Warnings and Worship - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 10:1-22

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Warnings and Worship - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 10:1-22

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The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our June 2, 2019 message, Warnings and Worship.

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SUMMARY OF THE SERMON

Pastor James’ message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. James preached from 1 Corinthians 10:1-22 from his message, we see:  

INTRODUCTION

  • Review of Chapter 8

  • Chapter 9 – the principle of Chapter 8 illustrated positively

  • Chapter 10 - the principle of Chapter 8 illustrated negatively

  • Remember Paul is answering two of their questions:

    • Is eating food sacrificed to idol biblical? (The answer is possibly).

    • Is it biblical to go to the idols temples and be there as there are sacrifices to those idols? (Paul will answer that question in this chapter).

EXPOSITION: 1 Corinthians 10:1-22

  • Review 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

  • Paul begins by focusing on the Privileges of the Israelite people (They were blessed, yet they were disqualified)

    • God’s perpetual presence

      • Cloud - see Exodus 13:21

      • Passed through the sea - see Exodus 14:26-31

      • Baptized into Moses - God lead His people by a cloud. God used Moses as their human leader. God used Moses to part the Red Sea. The people passed through on dry land. Paul uses these events as illustrative of being baptized.

    • God’s perpetual provision

      • Spiritual food - manna from heaven - see Exodus 16

      • Spiritual drink - rock from which they received water - see Exodus 17:1-7; Numbers 20:2-13

    • God’s parallel pattern with the Corinthian church and our church

      • Deliverance from sin

      • Baptism

      • Spiritual food and drink (Lord’s supper/communion)

      • Christ is the Rock

      • Fellowship and Identification

  • Paul, then move to the Problems of the Israelite people

    • Nevertheless - sharp contrast to the blessings.

    • God was not pleased - because of Israel distrust and disobedience - only 2 of them that left Egypt who was 20 years or older entered the Promised Land (overthrown in the wilderness)

    • Four major sins of the Israelites in the wilderness

      • Idolatry - see Exodus 32

      • Immorality - see Exodus 25; 1-18; Deuteronomy 7:1-11

      • Testing God - see Numbers 21:1-9; John 3:14-16

      • Grumbling - see Numbers 14:1-32; 16:41-50

  • Paul, next, speaks of the Promises to the people of God

    • GOD IS FAITHFUL

      • God providentially provides a hedge for those who are being tempted

      • God providentially provides the path for those who are being tempted

  • Paul, ends with the Principles and Practices of Worship

    • Flee idolatry

    • When you participate in idolatry (pagan sacrifices), you fellowship (koinonia) with the world and demons

    • When you participate in idolatry (pagan sacrifices), you identify with the world and demons

    • As Christians, we are called to Fellowship and Identify with Christ

KEY TAKEAWAYS:  

We should be willing to remove anything that hinders our ability to share the gospel

BRINGING IT HOME: (REFLECT, REQUEST, RESPOND)

REFLECT: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. What is God looking for based on these verses? Deuteronomy 13:3; 1 Samuel 16:7; John 4:23

  2. The heart is the control center of humanity. It controls our living. It involves a person’s thoughts, intentions, beliefs, desires and attitudes. The heart of humanity exposes what the person truly wants, thinks, and believes (even if their lips say something that is different). See Proverbs 23:7 and Matthew 13:15

  3. How would you define worship? When we worship we look to someone or something that we believe will give us peace, significance, security, and satisfaction. We will love that person or thing. We will serve and submit that which is worshiped. We place our hope in the object of our worship.

  4. Do you know that all people have been created by God to be worshipers? All of humanity has been created by God to worship Him alone (Colossians 1:16). We were created by Him and for Him (Romans 1:25; Colossians 1:13-18). The problem is that if a person does not worship God, they must worship something or someone. What do you learn from your study of Romans 1:18-32?

