Posted by: Pauline | April 17, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday April 24

Acts 18:1-4

Like any good Jew, Paul had learned a trade when he was young. Scholars disagree as the exact nature of his work. Cutting leather? Sewing leather to make or repair tents? Or perhaps he used woven material. An argument can even be made that he made prayer shawls, which were figuratively referred to as little tents.

In any case, by means of his trade he avoided being a financial burden on the young churches he ministered to. He also provided a positive example of hard work, and he probably had numerous opportunities to share the gospel in the course of his work, not just in the synagogue and the church.

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

People naturally divide up into groups based on what they have in common. The problem in the Corinthian church was that they apparently were not focused on  what all of them had in common – salvation through Jesus Christ, which was far more important than whatever differences there were among them.

In that culture, what group you belonged to determined most aspects of your life – what kind of work you did, who you could associate with, and often what religion you followed. All those differences were transcended in the body of Christ, but it was not a transformation that happened overnight.

 

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