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Posts Tagged "Corinthians"

Love Christ and His Church

July 05, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Love Christ and His Church

1 Corinthians 16:15-24

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • Why did the Corinthians need to be reminded to be subject to every fellow worker?
  • Does Paul’s statement in v22 shock you?  Why?  What can you learn from it?
  • Why would Paul take the time to include all the different ones who send greetings to the Corinthians?

Other passages to consider: Gen 12:1-3; Ps 2; Mark 12:28-34; John 17:20-26; 1 Cor 12:12-13:7; Eph 4:1-6; 2 Tim 4:6-18; Heb 13:17; 1 Pet 5:1-5; Philemon v4-7

Digging Deeper:

  • How have other believers refreshed your spirit?  How could you do that for others?
  • What is our modern-day equivalent of greet one-another with a holy kiss?  Why is such a practice important?
  • How is leadership in the church to be exercised?  What should be our attitude toward our servant-leaders?
  • Despite all the headaches and issues Paul has had to address with the Corinthians, look at the last sentence of his letter.  What does his example teach us about loving and bearing with one another?

 

Core Commands for the Battle

June 21, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Core Commands for the Battle – 1 Corinthians 16:12-14

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What sins and temptations did the Corinthians need to be alert for?
  • In the Bible what activity is linked to being watchful?  Why?
  • How would love take care of most of the problems plaguing the Corinthian church?

Other passages to consider: Josh 1:1-9; John 15:1-20; Acts 20:24-32; 1 Thess 5:1-11; 2 Thess 2:13-15; 1 Cor 4:10-14; 10:31; 13:1-3; Eph 5:15-17; 6:10-20; Col 4:2-6; 1 Pet 5:6-11; Heb 10:19-25

Digging Deeper:

  • What dangers do Christians need to be alert to in this present world?
  • Why do Christians need courage?  What frightening circumstances may we face?
  • Where do courage, perseverance, and love come from?  How do we tap into that?
  • What dangers/temptations/distractions are your currently facing?  Where can you find help?

Participating in the Gospel

June 14, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Participating in the Gospel – 1 Corinthians 16:1-11

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • -What is the Gospel?  How are we to respond to the Gospel?
  • -How did the Corinthians’ giving to the Jews serve as a picture of the Gospel?
  • -How does the Gospel advance?  In what ways can you help with the progress of the Gospel?

Other passages to consider: Mal 1:11; Acts 4:32-5:11; Rom 15:22-33; 1 Cor 4:17; 2 Cor 8-9; Eph 2:11-22; 4:32-5:2; Col 1:3-13; 4:2-4;

Digging Deeper:

  • -How might God be calling you to provide for Gospel ministry?
  • -How do you respond when someone brings a biblical word of correction?
  • -What principles of financial giving do we learn from this passage?
  • -What opportunities around you do you have to live out the Gospel?

God’s Final Victory Over Death

May 31, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Final Victory Over Death - 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is a mystery in the NT?  What is the mystery that Paul is making known to the Corinthians?
  • How does this mystery answer the question the Corinthians were struggling with?
  • What is the connection b/w knowing that our labor in the Lord is not in vain and our resurrection?

Other passages to consider: Isa 25:8; 27:13; Joel 2:1; Hosea 13:14; Matt 24:31; Rom 5:12-21; 7:7-8:30; 1 Cor 3:8-14; 9:17-18; 15; 2 Cor 5:1-4; Phil 3:20-21; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Heb 1:11-12

Digging Deeper:

  • What things can hinder me from being steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord?
  • How was this victory over death secured?  Whose victory is it?  How do we come to share in it?
  • How should the truth of resurrection and eradication of death impact our lives now?

A New Way of Life

May 24, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

A New Way of Life - 1 Corinthians 15:44-49

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What was Adam’s life marked by?  Now compare/contrast that with the risen Christ.  How do Adam and Christ serve as representatives of large groups of people?
  • How did Adam become alive?  Does Christ receive life or give life?  Explain.
  • What does it mean to be in the image of God?  How has sin affected this?

Other passages to consider: Gen 1:26-31; 2:7; 5:1-3; 9:6; Ezek 37:1-14; Rom 8:9-11,18-30; 1 Cor 2:14-16; 3:18-4:6; 4:16-5:10; Phil 3:20-21; Rev 21:1-6

Digging Deeper:

  • What is this world marked by?  How do our present lives reflect that?
  • What will characterize the new heaven and new earth?  How will our resurrected lives reflect that?
  • What will it be like to bear the image of the risen Christ?  How will that fully restore the image of God in us?
  • How would your life be different if you were fully directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit?

Radically Different (Better) Physical Bodies

May 18, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Radically Different (Better) Physical Bodies

1 Corinthians 15:35-44

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What were the Corinthians asking?  What were they really doubting?
  • How does a seed growing into a plant/tree relate to bodily resurrection?
  • What do we learn about God’s creative power by observing the different earthly and heavenly bodies?

