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

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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 7:1-16 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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God-Centered Contentment & Wisdom - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

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God-Centered Contentment & Wisdom - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

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 7, 2019 message, God-Centered Contentment & Wisdom in the Circumstances of Life.

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 7:17-24 from his message, we see:  

Introduction

  • A-B-A format in 1 Corinthians 7

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

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

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

Principle (1 Corinthians 7:17)

  • Remain in light of your calling: We should be content to be where God has sovereignly assigned us.

  • God calls people to a relationship with Himself. He also calls them to a variety of life situations.

  • We are to be faithful in whatever condition God has called us to live.

  • We are to find contentment in God no matter the situation in which you have been called to live

Example (1 Corinthians 7:18-19)

  • Circumcision vs. Uncircumcision

  • In the ancient world, there was a significant pressure on Gentile Christian to become Jewish in their actions.

  • God has savingly called us to Christ in a variety of situations. If we are a Jew who is called to faith, we should not seek to be a Gentile. If we are a Gentile who is called to faith, we should not attempt to be a Jew.

  • What matters is not whether we are circumcised or not; what matters is faithful obedience to God. We can be faithful and obedient to God no matter the situation in which we find ourselves.

Principle (1 Corinthians 7:20)

  • Remain in light of your calling

 Example (1 Corinthians 7:21-23)

  • Paul now uses the illustration of slaves. Paul is not condoning slavery as an institution.

  • Slavery in biblical times was very different from the slavery we experienced in the United States. Trafficking people (“man-stealing”) is sin (Exodus 21:16; 1 Timothy 1:10; Revelation 18:11-13).

  • The slavery of the Bible was usually because

    • a person was a prisoner of war

    • a person was seeking to pay back a debt.

  • Paul’s point is that whether you are a slave or a free person, you can still live a Christian life.

  • A Christian can, because of the power of the gospel and the indwelling Holy Spirit, possess true peace and contentment even amid very trying life situations

 Principle (1 Corinthians 7:24)

  • Remain in light of your calling

Key Takeaways:  

God-centeredness produces contentment in circumstances that should never or may never change, and wisdom in circumstances that could possibly change

BRINGING IT HOME: (REFLECT, REQUEST, RESPOND)

REFLECT: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 7:17-24. What are the major themes in this section?

  2. Paul states a principle in verses 1 Corinthians 7:17, 20 and 24. What is the principle and why is it important?

  3. Paul gives an example in 1 Corinthians 7:18-19. What is the example? Why does Paul say that the person does not need to change their situation or circumstance?

  4. Instead of trying to change their circumstances, what is the Christian to do based on 1 Corinthians 7:19?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 7:22. How is a slave, who is a Christian, a truly free person? In what sense is free person, who is a Christian, a slave?

  6. Can you think of other circumstances that demonstrate the principle of 1 Corinthians 7:17-24?

  7. Jeremiah Borough, in his book, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, stated, “Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.” How is that quote similar to what Paul stated in this section?

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 John 18:36; Luke 19:10; Romans 6:15-22; Galatians 5:1-3; Ephesians 6:5-8; Colossians 3:23; Philemon 1:1-25; 1 Peter 1:19

 

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This Is My Body - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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This Is My Body - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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 March 24, 2019 message, This is My Body.

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 James’ message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. James preached from 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 from his message, we see:  

Introduction

  • Does a train run better on the tracks or off tracks? Of course, it only runs on the track. If it derails, it eventual stops moving. It runs best on the tracks. It runs free, forward, and full.

  • Similarly, we live most free within boundaries - Liberty with limits.

  • Additionally, everyone has a worldview. Worldviews shape our thoughts, form our desires, guide our words, and motivates our actions. Worldview is our fundamental perspectives that shapes the way we live.

  • Paul had warned the Corinthians about the danger of deception, the danger of believing and applying the worldview of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 6:9.

  • Apparently, some of the Corinthian Christians were engaging in sexual relations with temple prostitutes. They had not been transformed in the way they thought and behaved. They were living like the world around them (see Romans 12:1-2).

Paul’s Counsel (1 Corinthians 6:12-17)

  • You have a wrong view of freedom

    • You are free in Christ. However, your freedom is limited.

