1 Corinthians

Solomon: Wisdom.

Introduction / Review:

Wise Up About Wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-28):

  1. You have to know you Need it. (1 Kings 3:7)
  2. You have to know Where to get it. (1 Kings 3:9)

    James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

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  1. You have to Apply it. (1 Kings 3:16-28)
  2. Proverbs 18:17 - The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

    Proverbs 18:13 - If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

    Proverbs 12:13 - An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.

Five Principles for Making Wise Decisions in "Grey Areas": (1 Corinthians 6-8-10)

  1. Is it Permissible ? (1 Cor 6:12)

    1 Cor 6:12 - "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by anything.

  2. Is it Beneficial ? (1 Cor 6:12)
  3. Is it free from possible Addiction ? (1 Cor 6:8-10)
  4. Is it free from causing a brother to Stumble ? (1 Cor 8:12-13)

    1 Cor 8:12-13 - Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

  5. Is Glorifying to God? (1 Cor 10:31)

    1 Cor 10:31 - So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

    Prov 8:11 - ...wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

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Small Group Discussion

Read 1 Kings 3:7, 9, 16-28 (or just read the whole chapter if you want!)

  1. Define wisdom. How is it different than knowledge? Where does wisdom come from?

  2. Review the 1 Cor 6-8-10 Principle. What are the 5 questions to ask when seeking wisdom for a decision in a "grey area"?

  3. Come up with "grey area" scenarios, and as a group, evaluate the scenario using the 1 Cor 6-8-10 Principle.


What "grey area" have YOU personally struggled with? How does the 1 Corinthians 6-8-10 principle help you?

The Church on Display

Guest Speaker - Pastor Robert Huber

The Church on Display

Some things Jesus said . . .

Acts 2:42

"Let the church BE the church!"
When the church is being the church, people will discover:

  1. Authentic RELATIONSHIPS


    John 13:34,35

  2. A "SIRIT and TRUTH" kind of worship
    John 4

  3. BELIEVING prayer
    • Obedience
    • Discipline
    • Ministry
    • Worship

    Prayer as WRESTLING

  4. The LIFE-ALTERING message of the cross
    1 Corinthians 1:18

    The MESSAGE of the cross must be central
    The power of the cross must be EXPERIENCED


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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):

  1. Discuss the organic roots of the church found in the idea that the church is the "gathering of the called out ones."
  2. When observing the popularized evangelical church, what might one assume that church is about?
  3. What church demographics (size, location, income, staff, programs etc.) would be necessary in order to find authentic relationships, a "spirit and truth" kind of worship, believing prayer and the life-altering message of the cross?
  4. Read Acts 2:42 - What are the four marks of the early church?
    Discuss the terms:
    postles Doctrine -
    Fellowship -
    Breaking of Bread -
    Prayer -
  5. Read John 13:34,35 - What is the defining mark of Christ's disciples? Discuss koinonia.
  6. When you think of great worship, what comes to your mind? Read Romans 12:1,2 - what is this "spiritual act of worship?" (NIV) "reasonable service?" (NKJV) "your spiritual worship?" (ESV)
  7. Read Hebrews 13:15,16 - What does the Hebrew writer say about our "good words" and our "good works"?
  8. How important is the message of the cross to the "church being the church"?
  9. Read I Corinthians 1:18. Discuss - Why wouldn't Paul have said that the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but reasonable to those who are being saved?
  10. Discuss, "the message of the cross must be central". What kind of gospel (good news) would we have if the message of the cross were eliminated? How is the power of the cross experienced?

Breakout Questions:
On a scale of 0 to 10, how would you rate your prayer life? (0 being nil and 10 being "without ceasing".)

Describe a time when you "wrestled" in prayer. Can you "wrestle in prayer" over every matter? What kind of need would cause you to "wrestle with God"?

Pray for one another!

The Power of the Resurrection

What NO Resurrection of Jesus Means to Me...

  1. NO Resurrection = NO Reason for FFAITH (1 Cor 15:13-15a)

  2. NO Resurrection = NO Victory over DEATH (1 Cor 15:15b-16)

  3. NO Resurrection = NO Forgiveness of SIN (1 Cor 15:17)

  4. NO Resurrection = NO REUNION with deceased loved ones (1 Cor 15:18)

  5. NO Resurrection = NO HOPE (1 Cor 15:19)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

  1. Why is the resurrection of Jesus the heart of the Gospel message?
  2. What would it mean if He didn’t raise from the dead?
  3. What does it mean to you that He did?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another!

4 Things Church Members Cannot Say

3 Things About Walking:

  • Walking is a Choice

  • Walking is Action

  • Walking is Progression

  1. “Your kind isn’t Welcome here." (1 Cor 12:12-14)

  2. “I’m not Needed here." (1 Cor 12:15-20)

  3. “You’re not Needed here." (1 Cor 12:21-25)

  4. “I don’t Empathize here." (1 Cor 12:26-27)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.