1 Corinthians 3 Study Guide

Ice-Breaker Question

What was your favorite food as a kid? What about now?

Reflection Questions

  1. Why does Paul compare the Corinthians to infants? What traits did they have that made them worldly?
  2. What’s the difference between an infancy and maturity in Christ?
  3. Why is it important for believers to not look like the world?
  4. How does Paul’s explanation in verse 5-9 show us the role of God, leaders, and the church?
  5. How would you summarize the biblical view of wisdom from verses 18-23?
  6. How does the gospel show us a better foundation for our lives?

Memory Verse

“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”—1 Corinthians 3:5–9 (NIV)

Prayer Guide

Examine your life. Ask the Spirit to reveal areas and attitudes in you that you’ve not surrendered to Christ and in which you still resemble the world. Then, pray and ask for the Spirit to lead you into truth and submission in these areas so you may walk and live in the light of Jesus and effectively reflect that light to those who don’t know Him.

This Week

Take a step back from mentally idolizing other people and instead focus on the Spirit’s work in your own heart. Engage in a spiritual discipline that will draw your attention to Christ and grow your faith.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.