October 9 – 1 Corinthians 3:16-4:7

It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

1 Corinthians 3:16-4:7

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

The Nature of True Apostleship

4:7 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

SOAP Note

Friends in Church | Shiree King

Scripture

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Observation

The “temple” in this passage refers to the church or the entire congregation of believers, rather than an individual person. In addition to external attacks on the church and Christians from nonbelievers, the church today is also being attacked within.  We are becoming an increasingly lonely society, and the church is no exception.  Social media gives the illusion that we have tons of friends, yet we feel lonely.  Podcasts and online sermons allow people to stay connected to the weekly teaching when they miss, but they have also become a replacement option for attending church.  But the more we choose to do church away from the relational aspect of church, the more disconnected we feel; the more we start to believe that we don’t need to attend church; the more lonely we feel.

Application

This concept of loneliness and friendlessness in the church has come up over and over and over for me in the past couple weeks.  My heart aches for people who don’t believe they have a friend in life, let alone a friend at church.  What can I do as a church member, LIFEgroup leader, and follower of Christ to build-up God’s temple – the Church?  Pray. Invite. Include. Reach out.

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for building Your church and for creating us to be relational beings.  I ask for You to speak to people who feel lonely today that they are loved and valued.  Please help them to not believe the lie that no one cares, and help them to have the courage to reach out to people to develop relationships, especially people in their church.  Please give wisdom to church leadership to reach out to people who feel lonely. Please show me what I can do personally to combat loneliness in the church.  Help us to work together to build Your temple rather than destroy it.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  1. Ms. King,

    I am one of those lonesome individuals you wrote about. I have acquaintances but no friends. Sharing this truth in a public forum is difficult but having ‘just’ finished crying out to the LORD about this and some other related things and being to-the-core-weary from holding on to this secret for so long, I decided to leave a comment. Please don’t feel sorry for me. I am not a victim. I appreciate all that you wrote and your heart. – L.A.

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  2. L.A. – Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability. Now I can agree with you in prayer for a good godly friend.

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  3. I hope this encourages you and others who feel their hearts aching in loneliness. This group right here, those who post here on Discover One Thing Online Study and many others who’ve joined us in the last 4 years, was born out of this same place of loneliness and my very simple prayer to God for a friend. God is so faithful in answering prayer! Within a few days of praying for a friend in July 2014, He introduced me to Dyea through this ministry, who was also praying for a friend at the very same time. Within a few more weeks, He made the connections to start a moms group in my home through this ministry. And within the last 4 years, He brought around 30 women into my home, including Rebecca, Jess, Shiree, and Marianne, to enter into Godly friendships and pray for them and do life with them. When you call out to God for a friend, keep your eyes open and be ready! He may not answer your prayer in a way you ever expected, but His plans are always better than mine.

    And if you’re in the Omaha Metro, please know you are always welcome at the groups our leaders are leading. There’s almost one on every day of the week now!

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  4. Thank you for your prayers, Shiree.

    Becky, thank you for your encouragement. I don’t live anywhere near the Omaha area. I’m a Colorado gal. 😊

    L.K.

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