    • Paul gave them two limits to their freedom

      • Edification – is it “helpful.” Does this activity build you up spiritually? Does it build up the body of Christ? Edification is about the promotion of spiritual growth in developing the character and conducts of Christ?

      • Enslavement – is it “dominating?” Does this activity put you under its authority or power? Have you repeatedly tried to stop this activity? Do you blame others for your failure to stop? Do frequently commit this sin even though it does not please God?

  • You have a wrong view of the body

    • The body is not merely for fulfilling appetites.

    • You are significant, and your body matters because

      • Your body is for the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:13)

      • Your body is destined to be raised (1 Corinthians 6:14)

      • Your body is a member of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15-17)

      • Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:18-19)

      • Your body was purchased at a price (1 Corinthians 6:20)

      • Your body is made for the royal purpose of glorifying God (1 Corinthians 6:20)

  • You have a wrong view of sex

    • They believed they had the freedom to do whatever they wanted without limits.

    • They believed sex was merely physical and temporal. They degraded it to animal-like activities. Therefore, they treated others as objects rather than who they indeed are

    • However, God-honoring sex is far more personal, healthy, beautiful, uniting, and far nobler.

    • It is not merely physical; it also spiritual. It is not just temporal; it is enduring.

    • The biblical view of sex is that it is a union of a man and woman in marriage

Paul’s Commands (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)

  • Flee sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 1:18)

  • Glorify God with your body (1 Corinthians 1:20)

Key Takeaways:  

Free people know the truth; free people live out what they know. Free people live within limits. Free people live honestly and transparent lives. Free people live without anxiety. Free people stand on the gospel truth and are solely depended on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Free people are new. Free people reflect God in and through their lives.

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

Reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. What are the major themes in this section?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 6:12. The people were using the phrase “all things are lawful for me,” as a rationalization for sinful behaviors that they were doing. However, Paul gives two limitations to our freedom. What are they?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 6:13. The Corinthians were also using a phrase, “food is for the stomach and the stomach for food.” By using this phrase, they were associating sexual activities with fulfilling appetites for food. What are other thing people do to fulfill their “appetites?”

  4. How does Paul respond to their thoughts that their bodies were merely for fulfilling sexual appetites? Who controls the body? Who controls the food?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 6:13-14. What is the purpose of the body and what is God going to do with our bodies?

  6. In 1 Corinthians 6:15, Paul states that the Christian’s body is a member with Christ. How can that fact help to be a corrective for someone struggling with life dominating sins like sexual immorality?

  7. What Old Testament passage does Paul quote in 1 Corinthians 6:16 and what is his point?

  8. Paul gives them a command to follow to deal with sexual immorality in 1 Corinthians 6:18. What is the command? How can we apply that to other areas of sin, not merely sexual sin?

  9. What does 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 teach about the connection between the Holy Spirit and our body? What are some of the implications of this truth?

  10. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. What price was paid to redeem you and to purchase your body? What are some of the implications of this truth?

  11. 1 Corinthians 6:20, commands us to glorify God with our bodies. To glorify means to reflect and display God through our bodies. What are some ways we can do that?      

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 connected to habitual sin patterns in your life.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you leave a life of habitual sin and bask 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 2:24; Job 31:1; Proverbs 6:27; Matthew 5:27-30; Romans 8:13, Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5-10; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 2:11; James 1:21-27

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And Such Were Some of You - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

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And Such Were Some of You - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

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 for 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 March 24, 2019 message, And Such Were Some of You.

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 James’ message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. James preached from 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 From his message, we see:  

Our Scandalous Conflicts (1 Corinthians 6:1, 4-6)

  • The church in Corinth was not only replicating the Corinthian culture in its immorality. It was replicating their constant use of the “unrighteous” legal system. Paul is astonished that the believers are taking other believers before non-believers to settle relational disputes.

  • The non-believing judge has not even settled the most significant issue (their standing before God) how could they genuinely resolve the matters of this life?

  • Paul states that even the least competent believer is better able to settle the matters between believers (arbitration) than to non-believing judges (litigation).

  • The church has boasted of their wisdom. It seems ironic that they do not believe that they have the knowledge to settle these types of disputes.

