Paul the Humorist?

READ ME FIRST

Before watching the video below, read Paul’s words to the church in Corinth (from 1 Corinthians 1:10-17).

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you,
but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.
For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 

What I mean is that each of you says,
“I belong to Paul,”
or “I belong to Apollos,”
or “I belong to Cephas,”
or “I belong to Christ.”

Has Christ been divided?
Was Paul crucified for you?
Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 

I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name.
(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas;
beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel,
and not with eloquent wisdom,
so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.

WATCH and WONDER

1 Corinthians 1:10-17
as told by Ron Coughlin at the Festival Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers ’13

But that’s not a STORY!!!

Any scripture can be told “by heart”–even Paul’s letters. In fact, most of the people to whom Paul wrote could not read–they relied on someone reading the letter aloud. Think about the difference in the experience of reading the letter to yourself and then hearing Ron tell it by heart.

WAYS to WONDER

For all ages:

The Corinthian church was filled with people who were very different–and had different thoughts about how to be the church. Paul wanted them to be UNITED in their faith. In order to get a sense of how Paul felt, tell a story about a time you tried to help people get along. (My mother used to request only one thing for Christmas every year–peace in the family. Perhaps I should call her and get her to tell me a story!)

For the older set:

From Ron’s telling, what can you surmise about the Corinthian church?

What are the ways in which today’s church experiences such divisions? Tell a story about church/faith division…then begin to tell this section of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.

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