WEEK 5 - VICTORY OVER DEATH
1 CORINTHIANS 16:13-24
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. 15 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, 16 to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it. 17 I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. 20 All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord! 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Paul ends his letter with one final charge – stand firm in the gospel. It will require courage and strength from God to fulfill our calling in God. Notice the familial closeness Paul exhibits in his final words to the church. He wasn’t trying to build a stale organization but a living and growing spiritual family rooted in love.
Explain the expressions in 16:13-14. Why are these qualities needed?
What are some qualities that Paul commends in the people he mentions in wrapping up his letter? How did these qualities help build up the community?
What are you “bringing” on a regular basis to help the church community?