The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our February 3, 2019 message, Where Sin Abounds, Grace Abounds More.
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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
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?
Locate Corinth on a map in the back on your Bible or another resource
How does Paul begin his letter? (1 Corinthians 1:1-2)
Paul says all believers are saints. Is that hard for you to think of yourself this way?
What is our only hope? (1 Corinthians 1:3)
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?
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· Suggested Scripture Study: Acts 18:1-17