Bible1So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

6Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another. 7For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Vv1-2

What do you think the “secret things of God” is referring to? I think the gospel.

How do we prove faithful with the special knowledge of God’s word?

This was not a mystery religion where secret knowledge got you into God’s kingdom, but instead a community of action.

Vv3-5

these verses speak of judging others, and ourselves…

Are you all-knowing, all-hearing, all-seeing? Then you, like me, probably aren’t the perfect judge.

What is God’s standard of judgment? If perfection, Is it based on what you did, or what you thought?

Does having a clear conscience mean that God considers you right with him?

Does that worry you? How do you prepare for that day of judgment?

What does this mean about how we look at other people? Should we criticize others? Can we do it in love?

Vv6-7

Paul brings up the two groups, which are pledging allegiance to himself or Apollos…

Who gives people abilities?

Where do gifts in life ultimately come from?

How can we guard against boasting in ourselves?

I’ll say it, I’m arrogant at times… how do I guard against that/ or ask for forgiveness?

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