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

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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 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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