Other passages to consider: Gen 1; Ps 8; Rom 8:18-30; 1 Cor 1:18 -2:16; 2 Cor 4:16-5:10; Phil 3:21; Rev 21:1-6

Digging Deeper:

  • How do you envision your future resurrection body?  Do you grasp how different and awesome it will be?
  • In what areas are you tempted to doubt God’s power or wisdom?  What shall you do?
  • How does remembering our hope help us follow Christ now?
  • What will it be life to worship Christ with no weakness or sin?

Future Hope Should Affect Present Life

May 02, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Future Hope Should Affect Present Life

1 Corinthians 15:29-34

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • How did Paul's life reflect his belief in the truth of the Gospel?
  • What is a Christian's hope?
  • How should Christians live differently from unbelievers?  Why?

Other passages to consider: Isa 22:13; Matt 5:13-16; Rom 6:3-13; 8:35; 1 Cor 15:1-28; 2 Cor 1:8-10; 4:7-12; 6:4-10; 11:23-29; Phil 1:21

Digging Deeper:

  • How can unbelievers have a negative influence on us?
  • What effect is my future hope having on my life now?
  • In what ways am I being influenced by the world?  What steps do I need to take?
  • How can my actions/commitments point others to faith in Christ?

God's Sovereignty Ensures Our Resurrection

April 26, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

God's Sovereignty Ensures Our Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:23-28

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • Where is Jesus now? How did He get there?
  • How is Jesus like Adam? How does Jesus succeed where Adam failed?
  • What will happen when Christ returns?

Other passages to consider: Gen 1:26-31; 3:1-19; Ps 8; 110:1; Matt 28; Acts 1:1-11; Eph 1:15-23; Col 1:15-20; Rev 19:11-21:5

Digging deeper:

  • How much authority does Jesus have? Where did it come from?
  • What is the final goal of history?
  • How does the truth that Christ reigns encourage you today?
  • Why does it often not look like Christ is reigning?

First of Many

April 18, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

First of Many – 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • Why do people die? 
  • How has Paul already in this chapter pointed to the certainty of Christ’s resurrection?
  • What are firstfruits?  What does it mean that Christ is our firstfruits?

Other passages to consider: Gen 1; 3; Lev 23:10; Luke 23:32-24:12; John 11:25; Rom 5:12-21; 8:18-30; Phil 3:21; 1 Pet 1:3-9

Digging Deeper:

  • What two groups/representatives do you see in this passage?  How do you get into those groups?
  • What can we learn about our future resurrection by looking at Christ’s?
  • How does knowing my future affect how I live in the present?
  • What does the resurrection tell us about Christ?

The Paramount Importance of the Resurrection

April 12, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

The Paramount Importance of the Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What are the essential components of the Gospel?
  • What is the connection between Christ’s resurrection and our future resurrection?
  • Is it that big of a deal if someone denies the resurrection of the dead?  What is at stake?

Other passages to consider: Ps 19:7-11; Rom 4:25; 1 Cor 6:14; 15:1-20; 2 Cor 4:14; 5:8; Phil 1:21,23; 1 Thess 4:13-18

Digging Deeper:

  • Why is it so important that the Bible is without error?
  • How does our salvation depend on Christ’s resurrection?
  • How does our sure hope of a future resurrection impact our lives in the present?

God’s Amazing and Powerful Grace

March 28, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Amazing and Powerful Grace

1 Corinthians 15:8-11

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is an apostle?  What are the qualifications of an apostle?
  • Why does Paul call himself the least of the apostles? 
  • What is grace?  What role does grace play in our justification and sanctification?

Other passages to consider: Acts 7:54-8:3; 9:1-22; 22:3-16; 26:9-18; Rom 3:10-12, 21-26; 1 Cor 1:26-31; 6:9-11; Eph 2:1-10; Phil 2:12-13; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-8; 1 Pet 1:13-23; 2:9-12

Digging Deeper:

  • Why could Paul say God’s grace to him was not in vain?  How had Paul’s life changed?
  • What difference is God’s grace making in your life?
  • How is God’s grace evident in every person’s salvation no matter their background?
  • How can you speak of God’s grace in your testimony?  Pray for an opportunity to share that this week.

Scripture-based Confidence in Christ's Resurrection

March 21, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Scripture-based Confidence in Christ’s Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:4-8

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What does Paul mean when he says Christ was raised on the third day “according to the Scriptures”?
  • Why are the appearances of Christ’s resurrection important?  How do we know about them?
  • Why is the resurrection part of what Paul calls “of first importance”?

Other passages to consider: Job 19:25-26; Ps 16:8-11; 22:21b-31; 110:1; Isa 53:10b-12; Matt 12:40; Luke 1:1-4; 24; John 5:39; Acts 2:22-36; 3:14-26; 4:10-12; 5:30-32; 9:3-6; 13:27-39; 17:31; 26:6-18; Rom 4:23-25; 1 Pet 1:3

Digging Deeper:

  • Why should we have confidence that Christ has been raised?
  • What is an apostle?  What is their connection to the recording of the NT?
  • What is your view of Scripture?  What role does is play in your daily walk with Christ?
  • How does the resurrection of Christ impact your daily life?

