1 & 2 Corinthians: Day 1

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

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Today's Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-31, Exodus 19:5-6, James 1:18

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-31, Exodus 19:5-6, James 1:18

I work with a truly spectacular group of people, but we don’t always see eye to eye.

Jessica, for example, is fiercely protective of words, watching over grammatical details like comma placement and hyphen length with laser-like focus. Ryan, I’m convinced, will defend the creative integrity of the She Reads Truth brand as long as he has breath, and Abby has yet to sit through a meeting without bringing to our attention the needs and desires of you, the Shes who read Truth with us. We all have different jobs, and sometimes it is our job to disagree.

Raechel and I learned this early on in working together, back when it was just the two of us: seeing things differently is a gift to be stewarded, not a tension to be avoided. Today there are eighteen of us at SRT headquarters, each bringing different skills and perspectives to the conference room table. But we are a team. We are here for each other, for the work set before us, and for you. Above all, we are here to hold out God’s Word and bring glory to Him. Our differences help, not hinder, this pursuit.

It’s easy for me to see God’s provision in the differences among our team members. But I’m embarrassed to admit that I often expect homogeneity in the Church. I find myself frustrated by our differences, bothered that we can’t all agree on large and small aspects of our faith and life as followers of Jesus. I’m saddened when these differences go beyond disagreements to cause division, and discouraged when these divisions are not easily overcome. I forget that God’s Word and perfect wisdom are not diminished by our limited understanding or altered by our various opinions.

In his letters to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul encourages this congregation of young believers to embrace their common and primary identity in Christ. He desires for them to know and act on the truth that “we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body” and “we were all given one Spirit to drink” (1 Corinthians 12:13). The image of the Church as one body appears throughout these letters, making clear Paul’s resounding declaration: We are many, but we are one in Christ.

Even here, in the first chapter of 1 Corinthians, we can sense Paul fighting for the unity of the Church. His tone is somber, even harsh at times, because the topic is not casual; it is critical. God has welcomed us—different as we are, different as we are designed to be—into His family through the grace and power of Jesus Christ. He did not call us because we are wise or powerful or strong. Rather, Christ Jesus “became wisdom from God for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, in order that, as it is written: Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31). We are part of this fellowship by grace alone, and it is by grace that we live and grow in unity with one another.

As you read 1 & 2 Corinthians, ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see the Church all around you. Ask Him to teach you more about Himself, His body of believers, and the truth of His Word. Like the church at Corinth, we come to this text from a colorful array of backgrounds, experiences, and traditions. But we have a Savior who binds us. May His mercy and grace unite us as we read.

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  • Samantha Groth

    First day of the plan down!

  • Heather Williams

    I have a tendency to be fearful when trying to make friends, even in church communities where we are all supposed to be a united family. But these verses have encouraged me because it assures me that my differences are something that I can use for God and for others. So hopefully through this study I will be able to become more confident with myself and others.

  • LAUREN FERREE

    I love how Paul uses action verbs like “fight” when he talks about Fighting for unity. It’s not something that comes easy at times, and if we really want to unite in our identity, it’s going to take action from ALL of us. I also love how SRT encourages us to “open your eyes to the church all around you,” whether that is your office/work, relationships, local community, or even your social media audience, this study will generate perspective for us to recognize the church around us, how we can acknowledge our differences, but unite together to glorify God. In doing this, we realize that we are all hungry for God’s grace, and it’s in that hunger that we’re united for his Mercy.

  • Demetrious Jackson

    This was an inspiring first reading. Just knowing we were called into fellowship with His son, Jesus Christ motivates me to continue studying and praying to achieve His understanding to encourage “same mind and same judgment”.

  • Sophia Stevenson

    I’ve always wanted to read Corinthians, and recently I’ve been really drawn to it so I’m so so thankful for this message

  • Jalene Owens

    Love this!!! Thanks for sharing! I just downloaded this app and I’m loving it!!!

  • Since going to college I have fallen away from a weekly church setting, due in part to a busy schedule but also some harbored feelings over how things were ran/I was treated at the church I grew up in. For me, life is going decently well but also falling apart around me. I feel very lost at the moment, and hope to find my way back to Him.

    • GRETCHEN

      Hey girl! I have definitely been there and I know transitions are truly very hard. The college transition and then the transition out of college were both very challenging times for me as well. The thing that helped me to get back on track (and brought me joy) was finding true, rich, christian community. I felt alone and lost before I became intentional in committing to community. A place I could find deep, good, Godly friendships. I think it would be a great step toward finding your way back to Him. Dive in! Go even when you don’t feel like going at first and soon enough you will find yourself surrounded by people pointing you to Christ and bringing joy to life! The christian life is not meant to be lived alone and it is very lonely and difficult (although there are inevitably seasons of it and God can work through those seasons). I’m sorry for the way you were treated at the church you grew up in :(. There are GOOD churches and christian groups out there. I hope this helps some!! <3

    • Brianna Croye

      I was this person yesterday but today I am new. I completely understand the struggle of college as I’m a sophomore and trying to continue my walk with Christ. Last night he moved in me. He changed my life and used me to change someone else’s in the same night. Just keep pushing for him. He’s waiting❤️

  • Tesza Larios

    Erica, this has been a ‘battle’ between my husband and I as well. This passage opened my eyes to see that even though we don’t come from the same religious backgrounds it’s still okay, and that we need to bind together. This Sunday our plan is to go to a new church we haven’t been to, and I truly hope my husband enjoys this and the community that it can bring for us.

  • I pray that we as One Body welcome respect and accept our differences (race background culture) in love. There is enlightenment and freedom in embracing one another in sincere love and acceptance.

  • Lauren Bourgeois

    So good, and so true! I’ve recently just moved, and am currently looking for a new church. There’s no perfect congregation, as all churches are composed of imperfect people, but I really hope to find a place I can contribute to, and feel at home at. Community is so important, not only does it teach us so much, but it’s integral to our health as humans. With the move, a breakup, and job transitions all in the midst, it has been feeling really lonesome so I am praying for provision of a strong group of Christian female friends! I am so thankful for this community! Excited to delve into this study, despite being a month behind! Haha

    • Sarah Maddox

      I’ve also moved recently and have been looking for a new church. I’m praying for a group of Christian friends for myself and my husband, and I’m saying a prayer for you, too! I know firsthand how hard it is. I don’t always understand God’s timing, either–I wish He would have brought us into a group of friends the day we moved. Instead, it’s been a hard and lonesome process. But God is faithful and made us for connection, both to Him and to other Christians. <3

  • Jan McClellan

    Thank you! Our differences unite us to Christ and Christ to us. And us to each other.

  • Matty Treptow

    God does not use us due to our human strengths. God equips us by His Spirit to do what we need to do. Therefor without faith it is dead works.

