learning spiritual things, however, requires a different approach than learning scientific things. The scientific method and intellect are very helpful, but they alone will never bring spiritual knowledge.

“Learning spiritual things involves the intellect, but that is not enough. We only learn spiritual things by the Spirit. …

1 Corinthians 6:9–20: Our Bodies Are Temples of the Holy Ghost

Silently read 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11

  • According to Paul, what is the consequence of persisting in sinful behaviors such as those listed in these verses?

Scan 1 Corinthians 6:12-18 and identify phrases that illustrate the proper attitude that Saints should have about their physical bodies

Read 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

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Our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost; we should glorify God with our bodies, for we have been bought with the price of the Savior’s Atonement.

1 Corinthians 10:1–33; 11:17–34: The Ordinance of the Sacrament

Read 1 Corinthians 10: 12-13

How can temptations be used by the adversary to gain power in the life of an individual?

Read the following verses

  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • 2 Peter 2:9
  • Alma 13:28

We can overcome temptation through God’s strength and deliverance.

Read 1 Corinthians 10:16

16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

What does the word communion mean?

close fellowship or partnership

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Pick a passage to read looking for insights on how to understand the ordinance of the sacrament

(1) 1 Corinthians 10:16–17;

(2) 1 Corinthians 11:23–26;

(3) 1 Corinthians 11:27–29.

Teachings about the Sacrament

1 Corinthians 10:16–17. Partakers of the sacrament should become one united body.

1 Corinthians 11:23–26. We take the sacrament in remembrance of the body and blood of the Savior, who died for us.

1 Corinthians 11:27–29. Followers of Christ should examine their lives and be worthy as they partake of the sacrament.

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