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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 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?

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?

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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