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Control Your Desires or Face Spiritual Ruin

July 12, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Control Your Desires or Face Spiritual Ruin – 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Preparing my heart for the sermon:

  • What do Christians have in common with the Israelites who were brought out of Egypt?
  • What was the fate of the Israelites who came out of Egypt?  Why did that happen?
  • How does Israel serve as an example to the Corinthians and to us?

Other passages to consider – Ex 13:17-14:31; 16:1-17:7; 32:1-6; Num 14:1-35; 16:41-50; 20:2-13; 21:4-9; Ps 78:1-43; 106; Heb 3:7-4:13; 1 Pet 1:10-12

Digging Deeper:

  • How does God use examples in our lives?
  • What was the root issue with the Israelites?  How are the Corinthians showing they are in the same danger?
  • In what areas do I need to exercise more self-control?  How can I grow in self-control?
  • How does v13 encourage us as we seek to be self-controlled?

Run to Win

July 06, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Run to Win - 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Preparing my heart for the sermon:

  • Why did Paul use the picture of a runner and boxer with the Corinthians?
  • What can we learn from athletes to help us in our Christian life?
  • What contributed to the failure of the Israelites that Paul discusses in the next chapter?

Other passages to consider – Gen 39:1-12; Dan 1:8-20; 1 Cor 10:1-13; Phil 3:8-21; 1 Tim 4:7-9; 6:6-12; 2 Tim 4:6-8; Heb 12:1-16

Digging Deeper:

  • Are you living with a singular focus in life?  What is it?  What should it be?  How could you be more intentional in how you live?
  • What areas of self-denial and self-restraint will help you the most in your Christian life?
  • How can you glorify God in your body?  How could discipline would help you do that?
  • How do our actions and pattern of life relate to our salvation?

Laying Aside My Rights for the Good of Others

June 30, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Laying Aside My Rights for the Good of Others - 1 Corinthians 9:1-23

Preparing my heart for the sermon:

  • What right is Paul explaining that he has?
  • Why did Paul not exercise this right?
  • Why does Paul discuss this here?  How does this relate to the context in the letter?

Other passages to consider – Matt 20:20-28; Luke 10:1-12; John 13:1-15; Eph 4:1-3; Phil 2:1-11; 2 Cor 4:1-15; 1 Tim 5:17-20; 1 Pet 5:5-7.

Digging Deeper:

  • Why do we often feel like we must demand our rights?  What will help us be willing to let go of them?
  • How did Jesus model laying aside rights for the good of others?
  • What does it look like to become all things to all people (v22) for the sake of the gospel?
  • What “rights” could I currently set aside to help bring the gospel to others?

Loving my Brother More than my Rights

June 23, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Loving my Brother More than my Rights – 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Preparing my heart for the sermon:

  • What is more important: theological knowledge or love?  Why?
  • Some believers in Corinth were exercising their right to eat food that had been offered to idols.  What was the result?
  • What value did Paul place on his brother in Christ?  How do we know from this text?

Other passages to consider – Deut 6:4-5; Matt 18:1-6; Acts 15:19-29; Rom 14:13-23; 1 Cor 13; Gal 5:13-15; Phil 2:1-11.

Digging Deeper:

  • How can I grow in knowledge without becoming filled with pride?
  • What responsibilities do I have to my brother for his spiritual growth?
  • How does getting to know my brother (including his background), help me to love him better?
  • What are some rights that I may be free to do as a Christian, but should be willing to give up if they cause my brother to sin?

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