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Studies in the Book of 1st Corinthians

God’s Wisdom to a Dysfunctional Church

Called to be Saints


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1 Corinthians 1:1-9

(see also: Acts 18:1-17; Phil. 3)




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The two principal advantages to the location of ancient Corinth:

a) a nearby McDonalds and Redbox.

b) the Akrocorinth and Isthmus of Corinth.

c) E. A. Poe Stadium & the Fighting Geckos.

Can we closely approximate when this letter was written?


Might there have been a third letter of Paul to Corinth?
Vs. 1 – apostle Paul & Sosthenes

Vs. 2 – the church in Corinth


Vs. 4-9 – the prayer of Paul


How important is it to be a part of the visible church today?


How important is it to me to find the “perfect” church?
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Are Separate Denominations Sinful?

1 Corinthians 1:10-17

(see also: Acts 18; 1 Cor. 2:1; 16:12)

The only good church

a) is the one I approve of and attend when I choose.

b) is the one which I control & which goes my way.

c) is the one that preaches Christ.

I. The first issue is ___________________ (vs. 11-12)

Is Paul advocating “unity at all costs”?

1. Truth requires _____________________.
2. The curse of Gen. 3 must not be _________________.
3. Truth must be distinguished from __________________.

II. The second issue is _________________________ (vs. 13-16)

The subject is not water baptism but:

III. The third issue is the _______________ of Christ. (vs. 17)

What is the basic difference between these?

oratory
preaching


What might be causing the dissension in Corinth?
What could well be the result?
Do I respond to oratory or to preaching?
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What Must Christians Demand?

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

(see also: Jn. 3; Acts 9; Rom. 1:16-17)




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I. What are the basic principles of the gospel? (vs. 18-19)

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II. Who are the scribes? (vs. 20)
III. The problem with worldly thinking. (vs. 22-23)

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Gentiles –


IV. Points to learn:

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#2


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Have I known the power of God’s transformation in my life?

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The Necessity of the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 2:1-16

(see also: Is. 55:8; 64:4; Jer. 23:18; Acts 17)




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Route of Paul’s 2nd

Missionary Journey






Acts 17 on Egyptian

Papyrus, 250 AD






Paul preaching in

Athens, Raphael, 1513


In Acts 17, Paul spoke

a) down Jupiter Row.

b) in Pluto’s Mall.

c) on Mar’s Hill.

I. Paul has been battling two fronts.

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#2



(True/False) The power/presence of the Holy Spirit will solve any/all theological disputes.

II. What is Paul saying in 2:1-5?

How does Acts 17 help us answering this?

Should a spiritual pastor diligently prepare for and practice his preaching or just depend on the Spirit?

III. What does the work of preaching do? (vs. 7-16)

Is the gospel a closely guarded secret?


What must you do if you are convicted by the Holy Spirit?

First, you must:

Second, you must (vs. 6):

Was the Corinthian church very mature?

Will I determine to become mature in my faith?

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The Holiness of God’s Temple

1 Corinthians 3:1-23

(see also: 1 Sam. 16:7; Job 5:13; Mt. 7:21-22; 25:14-30; 1 Cor. 1:20; Eph. 3:7; Col. 1:23; Heb. 5:12-14; Jms. 3:1)




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Paul is saying the divisions in Corinth are due to:

a) honest doctrinal disagreements.

b) different opinions on vital issues of the day.

c) spiritual immaturity.

Four illustrations to teach the lesson.

#1) The church is like a ______________ (vs. 5-9)

point 1:

point 2:


#2) The church is like a ______________ (vs. 10-11)

#3) The work of building will be _______________ (vs. 12-15)

by:
and by:
#4) The church is God’s ________________ (vs. 16-17)

Lesson:

How do I feel about this radical call? Am I willing?


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Moron!

1 Corinthians 4:1-21

(see also: Lk. 12:13-21; 2 Tim. 4:3; Heb. 9:27)







Pater familias means:

a) the father is in charge (until the mother disagrees).

b) the father is in charge (unless the children revolt).

c) the father is in charge.

The primary application to the lesson of chapter 3 is:

________________________.


(Vs. 8) Paul accuses them of being:

(Vs. 2) Instead, they should think of themselves as:


(Vs. 9) How will the world view you as a Christian?


How should we regard each other?


(Vs. 20-21) What real power does Paul want to exercise

toward the Christians in Corinth?

How does that power work in me?
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The Arrogance of Sexual Freedom

1 Corinthians 5:1-2

(see also: Amos 2:7; Rom. 1:24, 26, 28; 1 Cor. 6:12, 18; Rev. 2:2-7)




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To “live a Corinthian life”:

a) meant being respectable.

b) being flagrantly immoral.

c) not being very smart.

Pagan religions are,

in essence, ______________,

which is, inherently,

_________________.

Temple of Aphrodite, Ephesus

The Scriptures are the only place that teach you

that human sexuality

is _____________ & _________________

is reserved for the __________________ bond.

that you are not an _____________________.

Sexual conduct is part of the __________________

call of the gospel.



Verse 1 – an immorality exceeding the pagans!

Why listen to Paul?



Verse 2 – a rebuke exceeding compromise.

______________________ is an idolatrous attitude.

#1) We must mourn sexual sin.

It is a true _________________.

It brings true _________________.

It brings down the _____________ of Christ.

#2) We must remove the arrogant from the church.

What is your first love?

Why must the elders exercise church discipline?

What must we never forget?

Have I forgotten this?
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When Discipline is Mercy

1 Corinthians 5:2b-8

(see also: Ex. 12:15; Mt. 18:15-20; Rom. 12:1-2; 13:4; Heb. 11:8-10; 12:7-8; 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; 5:1-5)

Treatment of people during the Roman Empire:

a) was always gentle and encouraging.

b) was often idle and distracted.

c) was routinely brutal and heartless.


