Day 1

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

from the 1 & 2 Corinthians reading plan

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

BY Amanda Bible Williams

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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287 thoughts on "Christ the Power and Wisdom of God"

  1. Nicole says:

    Thank you! Sometimes the struggling is unreal. And hence, God’s point. It’s just temporary.

  2. Rose B says:

    I chose to do this study in preparation for a camp I’m leading on where the speaker is speaking from 1Cor. 15. I’m stoked to get a better grasp on God’s word through Paul to the Corinthians. I want to learn more so I can speak the faithful truth to teens on the camp. May God grow and change me everyday for his glory x

  3. Katie Leon says:

    I am so grateful for this study! As a new mom, I sometimes (a lot of times!) struggle with my present circumstances. My now five month old dictates my schedule, productivity, and my freedom. I can often find myself not enjoying the present moments I have with my son and the blessing of being able to stay home with him because I am thinking about what I have not been able to accomplish yet. When Paul spoke in 1:20 and said “hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish” it struck me that the world sees our troubles and present circumstances as “defining moments” and something that will seemingly last forever. God deems that mindset as foolishness because it focuses on one’s self instead of God’s glory – and it is so incredibly fleeting!

    Excited to see how God continues to use this study to speak to my heart and better prepare me to show Gods love to my son ❤️

  4. Lesa Payne says:

    “For in Him you and been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge…not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power…so let him who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Cor 5,18,31)

    These scriptures leapt off the page for me! I’ve been beating myself since yesterday morning for fumbling my words during a “parents in prayer” meeting at our boys’ school. I went into the meeting a bit unprepared, and full of self-doubt. And it showed. These scriptures gave me peace. I know that through my own efforts I am nothing. I am not eloquent or wise, and easily fumble and forget my words or worry about what to say. But when I am fully surrendered to the Lord, when I take the time to commit all my ways to Him and relinquish my doubts and fears to Him, then He can use even me—an imperfect vessel—to do His work and speak His words to impact others around me. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength! (Phi 4:13) Amen. Amen!!

  5. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I’m loving this study so far. I pray that God would unite me with his body of believers and encourage me knowing that I have everything I need in him.

  6. Heather T says:

    I saw this study on here and picked it because we’re going through corinthians at church and I’m looking forward to the different perspectives.

  7. Baylee Wallace says:

    This is my first She Reads Truth study! I got the book to go with it and I’m so excited to join this community of women seeking Jesus!

  8. Abby McAlpin says:

    I absolutely love this beginning! ❤️

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