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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

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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?

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