1 Corinthians 8-11: Counsel for New Members

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 122–123


The Corinthian Saints had written to Paul and asked him many questions. We learn what those questions were by his answers to them. Paul counseled them to guard against offending others through personal actions, to recognize that God will not allow us to be unfairly overwhelmed by temptation, and to remember the importance of being worthy to partake of the sacrament.

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Corinthians 8

Puffeth up (v. 1)Makes proud 
Commendeth us not (v. 8)Does not bring us 
Emboldened (v. 10)Encouraged 

1 Corinthians 8:4, 8–13—Eating the Meat of Idols

The law of Moses did not allow Jews to eat meat that was sacrificed to false idols. Paul taught them that the meat itself did not make a person unclean, but the Jewish converts were still offended when they saw gentile converts eating pagan meat. Paul counseled that it was better not to eat the meat than to offend a fellow Saint.

1 Corinthians 9

Charges (v. 7)Expense 
Hinder (v. 12)Slow the progress of 
A dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me (v. 17)I will be held responsible for my stewardship 
Temperate (v. 25)Moderate, self-controlled 
Corruptible (v. 25)Earthly, temporal 
Beateth the air (v. 26)Swings fists in the air as if pretending to fight 

1 Corinthians 10

Idolaters (v. 7)Idol worshipers 
The Lord’s table (v. 21)The ways of God, such as the sacrament 
The table of devils (v. 21)The ways of evil, such as a pagan feast 
Provoke (v. 22)Anger 

1 Corinthians 11

Shorn, shaven (v. 6)To have all one’s hair cut short or off (considered a disgrace in Paul’s time) 
Heresies (v. 19)Untruths, lies about Christ and His doctrine 
Chastened (v. 32)Corrected by punishment 

1 Corinthians 11:2–12—Do Men Rule over Women?

Paul taught that God placed Jesus Christ at the “head of every man” and the man at “the head of the woman” (1 Corinthians 11:3). This pattern does not suggest dominance and subservience, but establishes order and peace through righteous priesthood leadership. Men and women are dependent upon each other, and wise men listen carefully to the opinions of faithful women.

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you study 1 Corinthians 8–11.

Activity A iconGive a Modern Example

Read 1 Corinthians 8:9–13 and give a modern example of how we need to be careful to avoid even the appearance of evil. It might be helpful to review the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for 1 Corinthians 8:4, 8–13.

Activity B iconDesign a Training Program

Read 1 Corinthians 9:24–27 and look for what Paul compared his mission to. Draw the following chart in your notebook. Imagine you are a coach and list steps in a physical training program you would design to help an athlete excel in his or her field. Then make a comparison to the spiritual training needed to prepare for a mission or temple marriage.

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Activity C Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—1 Corinthians 10:13

Paul stated clearly in 1 Corinthians 10:13–14 that temptation cannot defeat us if we are determined to obey God’s commandments. Read Alma 13:28 and list the three principles Alma said we need to obey so that we might obtain God’s help in overcoming temptation. Write a paragraph about how they can help you not to “be tempted above that ye are able” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Activity D iconHow to Partake of the Sacrament

The most important part of attending Church is partaking of the sacrament. After reading 1 Corinthians 11:20–34, write a set of directions that would help others partake of the sacrament in the manner the Lord intended. Keep your directions brief enough to fit on a card that could be given to people.

youth taking the sacrament