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The Context of Spiritual Gifts

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

Theme: The Context of Spiritual Gifts

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  • For more thoughts on the unity and interdependence of diverse parts, read Ephesians 4:11-16. In these verses…
    • What are a few benefits that the church enjoys because of God’s design for his church?
    • What are a few of the obligations that you as a believer have to the church?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 to prepare for next week.
The Foundation of Spiritual Gifts

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Theme: The Foundation of Spiritual Gifts

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  • Why do the lists of gifts differ? (from Romans 12:6-8 to 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 to 12:28-30)
  • Do you know of any texts in the New Testament that detail the pursuit of discovering your spiritual gift?
  • So what do we know about spiritual gifts that is more important than WHAT the gifts are and HOW to know which ones I have?
What is the Lord's Supper?

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Theme: What is the Lord's Supper?

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  • Make sure you are clear that Jesus’ bones were not broken: Exodus 12:46; Psalm 22:14, 17; John 19:33, 36
  • Consider some passages that unfold the new covenant:
    • The pattern of the old in Exodus 24:1-8
    • The promise of the new in Jeremiah 31:31-34
    • The better, new covenant in Hebrews 7:22; all of chapter 8; 9:13-18; 10:14-18
When Gathering Goes Wrong

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17-22

Theme: When gathering causes more harm than good

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  • What methods have you experienced in partaking of the Lord's Supper? Do you feel there are advantages or disadvantages to various methods?
  • How do you intentionally seek to build unity in the church? How have you experienced disunity?
  • Does worship ever become more about you and your preferences than God and his? How so?

Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:22

Hair, Hats, and Headship: Part 2

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

Theme: Hair, Hats, and Headship

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  • Do “dress codes” matter? How? When? Why?
  • What are some 21st century ways for Christians to demonstrate biblical headship and submission?
  • Bonus question: Read 1 Corinthians 11:5 and then read 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. How can these both be true and without contradiction? (Hint: start with the context.) We will examine this when we get to chapter 14 in our study.
Hair, Hats, and Headship

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

Theme: Hair, Hats, and Headship

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  • Do “dress codes” matter? How? When? Why?
  • What are some 21st century ways for Christians to demonstrate biblical headship and submission?
  • Bonus question: Read 1 Corinthians 11:5 and then read 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. How can these both be true and without contradiction? (Hint: start with the context.) We will examine this when we get to chapter 14 in our study.
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 provide...you 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!
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?