  5. Principles to consider

    • God is the only One worthy of humanity’s worship (Revelation 4:9-11; Revelation 5:11-14)

    • God want our hearts to belong to Him ultimately. Nothing nor anyone should be greater than God (Joshua 24:23)

    • God forbids worship of anything or anyone else (Exodus 20:2-6)

    • God warns us in Scripture that misplaced worship is sin. It is called idolatry (Leviticus 19:4; Colossians 3:5: and 1 John 5:1)

    • “An idol is anything that we consistently make equal to or more important than God in our attention, desire, devotion, and choices” - Stuart Scott

  6. Consider prayerful whether any of these have becomes idols of your heart

    • A desired circumstance of life (a good marriage, children, financial stability, etc.)

    • A god of your own making

    • Ambition

    • An accomplishment

    • Another person

    • Control

    • Fair or good treatment

    • Good health

    • Knowledge

    • Material things

    • Other gods of the cults

    • Pain-free/trouble-free life

    • Physical appearance

    • Pleasure/comfort

    • Security

    • Significance/success/impact

    • The good opinion of others

    • Wealth

    • Yourself 

  7. Now, that you have discovered some idols that have at times captured your heart, what do you need to do next?

    • Countering Sinful Rejection and Replacement (Jeremiah 2:13)

      • Ask God to search your heart and reveal anything or anyone that has become the object of your worship, other than God (Psalm 139:23-24)

      • Confess (agree with God) about your sin against Him (Psalm 51:3-4, 17)

      • Repent and forsake your idol (Ezekiel 14:6). Reject the idol. Return to God. Pursue Him with a purpose and passion.

      • Practice radical amputation. Remove the possibility of idol worship and guard your heart (Proverbs 23:7; Matthew 5:29-30; 1 John 5:21). You may need to leave people, places, or things that encourage your false worship.

      • Be vigilant. John Calvin reminds us that our hearts are idol-making factories that make good gifts from God ultimate in our lives, thereby replacing God in our affections (Tim Keller). When we reject one idol, another one is just waiting to take its place (1 Thessalonians 5:6; 1 Peter 1:13-16)

REQUEST: PRAYER AND PRAISE

  • Ask God to help you to be more Cross centered in your life

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that are hindering your glorifying of God.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you live in the forgiveness and freedom of cross of Christ.

RESPOND: APPLYING WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

  • How can you love God more through what you have learned? (read, study, meditate, memorize, share)

  • How can you love others more through what you have learned?

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

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Gospel- Driven Christianity – Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 9

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Gospel- Driven Christianity – Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 9

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The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our May 19, 2019 message, Gospel-driven Christianity.

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SUMMARY OF THE SERMON

Pastor James’ message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. James preached from 1 Corinthians 9:1-27 from his message, we see:  

INTRODUCTION

  • Review of Chapter 8

  • Chapter 9 – is an illustration of the principle of Chapter 8

  • This is helpful to remember

    • Paul’s authority and apostleship have been called into question.

    • It seems to some that Paul is vacillating (Fee, page 392).

      • Attack the messenger (undermine them, diminish them, strike at them), then attack their message (the message has no value to you anymore)

    • Paul defends his behavior. He has done nothing wrong. He is not inconsistent. He has not failed his apostolic calling (Riddlebarger, page 212)

  • As a result, he has two basic lines of defense:

    • Paul confirms his apostolic authority with all the rights and privileges

    • Paul makes the point that no Christian should exert their liberty without lovingly regarding the “weak.”

EXPOSITION: 1 Corinthians 9:1-27

  • Paul declares his role as an apostle (1 Corinthians 9:1-2)

    This chapter has a series of approximately 19 rhetorical questions in the chapter. A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked to make a point rather than to elicit an answer. He begins the chapter with four rhetorical questions

    • Am I not free?

    • Am I not an apostle?

    • Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?