  • Paul is not saying that the believers would receive an unfair hearing before an unrighteous judge, he is saying that the legal system is not the place to take church family matters.

  • There are times when certain matter may have to come before the legal system (i.e. a divorce where your spouse is seeking to end your marriage, where there are child protection issues, or where someone is suing you. This is not an exhaustive list, but merely examples.)

Our Glorious Destiny (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)

  • In 1 Corinthians 5:10-13, Paul stated that in this life, we were not supposed to judge the outsider. Instead, we are to proclaim the gospel and demonstrate the gospel in how we relate to them.

  • However, at the end of the age, we will be involved, in some way, in the final judgment of non-believers (for a possible cross-reference see Daniel 7:22).

  • Paul then strengthens his argument by stating that at the end of the age, we will be involved in the judging of angels.

  • If that is to be our destiny, judging the world and judging angels, are we not competent to handle relational conflicts within the church?  

Our Utter Failure (1 Corinthians 6:7-8)

  • Paul stated that to have lawsuits in the family is already a defeat, regardless of who wins in court. To reach the point of litigation demonstrates that there are issues of heart and life in the parties. And, in such cases, the gospel is being hindered.

  • Additionally, not only are we already defeated, but we are also defrauding one another. Often in a conflict, the personal demand for “rights” develops an entitlement mindset in the opponents. They do not realize how much this mindset hurts and damages others, their witness for Christ and even themselves.

  • Paul offers a radically counter-cultural solution, lower our expectation and lay down your rights.

  • The laying down of rights as Jesus spoke about in Matthew 5:39-42, gives the person the opportunity to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel. Peacemaking is more important than getting justice.  

Our Worldly Past (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

  • Paul believes that the selfish and worldly mindset that could lead to these disputes between believers is like the self-indulgent and self-centered mindset behind the list of sins in verse 9-10.

  • The listing here is not isolated acts of sin, but a manner or way of living that is chronically self-absorbed. Additionally, for one to profess faith in Christ, yet, habitually live in such a self-indulgent way, may be deceiving themselves about being truly saved.

Our Great Hope (1 Corinthians 6:11)

  • Some of the believers had committed these sins in the past before they were brought into the family of God through conversion. However, because of their union in Christ, they are radically changed.

  • They are washed which means they have been cleansed from the inside of their past guilt and shame through the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit, which was symbolized outwardly in their baptism.

  • They have been sanctified, which means they have been made holy and set apart for God.

  • They have been justified, which means that they stand before the judgment bar of God not guilty and declared righteous.

  • Because of the gospel, the believer in Christ is forever forgiven and forever free.

 

Key Takeaways:  

We are to make a commitment to peacemaking and reconciliation in the church.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God (Matt. 5:9).

 We desire to build a “culture of peace” that reflects God’s peace and the power of the gospel of Christ in our lives. As we stand in the light of the cross, we realize that bitterness, unforgiveness, and broken relationships are not appropriate for the people whom God has reconciled to Himself through the sacrifice of His only Son (John 13:34-35; Ephesians 4:29-32; Colossians 3:12-14). Therefore, out of love for Christ and in reliance on the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, we are committed to resolving our differences according to biblical principles of peacemaking and reconciliation

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

Reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 6:1 and 1 Corinthians 6:4-6. What is the issue that Paul is dealing with in these verses?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 6:2-3. What are Paul arguments for not going to court before the unrighteous judges?

  3. Instead of being defeated or defrauding others, what does Paul say we should do to handle conflicts in a gospel-centered way found in 1 Corinthians 6:7-8? Are there other passages of Scripture that you can think of that is like the counsel Paul is giving to us?

  4. In 1 Corinthians 6:11, Paul lists three blessings of salvation in Christ. Please list them. Remember each of these blessings was written in the aorist tense, meaning it is a completed and definitive action. What difference does that make?

  5. Do you spend more time thinking of your sin versus thinking of your Savior? Do you spend more time focusing on your guilt rather than focusing on God’s amazing grace?

  6. The Heidelberg Catechism has three sections: Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude. How does a greater appreciation of our guilt and God’s grace lead to a life of gratitude?

