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1 Corinthians 1.1-9
Paul opens with a greeting to the Christians in Corinth and compliments them for their belief.
1 Corinthians 1.10-18
Because the Corinthian Christians have broken into groups – identifying with different patrons: Paul, Apollos, Cephas and Christ – Paul appeals to them to be of one mind. At the centre should be the cross of Christ, which must not be emptied of its power but should unite all Christians.
1 Corinthians 1.18-31
Paul tells us that the message of the cross is foolish to the wise of this world, but it is the power and wisdom of God. God has chosen what is despised in the world to be saved.
1 Corinthians 2.1-12,(13-16)
Paul does not offer grand words but demonstrations of God’s power. He speaks of God’s wisdom, but only spiritual people can discern what the Spirit of God says to them.
1 Corinthians 3.1-9
The Corinthian Christians are not yet spiritual people, which is shown by their quarrelling. Yet they are God’s field, which Paul planted, and Apollos watered – but God alone gives the growth.
Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain where they see a vision of Jesus’ heavenly glory, in the presence of Moses and Elijah, and hear a voice that confirms Jesus’ identity as God’s Son.
As he prepares to begin his ministry, Jesus is tested. Where will he put his faith? What will he trust? Where do his deepest loyalties lie?
Jesus’ late-night conversation with Nicodemus challenges him, and others like him in the synagogue, to be courageous enough to bring their curiosity about Jesus into the open. They will find this challenging, but the disturbance it causes will be like being born over again.
While sitting beside a well in Samaria, Jesus’ conversation with a Samaritan woman draws her, and her community, into the new family of faith – those who know that Jesus is‘the Saviour of the world’.