    • Are you not my workmanship? (Paul has led many to Christ)

  • Paul declare his rights as an apostle (1 Corinthians 9:3-6)

    • Rights to sustenance (needs met)

    • Right to a spouse (have a wife and travel with her at the church’s expense)

    • Right to support (financial)

  • Paul declares his rationale regarding his rights <Why he has the right to be supported> (1 Corinthians 9:7-14)

    • Rationale # 1: Lessons from the life of a worker (1 Corinthians 9:7)

    • Rationale # 2: Lessons from the Word (1 Corinthians 9:8-10) (see also Deuteronomy 25:4)

    • Rationale # 3: Lessons from an examination of the heart (look within, values) (1 Corinthians 9:11-12)

    • Rationale # 4: Lessons from Old Testament worship (1 Corinthians 9:13)

    • Rationale # 5: Lessons from Christ’s command will (1 Corinthians 9:14)

      • Christ commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel (see Matthew 10:10 and Luke 10:8)

  • Paul declares his restrictions of those rights (1 Corinthians 9:15-18)

    • Paul describes his practice (surrender and sacrifice)

    • Paul declares his passion

      • Calling (preacher of the gospel)

      • Compulsion (divine compulsion)

      • Consequence (“Woe to me” – he would be under the discipline of the Lord if he forsook this call)

      • Compensation (what is his reward? Sharing the gospel free of charge)

Paul reviews his philosophy of ministry (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

  • Paul: The Servant

    • Paul is free…yet he made himself a servant of all

    • To outside observers, it might have looked like Paul’s life was inconsistent, but he consistently pursued one goal: to win people to Jesus. (see Acts 21:23-26 and Acts 16:3)

  • Paul: The Athlete

    • Runs to win the race (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

    • Fights to win the battle (1 Corinthians 9:26)

KEY TAKEAWAYS:  

We should be willing to remove anything that hinders our ability to share the gospel

BRINGING IT HOME: (REFLECT, REQUEST, RESPOND)

REFLECT: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-2. What is Paul’s point in these verses?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-3. How are the Corinthian believers a seal of Paul’s apostleship?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 9:4-5. What rights of an apostle did Paul have?

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 9:7. Paul gives three illustrations in this verse. What is the principle that Paul is trying to teach?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 9:8-10. Paul references Deuteronomy 25:4. What is the point that Paul is attempting to make?

  6. Read 1 Corinthians 9:11. What is sowing spiritual things and reaping material things?

  7. Read 1 Corinthians 9:16-18. Why did Paul preach? What is Paul’s perspective on rewards?

  8. Read 1 Corinthians 9:19. Explain how Paul is both free and a servant at the same time.

  9. Read 1 Corinthians 9:23. What is Paul’s goal for ministry?

  10. Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. How do the principles of these verses relate to chapter 8?

  11. Explain how chapters 8 and 9 relate to each other.

REQUEST: PRAYER AND PRAISE

  • Ask God to help you to be more Cross centered in your life

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that are hindering your glorifying of God.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you live in the forgiveness and freedom of cross of Christ.

RESPOND: APPLYING WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

  • How can you love God more through what you have learned? (read, study, meditate, memorize, share)

  • How can you love others more through what you have learned?

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

  • Suggested Scripture Study: Read Deuteronomy 25:4; Matthew 10:10; Mark 10:45; Luke 10:8; Acts 15; Acts 16:3; Acts 21:23-26; Romans 14:1-23; 1 Corinthians 8; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 John 2:18; 1 John 4:19-5:1

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How Love Impacts Our Liberty - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

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How Love Impacts Our Liberty - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Digging Deeper is a weekly Bible study usually available on Monday morning. We offer this unique spiritual formation tool to anyone who wants to receive it. Use Digging Deeper as a personal Bible study tool, for family devotions, and small group discussions. Weekly lessons are based on the current sermon series at The Chapel.

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our May 5, 2019 message, How Love Impacts Our Liberty.

LISTEN TO THE SERMON

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SUMMARY OF THE SERMON

Pastor James’ message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. James preached from 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 from his message, we see:  

Introduction

  • Paul has answered the Corinthians’ question about marriage and singleness; now he moves to deal with their questions about food sacrificed to idols.

  • This section of Scripture is speaking to how we treat people who have different beliefs than we have. Romans 14 encourages us to accept one another, welcome one another, and not to judge one another.

  • Are we our brother’s keeper?

  • How is a passage on the sacrifice of food to idols relevant for us today? It helps us to understand how we deal with situations that are neither right nor wrong but are neutral, how we deal with situations that are neither black nor white but gray.

