2 Corinthians 9:6-15

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 (ESV)  The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  [7]  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  [8]  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.  [9]  As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”  [10]  He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.  [11]  You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.  [12]  For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.  [13]  By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,  [14]  while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.  [15]  Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Learning Humility and Selflessness from Jesus

Philippians 2:1-11 (ESV)  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,  [2]  complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  [3]  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  [4]  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  [5]  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,  [6]  who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,  [7]  but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  [8]  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  [9]  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,  [10]  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  [11]  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 Corinthians 11:2-16

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (ESV)  Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.  [3]  But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.  [4]  Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,  [5]  but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.  [6]  For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.  [7]  For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.  [8]  For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.  [9]  Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.  [10]  That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.  [11]  Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;  [12]  for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.  [13]  Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered?  [14]  Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,  [15]  but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.  [16]  If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

1 Corinthians 3:1-23

1 Corinthians 3:1-23 (ESV)  But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.  [2]  I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,  [3]  for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?  [4]  For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?  [5]  What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.  [6]  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.  [7]  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.  [8]  He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.  [9]  For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.  [10]  According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.  [11]  For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  [12]  Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—  [13]  each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.  [14]  If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.  [15]  If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.  [16]  Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?  [17]  If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.  [18]  Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.  [19]  For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”  [20]  and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”  [21]  So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours,  [22]  whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours,  [23]  and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (ESV)  Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.  [7]  But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.  [8]  None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  [9]  But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—  [10]  these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.  [11]  For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  [12]  Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.  [13]  And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.  [14]  The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  [15]  The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.  [16]  “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 (ESV)  For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  [19]  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”  [20]  Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  [21]  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.  [22]  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,  [23]  but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,  [24]  but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  [25]  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  [26]  For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  [27]  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;  [28]  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,  [29]  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  [30]  And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,  [31]  so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  [2:1]  And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.  [2]  For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  [3]  And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,  [4]  and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,  [5]  so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.