  • Ashley HobarKilpatrick

    This is my first She Reads Truth study, and I’m so excited for a platform like this to help me dive back into the word ❤️

  • April Gibson

    This study has helped me to realize that although differences may come we have to remain focus on the priority, which is God! We are uniquely different to glorify him!

  • Rachel BarlowOliver

    I do my reading of the scripture from the People’s Bible which has commentary to the New Revised Standard Version. I appreciated reading at the end of the first chapter of 1 Corinthians – “In fact, salvation comes even to the powerful and privileged via the marginalized.” I thought this was a beautiful interpretation of verses 26-31 of chapter 1.

  • Holly Craig

    ❤️

  • As I reflected on this, God was really working on my heart in regards to some of my co-workers. I work in full-time ministry and can sometimes get frustrated with some of the people that I work with. I am realizing that my frustration was stemming from the fact that we are different. God created us to be unique, and of course satan will try to use that to divide us. When we are united in Christ, we can embrace our differences. What I may see as annoying or hard-headed, God sees as passionate and pursuing excellence. We need to remember to view people through the lens of God so that we can understand and embrace our differences. God created us differently on purpose, and it is up to us to use those differences to make a greater impact in His Kingdom together.

    • Imelda Manzanares

      Thank you so much!!
      I have been very frustrated lately for the same reasons. That frustration in me has led to so many unnecessary arguments that have lingered in my heart and sprouted a seed of bitterness. I have never thought about how Satan could use those differences to divide us. Your words have opened my mind, and my heart to show grace and to remember to view people from God’s lens.
      Thank you s much for your comments
      -Imelda

  • Bridget Stockrahm

    It’s so humbling. “God chooses the weak to shame the strong” and “The weakness of God is stronger than the strength of men.” In both I can see myself as the weak or the strong, reminding me He calls me to vulnerability.

  • Abigail Zody

    I love how 1 Corinthians 1 reminds us that God chooses to use people who are not wise or powerful or noble to share His gospel with the world.

  • Abigail Zody

    I love how 1 Corinithians 1:26-29

  • Amy Rinta

    Loved this study of unity in diversity.

  • Miranda Miller

    This was beautiful, remember our identity in Christ is a beautiful thing! Love it!

  • Ruthie Emerson

    Great encouragement!!

  • Brittney Boucher

    I’m very excited about this study! Recently, as I have started to regrow my faith over the past six months, it is almost as God as drawn me into SRT as the readings always seem to speak to some aspect of my current cares or worries. I really enjoy this community :)

  • This is my favorite commentary on here: seeing things differently is a gift to be stewarded, not a tension to be avoided. Thank you for sharing!

    • Wendy LMcDonald

      I agree…this statement cut right to the heart of the matter for me. My husband and I had been lamenting some differences in personalities and how things are handled at our church, instead we should be praying to see others through the lens of Christ.

    • Marilou Percival

      Thank you!!

  • Vernleigh Morris

    This study is amazing and I trust all you woman reading it shall be truly blessed!!

  • Emily Stisser

    ❤️

  • Jessica Sifford

    Me too Meghan.

  • Meghan Baumann

    I have been away from the Word for quite a while, but hoping that the tool of this app and these daily reminders will help me finally re-establish the discipline (and joy) of reading the Scriptures.

  • Elena Marinello

    I am joining for the first time. To view everyone as I trivial part of Gods design allows peace to reign and for Hods will to be accomplished.
    This has challenged me to activate this both in church and in the secular workplace. Thank you for giving me the tools to stay steadfast in the word .

  • Jessa Bray

    Because of things that have happened in my past I’m sometimes so Cautious when I ask the Lord for wisdom or to open my eyes because I always feel like I’m going to be faced with something else I’ve done, someone else I’ve hurt. I don’t know if that makes sense but I’m committed to digging in further to this study..

  • I am so thankful for this study! I’ve been feeling a little spiritually empty over the last few months and one of my biggest issues is my church life. I’ve held everyone else accountable but myself. Everyone has value and a purpose in the kingdom of God and, honestly, I just need go get over myself.

  • Kate Ritson

    ❤️

  • Meghan Babcock

    Starting this a little behind- but really looking forward to this study! I need to spiritual refresher that devotions bring amidst a busy season of life in graduate school!!

  • Heather Ottinger

    Starting this study really late but I really need to be fed by the word. Committing to having my quiet time when I first wake up and before I take on the day. Doing this not only for me but for my hubby and daughter who deserve to have the best wife and mama. It’s been way too long and I can’t run on empty any more. So excited to be here with you ladies!

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so glad that you’re joining us Heather! Grateful that you’re a part of our community. -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Olivia Talamantez

    ❤️

  • Terrie Fulk

    And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, – 1 Corinthians 1:30

    This particular passage spoke to my soul. I can’t say why at this time, but it will be revealed to me in the future.

  • Shelby Lynn

    Such a delay in this study for me being 3wks behind. As I delayed reading as I thought life was getting in my way with being so busy; i realize that I let it happen and allowed myself to put a gate up just waving at God and not letting Him in even though I wanted to. Oh how I get like that even with my husband, something happens and i place a gate up and simply stare and wave but not want to do anything. Lord please break down my gates so I may take your hand again as a daughter who needs her Father, show me what is right and grant me Peace. Let me boast in YOU; not this life I make so busy.

  • I found She Reads Truth a few weeks ago while the Nehemiah study was going on. For the first time in a long while, I found myself looking forward to my time alone with my laptop, digging into Nehemiah, a book I don’t honestly remember ever reading before, and God used those first few devotionals to remind me that He is always with me, meeting me when I so desperately need to know He is near and has not forsaken me when life is hard. Now, in reading the first chapter of 1 Corinthians, it wasn’t the devotion itself that spoke to me as much as the 2nd part of verse 16. Paul says”…. but I don’t remember baptizing anyone else. ” This reminds me that Paul was a person just like me. He was real, and human and was forgetful. Something that as I hit my mid-life years becomes increasingly a bigger issue with myself. So often, in reading the Bible, I forget that the incredible sounding stories are not made up just for the wow factor, but are indeed real and true. So, little phrases like “..I don’t remember” helps to remind me that the people in the Bible are indeed very real and it reminds me to pay close attention to what they are saying as God is speaking through them to me to encourage me to hang in there in this life as there is so much more to come.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks for sharing Heather. We’re so glad that you’re here reading along with us! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Elizabeth English

    I have just started looking for a church and praying for a church family . I know the importance of it , but have not been part of a church for many years. I pray God leads me in the right direction.

  • We are all created intentionally. I always find myself doubting, wondering why I lack the skills that come so naturally to others. This message reminded me that I was created intentionally and my strengths and weaknesses are my own. We are all made differently, yet purposefully. And we do all come together for a common purpose, despite our differences. We have a binding and uniting savior.