Exposition (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

  • Challenge (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)

    • The two issues under consideration are: Can a Christian participate in the pagan feasts? What to do with leftover animals from sacrifices at pagan temples?

    • Paul says that there is a kind of knowledge that leads to pride. This seems to be a significant issue in the Corinthian church.

    • Paul states that the foundational principle of Christianity is not knowledge but love.

  • Consensus (1 Corinthians 8:4-6)

    • Paul agrees with the Corinthian “strong” Christians on two issues: There is no real existence of an idol. There is no God but one.

    • Paul says that there are “so-called gods.” Paul contrasts paganism and Christianity. Paganism says that there are many gods. Christianity says that there is one God. Paganism says that there are many lords or mediators. Christianity said that there is only one Lord and mediator.

    • God, the Father, is the source of all things. And, we exist for Him. Jesus is the Lord. He is fully God and sovereign over all.

  • Confirmation (1 Corinthians 8:7-8)

    • We must recognize and affirm that not all Christians possess this level of knowledge.

    • The strong saw nothing wrong with eating the food. The weak were profoundly affected, troubled, and disturbed. For the weak eating food sacrificed, triggers memories of their past life. For them, it seems that they are accepting idolatry and even endorsing idolatry.

    • This troubled their conscience. The conscience means “with knowledge.” It is a God-implanted sense of right and wrong that all humans have been given. When a person does wrong, they will feel guilty. It is the soul’s warning system.

    • Because of sin, our conscience is not infallible. Sometimes we can feel guilty when there is no sin involved. The truth found in the Word of God helps to teach the conscience. It teaches us of our freedom in Christ.

    • To resist the conscience is not wise. When we turn against our conscience, we become desensitized and dull. It is essential to follow our conscience unless what it tells us to do is sinful. We sin when we go against our conscience.

  • Caution (1 Corinthians 8:9-10)

    • The strong are warned not to use their knowledge to harm and hurt others. In essence, Paul is saying that just because we have the right to do something, does not make it right. To cling to our rights at the expense of others maybe unloving, selfish, and self-serving.

    • The strong Christian’s insistence on their right could become “a stumbling block” for the weak. It may place obstacles in their way leading them to be disoriented and confused. It may also lead them to go against their conscience. To encourage a weak brother/sister to go against their conscience is encouraging them to sin.

  • Consequences (1 Corinthians 8:11-12)

    • By encouraging this “sin” for the weaker Christian, the strong are:

      • Sinning against the weaker brother/sister

      • Wounding their conscience

      • Sinning against Christ

  • Conclusion (1 Corinthians 8:13)

    • We should live by the principle of love. We should be willing to sacrifice for the benefit of other believers. We are our brother’s keeper. We should be willing to, even for the rest of our lives, lay down our right (gladly) for the love of God and the love of others.

    • Jesus laid down His life for us. Are we not willing to lay down our rights for others?

    • The three words to consider are:

      • Learn (right knowledge leads to humility, gentleness, patience and loving forbearance).

      • Love (God and others.

      • Live (gospel-driven living)

KEY TAKEAWAYS:  

We should be willing to sacrifice for the benefit of other believers. We are our brother’s keeper. We should be willing to, even for the rest of our lives, lay down our right (gladly) for the love of God and the love of others.

BRINGING IT HOME: (REFLECT, REQUEST, RESPOND)

REFLECT: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 8:1-3. What is the new topic that Paul discusses in this chapter?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 8:1. Paul says that knowledge if it is not anchored by love, tends to produce what in a person’s life?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 8:3. Paul says that this type of knowledge is most important. What is it?

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 8:4-6. What doctrinal issues do Paul and the strong Christians agree?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 8:6. What do we learn about God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ from this verse?

  6. Read 1 Corinthians 8:7. What are the strong Christians failing to acknowledge?

  7. Read 1 Corinthians 8:8. Does food make us more or less spiritual?

  8. Read 1 Corinthians 8:9-10. A stumbling block is placing an obstacle in another person’s way. What are some ways we can cause someone to stumble?

