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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.
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 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!
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