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I. When life is full of good gifts, God is worthy of our worship. Job 1:1-5 | II. When life is empty with devastating loss, God is worthy of our worship. Job 1:6-22 | III. When life is cruel, and God is confusing, God is worthy of our worship. Job 2:1-10
I. Service is what God requires from us, no matter what you’re going thru. | II. No One Who Serves The Lord Is Ever Laboring In Vain.
I. Our Father in heaven desires to reward us in the secret place of prayer. Matthew 6:5-6 | II. Our Father knows what we need before we ask, but He wants us to ask because He wants us. Matthew 6:7-8 | Putting it into Practice: | 1. Choose a focused time for solitude and prayer. | 2. Choose a focused place for solitude and prayer. | 3. Choose a structure for your solitude and prayer, and change it from time-to-time.
Outline: 1. Since our current bodies will face death, we’ll need new bodies (v. 50-54) | 2. Jesus defeated death and will return to finish what He started (v. 55-57) | 3. Therefore, we can live without fear in the face of death (v. 58) | APPLICATION: 1. Talk about death with sadness and celebration. | 2. Fight the fear of death by dwelling on heaven. | 3. Whether in death or life, live in victory, not defeat.
1 Corinthians 15:35–49 | To imagine the glory of your future resurrection body... | 1. Think of your current body like a seed. v36-38 | 2. Think of the diversity of the created world. v39-41 | 3. Think of your body going from destructible to indestructible. v42 | 4. Think of your body going from a source of shame to a source of glory. v43 | 5. Think of your body going from weakness to power. v43 | 6. Think of your body going from natural to supernatural. v44 | 7. Think of your body going from earthly and Adam-like, to heavenly and Christ-like. v45-49
1 Corinthians 15:12–34‌ | I. The existential dread of doubting our future resurrection, 1 Cor 15:12-19 | II. The existential hope of believing in our future resurrection, 1 Cor 15:20-28
1 Corinthians 15:1–11 | I. How to Have Certainty in Jesus’ resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:4-9 | 1. Jesus was buried, and the tomb was empty. | 2. The Old Testament Scriptures hint at the resurrection. | 3. There were hundreds of eyewitnesses who saw Jesus alive after death. | II. How to Get Hope from Jesus’ resurrection. | 1. Your greatest problem can be solved. 1 Cor 15:1-3 | 2. Your greatest enemy can be defeated. 1 Cor 15:6; 26, 54-57 | 3. God’s greatest gift can be yours. 1 Cor 15:9-10
1 Corinthians 15:1–4 | I. The gospel is of first importance and is worth hearing and telling again and again. 1 Cor 15:1, 3 | II. The gospel is about being saved from our worst problem. 1 Cor 15:2 | III. The gospel is about what Christ did for us. 1 Cor 15:3-4
Text: 2 Corinthians 2:5–11 | Outline: I. Forgiveness is needed because people hurt people. 2 Cor 2:5 | II. Forgiveness withheld is punishment. 2 Cor 2:6 | III. Forgiveness turns away from grudging and towards loving. 2 Cor 2:7-8 | IV. Forgiveness is a willful act of obedience to Jesus. 2 Cor 2:9 | V. Forgiveness is always personal and sometimes communal. 2 Cor 2:10 | VI. Forgiveness withheld plays into Satan’s plans. 2 Cor 2:11
Text: 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 | Main Idea: Being content in the Lord is a posture of your heart, not a product of your circumstances. | Outline: Be content in all circumstances within your control. (v. 17-19) | Be content in all circumstances outside your control. (v. 20-23) | Be content in all circumstances for God is in control. (v. 24)
Text: 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 | Outline: I. The sacred permanence of marriage, v10-11 | II. The gospel ideal of reconciliation, v11 | III. The missional opportunity of marriage to a non-believer, v12-16 | 1. The family is sanctified through the believer’s influence. | 2. You may lead your spouse to salvation. | IV. The exception when divorce is permitted, v15
1 Corinthians 7:8–9‌‌ | I. Celibacy in singleness is a good gift from the Lord. 1 Cor 7:7-8 | II. Sex in marriage is a good gift from the Lord. 1 Cor 7:9, 1-5 | III. Paul’s points in favor of singleness: | 1. Single people have fewer worldly troubles. 1 Cor 7:25-28 | 2. Your fundamental identity is in heaven, and in this passing world we are guests. 1 Cor 7:29-31 | 3. Single people have more freedom for undivided devotion to the Lord. 1 Cor 7:32-35
Text: 1 Corinthians 7:1-5
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 | Main idea: Flee from sexual temptation, don’t flirt with it. Run after glorying God with your body, and run away from dishonoring Him. | Outline: I. The Need to Flee from Sexual Immorality - 1. Sexual immorality will become your master. - 2. Sexual immorality is giving part of yourself away. - 3. Sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. | II. How to Flee from Sexual Immorality - 1. Be convinced about the seriousness of sexual sin. - 2. Be convinced that your new self is your true self. - 3. Be committed to saying “Yes” to the Spirit and “No” to the flesh. - 4. Be committed to brutally honest community.
1 Corinthians 6:12–20 | I. Your body is a God-given part of what makes you, you. 1 Cor 6:12-13 | II. Your body will be resurrected with Christ. 1 Cor 6:14 | III. Your bodies are the limbs and organs of Christ on earth. 1 Cor 6:15 | IV. Your body is a holy place where God’s Spirit dwells. 1 Cor 6:19 | V. You have been purchased by God, so glorify Him in your body. 1 Cor 6:20
1 Corinthians 6:9–11 | I. Sexuality and Identity, 1 Cor 6:9-10 | II. The Gospel and Identity, 1 Cor 6:11
1 Corinthians 6:9–11 | I. The Law of God Defines Wrongdoing, 1 Cor 6:9-10 | II. In Christ We Are Redefined, 1 Cor 6:11
1 Corinthians 6:1–11 | When it comes to our witness before the watching world, it's better to suffer loss for the sake of Christ than to suffer Christ for the sake of gain. | So, when airing dirty laundry in the family of God: I. Take it to the church before you take it to the courts (v. 1-4) | II. Prioritize loving action over legal action (v. 5-8) | III. Your standing before the Judge of the world is more important than your standing before the judge of the land (v. 9-11)
1 Corinthians 5:6–13 | I. The Pervasive Influence of Unrepentant Sin, v6-8 | II. The Purity of the Church is a Witness to a Broken World, v9-11 | III. The Purging of Evil in Pursuit of Purity, v12-13
1 Corinthians 5:1–8 | I. The goal for the church is holy sexuality, and the reality is immoral sexuality, 1 Cor. 5:1-2 | II. The goal of church discipline is restoration and salvation, and the reality seems harsh. 1 Cor. 5:2b-5 | III. The goal is that we put sin to death, and the reality is we can and must because Christ was put to death as our sacrificial Lamb. 1 Cor. 5:6-8
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