  9. Read 1 Corinthians 8:11. What happens to a weak Christian when they stumble over the strong person’s actions?

  10. Read 1 Corinthians 8:12. Paul states there are three consequences of encouraging the weaker person to go against their conscience. What are they?

  11. Read 1 Corinthians 8:13. What conclusion did Paul draw? Are there any limitations?

REQUEST: PRAYER AND PRAISE

  • Ask God to help you to be more Cross centered in your life

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that are hindering your glorifying of God.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you live in the forgiveness and freedom of cross of Christ.

RESPOND: APPLYING WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

  • How can you love God more through what you have learned? (read, study, meditate, memorize, share)

  • How can you love others more through what you have learned?

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

  • Suggested Scripture Study: Read Genesis 4; Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 4:6, 18-19; 5:2; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 2:15; Romans 11:36; Colossians 2:19; John 1:3; Mark 7:18-19; John 15:13; 2 Timothy 2:2

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Valuing Singleness - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

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Valuing Singleness - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Digging Deeper is a weekly Bible study usually available on Monday morning. We offer this unique spiritual formation tool to anyone who wants to receive it. Use Digging Deeper as a personal Bible study tool, for family devotions, and small group discussions. Weekly lessons are based on the current sermon series at The Chapel.

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our April 28, 2019 message, Valuing Singleness.

LISTEN TO THE SERMON

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SUMMARY OF THE SERMON

Pastor Doug’s message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Doug preached from 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 from his message, we see:  

Introduction

Exposition (1 Corinthians 7:25-40)

  • Paul’s wise preference: Paul recommends remaining single without mandating it (7:25-35).

    • Singleness can allow for less stress in a world of increasing hostility toward Christianity (7:25-28).

    • Singleness reminds us that the eternal eclipses the temporal (7:29-30).

    • Singleness allows for undistracted devotion to Gospel ministry (7:32-35)

  • Paul’s wise allowance: Paul permits getting married without demeaning it (7:36-40).

    • While marrying a Christian virgin is wise for a Christian man who struggles with sexual temptation, it is even better to remain single for a Christian man who is divinely enabled with self-control (7:36-38).

    • While marrying a Christian man is permissible for a Christian widow, it is even better if she remains single (7:39-40)

KEY TAKEAWAYS:  

While Paul wisely recommends Christian marriage to facilitate sexual propriety, he elevates Christian singleness to facilitate focused opportunity

BRINGING IT HOME: (REFLECT, REQUEST, RESPOND)

REFLECT: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Re-read 1 Corinthians 7:1-24. Remind yourself of the major themes in this section?

  2. The priority for both those who are married and single is to be God-centered and others oriented. How can we show singles that their lives matter to us?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 7:25. What did Paul mean when he says, “I have no command from the Lord”? Does that mean we should not trust his counsel? See 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:21.

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 7:27. What is Paul counseling the Corinthian believers?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 7:28. Why does Paul counsel them not to marry?

  6. Read 1 Corinthians 7:29-31. How would an eternal perspective influence a person regarding singleness and marriage?

  7. Read 1 Corinthians 7:32-34. Paul states he wants them to be free of anxieties. How are the concerns of the single different from the concerns of the married?

  8. Read 1 Corinthians 7:35. What is the reasoning for Paul’s counsel in verse 32-34?

  9. Read 1 Corinthians 7:37-38. What is Paul’s point?

  10. Read 1 Corinthians 7:39. How long is marriage to be according to this passage?

  11. When is re-marriage acceptable? See 1 Corinthians 7:39.

  12. Read 1 Corinthians 7:40. Paul ends his discussion of singleness and marriage. What does he say?

REQUEST: PRAYER AND PRAISE

  • Ask God to help you to be more Cross-centered in your life

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that are hindering your glorifying of God.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you live in the forgiveness and freedom of cross of Christ.

RESPOND: APPLYING WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

  • How can you love God more through what you have learned? (read, study, meditate, memorize, share)

  • How can you love others more through what you have learned?

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

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Maintaining Marital Commitment - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 7:1-16

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Maintaining Marital Commitment - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 7:1-16

Digging Deeper is a weekly Bible study usually available on Monday morning. We offer this unique spiritual formation tool to anyone who wants to receive it. Use Digging Deeper as a personal Bible study tool, for family devotions, and small group discussions. Weekly lessons are based on the current sermon series at The Chapel.