  7. How can meditation on gospel help to shatter shame, guilt, condemnation, and the constant voice in your mind saying that you “not good enough?”

  8. Paul argument is that an appreciation of who you are in Christ and how much we have been forgiven and freed by Him should lead us to want to make peace with others whom we are in conflict. Have you experienced that in your life?   

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 connected to habitual sin patterns in your life.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you leave a life of habitual sin and bask 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 Matthew 18:21-25, Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 4:1-3; Ephesians 4:31-32; Ephesians 5:3-7; Colossians 3:12; Titus 3:5; James 4:1-12 

 

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Dealing with Unrepentant Sin in Christ's Church - SERMON GUIDE

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Dealing with Unrepentant Sin in Christ's Church - SERMON GUIDE

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 for 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 March 17, 2019 message, Dealing with Unrepentant Sin in Christ's Church.

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 James’ message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. James preached from 1 Corinthians 5:1-13. From his message, we see:  

Rules - Paul speaks to a widely known problem that was happening in the church, and he gave them a procedure that must be followed to deal with the issue. (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)

  • Problem (1 Corinthians 5:1-2)

    • Act - There was sexual immorality in the church. It was flagrant. It was ongoing. It was unrepentant.

    • Attitude - There was indifference in the church over this flagrant act of sin. There was no mourning. There was a complacency.

  • Procedure (1 Corinthians 5:3-5)

    • Authority - The Apostle Paul acting in the name of and under the power of the Lord Jesus Christ pronounced judgment on this unrepentant man.

    • Action required - The church acting in the name of and power of the Lord Jesus Christ was to

      • Assemble together

      • Deliver this man to Satan (remove him from the fellowship of the church and send him to the world, the realm of Satan) for the destruction of his flesh (this could be the sinful nature, or this could be physical).

      • This procedure is prayerfully going to result in the man’s willingness to repent and leave a life of sin and move on to holiness. However, if he does not, it removes a malignancy from the church and sends a clear message that unrepentant sin is so serious that it must be dealt with strongly

Reasons - Paul uses the Old Testament image of leaven and the Passover as a metaphor for dealing with this problem of unrepentant sin in the church. (1 Corinthians 5:6-8)

  • Cleanse the church (1 Corinthians 5:6) - Paul used the image of leaven (which was a type of yeast that was used in baking). The leaven would spread through a lump of dough until it permeated every area.

    • During the Jewish people’s enslavement in Egypt, God sent Moses to lead them out of bondage. A series of plagues were given by God to urge Pharaoh to let God’s people go. The Pharaoh would not relent.

    • On the night of the final judgment (the death of the firstborn) the Jews were to purge all of the leaven from their homes and make unleavened bread (Leviticus 23:6-8) and kill a lamb and put its blood on the doorpost (Exodus 12:6-7). The angel of death would pass over any house that had this sign on the doorpost.

    • Leaven was a metaphor for sin. As Israel had been set free from bondage in Egypt by the blood of the lamb, those of you who are in Christ, have been set free from the enslavement to sin by the precious blood of the Lamb (Romans 6:17-18).

    • Leaven was a metaphor of hypocrisy (Matthew 16:5-12; Matthew 23)

    • Leaven was a metaphor for disobedience and rebellion (Galatians 5:7-10)

  • Continue under the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 5:7)

    • The Israelite were to celebrate the the Festival of Passover yearly (the Passover - Leviticus 23:5, the Feast of Unleavened Bread - Leviticus 23:6-8, and the Feast of Firstfruits - Leviticus 23:9-14).

    • You are to continue under the person and work of your Passover Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. You are to do that daily not simply yearly.

    • Remember who you are. You are a new creation. You are a child of God. You are forgiven. You are free from sin.

  • Celebrate your salvation. (1 Corinthians 5:8) Worship is a great deterrent to sin. In fact, you cannot correctly worship and at the same time be desiring to sin.

Relationships - Paul seeks to correct a misunderstanding the church had about how to associate with those who are involved in unrepentant sin. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

  • Relationships with those who are unbelievers. (1 Corinthians 5:9-11) You are to look for opportunities to proclaim the gospel. But more importantly, you are to demonstrate the gospel in the way you live. You are to be in the world but not acting like the world.

