Explore the Bible at Home - Week of October 14

ETB at H

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,

In the first century AD, the city of Corinth was known for it's liscentious living. The city was filled with temples and shrines to various false gods. Some of the believers in Corinth had family members who still worshiped these false gods and rejected the gospel. As a result, the church in Corinth was a mix of lifelong devoted Jews who believed in Jesus and former idol worshipers who had turned away from their sin and received Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Like all churches, the church in Corinth faced conflicts. Paul addressed many of these conflicts in his letter to the Corinthians and taught that believers should live in unity and peace. God has given different people varying roles in His church, but everyone is a part of the same mission—sharing the gospel. What unique talents or abilities has God given your family so that you can be a part of serving your church family and sharing the gospel with others? Follow along with this week's lesson at home by using the Explore the Bible at Home texts this week!

Younger Kids Text Truth: Everyone has a special role in God's church

Older Kids Text Truth: Everyone has different gifts, but we are all part of God's church.

Unity in the Church, 1 Corinthians 3; 12

Paul had visited the city of Corinth. He stayed for a year and a half, then he traveled to other cities. A man named Apollos traveled to Corinth and told many people about Jesus and helped many people grow in their faith.

Later Paul heard some bad news, the church in Corinth was having problems. The people were not getting along! Paul wrote a letter to remind the people that God’s people should get along.

One of the things the people were arguing about was whether they followed Paul or Apollos. Paul reminded the believers that both he and Apollos were servants of Jesus. God used both men to help people learn about Jesus. Paul described a garden. Paul said, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered the seed, but God made the seed grow.” Paul wanted the people to understand that God gives His people different gifts, but all believers are united because they love Jesus Christ.

Later in his letter, Paul explained that God has given each believer special gifts. While everyone is different and has different ways to serve God, all believers serve the same God.

Each person in the church is different. God has given everyone different abilities and talents and gifts. But we are all a part of God’s family—the church.

- Autumn