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our April 14, 2019 message, Maintaining Marital Commitment.

LISTEN TO THE SERMON

Don’t forget to listen to the sermon again as you work through this Sermon Based Study Guide. You can download the sermon through a variety of venue. The easiest way to listen to the sermon and get information about our church is on our church app. You can download our app by searching for The Chapel at Warren Valley in the App Store or get it on Google Play. Or you can always listen to our sermons on our church’s website http://www.thechapelnj.org/sermons

SUMMARY OF THE SERMON

Pastor Doug’s message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Doug preached from 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 from his message, we see:  

Introduction

  • Remember the A-B-A format in 1 Corinthians 7

    • A – Paul’s advice to the married and formerly married: Preferably remain as you are (1 Corinthians 7:1-16).

    • B – Paul’s guiding principle: Remain in the state in which God called you (1 Corinthians 7:17-24)

    • A – Paul’s advice to the virgins and widows: Preferably remain as you are (1 Corinthians 7:25-40).

Exposition (1 Corinthians 7:1-16)

  • 1 Corinthians 7:1-5: Paul commands husbands and wives to mutually and consistently give of themselves sexually to one another.

  • 1 Corinthians 7:6-9:  Paul’s recommendation that widowers and widows remain single is qualified by individual giftedness.

  • 1 Corinthians 7:10-11: Paul commands believing husbands and wives to remain together and not to remarry another person if they do divorce.

  • 1 Corinthians 7:12-16: Paul counsels a believer to remain with an unbelieving spouse, who is willing to stay in the marriage unless the unbelieving spouse chooses to divorce the believing spouse

Key Takeaways:  

Believing spouses should pervasively pursue a sacrificial commitment to either their believing and unbelieving spouses, as they rest in the sovereign lordship of Christ

BRINGING IT HOME: (REFLECT, REQUEST, RESPOND)

REFLECT: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Re-read 1 Corinthians 7:17-24. Remind yourself of the major themes in this section?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 7:1. Paul seems to be dealing with two issues that were present in the Corinthian church. The two issues were hedonism (the pursuit of pleasure as the primary goal of life) and asceticism (the avoidance and abstinence of sensual and earthly pleasures). How do you see both extremes in our culture?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 7:2. According to this verse, why might someone choose to marry?

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 7:3. According to this verse, what are a husband and a wife to give to one another?

  5. 1 Corinthians 7:4 gives the reason for the previous question. What is Paul’s reasoning?

  6. Read 1 Corinthians 7:5. Paul gives a condition in which the expectations of verses 1 Corinthians 7:3-4 may be altered. What is the condition?

  7. Read 1 Corinthians 7:6-7. Paul seems to give a suggestion the Corinthians versus giving them a command. What is the difference? From this verse, what is Paul’s suggestion? What is the exception?

  8. Read 1 Corinthians 7:8. What is Paul’s instruction given to singles and widows?

  9. Read 1 Corinthians 7:10-11. What is the instruction? Is this a suggestion or a command?  

  10. Read 1 Corinthians 7:12-14. Paul discusses the situation of a believer being married to an unbeliever. What should the believer do if the unbelieving spouse wants to remain married? What is the reason?

  11. Read 1 Corinthians 7:14. For the unbelieving husband…wife…childrenmade holy…are holy does not me that they are saved by association with the believer. So, what does Paul mean by this statement?

  12. Read 1 Corinthians 7:15. If the unbelieving spouse leaves the marriage, what should the believing spouse do?

REQUEST: PRAYER AND PRAISE

  • Ask God to help you to be more Cross-centered in your life

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that are hindering your glorifying of God.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you live in the forgiveness and freedom of cross of Christ.

RESPOND: APPLYING WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

  • How can you love God more through what you have learned? (read, study, meditate, memorize, share)

  • How can you love others more through what you have learned?

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

  • Suggested Scripture Study: Read Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:18; Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Malachi 2:14; Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:3-9; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19, and 1 Peter 3:1-7

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