  • Relationship with those who are in unrepentant sin but are professed believers. (1 Corinthians 5:12-13) You are to proclaim the gospel. You are to demonstrate the gospel. You are to hold each other accountable for we are a family. You are to encourage holiness of life.

Key Takeaways:

  • “The world is waiting to see such a church that takes sin so seriously, which enjoys forgiveness so completely, which in its gatherings has an awesome sense of God’s immediate presence to bless, shape and transform people, and loves and involves itself with the people of this world in costly compassionate service.”

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

Reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Paul as the Corinthian church’s spiritual father sought to admonish them, teach them, set an example for them and even to, if necessary, discipline them. Which of these is more difficult for you to do in your relationships with others?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 5:1-2. Describe the problem as Paul defines it?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 5:1-2. What was the Corinthians response to the problem? How did Paul say that they should respond instead?

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 5:3-5. This passage describes the procedure the church was to employ in this situation. What was the apostle’s judgment and what was the church’s decision to be in this matter?

  5. How is leaven defined? Consider looking up the word at https://biblehub.com/topical/l/leaven.htm and write down what you learn from your study.

  6. How does celebrating Christ in worship help to deal with sin in our lives?

  7. Read 1 Corinthians 5:9-13. Based on this passage, what is the difference in how we are to respond to non-believers in the world and believers in unrepentant sin?

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 connected to habitual sin patterns in your life.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you leave a life of habitual sin and bask 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 Matthew 18:15-18, Galatians 6:1-2; Ephesians 5:3; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Peter 4:17

 

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A Cruciform Life - SERMON GUIDE

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A Cruciform Life - SERMON GUIDE

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 for 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 March 10, 2019 message, A Cruciform Life.

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 Tim’s message continued our new series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Tim preached from 1 Corinthians 4:14-21. From his message, we see:  

Paul Sarcastic in Rebuking the Corinthians’ Pride (1 Corinthians 4:7-8)

  • They had a false view of the Christian life

  • They boasted about the God-given talents

  • It leads to look down on others and can lead to divisions in relationships

  • Our pride is an odd response to the grace of God

The Apostles (1 Corinthians 4:9-13)

  • Instead of having all you want, and becoming rich, and becoming kings, God has “put the apostles last.”

  • The apostles were on display as a spectacle to the world.

  • The Corinthians believers boasted in their high position, while God has exhibited the apostles as dead men, weak, held in disrepute, hungry, thirsty, and miserable.

  • And in response to poor treatment and attacks, the apostles respond blessings. They trust God amid the trials

Their Spiritual Father (1 Corinthians 4:14-21)

  • They have many guardians/guides. Yet, they have only one spiritual father

  • Paul, as their father, has set an example for them to follow

  • And as a loving father, at times, he may need to exercise discipline to disobedient children

Key Takeaways:

  • Rather than thinking of what God is doing to you; think about what is God doing for you

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

Reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Throughout these first four chapters, Paul has focused on the fact that the Corinthians believers are arrogant. Focus on 1 Corinthians 4 and find each verse that speaks of their arrogance.

  2. How do you define arrogance? Consider looking up the word at https://biblehub.com/topical/a/arrogance.htm and write down what you learn from your study.

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 4:7-19. How does Paul contrast the apostles’ beliefs and behaviors from the Corinthians’ beliefs and behaviors?

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 4:9-13. Why does Paul bring up his life as an example?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 4:11-13. How does Paul respond to attacks?

  6. In what ways are Paul’s beliefs and behaviors like those of our Lord Jesus Christ (see Philippians 2:5-10; 1 Peter 2:21-25)?

request: PRAYer and praise

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

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that have been judgmental and sinfully critical of others

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you grow in faithfulness and to help you use the gifts that He has given to you, for the glory of God and the good of others

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 Matthew 7:21–23; Acts 20:19; 2 Corinthians 3:5; Philippians 3:12; James 1:12; James 1:17

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What God Requires - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 4:1-13

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What God Requires - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 4:1-13

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 for 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 March 3, 2019 message, What God Requires.

