1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 – God’s temple is holy and you are that temple

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

10According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.

16Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

18Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,
“He catches the wise in their craftiness,”
20and again,
“The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,
that they are futile.”
21So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future — all belong to you, 23and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Bring your attention to the Breath.
  • Inhale God’s Wisdom.  Exhale the world’s wisdom.
  • Inhale God’s Wisdom.  Exhale the world’s wisdom.
  • Inhale God’s Wisdom.  Exhale the world’s wisdom.
  • What deception in the world do you need to bring to God today?
  • Name the healing you need from this deception.
  • Name the healing the world needs from this deception.
  • Name the healing God desires for this deception.
  • How do you desire to leave this deception with God today?
  • What peace does God have for you in its place?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 19, 2017, the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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