1 Corinthians 1.13-17 Power of the Cross

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1. Have you ever felt yourself wrestling with focusing on what is most important? How so?

2. Why are the three questions asked in 1 Corinthians 1:17 so important for a church facing division?

3. What is the difference between unity and uniformity in the church?

4. Have there ever been seasons in your life where you found yourself more dependent on a person than on Jesus? How did you come to realize this unhealthy dependence?

5. How has God used people in your life to point you back to the power of the cross?

6. John Piper says, “For the Christian, the cross of Christ is not merely a past place of substitution. It is also a present place of daily execution.” How does this resonate with you today?

7. In Luke 9:23 Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” What did Jesus mean by this? How does the invitation to daily die give you hope to live?

8. How is God inviting you to keep the power of the cross at the center of your life this week?

9. Take some time to reflect on the power of the cross and thank God for what he has done, and continues to do in your life.

10. Listen to the song, The Wonderful Cross.

1 Corinthians 1:10-12 Following the Message, Not

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1. Read 1 Corinthians 1.1-12 incarnationally. Where do you find yourself in this text?

2. How are you sensing God’s mercy and grace?

3. The book of Corinthians deals with five major problems in the church. The first problem Paul deals with is disunity. Why does he start here?

4. Define unity in your family. What would unity look like, and sound like, and feel like, if you experienced the oneness of unity in your family?

5. How often do you settle for disunity? How often do you perpetuate disunity by not engaging the problem?

6. On what basis does Paul appeal to the Corinthians?

7. Jesus is the highest level of authority in all things. Review the previous 10 verses. Circle all the times you see the Name of Jesus mentioned. What’s Paul communicating here?

8. Read 1 Corinthians 12.24-26. How does Paul describe unity in this text? How have you experienced unity in this same manner in our Faith Family? How have you not experienced it here?

9. What is the basis of “oneness?” Is it belief, behavior, doctrine, concern and care?

10. Read Romans 1.5-7. How does this text help you in your understanding of unity? What is one way you might lean into this being a livable reality?

11. Read Psalm 133. Why is this text so important to the people of Israel? What are the symbolic meanings referenced here?

12. How important is unity to you? How are you actively cultivating unity in our Faith Family?

13. What can we learn from the house church meeting in Chloe’s home? (11)

14. Who is a fearless truth teller in your life? In whose life are you free to speak truth in love?

15. There was a schism in the church because people were playing favorites. Read verse 12. What kinds of problems do you think this kind of “following” can produce?

16. What’s the issue with someone saying, “We don’t need accountability, or community, or the church, we have Christ.”

17. How dangerous is it to live as a Christian and not be a part of a local church? Explain.

18. How do you engage styles or stories that are different than yours in our Faith Family?

19. What do you do when you don’t resonate with worship, or teaching, or styles? Give the most recent example of how you moved toward unity.

20. Read John 17.22-23. Unity is so important to Jesus that He prays for unity. What exactly does He pray for and what’s the outcome of our unity in Christ?

1 Corinthians 1:8-9 God’s Faithfulness to His Called

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1. Read 1 Corinthians 1.1-9 incarnationally. How do these verses encourage you? How do they challenge you?

2. Where specifically are you learning to see life differently because of the Gospel? How does this new perspective change the way you pray, the way you worship, the way you love?

3. What’s one area in your life where you desire to see more clearly through the Gospel?

4. Where do you see God at work in your life?

5. How are you growing in your identity as a “saint”? What, if anything, is changing in you or through you?

6. Read John 13.1. What confidence does it bring you, knowing that God will “love you to the end?”

7. Paul writes that you are blameless. “Without accusation.” How is this truth a livable reality for you today? Where is it not?

8. John MacArthur said, “grace and guilt cannot co-exist.” How often do you struggle with guilt? What’s the root of this struggle? How is this truth becoming a livable reality for you? How could your Faith Family advocate for you in living in your truest identity as a Christ-follower?

9. Is it possible to fully forgive someone else, if you haven’t fully received forgiveness yourself? Explain.

10. How is God inviting you into deeper “fellowship” with Him? How does forgiveness foster an even deeper intimacy to be realized?

11. Read 1 Thess. 5.23-24, Philippians 1.6, and Jude 1.23-24. How do these verses encourage you? Who is doing the work? How are you partnering with Him as He is at work in you and through you?

12. Pray Philippians 1.8-10. Allow it’s truth to rest on you.

The Bible Project – 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 1.1-1.3

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1. Today, what does sanctification look like in your living, in your being, in your loving? 
 
2. What is your set apart purpose and are you hindered in living fully and freely in that purpose?
 
3. You are called a saint the moment you believe in the living sacrifice of Jesus for you. Explain the freedom and the challenges as you address yourself as a saint. 
 
4. You are called a holy people, set apart, a saint in your neighborhood, your office, the community, the schools, the teams you are on. No person or place or neighborhood is by mistake and God’s plan will prevail in you and through you. What space in your life is most challenging for you to live at rest in this truth? 
 
5. We were challenged and encouraged to view life, family, coworkers, neighbors – all people and spaces in your life through the lenses of the Gospel. Where are you celebrating seeing life through the Gospel? Where are you not seeing life through the Gospel?
 
6.  Read Acts 18:1-11  Paul had become frustrated and discouraged by the response of people and chooses to travel on his own. Where in Pauls discouragement do you see yourself growing discouraged while living with others? How do you respond? How are “saints” called to respond?
7. The message of the Gospel is grace and peace. How are you living in His grace today and experiencing His peace? Where are you not?