  • Tracy Hassell

    My church home has been going through division and many are leaving. I have been visiting other churches for many reasons. The one thing I have found that no church is perfect. God has put several studies on this subject in my path for me to stumble on. Hard lesson but I’m seeing where He wants me.

  • I’m a little late in the study, but God has been pressing Corinthians on me, so I knew I needed to listen and start this study. I see this division in our world all the time and the anger at different opinions really shows an ugly side when I believe we are meant to be loving and show God’s grace and forgiveness … to let His light shine through us.

  • I’m very encouraged by this scripture. I’m working through some intense therapy for trauma. And a line of thinking that my treatment team has been encouraging falls under the theoretical framework of “Internal Family Systems” therapy. In this, it’s believed we have one mind and many parts. When our mind, body, and soul is healthy, these parts work together fairly well. But when we are suffering, parts of our selves get “stuck” and that can make it hard for all the parts of our selves to work together as a team. I’ve been having a really hard time embracing this idea of having “parts” within myself, as we collectively seem to have a judgement of that kind of talk as “crazy.” But reading it written here within the word of God, that we are many parts but of one mind in Christ, really seems to be analogous. Individually, we each have one mind and many parts, and through God’s grace and mercy, I can be healed to unite all the parts of myself under Him.

  • Jessica BrandtLapen

    Grateful for grace and the foolishness of God

  • Wendy Kelley

    Jh

  • Rachel Fahnestock

    Obviously the division within a church is hard & we all have a trouble dealing with it, but I specifically identified with the differences within our society. The generations coming up, which include my children, have a tough road ahead. I pray that some of the differences that cause significant debate today, are all blown over by the time they grow up. I hope that differences are accepted & loved that Jesus would love them. I pray that the differences are not forced on my children though & they their differences are also accepted & loved.

  • Jennifer Schmidt

    I needed to read this today. I’ve been discouraged by differences in the church and also have been forgetting (again) that God can use my weaknesses.

  • Lisa Cashman

    Life is a constant opportunity to learn. God is molding, teaching an d loving us constantly. I feel like He does this through others. Whether I need to learn more patience, humility or on the flip side He is trying to show His love for me, there are people in my life that teach me. Some are easier to learn from than others but there is always a lesson.

  • Brooke Haney

    I look forward to diving into this study. It it easy to get caught up in all the division in the church. Well, not only the church, but the world all around us. However, that’s what satan wants right? We can’t let him get get to us. Looking forward to readjusting my focus. A focus to unify in Christ.

  • DeeDee Pittman

    My church is going through a big transition this summer and I’m going bivocational (also teaching third grade and moving to part-time family pastor). I’m nervous but revisiting what it means to be and contribute to the Body of Christ is exactly what I need right now!

  • danielle miles

    last night i was baptized for the forgiveness of my sins, best decision of my life and for the rest of my life!! i was born into a christian family and grew up in the church and i finally took the next step for having redemption through Jesus Christ!! my cousin told me about this app this morning for daily bible studies and i’m excited to start my new journey with Christ!!❤️

  • Grace LujanRinehart

    I’ve seen a lot of division lately in the body, it’s comforting to know we’ve been given specific instructions on how to deal with it, and even more comforting is that it’s not by my power or my wisdom or anything I can do, but only because of Gods grace.

  • Vastina Cece

    Amen we all have to live a holy life God is well able people of God trust him at all times.

  • Monica sims

    I’m excited about this study in this book. let it be an eye opener to me as I get deeper in the study

  • Cathy Simpkins

    Sorry, I just saw these other excellent replies!

  • Ally Chicas

    Is this to say that even different religious denominations ie. catholic/methodist/pentecostal/non-denominatiomal/etc are different opinions and ways of seeing things yet are all one body united in Christ? If that is the case, how do you know how you need to live to be saved?

    • Jenny Mueller

      We can’t live any certain way to be saved. We must trust in Jesus as the Son of God, in his sacrifice and resurrection and his salvation through grace, by faith. He is the way, the truth and the life. There are many people from all of those denominations who have believed in Jesus, and many who have not.

    • Jenny Mueller

      This doesn’t mean, however that the leaders always teach the truth as presented by God in the Bible. It’s important to put ourselves under the authority and teaching of men and women who seek the truth in humility and based on Gods Word and not based on what their particular denomination/group teaches or holds to in tradition.

    • Catherine Meijer

      Ally, for the most part, Christian denominations disagree on what we call the non-essentials: how often to celebrate communion, covenant vs believed baptism, pre vs post tribulation rapture, etc. these issue are important and deserve to be well studied and understood, however your salvation does not hinge upon the “correct” belief.

      There is a core group of essentials (agreed upon by nearly every Christian Church) to believe in: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one God in three persons; Jesus was fully God and fully man when on earth; Jesus was crucified, he died and was buried, and on the third day he rose from the dead; that he said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the father except through me”.

      These essentials unite all denominations, even if they disagree in the non-essentials.

      As to how one must live to be saved? “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not of yourself it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8) How we live does not save us.

      However, living as one who Jesus has saved means that ones life will (or should, at least) look fundamentally different. If we truly believe in God and we love Him, we should desire to obey what he lays out for us in the Bible.

      Let’s go to Micah 6:8: “ and what does the lord require of you? To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.” Essentially, to act rightly (or righteously, following the teachings of God); to share with those around the love and grace of Christ Jesus, in word and speech; and to follow God, to seek him, to yearn for and pursue closeness with him in humility (not thinking less of oneself, but thinking of oneself less).

      But remember we are not saved by how we act but what we believe. And when we don’t obey the Lord our God, we can turn to him in repentance and ask for forgiveness.

      And that comes back to the core of the gospel: that Jesus Christ died a sinner’s death on the cross, completely innocent and sinless, endured the torment of hell, and resurrected on the third day, so that OUR SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN!

      John 1:12-13. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

    • Cathy Simpkins

      Hi Ally,
      Believing in the truths of the Bible is what saves us. We are all sinners (Romans 3:23, 6:23), God saves us by His grace, through our faith (Ephesians 2:4-9), he has given us His Holy Spirit to teach and guide us (John 14:26). This is what saves each one of us. How that plays out in each of our lives is very different, just as Paul is speaking of in Corinthians. Hope this helps a little!
      Cathy

  • Megan Blew

    Love the statement: seeing things differently is a gift to be stewarded, not tension to be avoided. We all have our own thoughts and opinions and it is ok if we understand differently.

  • My heart is full of gratitude for my King that my heart bursting with joy and peace.
    He is always faithful amen

  • Liz Gonzales

    This is truth

  • Grace Stafford

    Sometimes I can get discouraged and feel less than capable or unworthy of God’s love when I compare myself to other people around the church and feel like I don’t belong. It’s so comforting to know that I’m not the only one and in fact it’s been a feeling since the start of the church. God felt it was so important for everyone to feel like they belonged that he addressed it multiple times in scripture ❤️

  • Helena Rose

    I love love love that God always uses those you least expect, the people by the world’s standard that don’t measure up. But God sees so much more and calls out so much more in each of us. Love it!