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 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 Tim’s message continued our new series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Tim preached from 1 Corinthians 4:1-13. From his message, we see:  

How should we evaluate ministers of the gospel?

  • Many people today evaluate ministries by worldly wisdom (the size of the congregation, the building, the dynamic personality of the leader)

  • As a result, the congregation can become more devoted to the earthly leader than to Christ. They may begin to exalt one leader over others.

  • So, if that is not an accurate way to evaluate a minister or ministry, how should we evaluate those who preach the gospel?

Paul begins the section by saying, “this is how you regard us.” (1 Corinthians 4:1)

  • Paul states that the responsibility of the pastor in two phrases: “servants of Christ” and “stewards of the mysteries of God.”

  • As a servant, pastors are in a position that is under the authority of Christ

  • As stewards, pastors are ones who supervise and manage the church of God.

What is required? (1 Corinthians 4:2)

  • Paul speaks of mysteries, which are truths which cannot be discovered by humanity without the revelation of God. These truths are found in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-11).

  • The pastor has received these mysteries and is obligated to oversee the delivery of them to the congregation that they are called by God to serve.

  • The pastor is also called to supervise or manage the family of God in a way that will honor and please God

  • So, the primary goal is for the pastor to be found faithful. To be faithful means that he has shown evidence of a God-honoring life over time. It is not contingent on the pastor to be a “superstar” but to be reliable (see 1 Timothy 3:1-6 - note that most of the characteristics listed for an elder are also required of all of the people of God).

“I serve you; but you are not my master” (1 Corinthians 4:3-5)

  • Paul served the Corinthians. But the Corinthians were not his master. Paul’s master was God alone. Therefore, Paul is not concerned about what they think of him.

  • Preaching is about the proclamation of the gospel not the popularity of the preacher.

  • When we focus on highly gifted people, we tend to devalue the majority of the people. “God uses common vessels, filled by the Spirit, to change the world.”

Beware of pride (1 Corinthians 4:6-13)

  • Paul uses three rhetorical questions to humble the Corinthians

    • For who sees anything different in you?

    • What do you have that you did not receive?

    • If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

  • To boast about your God-given talents is foolishness

  • All that we have is given to us by God

Key Takeaways:

  • God requires faithfulness in serving others and stewarding the gospel

  • Unleash the gifts you have been given, to the glory of God and, the good of others

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

Reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 4:1. Paul speaks of “mysteries” that have been revealed. What did you learn from the message about these mysteries?

  2. Read Ephesians 3:4-5. From this passage, what do you learn about the “mystery” that has been revealed?

  3. Paul was being judged by the Corinthians as to his ministry abilities. What have you learned that the Corinthians used as a criterion for a good pastor? From what you have learned from the book, what makes a godly pastor?

  4. Do you often feel judged by others? Do you often judge yourself? How did Paul deal with both of these issues in 1 Corinthians 4:3-6?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 4:7. The Corinthians have seemed to forget that all they have is from God. What are the rhetorical questions Paul asked to drive home this point?

  6. How do you handle sufferings and trials in this life? Read 1 Corinthians 4:11-13. How does Paul handle his trials?

  7. Read, meditate on and begin to memorize Ephesians 4:1-3. How would these verses have been helpful for the Corinthians? How do you need to begin to apply these in your life?

request: PRAYer and praise

  • Ask God to help you to focus more on the blessings you have received

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that have been judgmental and sinfully critical of others

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you grow in faithfulness and to help you use the gifts that He has given to you, for the glory of God and the good of others

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 Matthew 18:15-18; Acts 20:19; Ephesians 3:4-5; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28; 2 Timothy 3:10-16; 2 Timothy 4:8; James 1:12

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Jesus, Only Jesus - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 3:5-23

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Jesus, Only Jesus - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 3:5-23

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our February 24, 2019 message, Jesus, Only Jesus.

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 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 Tim’s message continued our new series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Tim preached from 1 Corinthians 3:5-23. From his message, we see:  

Problem of celebrity in the church (1 Corinthians 3:5)

  • Churches have become cults of personalities and not churches of Christ. This has led to a preoccupation of “superstars”

  • This human loyalty leads to infighting and divisions

Paul’s answer to this celebrity tendency (1 Corinthians 3:5)

  • Paul used the term “what” instead of “who” is Apollos and Paul. The answer Paul gave was that he and Apollos were merely tools, instruments in the hands of God

  • Paul saw himself as a servant, a “table waiter.”

