The first passage for this study is 1 Cor. 2: 6-16.
1. What is the “wisdom of this age” in verse 6? What type of counsel and instruction might a person with this sort of wisdom impart to you, if you were their protege? List the attributes and qualities that an individual would develop if they embraced this wisdom.
2. What does “God’s secret wisdom”, or the wisdom of the Spirit, found in verse 7 refer to? List the character attributes and personal qualities you would expect to be produced as a result of this type of wisdom. Compare the lists and contrast the teachings of these two groups. Are there any similarities?
3. Can you paraphrase verse 11 in your own words? What is Paul’s meaning, and what is the implication of it?
Next, please read all of Numbers 13 and 14:1-38, then read 1 Sam. 17: 4-11; 32-37; and 45-50. Contrast the perspectives of both Israelite armies with that of Joshua, Caleb, and David.
4. The way we view the world and the events that occur in it is shaped by our belief system which, in turn, is influenced by the perspectives of the people we interact with, and vice versa. Within that context, use the two preceding accounts, along with the implication of 1 Cor. 2: 11, to construct an argument advocating for the benefits of baptism.
As always, I look forward to your input!