  • Carrie Roth

    I hope to embrace my brothers and sisters in Christ’s differences better

  • Sandra Ibañez

    I’m new here and I already love it! But, does someone know how can I highlight and put notes? God bless you all ❤️

    • Penelope Allen

      Tap the option that reads “read in Bible” then hold your finger down on the verse and it will give you the option to highlight or copy etc

  • NYMom4(5)

    Let God be exalted, not oneself. All that we have comes from the grace of Jesus Christ. Why should we boast amongst the brethren and have rivalry? Is not all that we are from Him? Instead, be thankful for what you have and what someone else has, because it comes from Christ Himself. What we think is something to boast about, that is foolishness, that is the wisdom of the world.

  • Kayla Pearson

    Love this study! Does anyone know how to activate the highlight and notes option within this app?

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Kayla, with the new SRT app update, you are only able to create notes in the Bible section of the app. You can do that by tapping on a verse or passage, and you should see that option appear, along with the option to highlight. Hope that helps! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Lauren Welander

    Just started this study today after finishing the Psalms for Prayer study. I had a time of prayer before even choosing this would be my next study, and it’s crazy that this first passage of 1 Corinthians applied to both of the big things I brought before the Lord. He meets us where we are at and provides exactly what we need.

  • Renae Pearson

    Praying that unity will become as important to me as it is to God! That I’ll quit seeing fellowship with certain people at my church as optional based on whether I “connect” with them or not! Christ connected us!

  • Kristen Ware

    Love that you can start this study when you are able and still feel a part of the community.

  • Dominique

    Eager to learn! ♥️

  • Amanda Campbell

    “Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.”
    I Cor. 1:24-25
    What a privilege to be called to belief in and service to our Father God through his Son, who is wiser and stronger than anyone/anything on Earth!

  • Zeriah Conover

    Love this!

  • Judith Gonzalez

    I’m a bit late, but can’t wait to learn from this reading !

  • Leah Smith

    This is such a good reminder to value our differences. It is frustrating when people think we all have to be the same in order to be unified. Differences are beautiful! God made us all uniquely different, and it is beautiful. I always think of a mosaic, or threads in a tapestry, all these different colors and shapes fitting together to make one cohesive thing. Simply beautiful!

  • Kimberly Allen

    I really love the remark about God’s Word and wisdom not being diminished/limited by our understanding. I constantly remind myself that each of us are confined by human comprehension, and each of us are confined differently. None can know all of God, but perhaps God is only revealed by the totality/combination of all human understanding. Given that each of us understands Him with different human limitations, conflict and disagreement are inherent. If each of us on Earth were given just one piece of a larger puzzle and asked to guess at the greater picture, surely one with a sky blue piece would say the picture would be blue, while one with a green piece would say it was the Earth. Neither is correct, but both have the best intentions. It is this that I try to remember: we are all doing our best. We are all attempting to follow Him as we understand Him. So let us have kindness, understanding, and give consideration to each other, for it is only through our combined/united understandings that He can be made clear. And isn’t that the mission of his Church? To unite and expand our understanding of Him.

  • Jessica Diaz

    When I read about division in the church it resonates to me because I see this in my church with particular people who don’t make it obvious to the church but do it “behind the scenes” and it is very sad. As Christians we should embrace each other and our differences like God intended and not cause division because of envy.

  • Katie Morrison

    My kiddos’ devotion was about treating others as you would want them to treat you. Sums it all up!

  • Emma Brown

    1 Corinthians 1:9 — God is faithful, by whom you were called into the FELLOWSHIP of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
    The definition of fellowship is – “friendly association, especially with people who share one’s interest.” Synonyms- companionship, friendship, mutual support, building trust, meaningful communication. There are two types of fellowship — 1: between us and God 2: between us. The 1st is the relationship we have with Jesus, because what He did for each and every person! He is our Companion, Friend, He is Faithful, and we have to Trust Him everyday!! The 2nd is the relationship we have with each other. This fellowship is our Christian Community! We are each other’s companion in the race marked before us. We have mutual support and encourage each other in our relationship with Jesus. We are building trust and growing a deeper trust/faith in Jesus. We have meaningful communication from how we are doing in our walk with Jesus and about our day to day. We share common interests and have a friendship with every believer. Through both fellowships, we encourage our Christian Community to LOVE GOD, WORSHIP HIM, SHOW CHRIST’S LOVE TO EVERYONE WE MEET, and to SHARE THE GOOD NEWS TO EVERY ONE!!!

  • Jessica Taylor

    This was the perfect reminder I needed today. My family is struggling with the new discovery of some differences amongst us but as we just read, we can still have the common goal and it’s nice knowing God is with us through the uncertainty.

  • Monica Davis

    True Fellowship casts out division and embraces god’s design for diversity.

  • Brianna Foshie

    I’ve seen a lot of division in people lately and it’s been weighing heavy on my heart for some time. A friend once told me that different doesn’t have to be good or bad, it can just be different. And I think that’s a message many people need to learn.

  • Angelica Ging

    This was such an encouraging passage and it was definitely what I needed to hear and read.

  • Jordan Hollis

    I am having a hard time here figuring out a balance of loving the sinner, hating the sin. I don’t think we are supposed to tolerate sin, but I know we are supposed to love as Christ has loved us! I would love to hear from you lovely ladies, my fellow believers, can you further explain your thoughts on this topic of unity. Not just in the church, but the church interacting with the world?

    • Angelica Ging

      I can relate to figuring out the balance. I think of it like this I am a sinner and I am not perfect, yet God loves me and dies on the cross for me knowing that I will constantly sin. So I pray that I see people in the way Jesus did and love like him. I always think of when Jesus saves the women who is being stoned. Yes, she had sinned but he loved her anyways.

    • Mary Stanley

      Hi Jordan. I find that when I am feeling frustrated with the “sins of others” it is good to step back and ask myself if MY own sin bothers me. Looking inward instead of outward is all I need to do to realize that I need to keep my focus on Christ and not others. When I look back on my Christian life I am filled with gratitude that I have been surrounded with such gracious brothers and sisters that have loved me despite my failings and modelled Christ to me.

      • Eva Holsinger

        It is so important that we encourage those who profess to be believers but may have positions that don’t line up with scripture, encourage them to go deep in the word and challenge them to really listen to His voice above the crowd. Our job may be to help with accountability, find stimulating questions and be the prod that we all sometimes need to get back on track. God gives us wisdom on when to speak, when to pray and when to act.

      • Chloe Monz

        Thanks Mary! I feel like your words helped me understand this concept a bit more.

