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The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our March 10, 2019 message, A Cruciform Life.


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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)


  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?


  • Suggested Scripture Study: Read Matthew 7:21–23; Acts 20:19; 2 Corinthians 3:5; Philippians 3:12; James 1:12; James 1:17