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

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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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