SOAP Study - October 26, 2020

    10.26.20 | by Rocky Shack


    1 Corinthians 11:1-16

    11 And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.

    I am so glad that you always keep me in your thoughts, and that you are following the teachings I passed on to you. But there is one thing I want you to know: The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.[a] A man dishonors his head[b] if he covers his head while praying or prophesying. But a woman dishonors her head[c] if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head. Yes, if she refuses to wear a head covering, she should cut off all her hair! But since it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut or her head shaved, she should wear a covering.[d]

    A man should not wear anything on his head when worshiping, for man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory. And woman reflects man’s glory. For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man. And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man. 10 For this reason, and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority.[e]

    11 But among the Lord’s people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. 12 For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God.

    13 Judge for yourselves. Is it right for a woman to pray to God in public without covering her head? 14 Isn’t it obvious that it’s disgraceful for a man to have long hair? 15 And isn’t long hair a woman’s pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering. 16 But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.


    • What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
    • What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
    • How should this information impact your life?
    • What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
    • Take some time to talk to God about the things you just learned and how you want your life to look different. Give God thanks for revealing these things to you, ask Him for wisdom and courage to move forward so that you can apply these things to your life.

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    It matters to whom Paul is talking. He is talking to the Corinthian church. These Christians are wealthy, successful, and they allow their comfort and privileges to get in the way of God’s purposes. When Paul tells them to imitate him, Paul is still pointing them to Jesus where he learned to change. I get that there are a lot of interpretations that come from this passage, but the main idea here is submission and surrender which starts in verse 1. Why does Paul imitate Jesus? It is because Paul has submitted to the goals and desires of Jesus. Out of Jesus’ love, Paul does these things. Paul is asking the Corinthian Christians to submit to his way of thinking which comes from Jesus’ Gospel. For Paul, the reputation of God is all that matters, and it is more important than his personal preferences. Paul like Jesus wants to be single-mindedly focused on the Gospel because he knows that what is there. The NBA used to have a slogan that said, “Amazing happens here.” For Paul, he knows when it comes to the Gospel, transformation can happen here. That is why he can throw his own benefit to the side. He seeks to pursue the well-being of others with compassion and righteousness, so that they might be saved. It is about the giving of one’s self for someone else. It is where the transformation of someone else can become more important than my own well-being. That is why Paul brings up marriages. It is about mutual self-giving. Wives submit to your husbands, and husbands submit to your wives while both submitting to the way of Jesus. Give yourselves to each other for the benefit of each other, so that you can imitate Jesus.


    Submission is what Jesus did, too. Jesus is not asking us to do anything that he was not willing to do first. Jesus submitted to the will of God the Father. Jesus had single-minded devotion to God’s will, and he carried it out no matter his comforts and privileges. Sometimes we submit to the wrong things. We sometimes submit to the gifts versus the Giver of the gifts. Friends, family, wealth are all good gifts from God, but they can’t sit where God does. We should submit to the expectations of God over the expectations of men. We don’t submit to our comforts and privileges. We respect them because of Who has given these gifts to us. We don’t play it small out of fear that we will lose them. We please the One who is worthy of it. We please God by looking more and more like Jesus. We become more courageous and more compassionate in sowing into the lives of those who may not know Jesus, yet. Because that is what matters. How are you reflecting God’s glory to the world? When were you intentional in showing someone God in recent days? What happened?


    LORD, help us to follow your lead! We admit that sometimes we are following the wrong examples. Sometimes we want to look more safe and comfortable for the world around us. Let us be more like You. Don’t let us worry about where people will leave us. Let us be more concerned with people knowing You through us. Thank you for letting us be on the team!