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The Supremacy of Love

November 21, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

The Supremacy of Love – 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • How does Paul contrast love with spiritual gifts?
  • V10 says “but when the perfect come…” – what is Paul referring to?
  • Having argued for the supremacy of love in chapter 13, how does Paul immediately exhort the Corinthians?

Other passages to consider: Num 12:6-8; Deut 6:4-9; 34:10; Isa 65:17; John 13:31-35; 15:1-17; 17:20-26; Rom 13:8-10 1 Cor 13:1-14:1; 1 Tim 1:5; 1 John 2:28-3:3; 4:7-21 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why is love superior to spiritual gifts?
  • Why would spiritual gifts no longer be needed when Christ returns?
  • How is love superior to even faith and hope?
  • How can you grow in loving God and loving others?

An Essential Element of our Church

October 25, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

An Essential Element of our Church – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What are the essential elements of a church?
  • How does Chapter 13 relate to Chapters 12 and 14?
  • What examples have we seen so far of the Corinthians being unloving toward each other?

Other passages to consider: Matt 22:34-40; John 13:31-35; 15:1-17; Rom 5:1-8; 8:31-39; 1 Cor 13; Gal 2:20; Eph 3:14-21; 4:11-17; 4:30-5:2; Col 3:12-14; 2 Thess 1:3; 1 Tim 1:5; 1 Jn 4:7-21

Digging Deeper:

  • Can service be given without love?
  • Which is more important: giftedness or love?  Why?
  • What are signs of a lack of love in a church?
  • Where does love come from?  How can I grow in love?

Godly Ambition

October 18, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Godly Ambition – 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What truths does Paul review in these verses?
  • Why do you think Paul numbers the gifts first, second, third, etc in v28?
  • What answer is Paul expecting in vv29-30?  Why is he asking these questions?

Other passages to consider: Isa 49:16-17; Micah 4:2; Matt 25:14-30; Rom 12:3-8; 1 Cor 3:5-17; 4:6-13; 12-14; 2 Cor 12:12; Eph 2:19-22; 4:1-16; 1 Thess 5:19; Heb 2:3b-4; 1 Pet 4:7-11

Digging Deeper:

  • What are the higher gifts Paul exhorts them to desire?
  • If God decides our spiritual gifts, why does Paul tell us to desire higher gifts?
  • What things in life do people strive for?  What would God have us pursue?
  • What should be your focus in using your spiritual gift(s)?


The Marvelous Diversity of Oneness

September 14, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

The Marvelous Diversity of Oneness –

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Preparing my heart for the sermon:

  • Why does Paul reference the Trinity in vv4-6?
  • What is significant about Paul calling spiritual gifts – gifts of grace?
  • What is the purpose of spiritual gifts? 

Other passages to consider: Joel 2:28-29; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Cor 12-14; Eph 4:1-16; 1 Pet 4:7-11

Digging Deeper:

  • How is God glorified through gifting his people in such a diverse way?
  • How does a diversity of gifts help strengthen the Body of Christ?
  • What is a spiritual gift?  Who gets them?
  • How should I discover and use my spiritual gift?


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