  • Paul stated that God used both he and Apollos, as conduits of grace. They are part of what is doing, but not the God who is doing it.

  • The miracle of our belief is owing to God alone

Pictures to illustrate the point (1 Corinthians 3:6-13)

  • Agricultural analogy (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)

    • God assigns tasks…but God makes it grow

  • Architectural analogy ( 1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

    • The foundation of the church must be Christ or the gathering is not a church

Warning (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)

  • The day of evaluation is unavoidable

Conclusion (1 Corinthians 3:18-23)

  • Do not miscalculate

  • Live, teach, preach Jesus

  • Addiction to knowledge is futile, foolish, and an affront to God

  • You cannot make sense of life without God

  • So, no one should boast. If you overvalue people, you will inevitably devalue Christ

  • Final doxology

    • You have limitless resources

    • You have the blessing of comprehensive care of God and His people

    • So, make it your aim of life to make much of Christ!

Key Takeaway: We are ordinary people, doing ordinary things, with extraordinary results, because of an amazing God!

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

Reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 3:6-8. After reading it, what point is Paul attempting to reinforce?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 3:9. List the ways Paul describes the believer in Christ. Based on the discussion of these verses in the message, please explain these descriptions.

  3. Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 3:10, that he laid a foundation and someone else is building on it. Who is the foundation that Paul laid for the Corinthians?

  4. 1 Corinthians 3:13 states that people’s work will be revealed by fire. What does this mean?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 3:14-15. What is stated and what does that mean? What was mentioned in the message?

  6. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 we are called “God’s temple.” What impact should that have on your life?

  7. In what ways has exalting finite humanity eclipsed the infinite value of Jesus Christ in your life? What do you intend to do to change that?

request: PRAYer and praise

  • Ask God to help you to stop looking at the finite and earthly things for your satisfaction and security and look to Jesus, only Jesus

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that have obscured seeing and savoring Jesus

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to give you insight and enablement to be Christ-centered, Cross-centered, and God-glorifying in your life

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 Romans 14:10–12; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 9:24–27; Ephesians 3:7–8; Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 2:1-4; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Peter 1:3-4; Revelation 22:12

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The Disappointment of Unrealized Spiritual Potential - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4

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The Disappointment of Unrealized Spiritual Potential - SERMON GUIDE - 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our February 24, 2019 message, Jesus, Only Jesus.

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 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 new series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Doug preached from 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4. From his message, we see:  

We speak God’s wise gospel to the spiritually mature (1 Corinthians 2:6-13)

  • God’s wise & glorious gospel was designed by our sovereign God in eternity past and hidden from ignorant humanity in the present (2:6-9).

  • God’s wise & gracious gospel was revealed by the Spirit so that we could know and speak it (2:10-13).

We receive polarized responses to God’s wise gospel (1 Corinthians 2:14-15)

  • The unbeliever naturally rejects the gospel as foolishness, because he is devoid of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14)

  • The one with the Spirit views life accurately, because he embraces the mindset of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:15).

We can’t speak the depth of God’s wise gospel to worldly, immature believers (1 Corinthians 3:1-4)

  • The problem is that believers have not grown from their merely human and immature mindset (1 Corinthians 3:1-3a).

  • The evidence is that believers are jealously quarreling among each other (1 Corinthians 3:3b-4).

Key Takeaway: Becoming who God has made you to be!

  • As believers, beware the tendency toward worldliness and stagnation, which is a denial of our Spirit-empowered lives and adversely impacts our  relationships with others

  • As believers, let us mature in wisdom through the enablement of the Spirit by progressively deepening in and living out the glorious gospel of Christ

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

Reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Have you ever felt deep disappointment over someone who has not met their potential for God?

