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Hope on the Emmaus Road

Text: Luke 24:13-48

Theme: Hope on the Road to Emmaus

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  • Examine Luke 24:25-27 and 32 and 44-47. What does it tell us about the written Word, that the risen Christ would rely on its teaching to make the case for his resurrection?
  • What is the significance of v.34’s mention of Simon? (Answer: 1 Cor 15:1-5; Luke 22:54-62; John 21:15-23)
  • How would you explain v.41’s phrase disbelieved for joy?

“Jesus himself drew near and went with them” ~ Luke 24:15

The Christian Liberty Conclusion

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 & 11:1

Theme: Christian Liberty and the Glory of God

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  • Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:31 and commit to saying it every morning this week. See how God uses this verse to help you act and respond rightly.
  • What does Paul mean in 1 Cor 10:33 when he says, “I try to please everyone in everything”? Study the immediate context of v.33, the near context of ch 9:19-23, and other NT passages: Gal 1:8-10; 1 Cor 1:23; 1 Thess 2:4
Seek the Good of Others

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:23-30

Theme: Do what is good for others.

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  • Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:24 and commit to saying it every morning this week. See how God uses this verse to help you act and respond rightly.
  • v.26 of our text quotes Psalm 24. Read it and celebrate the description of the Lord as King!
  • Look up some verses of “building up” - the idea found in 1 Corinthians 10:23; 1 Corinthians 14:26; 2 Corinthians 12:19; Ephesians 4:29

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:24

Hope in Temptation

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:13

Theme: God's faithfulness is your hope in temptation.

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  • If you had to choose just one of the Psalm references in the Affirmation of Faith, which one would you choose? And why?
  • Trace the "faithful" God texts in the New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1:9 and 10:13; 2 Corinthians 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3
  • How does the story in Job chapter 1 merge with the idea in 1 Corinthians 10:13 of God "letting" or "allowing"?

God is faithful...he will may be able to endure... ~ 1 Corinthians 10:6

The Danger of Idolatry

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:1-12

Theme: Beware of the danger of idolatry

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  • Consider the Old Testament examples (1 Cor 10:6) given in our text. Perhaps you could study just one a day this week.
    1. Exodus 32:1-9, 15-28
    2. Numbers 25:1-9
    3. Numbers 21:1-9
    4. Numbers 14:1-12, 20-34
    5. Numbers 16
  • Which story was most instructive for you? Why?
  • What is your idolatrous tendency?
Christian Liberty & Self-Control

Text: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Theme: Advancing the gospel requires self-control.

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  • Read our text from Sunday (1 Cor 9:24-27) and then link it to 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
  • Consider more thoughts on “the prize” in Philippians 3:12-15. How would you define this prize?
  • Allow 2 Peter to help you understand the thought of being disqualified. Read 2 Peter 1:10, and then go back and read about “these qualities” in v.4-8.
Paying the Pastor is NOT the Point

Text: 1 Corinthians 9:1-14

Theme: Paying the Pastor is NOT the Point

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  • Making the point of Paul’s example of having and surrendering his right in love compare 1 Corinthians 9:4 to 8:6.
  • Read 1 Corinthians 9:14 and trace this idea through the New Testament: Matthew 10:8-10; Luke 10:7; Galatians 6:6; 1 Timothy 5:17-18
  • Look over the concluding points on your outline. Now trace these points in Philippians 2:5-11 in the story of redemption unfolding in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

Love sets aside rights.

When Singleness is Better than Marriage

Text: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Theme: Sometimes being single is better than being married.

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  • As we get back into 1 Corinthians, review some of the internal issues the church faced: divisions in 1:10 and 3:1-9; church discipline in 5:1-7; lawsuits in 6:1-8; sexual immorality in 6:18-20; and marriage/singleness in 7:17.
  • Look at each topic so far, and ask yourself, “How does my life display the solution/alternative to each of these problems?”
  • Look ahead by reading 1 Corinthians 8 — a short chapter!
The Nations

Text: Matthew 28:16-20

The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
~ Isaiah 52:10

SermonDavid McClurgMissions
A Savior Who is Christ the Lord

Text: Luke 2:1-14

Theme: A portrait of the Savior

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  • Read Luke 2:11 and try to remember how each word/ phrase adds to the beautiful portrait of the Savior.
  • Remember what Micah said about the coming Messiah in chapter 5:2-5. What key words in the ancient text can speak truth into your life today?
  • How is “Immanuel” still true today for the believer?
  • In preparation for next week, read Isaiah 9:1-7 and Isaiah 60:1-3.
SermonDavid McClurg
Why Shepherds?

Text: Luke 2:1-8

Theme: Treasuring the gift of Christ in the context of shepherds

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  • Consider the four groups of passages that correspond to the four main sermon points:
  • Pt 1: Isaiah 61:1-3; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  • Pt 2: the extended ‘bread’ passage of John 6:1-58
  • Pt 3: the Shepherd Psalm — Psalm 23
  • Pt 4: Isaiah 53:3-11; John 10:11
  • Consider how each passage points to Christ AND calls us to conform our lives to him.

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

SermonDavid McClurg
Militant Thanksgiving

Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

Theme: Faith that fights with thanksgiving.

One: Faith in the midst of fear
Two: Faith anchored to God's faithfulness
Three: Faith in the face of the unknown
Four: Faith in God's kingdom agenda
Five: Faith in God's words
Six: Faith to fight with thanksgiving
Seven: Faith that produces triumphant joy

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SermonDavid McClurg
Content in Christ

Text: 1 Corinthians 7:8-24

Theme: Content with Christ

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  • What circumstance in your life currently temps you to be discontent? Can you see how discontent can easily digress into a lack of faith in God’s goodness?
  • What step of obedience can you take this week to be more godly in the situation God has put you in?
  • Consider several contentment passages as we approach Thanksgiving Day:
    • 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
    • Philippians 2:4-20
    • 1 Timothy 6:6-12
    • Hebrews 13:5

“There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer and limp in praise.”
— Charles Spurgeon, mid 1800’s

Singleness and Marriage

Singleness and Marriage

Text: 1 Corinthians 7:1-9

Theme: Singleness, Marriage, & Sex

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  • What element of our hyper-sexualized culture has assaulted your Biblical sensibility this week? Is there a danger in becoming accustomed to the barrage of sexual advertising & innuendo in our society?
  • How does the idea of modesty factor in to this discussion about sexual immorality? Modesty of words, dress, behavior?
  • How will you in your stage of life obey 1 Corinthians 7:1-9?