Posted by: heisourstrongtower | April 11, 2013

THE NEW TESTAMENT 93-DAY CHRONOLOGICAL READING PLAN – Day 63 Assignment

Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 63

Our reading for today begins in 1 Corinthians 12 and as you will find out Paul is discussing the spiritual gifts that believers can receive from the Spirit. I thought it might be interesting, and some of you might consider it fun, to take a test that will reveal to you what gifts you have received. What do you think, want to try it? 

You decide if you want to do the reading first or if you want to take the test first…here is the link, and I hope you come back here and share your results with the rest of us.

Spiritual Gifts Analysis

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Today’s Reading Assignment – 1 Corinthians 12-14

“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

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Study Questions for 1 Corinthians 12

Spiritual Gifts (12:1-11)

What does Paul remind the Corinthian Christians? (1-2)

How can a person acknowledge Jesus and accept him as Lord and Savior? (3) Why do you think Paul emphasized this point?

Who is the source of the different gifts? (4-6) Why is each gift manifested? (7)

What kind of different gifts are mentioned? (8-11) Explain what each of these gifts refer to. (1 Kings 3:16-28; Mt. 22:15-22) (Josh. 7:1-26; Acts 5:1-11) (Mt. 17:20) (Ex. 15:26; Mk. 16:15-18) (Lk. 8:44; Rom. 4:18-22; Heb. 11:11-12) (2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Cor. 14:3) (Mt. 16:13-23); John 16:14) (1 Cor. 14:1-25)

One Body, Many Parts (12:12-30)

What does Paul teach about different gifts and the Holy Spirit? (12-13) How does he explain the importance and interrelationship of all parts of the body? (14-27)

What kinds of positions are needed in a church according to the gifts? (28-30; Rom. 12:6-8) What kind of attitudes should Christians have toward those who use their gifts in the church? (Rom. 12:3-5)

Faith, Hope and Love; With Love the Greatest (12:31-13:13)

What kind of gift should all Christians seek? (31) What kind of gift(s) do you think you have received or seeking? How can we receive the gifts mentioned about in order to build up the body of Christ? (James 1:2-8)

“Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.” 1 Corinthians 13:8-10

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Study Questions for 1 Corinthians 13

What happens to all gifts without love? (1-3) Think about the absolute necessity of love. Describe the nature of love. (4-7) In light of the nature of love mentioned in the above verses, how is love different from what you have thought?

How is the nature of love manifested in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ? (Lk. 19:41-44, 23:34; Phil. 2:6-8; Mt. 18:21-35) What aspect of love do you think that you should really learn?

What does Paul tell about the value of love compared to all the temporary gifts? (8-9) What does perfection refer to? (Rev. 21:23, Dan. 12:2) What would happen when perfection comes? (10)

To what does Apostle Paul compare his present and future spiritual state? (11-12) What must be with Christians always? (13) Which is the most important? Why?

“Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand. For if you praise God only in the spirit, how can those who don’t understand you praise God along with you? How can they join you in giving thanks when they don’t understand what you are saying? You will be giving thanks very well, but it won’t strengthen the people who hear you.” 1 Corinthians 14:15-17

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Study Questions for 1 Corinthians 14

Prophecy Better Than Speaking in Tongues (14:1-25)

What two things should Christian’s desire? (1a) What is the gift of prophecy? (1b) What is speaking in tongues? (10; Acts 2:5-6) why is it the most desirable of the gifts? (2-4)

How can speaking in tongues be as important as prophecy? (5-6) Why was the Corinthian Christian practice of speaking in tongues all wrong? (7-8) How has some modern-day congregations followed the Corinthian congregation’s error? (9-11) How might one excel at a spiritual gift? (12)

If given speaking in tongues what should be my motive in doing it publicly? (13, 16) What should be recognized if done in private? (14-15) What did Paul personally practice? (18-19)

What kind of thinking should be part of the Christian life? (20) How does the word of God support the use of tongues and prophecies? (21-22)

Who should we consider when we conduct a worship service? (23-24) What should be the outcome of an unbeliever if he is brought or enters our worship service? (25)

Orderly Public Worship (14:26-40)

How did personal enthusiasm get out of control in the Corinthian worship services? (26)

What kind of personal control must a person have if they have the gift of tongues? (27-28) What kind of personal control must a person have if they have the gift of prophecy? (29) What kind of mutual respect should a speaker and a listener have? (30-31)

What does verse 32 mean? What is the conclusion about way to conduct a worship service? (33a)

Why might the direction in verses 33b-35 be given? How might these verses be applied in a congregation today?

What should all congregations remember and publicly acknowledge? (36-37) Why? What is the three directions we should follow then? (39-40)

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