    • Melanie

      Something that helps me in this area is remembering that it’s not my job to convict people of their sin. The Spirit does that. For someone who doesn’t know God and his ways, it isn’t up to us to point out where people are falling short because if they don’t know God, how could they follow him? Does that make sense? I think it’s our job to model Christ to others and bear his image so that nonbelievers are drawn to ask questions and want to know more. When they ask, then we can tell them. If they don’t ask, they might not be ready to hear.

      On the other side, it’s our job as believers to sharpen one another and to lovingly call each other to a higher standard. If a see a Christian friend struggling with sin, I first need to examine my own heart to make sure I’m calling this out with love and also that I’m in a relationship with the person that would allow my words to be received as intended. Listening to the Spirit and being in prayer over these things is so important. It’s my hope that I can receive the rebuke and correction of another with an open, humble heart.

      I feel like I didn’t articulate this well, but I hope you get what I was going for :P

  • Noemi Perez

    There so much division sometimes in the body of Christ that we need to draw back and read so that we can be reminded how it’s ok to have differences but yet have the same goal!!!! And we are all working for the same goal. Love reading this gives me peace knowing that we are not alone in this that God is with us.

  • Lauren Reynolds

    As I was reading this I couldn’t help but think about my job. I work with only women and we all seem to butt heads every now and then. Applying how I should

    • Lauren Reynolds

      I am joined together with my fellow believers which is through Jesus Christ. With the same concept and mind frame I need to apply that here at work.

  • “…seeing things differently is a gift to be stewarded, not a tension to be avoided.” I love how this applies to my marriage as well! Thanks so much!

  • Amber Anyanwu

    Our amazing Sisterhood group suggested this site/app for a next steps follow up after a meeting last Friday. I am happy to join in this community of readers and pray for each of us to have eyes and ears to see and hear what God has in store. So many of my sisters are struggling with difficulty and I want to get filled up so I can overflow not from myself but from The Word and the Holy Spirit.

  • Evelyn Deloris

    It’s amazing how the word of God reminds us that what connects us all together is the proclamation of salvation.

  • Cierra Bruening Polk

    Thank you SRT for this awesome devo & community to share with!

  • Caroline Dean

    Day one already has me excited!

  • Kristina Pihanich

    Loved this first day!!

  • Virginia Rinihart

    So excited to join your study. My hearts desire is to be in Gods word more. Hopefully I will do a better job joining this study.

  • Liana Deegan

    First study with SRT! I’m excited to explore more into Gods word and grow closer to him in doing so. So happy that we all get to do this study together.

  • Roxanne Appel

    I am really excited for this study. I can’t wait to see where this study brings me in my relationship with God!

  • Leah Gunter

    I LOVE this scripture! It’s not talking about a certain church, it’s not talking about a certain denomination, it talks about the church as a whole! We have to work together and get along despite our disagreements. We have to show Jesus to the world and we can’t do that when we are arguing with each other!❤️

  • Erika AnnLaws

    I love SRT and all the devotional and plans! Only thing I would critique on is wish there were application questions to help readers apply the devotion to their life or other things to think about! Other than that love love love SRT!

  • Hannah Teaford

    First time being here and I already love it

  • Dana Redd

    This is my first SRT study, and I so excited to see what God reveals to me through His word!!

  • Jackie Otts

    First time in a SRT study, I’m excited to be here!

  • Maggie Smith

    This is my first SRT study as well! I’m trying to understand what this message means to me. It’s not always easy to “to get it”. I am looking purpose in my life, am I where I need to be. Is this church I’ve been going to and serving at where I suppose to be? So I’m praying for understanding and guidance as I begin this journey.

  • El McDonald

    Great to join you all. I sometimes find myself stunned by the differences within the body of believers – particularly when I look at friends in different denominations to me, sometimes the differences are huge. But I’m so keen to be reminded and strengthened in unity with all the body of believers of Christ. Looking forward to this study

  • Janna Davis

    (Continued) I want to just stomp my feet in frustration. Come on church! We need to stand for Christ, not argue amongst ourselves. If God is for us, who can be against us? Go vote, but don’t use it as a banner for Christ. Use Christ as a banner. Let us be about HIM!

  • Janna Davis

    This portion of scripture and the devotion are so fitting for this time in which we live. As the sun rises on yet ANOTHER election day, I want to

  • Mariah Newton

    Starting this study via the SRT app. Hoping to dive deep into the Word and keep this fire ignited. I am juggling a 17 month old with a new 1 month old and boy do I need the Lord!

  • Tavia Denmark

    This is my first time with SRT & I’m so happy to begin this study.

  • Becky Klaff

    This is my very first study. I’ve been away from my faith for a very long time and felt this would be a very good way to rebuild that relationship.

  • So ready for this study. Like shedding the layers of an onion my layers of ambivalence and waywardness need to go. Thank you for creating this daily reading.

  • Christina Dodd

    I’ve been following the SRT studies online off and on for awhile, but this is the first time I bought the books for myself, my husband, and my kids! I’m excited to try and do this study together as a family. Is anyone else doing this? Would love to know how it goes for you along the way and any nuggets of wisdom you have for a family study! My kids are elementary aged.

    • Darcy Pacheco

      Same here! I also am diving in with my family. We are excited & the kids love their books. I am thinking our best time for family study is shortly after dinner. How about your family?

      • Christina Dodd

        We haven’t quite figured out when to do it yet! Our schedule has been crazy with afternoon swim team and morning swim lessons. I’m hoping to get us into a summer routine in the next few days so I can get us focused! :)

  • I really just love when Paul breaks it down that what the world sees as foolish, God says is wise. It can sound silly to people who do not believe but for those of us who do – it is life! It is wisdom! It is the Power of God. It has been revealed and confirmed in our lives, time and time again – and because of this we can stand firmly being foolish to man but held up by the Lord. He is so faithful to us! So let us boast in Him! All that He has brought me through, brought me from, redeemed, restored and given new life and breath to – I cannot take credit for! I will surely boast in Him!

  • Annah Bailey

    Wow! There are so many new people for this study! This is also my first time to jump in from the beginning. I have loved having the study book to really be able to take the scripture verse by verse and make lots of notes! There’s just not enough room to do that in my Bible. There are several things I loved about today’s message. 1) The reminder of how faithful God is. This is something I need to think about on a daily basis as I am in a season of waiting. 2) The unity of the church. There have been many times when I have let disagreements about meaningless things within the church begin a feeling of animosity towards going to church. Those things aren’t even a part of our mission and therefore should not affect my feelings towards the church. 3) I am God’s, and He chose to make me. I need to be more thankful to God everyday for choosing to make me and for providing what He has for me. I too often take blessings for granted, and I shouldn’t! I am so excited about the blessing that SRT has brought me today, and I can’t wait to continue on through this study. I know it is going to be life changing!

