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Warnings and Worship - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 10:1-22

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Warnings and Worship - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 10:1-22

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 June 2, 2019 message, Warnings and Worship.

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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 10:1-22 from his message, we see:  

INTRODUCTION

  • Review of Chapter 8

  • Chapter 9 – the principle of Chapter 8 illustrated positively

  • Chapter 10 - the principle of Chapter 8 illustrated negatively

  • Remember Paul is answering two of their questions:

    • Is eating food sacrificed to idol biblical? (The answer is possibly).

    • Is it biblical to go to the idols temples and be there as there are sacrifices to those idols? (Paul will answer that question in this chapter).

EXPOSITION: 1 Corinthians 10:1-22

  • Review 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

  • Paul begins by focusing on the Privileges of the Israelite people (They were blessed, yet they were disqualified)

    • God’s perpetual presence

      • Cloud - see Exodus 13:21

      • Passed through the sea - see Exodus 14:26-31

      • Baptized into Moses - God lead His people by a cloud. God used Moses as their human leader. God used Moses to part the Red Sea. The people passed through on dry land. Paul uses these events as illustrative of being baptized.

    • God’s perpetual provision

      • Spiritual food - manna from heaven - see Exodus 16

      • Spiritual drink - rock from which they received water - see Exodus 17:1-7; Numbers 20:2-13

    • God’s parallel pattern with the Corinthian church and our church

      • Deliverance from sin

      • Baptism

      • Spiritual food and drink (Lord’s supper/communion)

      • Christ is the Rock

      • Fellowship and Identification

  • Paul, then move to the Problems of the Israelite people

    • Nevertheless - sharp contrast to the blessings.

    • God was not pleased - because of Israel distrust and disobedience - only 2 of them that left Egypt who was 20 years or older entered the Promised Land (overthrown in the wilderness)

    • Four major sins of the Israelites in the wilderness

      • Idolatry - see Exodus 32

      • Immorality - see Exodus 25; 1-18; Deuteronomy 7:1-11

      • Testing God - see Numbers 21:1-9; John 3:14-16

      • Grumbling - see Numbers 14:1-32; 16:41-50

  • Paul, next, speaks of the Promises to the people of God

    • GOD IS FAITHFUL

      • God providentially provides a hedge for those who are being tempted

      • God providentially provides the path for those who are being tempted

  • Paul, ends with the Principles and Practices of Worship

    • Flee idolatry

    • When you participate in idolatry (pagan sacrifices), you fellowship (koinonia) with the world and demons

    • When you participate in idolatry (pagan sacrifices), you identify with the world and demons

    • As Christians, we are called to Fellowship and Identify with Christ

KEY TAKEAWAYS:  

We should be willing to remove anything that hinders our ability to share the gospel

BRINGING IT HOME: (REFLECT, REQUEST, RESPOND)

REFLECT: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. What is God looking for based on these verses? Deuteronomy 13:3; 1 Samuel 16:7; John 4:23

  2. The heart is the control center of humanity. It controls our living. It involves a person’s thoughts, intentions, beliefs, desires and attitudes. The heart of humanity exposes what the person truly wants, thinks, and believes (even if their lips say something that is different). See Proverbs 23:7 and Matthew 13:15

  3. How would you define worship? When we worship we look to someone or something that we believe will give us peace, significance, security, and satisfaction. We will love that person or thing. We will serve and submit that which is worshiped. We place our hope in the object of our worship.

  4. Do you know that all people have been created by God to be worshipers? All of humanity has been created by God to worship Him alone (Colossians 1:16). We were created by Him and for Him (Romans 1:25; Colossians 1:13-18). The problem is that if a person does not worship God, they must worship something or someone. What do you learn from your study of Romans 1:18-32?

  5. Principles to consider

    • God is the only One worthy of humanity’s worship (Revelation 4:9-11; Revelation 5:11-14)

    • God want our hearts to belong to Him ultimately. Nothing nor anyone should be greater than God (Joshua 24:23)

    • God forbids worship of anything or anyone else (Exodus 20:2-6)

    • God warns us in Scripture that misplaced worship is sin. It is called idolatry (Leviticus 19:4; Colossians 3:5: and 1 John 5:1)

    • “An idol is anything that we consistently make equal to or more important than God in our attention, desire, devotion, and choices” - Stuart Scott

  6. Consider prayerful whether any of these have becomes idols of your heart

    • A desired circumstance of life (a good marriage, children, financial stability, etc.)

