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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?
Get Away from Sexual Immorality

Text: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Theme: Get away from sexual immorality

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  • The Corinthian church clearly should have known better. So how will YOU know if you are thinking wrongly?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 6:12. Can you remember the feeling of bondage to some particular sin? Where does this passage point us to the hope of deliverance?
  • What are the implications of your body being a temple of the Holy Spirit? How have you applied this?
To Be Saved Means To Be Changed

Text: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Theme: True salvation produces real change.

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  • You are washed. Read Isaiah 1:1-8; then jump to v.18 — This is your story! This is the testimony of every believer!
  • Regarding your sanctification — read 1 Corinthians 1:30 and Hebrews 10:10.
  • You are justified: Galatians 2:16; Romans 5:1
  • How might you clarify the boast “Once saved, always saved”?
Conflict Between Christians

Text: 1 Corinthians 6:1-8

Theme: Godly wisdom must prevail in Christian conflict.

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  • Do you have a church conflict “horror story”?
  • Do you often have a mindset of getting what is yours? Are you defensive about being taken advantage of?
  • In light of our text, how would you answer the question: “Should a Christian ever file a suit in court?”
  • In what human relationship could you expect conflict this week? How can you prepare to handle it – to disarm it – to prevent it?
The Celebration of Holiness

Text: 1 Corinthians 5

Theme: How the church can celebrate holiness.

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  • What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “church discipline”?
  • Read Luke 15:11-32 regarding the prodigal son.
  • Read Exodus 12 for the story of the Passover mentioned in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.
  • Read 1 Corinthians 5:11. Why do you think many people call themselves Christians, but seem to live in many ways like a non-christian?
Recognizing the Pride That Divides the Church

Text: 1 Corinthians 4

Theme: Recognize the pride that divides the church.

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  • Have you known (or been) a leader who forgets how 1 Cor 4:1-2 describes leaders? What words are used?
  • What is the warning light that should go off in your mind when you read 1 Corinthians 4:4?
  • How can Paul tell others to imitate him? (1 Cor 4:15-17)
  • Work on answering the question in 1 Cor 4:7. Then read 
v.8 and ask yourself if you think you have arrived in some area of the christian life.
When Dedication Reaches Your Heart

Text: 2 Chronicles 5-7

Theme: A Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication

  • With thanksgiving, think back over the details of how God led you to attend Grace Bible Church

  • What friend(s) has God provided through GBC?

  • What’s the next step of your spiritual growth? What area of your discipleship needs to be strengthened? What topics do you need to learn more about?

  • How do you see yourself serving the body of GBC as you continue to grow?

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SermonDavid McClurg
The Wisdom of God

Text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Theme: Right living depends on right thinking.

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  • Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-4 and then read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6. What is a common theme or word?
  • In what way are you tempted to lean on human wisdom?
  • How is God’s eternal decree (2 Corinthians 2:7) for your glory? Look at 2 Corinthians 3:18 and Romans 8:29-30.
  • Look ahead to our next study in 1 Corinthians 3:1-4. Are these believers being described, or unbelievers?
The Power of the Cross

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

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  • What do you make of the phrase in 1 Corinthians 1:18 “us who are being saved”? How would you explain this to someone?
  • What are some ways that verse 19 might be true – that God “will destroy the wisdom of the wise”?
  • We sang and studied the power of the cross on Sunday. How can this power be evident in your life this week?
  • Look ahead to our next study in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.
What You Should Know About Serving

Text: John 13:1-17

Theme: Serving others as Christ served you

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  • Read Matthew 20:17-28 and remember the context of v.17-19, since it helps paint the selfishness of the ensuing bickering. Do you ever lose sight of God's agenda in pursuit of your own?
  • Philippians 2:3 addresses our motives. What does humility enable us to do in this verse?
  • Who do you have a hard time serving? Why so?
  • Look ahead to our next study in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
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The Call to Unity

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

Theme: The truest unity is found in the clearest gospel.

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  • Read 1 Corinthians 1:10 regarding ‘divisions’. You see the same word in Matthew 9:16, John 7:43, and John 9:16.
  • What ‘divisions/conflicts’ have you witnessed in the local church?
  • Also in v.10 we see the idea of being ‘united’. Find this same word in both Matthew 4:21 and 1 Thessalonians 3:10
  • Look ahead to our next study in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
Grace To Be Holy

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

Theme: God gives grace to equip you for the journey of holiness.

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The God who called you into the fellowship of his Son will conform you into the likeness of his Son.

 

  • Compare 1 Corinthians 1:5 "enriched" with 2 Corinthians 8:9.
  • Read Deuteronomy 7:9 and 32:4 as foundation for 1 Corinthians 1:9.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:8 speaks of being "guiltless". See this theme in Romans 8:31-34 and Jude 24-25.
  • Look ahead to the next passage of our study in 1 Corinthians, 1:10-17.