  • I have also been surprised about differences that cause divisions. I honestly never really paid attention to them until I became a superintendent/principal at a public charter school. previously, I was too focused on my own inadequacies to worry about what everyone else was fighting about. In my current position, I have come to realize that we attract a lot of believers to our school. I recently stumbled upon some research that shared that charter schools have a reputation of “caring”. (I became a believer at 20, and attended the same church for 20 years, after marrying, my husband moved me, to another church, we have a lot of families from both churches…. ) anyway, I am often surprised to have a difficulty with a parent, and then find out I attend church with them. I have to often stop myself, and remember that we are all at different stages in our walk with Jesus….

  • Stephanie Michelle

    This is my first time jumping on one of these from the beginning! Excited to study this with you ladies!

  • Stacy Kilcup

    Excited to study 1 and 2 Corinthians with you all

  • This is my first SRT

  • Jen Bellah

    This is a timely message that the Church is need of hearing. I am eager to dive deeper in to 2 books I have read many many times & to see what He has new for me to see.

  • Isabella Lanzante

    This bible study is really my first into to the SRT, but I felt that v. 12-13 seems particularly poignant in a time when it is so easily to see divisions in the people that make up the church rather than the unity found in Christ alone.

  • Kim Doris

    Unity ..Church Pride. Lord help us one day to be ONE unified body of Christ so that others may see your light shine though us for your glory. Amen

  • Corina Ross

    It’s difficult to look at others through Gods eye, but it’s so beautiful when we all try and succeed in unity.

  • How perfect as my husband and I work on our unity during a season of our lives in which worm & small children are constantly tugging on us. We pray for unity amongst each other, in our family, in this world and with God.

  • Danica Finnie

    So key to remember that we are one body with many gifts! God will bring us together and use each of us in a unique way.

  • I’ve recently been seeing the same thing in lots of places “the biggest thing Jesus cared about was people” and that we are called to love people and interact with people which is a real struggle for a self proclaimed non people person.

  • Kiel Walter

    Unity

  • Sarah Grace Stevenson

    I come from a very southern baptist background, my best friends are more Charismatic, and I also have worldly friends where I work and in my neighborhood. I am constantly torn and tempted in so many directions and I have been struggling with my faith a lot for a couple of years now. Unity in the body is exactly what I need to hear about right now. I need to get back to the basics… Jesus. And He will take care of the rest. ❤️

  • Allee Armstrong

    *There are

  • Briedget Cijntje

    Needed this, for myself off course but also really for my church !!!!

  • Natalie H

    1 Corinthians 1:18 stood out to me today. I struggle with people pleasing and pride, wanting others to see me as wise, smart, and definitely not foolish. For my friends and coworkers who don’t believe in God because of mainstream science, it is hard for me to speak up and share my beliefs because of fear that they will think I am foolish. But as verse 18 says, “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved.” So I am telling myself today that it’s ok if people don’t understand my faith and think I’m foolish. It shouldn’t matter what others think of me. What does matter is the power of the cross and the salvation that it brings.

  • Danielle Merriweather

    Like many of you all I am excited for this study. I am so ready to dive in and explore one of Paul’s letter. I love the history behind why the letters were written in the first place. The scripture that jumped out to me in this study was verse 28, “God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world-what is viewed as nothing-to bring nothing to what is viewed as something.” We see examples all throughout the Bible of this as God used the least expected to accomplish some great things. I am someone who is an introvert, shy, soft-spoken, and frighten of public speaking, yet people come and ask me to speak at different events. This is where I find myself relying on the Lord for my confidence, the words to speak, etc., – this is why I can do nothing, but boast in the Lord.

  • It is wonderful to read about the unity of christians! I struggle when I hear churches negatively speak about other christian religions, because when we do that we are speaking negatively of Christ. Christ came to all of us and this passage from 1 Corinthians reminds us….we are all on the same team. Thank you for this opportunity!

    • Jufy

      There is only One Christian “religion” and that is Christ Crucified, Resurrected and sitting at the right hand of the Father. There may be lots of denominations, but only One Jesus.

  • Stacey Cochran

    My church currently has an undercurrent of disunity and disharmony. At a past business meeting, a decision was made that a group of people did not agree with. None of these people were at the meeting even though they knew the topic was on the docket. Now, lifelong friends and family are not speaking or are acting passive aggressively towards one another, and some have left all together. Verse 10 says “I urge you…that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction.” That is my prayer for my church.

  • This is so encouraging as my church is going through a change of leadership. It is so important to look beyond the local church and focus more on THE Church, and trust in God’s wisdom.

  • After reading today’s scripture and devotion, I got to thinking about the Power of the Cross and found this:
    https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/april-2007/the-power-of-the-cross/

    I thought I would share.

  • Morgan Elizabeth

    I’m so excited for this study! My pastor has been talking about unity of purpose—glorifying God—at my church for the past couple of months!

  • My church is in the middle of switching pastors. The former senior pastor has retired, and the new senior pastor (our former associate pastor) has been handed the reins. I am excited to see what great things God has in store for us as we grow and change. But I know some others are concerned and fearful of what might change. My prayer is that we would stay unified through this and seek God’s glory and the furthering of His kingdom first and foremost, (rather than focus on differences of opinion or other things that could hinder the work.) Ultimately, God’s got us, and I rest in that.

  • Chi Obasi

    This is my first SRT with the community and I’m really excited and hopeful that something new will be revealed to me in my life from these readings and from this community!

  • I recently was on a study abroad program to Greece and we spent time in ancient Corinth, walking where Saint Paul walked. What a joy it is to gather with my dear sisters in Christ to read this letter to the Corinthians. :)

    • Jennifer

      This is so cool! Sounds like it was an amazing trip! Joyful you bring this experience to our reading plan :) God bless sister!

  • Judy Wendland

    Yesterday my church announced it was tearing down the original sanctuary. It is a building which has never been updated in 54 years. The decision was a difficult one. Monetarily it makes sense. Older members will have a tough time letting it go. Please pray for the health of my church.

    • Deborah Craytor

      Praying that the members of your church remember that a church isn’t the physical building in which we worship, but the community of believers in Christ to which we belong. The building may look different, but the church stays the same.

  • Gina Bennett

    May I see differences in others as God sees them instead of frustrations!

  • Jennifer Martin

    I’m so excited for this study!

  • Karen Feck

    I already love this study. This has been my greatest frustration in the Body of Christ. Seeing churches and sometimes even families torn apart by theological disagreements. In those instances, we seem to have made being right more important than God Himself and living for Him. I’m happy to finally see a study about the Body that challenges us to embrace differences. To keep the focus on the central function of the Body. Everyone should do this study!

  • Kayleigh Leavelle

    Thank you SRT

  • Annesta Lunde

    My commitment as I go through this study is that I will be faithful to join my brothers and sisters in worship and bible study weekly.

  • Jennifer Smith

    This is going to be my first study with SRT! I cannot wait. My prayer is to open my heart to those around me and to lean in to differences and embrace them.

