Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 1 Corinthians 10 (3.3 Friday)
This chapter talks a lot about sin, and how it affects more than just the one doing the sinning. This chapter was refreshing for me, as it renewed and improved my view of what sin is in my life. God showed me today through Paul in 1 Corinthians 10 that when I commit sin, it doesn’t just affect me, but it affects the rest of the body of Christ, countless people that I care so much about. Paul says that, “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” (v. 17). A few verses later Paul says, “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” (v. 24).
Reading this chapter caused me to be a little grieved because of my past sin, and because of the sin that I know I will struggle with in the future. I don’t want to harm or hinder any of my brothers and sisters in Christ, but I want them, and myself, as the body of Christ, to grow, to be unified and to be ready for action.
I also felt hopeful as I read this passage. I have hope in knowing that I am not on my own as I seek the eternal prize that Paul mentioned in chapter nine. I love the famous verses in chapter ten that say, “God is faithful, He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (v. 13).
Read 1 Corinthians 11 (3.3 Friday)
Two things grabbed my attention as I meditated on this chapter. The first thing is just how beautiful God’s creation of men and women, together, is. This chapter has a lot of controversy in it, but underlying the debated verses I saw just how connected men and women really are, and just how important that connection is. I love verses 11-12: “Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; just as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman.” This is simply a beautiful snippet of God’s purposeful and beautiful work in creating men and women. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
The second thing that was on my heart as I read this chapter was simply a challenge to submit to God and His word, even if what I find is counter-cultural. I’m not saying that I am taking an old-fashioned head covering view of this passage, but I was simply challenged as the thought crossed my mind, “what if this really was saying the awkward command for men not to cover his head and for woman to cover hers?”. If I truly believed that was what God’s word was saying, would I fully live as God as my King and stand up for that conviction?
Questions for Reflection:
- What do you think the Bible means when it talks about wives submitting to their husbands? Or when it says things like husbands honoring his head, and women honoring their heads?
- Do you think verses 11-12 (“Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; just as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman.”) speak to today’s culture of sexuality? Why yes? Why no?
- Do you feel free and safe as you live with God’s word as your authority, even with the hard passages?
- How do you think it affects how people read the Bible when they are living for themselves as god, rather than for God as God?
Reflections written by Wade Henderson