Christ Died for Our Sins According to the Scriptures

March 14, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Christ Died for our Sins According to the Scriptures

1 Corinthians 15:3

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What does Paul mean we he says Christ death and resurrection is “according to the Scriptures”?
  • Why is it important for Christians to know the Old Testament?
  • How does the NT shed more light on the OT?  What role does the death/resurrection of Christ play?

Other passages to consider: Ex 12; Lev 16:1-22; Num 21:4-9; Psalm 22; Isa 53; Luke 24:25-27; John 3:14-18; 5:39,46; Acts 2:23; 4:23-28; 7:51-52; 13:23-29; 1 Cor 5:7; Heb 9:24-10:25; 13:10-15

Digging Deeper:

  • How does the OT help us to understand more fully what Christ accomplished on the cross?
  • Why is it helpful to see how the Apostles use the OT?
  • What is encouraging about the fact that Christ death was according to the definite plan of God?
  • In what ways could you become more familiar with the OT?

Keeping the Gospel Central

March 08, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Keeping the Gospel Central – 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is the Gospel?  Who is focus of the Gospel?  Where do we find the Gospel?
  • Why is it important for Paul to remind the Corinthians about the Gospel?
  • How did the Gospel come to the Corinthians?  Where did Paul get it from?  How does the Gospel spread today?

Other passages to consider: Matt 10:22; John 3:16-18; 10:26-29; Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:17-25; 11:23; Phil 1:6; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Pet 1:12-15

Digging Deeper:

  • What should our response/relationship to the Gospel look like?
  • In what ways can a church get distracted from the Gospel?
  • Why do Christians never outgrow the Gospel?  How can I keep the Gospel central in my life?
  • How is our salvation completed and also still in process?

God's Design for Women Participating in the Church

February 22, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Design for Women Participating in the Church

1 Corinthians 14:33-40

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • Why is it important that the church gathering is conducted in an orderly way?
  • In what areas of life has God designed an ordering of roles?  What does this look like?
  • What does Paul give as support for his commands to women?  Where in the Law is he probably referring?

Other passages to consider: Gen 1:26-27; 2:18-23; Eccl 3:7; Isa 53:4-7; 1 Cor 11:2-16; 14:26-40; 1 Tim 2:11-14; 1 Pet 2:21-3:2

Digging Deeper:

  • How does being silent through submission point us to Christ in the Gospel?
  • Does Paul ever expect a woman to speak when the church gathers?  How does her silence give her a platform to speak later?
  • Are Paul’s commands to women still applicable today or were they simply based on culture?  Why or why not?
  • Who else is this context is commanded to submit and be silent?  When might we be called to respond that way?

Let Us Worship in a Fitting and Orderly Way

February 14, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Let Us Worship in a Fitting and Orderly Way

1 Corinthians 14:26-33,39-40

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What reasons does Paul give for our worship to be fitting and orderly?
  • In vv27-35, Paul gives commands regarding three groups of people – who are these different groups?
  • For these three groups, the commands have to do with what kind of activity in the church?  What kinds of attitudes/actions are needed from everyone involved?

Other passages to consider: Ps 29:1-2; 96:1-9; 1 Cor 11; 14:1-5; 1 Thess 5:12-22; Heb 12:18-29; 1 Pet 5:5-7; 1 Jn 4:1-6

Digging Deeper:

  • How does disorder in the gatherings hinder the church being built up?
  • Are there ways the gatherings of AGC could better demonstrate order and humility?
  • How does disorder in church gatherings reflect poorly on God?  What other traits would fail to glorify God?
  • What qualities should our services be marked by to reflect the character/glory of God?

God Works through His Word

February 07, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

God Works through His Word

1 Corinthians 14:20-25

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • How does Paul say the Corinthians were thinking?  Did his assessment match how they viewed themselves?  How can I mature in my thinking?
  • What event is Paul referring to in v21?  What effect did the foreign tongues have on God’s people in that case?
  • What are the two scenarios described in vv23-25?  What are the results?

Other passages to consider: Deut 28:49-50; Ps 19:7-11; Isa 28:1-13; Jn 3:1-8; 1 Pet 1:23-2:3; Rom 10:9-17; 2 Tim 3:14-4:5; Heb 4:7-13

Digging Deeper:

  • How does God use His Word in the hearts of people?
  • Why would the way the Corinthians were practicing tongues further alienate unbelievers?
  • To what do churches look instead of the Word of God to bring life and change?
  • What would it look like for the gift of prophecy to be prevalent at AGC?

Gatherings that Build up the Church

January 31, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Gatherings that Build up the Church –

1 Corinthians 14:6-19

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • Why was the gift of tongues not edifying the church in Corinth?
  • How is the gift of prophecy much more valuable than tongues in building up the church?
  • How is God glorified by the church being built up?

Other passages to consider: Ps 34:1-10; 96; 105:1-6; 118:1-4; Eph 4:7-16; Col 3:12-17; 1 Pet 2:9-10; Rev 7:9-12.

Digging Deeper:

  • What could we do to make our worship services more understandable?
  • What would help you stay focused during our gatherings?
  • How can you build up others in their faith?
  • What can you be doing to prepare and seek to build up the church?

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