SOAP Study - September 25, 2020

    09.25.20 | by Rocky Shack


    1 Corinthians 3:16-23

    16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in[a] you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

    18 Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say,

    “He traps the wise
        in the snare of their own cleverness.”[b]

    20 And again,

    “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise;
        he knows they are worthless.”[c]

    21 So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belongs to you— 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Peter,[d] or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.


    • 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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    I chose that phrase from this passage because I knew it would make you look twice at it. The majority of 1 Corinthians 3 is about wisdom and being mindful of whose wisdom you are following—God’s or your own. The temptation of wisdom in myself alone is constantly around us. We believe that we have pulled ourselves up by our own bootstraps, but like Bryan Loritts says, “There are no merit-based scholarships in the Kingdom of God.” There are only the mercies of God. There is only the grace of God that Jesus has freely given to us. You and I cannot boast in anything. However, in the event that we think that we run this show, I think God can show us who really runs this thing. In those moments, we may go into the teaching moment as a fool, but we have the potential to come out on the other side much wiser than before. Sometimes we need to be corrected, and what better message to be centered by on than what Jesus has done for us?


    I shouldn’t think of myself smarter than I really am. It is not about being down on myself or self-defeating. It is about staying where I am at my best—seeking to live a Christ-centered life, even though we live in a very self-centered world. We must keep the story on what God has done for us. Yes, we do work, but there is Another who can prosper what we do. Keep the spotlight where it belongs—on God.


    LORD, thank you for these words from Paul, the one who tried his best to stay low, so that you could get the glory from what he did! Help me to follow his example! Don’t give me over to my self-centered thinking. Instead, see to it that I remain to my sweet spot where you are the author of my salvation and the lamp unto my path! Don’t let me stay a fool!