  • My grandmother had sixteen children in the house, and between those, one became a pastor, and the other married a guy who is also a theologian sort of guy. Those two men had an argument, but what hurts most is their kids got caught in the middle, and are now stuck, not being able to see each other without extreme awkwardness, and only able to discuss petty things.

    The hardest part is, I love both those families dearly, we have done soany things with them, and now you can feel the tension even when only one family comes over.

    My grandmother recently passed, and I was hoping there would be a change in all of that, only to be sorely disappointed.

    If I were older it would probably not be so hard. I’m only seventeen.

    But I don’t understand how a pastor couldn’t get it right. The Bible says to live peacibly if at all possible. Which mean despite there disagreement, they should still be friends.

    • Beth S

      I am so sorry to hear about this division in your family. Unfortunately, even pastors make mistakes. We are all human and just sinners saved by grace. Even though you may feel like you are young and not able to help, remember what Paul told Timothy, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Tim. 4:12) One of the best things you can do for these family members is to pray for them. And I will be praying, too! For your family and for you! :)

  • Mary Poland

    This is my first SRT study. My book is on the way, but I wanted to go on and get started so I just finished reading day one on the app. This is so relevant today (as I’m sure many generations could say). The things that divide us are not always easy to see. My prayer is to be open to God revealing to me the way my thoughts and/or actions are causing division from him and his people. This is a scary prayer for me, however, I want to be used to bring people together through the love of Christ (not be the cause of division with a holier than thou attitude).

  • Vicki Del Boccio

    Amen! Unity is paramount- and a testimony to unbelievers.

  • Amanda Palacios

    As a stay at home Mama, it can be very isolating and lonely to raise up small kiddos. These books and this message have come up multiple times for me. God’s made it as plain as day that this is something He has for me to grow in. I love when He does that!

    • Bunny Perry

      Enjoy every lonely minute with your children. I was a stay at home Mom and even homeschooled them! Now they have both left the nest. I remember the long days with no adult around, and feeling I wasn’t doing what God wanted. But in reality I was. My children are responsible adults. I am here if you ever need to chat. Give them all a hug and kiss!! [email protected]

  • For the study I read the Bible verses in the SRT book and then the daily devotional or is there something else?

    • Kelly Chataine

      Yes, the Bible verses are available in SRT’s printed books, here (the website), and on the SRT app. Feel free to comment on how the Spirit is speaking to you through the scripture, ask for prayer, and just be one with so many all over this nation and the world.
      Welcome, Andi! Glad you are here!

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so glad that you’re reading along with us Andi! Many of our She’s who use the Study Books do follow along on our website or app for the daily devotionals and community discussion. We’re grateful that you’re a part of our community! -Margot, The SRT Team

      • Michele Nickerson-Swanson

        Hi Margot! I have a question for SRT (your answer may also be useful to Andi also) Where can I find the daily devotionals? Are they the same as the e-mails (if we are signed up to receive them?) Is there an easy way to find the devotionals on the website? I would like to be able to print them out.

  • Laura Barthelmess

    Yes!!

  • Melyssa Strong

    I’ve been a reader of SRT for quite a while now but I’ve never actually posted on here before (mostly because I don’t always feel that what I have to say is “spiritually mature” enough to be on a page like this) but God has been working with me on being more open and honest and real, even with people I don’t necessarily know all that well :)

    My story is one of division after division, and encompasses all areas of my life from church to friends to family. There was a time when it was just me, my mom, and three younger sisters and that was it. Everyone has just walked away. Now that I’m an adult, I avoid confrontation like the plague. I’ve never seen it done in a healthy way before and I’ve only ever seen it divide. So I can deeply understand Paul’s desire for unity in the church but I don’t always know how to go about bringing unity. Most of the time, when I see conflict or find myself in a situation where I can’t avoid it, I simply break under it. I am hopeful that through this study, God will teach me what it means to find my identity in being saved and being His, rather than being a part of a group (whether that be family, church, friend group, etc.) and that I can learn to live out what my professors at school used to say: “In faith unity, in opinions liberty, and in all things love”

    • Kelly Chataine

      Melyssa, I am so glad you posted. Sorry to hear of the multiple divisions that you have had to deal. Often, we can use the difficult times to help us learn and encourage others. God has been preparing you for something, and that is exciting!
      Love, love, love your final quote! “In faith unity, in opinions liberty and in all things love.”
      Hope to see you here, again. Blessings to you, Melyssa!

    • Heidi V

      Hi Melyssa. It’s always nice to meet another conflict-avoider like myself. Learning to rest in places of disagreement and lean into unity is a life long journey for those of us that just want everyone to get along. It stretches me beyond measure and pulls me to God. For that I am glad too.

    • Cayleigh Pracht

      Amen Melyssa! I pray that God would heal those past hurts and use them to bring you into a closer relationship with him.

  • It is often said, “the church would be a great place if not for all the sinners.” We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and yet He chose us to be in fellowship with Him and one another. “We are many but we are one in Christ. ” Such powerful words to carry with me throughout my day and week.

  • Madi Wenger

    Woohoo Day 1! It’s encouraging being reminded that the wisdom of God is often viewed as foolishness to man, and I think we see that more and more, and that’s convicting and comforting, so I can really rest on the Lord because he is the wise one. Thankful too that he does make us all different but it reflects his glory!

  • Christy Msal

    I purchased the gorgeous book that goes with this study – I’m a little confused – I thought it was a “study” not just scripture in a book (don’t get me wrong – it’s lovely) it seems like I could have saved my money and just read here on the app or from my bible at home…. this is my first SRT study. Was there any advantages to purchasing the book? It looks like I now have to pay to use the app here too :,( help?
    I loved diving into 1Cor today – and the verse I’m taking with me today is v8 – “He will strengthen you till the end” being in the trenches of motherhood – a toddler and a preschooler – I’m TIRED all the time – I need to remember to lean on HIS strength, not my own. Good stuff.

    • Carmen Zeisler

      All of the book are like that. The purpose of the book is having the space to journal and break apart the scriptures. I always buy the books for Advent and Lent. The rest of the studies I do on the app only.

    • Kay

      I’ve done it both ways and find that I like having the book to go along with the online version for Journaling purposes. It helps me to reflect more and not just “read” everyone’s comments. Since I’m a “visual” sort of person, it’s also nice to have the extras that come with the book like the map, recipes and such.

    • Jami

      You can read for free on the website. :)

    • Lizzieb85

      The cost for the study on the app is for them to be able to maintain the cost of the upkeep of the app. The devotions are free online, through a browser. I use that on my iPhone & Kindle rather than buying the study through the app.

    • Bee

      There are study questions in the back of the book. Page 154. :)

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Christy, we appreciate the feedback! Our Study Books intentionally include the reading plan only, with a written introduction, outline, and many other helpful elements throughout. Because God’s Word is living and active, we believe the Holy Spirit is ultimately all we need to read and respond to Scripture. The books are designed to provide the option of a stand-alone, Scripture-only experience, or as a supplementary guide to the online devotional content. We see our own words as simply an added and optional layer to your time reading Truth. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and we’re so glad that you’re reading along with us! -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Christy Msal

      Does the app have anything different than he book?