    • A god of your own making

    • Ambition

    • An accomplishment

    • Another person

    • Control

    • Fair or good treatment

    • Good health

    • Knowledge

    • Material things

    • Other gods of the cults

    • Pain-free/trouble-free life

    • Physical appearance

    • Pleasure/comfort

    • Security

    • Significance/success/impact

    • The good opinion of others

    • Wealth

    • Yourself 

  7. Now, that you have discovered some idols that have at times captured your heart, what do you need to do next?

    • Countering Sinful Rejection and Replacement (Jeremiah 2:13)

      • Ask God to search your heart and reveal anything or anyone that has become the object of your worship, other than God (Psalm 139:23-24)

      • Confess (agree with God) about your sin against Him (Psalm 51:3-4, 17)

      • Repent and forsake your idol (Ezekiel 14:6). Reject the idol. Return to God. Pursue Him with a purpose and passion.

      • Practice radical amputation. Remove the possibility of idol worship and guard your heart (Proverbs 23:7; Matthew 5:29-30; 1 John 5:21). You may need to leave people, places, or things that encourage your false worship.

      • Be vigilant. John Calvin reminds us that our hearts are idol-making factories that make good gifts from God ultimate in our lives, thereby replacing God in our affections (Tim Keller). When we reject one idol, another one is just waiting to take its place (1 Thessalonians 5:6; 1 Peter 1:13-16)

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

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Valuing Singleness - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

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Valuing Singleness - Sermon Guide - 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

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 28, 2019 message, Valuing Singleness.

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 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 7:25-40 from his message, we see:  

Introduction

Exposition (1 Corinthians 7:25-40)

  • Paul’s wise preference: Paul recommends remaining single without mandating it (7:25-35).

    • Singleness can allow for less stress in a world of increasing hostility toward Christianity (7:25-28).

    • Singleness reminds us that the eternal eclipses the temporal (7:29-30).

    • Singleness allows for undistracted devotion to Gospel ministry (7:32-35)

  • Paul’s wise allowance: Paul permits getting married without demeaning it (7:36-40).

    • While marrying a Christian virgin is wise for a Christian man who struggles with sexual temptation, it is even better to remain single for a Christian man who is divinely enabled with self-control (7:36-38).

    • While marrying a Christian man is permissible for a Christian widow, it is even better if she remains single (7:39-40)

KEY TAKEAWAYS:  

While Paul wisely recommends Christian marriage to facilitate sexual propriety, he elevates Christian singleness to facilitate focused opportunity

BRINGING IT HOME: (REFLECT, REQUEST, RESPOND)

REFLECT: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Re-read 1 Corinthians 7:1-24. Remind yourself of the major themes in this section?

  2. The priority for both those who are married and single is to be God-centered and others oriented. How can we show singles that their lives matter to us?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 7:25. What did Paul mean when he says, “I have no command from the Lord”? Does that mean we should not trust his counsel? See 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:21.

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 7:27. What is Paul counseling the Corinthian believers?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 7:28. Why does Paul counsel them not to marry?

  6. Read 1 Corinthians 7:29-31. How would an eternal perspective influence a person regarding singleness and marriage?

  7. Read 1 Corinthians 7:32-34. Paul states he wants them to be free of anxieties. How are the concerns of the single different from the concerns of the married?

  8. Read 1 Corinthians 7:35. What is the reasoning for Paul’s counsel in verse 32-34?

  9. Read 1 Corinthians 7:37-38. What is Paul’s point?

  10. Read 1 Corinthians 7:39. How long is marriage to be according to this passage?

  11. When is re-marriage acceptable? See 1 Corinthians 7:39.

  12. Read 1 Corinthians 7:40. Paul ends his discussion of singleness and marriage. What does he say?

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

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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

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 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

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 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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