  2. Who is “the natural person”? (1 Corinthians 2:14)

  3. What are the characteristics of “the natural person?”

  4. How can we have the mind of God? (1 Corinthians 2:10-16)

  5. What are some things apparent in the Corinthian’s life, that are keeping them spiritually immature? (1 Corinthians 3:1-4)

  6. As you read the story of the Corinthians, do you see your story?

  7. Does the story of the gospel penetrate you life?

request: PRAYer and praise

  • Ask God to help you to grow to be a spiritually mature person

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that have be characteristics of a morally and spiritually immature person (pride, worldly beliefs, ungodly actions)

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to give you insight into the mind of God and the ability to respond in a way that brings glory to God

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 Romans 7:15-23; Hebrews 5:12-14; 2 Peter 1:5-13

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Putting People in their Place - SERMON GUIDE - 1 CORINTHIANS 1:10-2:5

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Putting People in their Place - SERMON GUIDE - 1 CORINTHIANS 1:10-2:5

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our February 10, 2019 message, Putting People in their Place.

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 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 new series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Doug preached from 1 Corinthians 1:10-2:5. From his message, we see:  

The Problem: Boasting in the central worth of humans (1 Corinthians 1:10-17)

  • The evidence of the problem: Paul has to exhort all of the believers to embrace a Christocentric perspective to counter their divisiveness (1 Corinthians 1:10-11).

  • The seriousness of the problem: In choosing to be divisive over human allegiance, they were diminishing the place of Christ and elevating the place of leaders (1 Corinthians 1:12-17).

The Solution: Embracing the Cross to boast in the worth of God, rather than in the worth of humans (1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5)

  • The message of the gospel: In the irony of the Cross, God exposes the world’s foolish deficiency and His wise sufficiency (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).

  • The recipients of the Gospel: God chooses to save ‘unimpressive’ people, and to consequently humble ‘impressive’ people, so that He alone is praised (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).

  • The messengers of the gospel: God works powerfully through believers who emphasize the Cross and not their own ability (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

Key Takeaway: “The irony of the Cross puts people in their place, so that believers put God in His place.”

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Why is the message of the cross foolishness to the world?

  2. How is Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24)?

  3. Why did God choose to use the foolish things of the world to show His wisdom?

  4. What are some lies that this culture teaches as truth? Which of these lies have you been tempted to believe?

  5. How did Paul come to the Corinthians? (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

  6. How should Paul’s approach to the Corinthians be our approach to people in our lives?

request: PRAYer and praise

  • Ask God to help you to grow in the wisdom of God.

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that have been influenced by the lies of this world.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to enliven others to hear the Good News of the gospel that you present to them.

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: Ezekiel 36:25-27; John 14:26-27; John 17:11; John 17:20-23; Acts 2:46-47; Romans 1:18-32; Ephesians 4:4-6; James 3:13-18

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Where Sin Abounds, Grace Abounds More: Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

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Where Sin Abounds, Grace Abounds More: Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our February 3, 2019 message, Where Sin Abounds, Grace Abounds More.

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 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

Pastor Doug opened our new series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Doug preached from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. From his message, we see:

  • Paul prays that the church, which God has graciously placed in positional union with Christ, will continue to experience God’s gracious enablement in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:1-3).

  • Paul thanks God for graciously confirming the gospel of Christ among them, fully enriching them in Christ with every needed gift as they await Christ, and faithfully preserving them until they see Christ (1 Corinthians 1:4-9).

  • Key Takeaways: Paul as an optimistic realist: Where sin abounds in the church due to its worldliness, God’s grace abounds more due to its union with Christ (1 Corinthians 1:1-9)

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read Acts 18:1-17 and answer the following questions:

    • During what journey did Paul visit this city?

    • Describe briefly how the gospel was received in the city.

    • Were there mostly Jews or Greeks that obeyed the gospel?

    • How long did Paul remain in the city of Corinth teaching?

  2. Locate Corinth on a map in the back on your Bible or another resource

  3. How does Paul begin his letter? (1 Corinthians 1:1-2)

  4. Paul says all believers are saints. Is that hard for you to think of yourself this way?

  5. What is our only hope? (1 Corinthians 1:3)

  6. What is Paul thankful for concerning the Corinthians?

request: PRAYer and praise

  • Ask God to help you to grow God’s grace and enablement

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that hinder your growing in grace

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to enable you to love others by believing and living out the gospel

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: Acts 18:1-17

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