      • Allee Armstrong

        Here are study questions for each week starting on page 154 of the study guide. The app doesn’t have those I don’t think!!

  • Sydney Walden

    Wow. How relevant is this devotion today?! In a world where everything seems divided. From religion to politics to everything in between. I didn’t realize I needed a reminder that it is not our place to judge or be right, but our place to bring unity and see other’s differences for the gifts they can be. Thanks SRT!

  • Kendra Davito

    This is my first time here. Great thoughts! Appreciate those in the body of Christ, and all the different gifts!

    • Pamala

      Welcome to this wonderful group of women who seek to know God and His Word deeper every day. Each one is a blessing to me, as are you.

  • Kate Wells

    Wow! Day 1, out of the park! Thank you sisters for putting your voices out there that we can have this community together. I have been blessed by SRT so often. Very much looking forward to this study❤️

  • Lauren DragerRuhe

    Just finished the first reading in Day 1. I’m so excited to dig into Paul’s letters and really take an intentional look at what he is saying in the name of Christ.

  • Karen Anderson

    This is my first SRT study. So excited to learn more and share in this experience with all of you. Have a blessed day!

    • Cindy

      Welcome! You will grow to love this family of believers. I don’t post often, but those that do richly bless my life. I hope you are blessed by this study.

    • She Reads Truth

      Welcome Karen! We’re so glad that you’re here reading along with us. -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Amanda Oicle

    I have just been appointed to a senior pastor position at a church, and I cannot wait to get started. My hope is that everyone will say I follow Christ, not the following pastor or Amanda.

  • Stacey Morgan

    I am excited to be here!

  • Suzanne Gordan

    I ordered the study guide for this while SRT was still focused on Nehemiah because I had a feeling this would be very important for me to study. It’s right on time. My church is in the process of acquiring and renovating a new worship space in a different part of our city — a uniquely diverse space filled with many people groups that are often marginalized/ignored. My church has been working to embrace all yours of people since it’s inception, but I perceive a new set of challenges are around the corner. I’m praying for wisdom for my community as I go through this study. Very excited!

  • Churchmouse

    Ah the Church, Christ’s imperfect tool to reveal Himself and represent Himself. We value individuality. We acknowledge diversity. We long for unity. These qualities bump and bruise into each other as we seek commonality. “Brothers and sisters, consider your calling…” We are “called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” We can agree to disagree as long as we do not sacrifice our fellowship with Jesus. The closer I am to Jesus the better I see my fellow Christians as sinners saved by grace. We have common ground at the Cross. There we share “righteousness, sanctification and redemption.” The Cross trumps all else. Let us always gather there and remember. Let us set aside our ‘wisdom’ for His. Let us set aside our agendas for His. Let us boast in Him alone. Let us live out our Christian faith yes as unique individuals, diverse in background and experience, yet ever united at the Cross. Therein lies the power of God.

    • DAH

      “Let us always gather there & remember”. Such a powerful statement. This is my prayer for the church universal.

      Thank you for the reminder.

    • Susan

      So well said ! Churchmouse, your ideas and encouragements are always so wonderful ! Peace be with you !

  • Mary Newman

    I am excited to kick off this bible study! Some of my best friends and I are reading through this SRT study together and meeting weekly to discuss the scripture, deepen our faith and support one another. I pray that this time will bring our group closer to God and closer to each other.

  • My first real day at a new undertaking where I work with people from all backgrounds and faiths. I get to listen to them and represent Christ to each one. Thank you for this on my rainy early morning commute.

  • Aimee Dean

    What an “on the mark” first day. Our church, and the United Methodist Church, is facing a divisive decision. I fear the division more than the decision. But I’m also learning to really delve into the word during this process. What does Jesus say about standing up for what you believe to be a principle of the faith versus opening your arms with love to the wave you’re facing.

    • Bessie

      I am praying for the United Methodist church that it is able to stay united. The division is deep and painful for many. Only God can heal this one. May His hand be upon those in the place of decision.

  • This reading and study of the Letters to the Corinthians will be a challenge for me. I have found Paul a difficult man. He is such a work in progress ( as we all are) with such a difficult reputation. He epitomizes the image of ‘male dominance and arrogance’ to me. It’s been an exercise in prayer and study to come to understand him just a bit more as he spreads the Word across Jewish, Greek, and Roman culture. I look forward to everyone’s thoughts on his letters and how they fit into the message of Jesus and the culture into which Paul progresses, as he works to build the early church community. I pray I will be open to ideas and opinions expressed and have a heart that accepts the God-inspired wisdom embedded in Paul’s words.

    • PamC

      I’m with you in this. One of the things I’ve learned here in SRT is to be more open. Here I’ve learned to better understand what Paul is saying. We can both pray to be united at the cross.

    • Bonnie

      Your comment was “me” until a couple of years ago. I knew studying Paul’s letters were essential if I wanted to grow spiritually but, I always seemed to hit a wall trying to read, process, and apply what he was saying until I did an in-depth study of Acts (I used Joy of Living). It gave me an understanding of who Paul was, his history, and a timeline of events. Now it’s like reading a personal letter written to me. Hope this helps. Love starting my day with SRT.

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  • Leigha Humphries

    This is such perfect timing but then again, His always is. Our pastor also just started a series on Bob Goff’s new book “Everybody Always”, so between it and this SRT study, I’m totally opening myself to learn how to better love like Christ. Happy Monday ladies!

  • Jocelyn Hammer

    I’m (kind of) looking forward to being challenged by this study. There are several people whom I find difficult to relate to in church. I don’t want to be friends with them, necessarily, but I want to learn to accept them. It’s a journey….

    • Irina

      Hi Jocelyn. Unless we fully understand how dirty sinful we are and how Jesus accepts us with all our messy baggages, we will not learn how to accept others. I’m in the middle of learning of God’s grace extended to me and how unworthy I am without it… Now I’m kind of ready to review my acceptance of others. I pray over and over that God opens my eyes on how to love Him and others. Blessings, sister.

  • Kaitlyn Whitney

    It seems like my entire testimony is marked by division in the church(es); but what I didn’t realize for a long time is that I couldn’t discover my spiritual gifts because I was too busy focusing on my bitterness towards other people that grew from division and jealousy in the church. So today, I pray that my eyes with be opened and my heart softened to the Lord’s wisdom and strength instead of my own, to move past bitterness towards the church, and be able to fully embrace the body of Christ. This way, when I go to college in about 10 weeks I can be ready and open towards the church God wants me to be apart of, and that I will be able to use my spiritual gifts to their full potential to benefit the kingdom of God.

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