1 Corinthians 4: 14-17

 I know that some of us find it difficult to deal with Paul’s tone in his letters.  He seems forceful and even aggressive at times.  However, some parents are forceful and aggressive when they need to be.  As an elementary school teacher I have rarely raised my voice.  I remember once I was in Pakistan teaching and a student lost his temper and started running toward another with his fist raised in anger.  I shouted his name across the playground and the whole playground froze.  Needless to say, he didn’t hit the  other child and then dissolved in tears.  When someone is rushing headlong into error with eternal consequences what should your tone be?

1 Corinthians 4: 14-17

14I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children. 15Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 17For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.


  1. What qualifier does Paul use before ‘children’?
  2. What is Paul’s relationship to the Corinthians?
  3. What is Timothy’s relationship to Paul?
  4. How are those who have been Christians for longer to help those who are young in the faith?
  5. How can you develop a teachable spirit and be a gentle but firm teacher?

Going Deeper

Either find someone who can mentor you, or become a mentor this week.

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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