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Word One Bible Study: Epiphany 5 Epistle

Fear and Wisdom

Text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12(13-16) for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary Series A

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Participants will:
1.Learn that the message of the Gospel is simple, "Christ died for you."
2.Gain strength and encouragement in order to share the Gospel from the example of Paul.
3.Learn that wisdom for this life and the life to come is given us by God's Spirit as He teaches us through God's Word.
4.Desire to be in tune with the Holy Spirit for life direction and for salvation.

Materials Needed
Large piece of paper and pencil for each group

Group Guidelines
Divide into groups of 6-8 people. Choose a group facilitator who is comfortable keeping the group on track. All are encouraged to share but anyone should feel free to pass. There is a lot to cover in the Looking at God's Word section. You may want to have some groups answer questions 1 and 2 and other groups answer questions 3 and 4 and then share with the whole group what they learned.

Building Community
1.The group facilitator starts, then going in a circle each participant finishes one of these two sentences:
a. I was scared and very afraid when. . .
b. I fear the day when. . .
4.The group facilitator starts, then going around the circle, each participant finishes the following line: The wisest thing anyone ever told me was. . .
5.The group facilitator starts and each person shares a personal reason for thanksgiving to God, especially something from last week.

Looking at God's Word
1.Read the following passages. What do they say about fear?
a.Psalm 23:4 Psalm 46:1-3 Hebrews 13:6
b.Psalm 27:1 Psalm 56:3,4 1 Peter 3:13-14
c.Psalm 33:8, 18 Proverbs 1:71 John 4:18
d.Matthew 10:28
2.Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
a.What words in the text tell us why Paul came to them?
b.What was the main message Paul had for them? (verse 2)
c.Why was this Paul's main message?
d.What was Paul's greatest concern? (verse 5)
e.How did Paul feel when he came to them? (verse 3)
f.Give reasons why you think Paul may have felt this way.
3.Read 1 Corinthians 2:6-13
a.What does this passage have to say about wisdom?
b.What does this passage teach us about the Spirit of God and how this is related to wisdom?
4.All people want to be wise. What do the following verses teach about wisdom?
a.1 Kings 3:6-12 Psalm 104:24 Proverbs 3:7
b.Psalm 19:7 Psalm 111:10 Proverbs 6:6
c.Psalm 51:6 Proverbs 1:1-7 Proverbs 29:3
d.Ephesians 1:17 James 1:5 Matthew 7:24

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
1.As a group, in one or two sentences, summarize the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Write it down on the paper.
2.Each person may share that Gospel message by reading it to the group.
3.Share how you would feel saying that same Gospel message to your friends and acquaintances at school.
4.From Paul's experiences what would he say to those who fear and tremble at the thought of sharing the Gospel message?
5.What do individuals do to grow in the wisdom of this world?
6.To grow in the wisdom of God for life and salvation, what are some things a person can do?

Close with a circle prayer, each person praying, "Dear Lord, give me courage to share this Gospel message with one person this week, especially. . ."



Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in February 2014 for thESource.

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