Paul teaches that obedience to God’s Word and dependence

on the gospel is the only __________ for mankind.



1st Principle: the law of God is our

_______________ ________________.


(choose one): The church is a democracy/monarchy.

#1: Paul’s authority:

#2: Procedure for church discipline:



2nd Principle: the ____________ of Christ’s name is first.

“deliver this man to Satan” means:



3rd Principle: Let the church maintain her __________________.

#1: “cleanse out the old leaven”

#2: “Celebrate the festival”

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Maintaining the Difference

1 Corinthians 5:9-13

(see also: Judges 2:11-16; 21:P25)

How are we called to relate to the world?

a) to consider them our inferiors & ignore them.

b) to pity them from a distance.

c) to live the true, humble message of salvation before them.



Principle #1: Compromise in the Church is not an option.
What we face today is a loss of t____________.
May we compromise the gospel?

Isn’t Paul just being too opinionated here?



II. Principle#2: To live before the world we must grow.

III. Principle #3: Relate to the world as the Lord leads.

What does that mean for my witness?

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Righteousness vs. the Law

1 Corinthians 6:1-11

(see also: Ex. 18:21-22; Mt. 5:40; 15:19-20; Lk. 6:31; 1 Thess. 4:6; 2 Tim. 2:12; Heb. 1:14; 2:16; Jms. 2:8)

The Greek system of justice was:

a) democratic and intimidating.

b) calm, private and discreet.

c) always, always fair.

Paul’s primary concern here is:

I. Christians are separated from the world.

What are we to learn from the lack of details here?

To have lawsuits with one another is _______________.

Do real Christians ever find themselves in court?



II. That separation must be clearly visible.

“Do you not know” means:


Christians are different because we have been

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So, how should we

then live?


How should I then live?

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Another Look at Matthew 18

Mt. 18:15

(see also: Mt. 5:38-42; 17:20; Mk. 11:22-23; Lk. 17:3-4; 1 Cor. 6:7;

1 Tim. 5:19; 1 Pet. 4:8)

When communication and accountability are done biblically

a) God is honored in such struggle and sacrifice.

b) lives are changed, friendships are restored.

c) the church is not needlessly segmented or splintered.

d) all of the above.



I. What is my first responsibility?

II. Four Questions to Ask Myself.

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#3

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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn. 13:34)



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You Are Not Your Own

1 Corinthians 6:12-19

(see also: Gen. 4:7; 39:9, 12; Mt. 19:5; 1 Cor. 10:23; Eph. 5:23)

Demosthenes was:

a) a stand-up comedian in the city of Corinth.

b) a philosopher who said “all the world is a stage”.

c) a famous rhetorician and orator.

Only the truth of the Word of God ends the __________________

of women.



Paul deals with two popular rationalizations:

#1: “All things are lawful for me.”

________________’s Rule is how the moral law is applied to a Christian’s thinking/choices.


What would be an example to me of a socially-acceptable domination?




#2: “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food.”

1st: God’s law applies to your _____________.


2nd: You are not just body, you have a ____________.

What must I not do with the guilt of my sin?

What may I do with the conviction of my sin thanks to Christ?

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The Husband in Relation to His God

Genesis 2:4-17

(see also: Gen. 5:1; 10:1; 11:10, 27; Mt. 19:4-5; Rom. 1:19-20; 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 11:7-9; 15:22, 47; Eph. 5:22-24; 1 Tim. 2:12-15)

The opening chapters of Genesis are a ____________ from God.

All creation was made with a _______________ character.
The Bible does not teach us the “how”,

it teaches us the “________”.



Foundational Principles:

1) Genesis uses the term ________ to describe

the human race (1:27).

Gen. 1:27-28 teach that man and woman are e___________

before God in terms of imagehood, value, rule and

responsibility in the world and the eternal inheritance

from God.
2) Gen. 2:7 teaches that it was by God’s deliberate purpose

that the man was made _____________,

and in Gen. 2:15-17 God establishes a r_______________

with the man.


Adam was the h________ of the first covenant,

C_________ is the head of the new covenant.
The husband represents Christ in the home in the roles of:

1)

2)



3)

Am I acting as Christ in my marriage?

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Man in Relation to His Woman

Genesis 2:18-25

(see also: 1 Chron. 12:22; Ps. 116:14, 18; 146:5; 2 Cor. 10:5)
Before we can decide whether to believe in evolution or agree with feminists we must:
What was the man’s first task (vs. 19-20)?
What was the Lord teaching the man by this?
What’s my application(s) in this?

What does the word “suitable” mean (vs. 21-22)?


What does the word “helper” mean?
Was the woman (like/different from) the man?
Why did God make this woman and not some other (vs. 23-25)?
What’s my application(s) to this?

What else was made that day besides the woman?


My wife’s soul belongs to _______________.
I must regard my marriage as ________________.
My marriage cannot be between two _________________ people,

so it must be the union of two ___________________________.


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The Weaker Vessel

1 Peter 3:1-7

(see also: Gen. 12-23; Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19)

Going from “suitable helper” to “weaker vessel”

a. sure doesn’t sound like the path to success today.

b. is actually quite complimentary in meaning.

c. is the reason so many women say the Bible is wrong.

d. all of the above.

How does a wife act out her role as the “weaker vessel”?

I. Peter speaks of it in the wife’s attitude.

What should a wife do

in an unequally yoked marriage?
in an equally yoked marriage?
What does Pastor Barker mean by “conscience”?
Young, unmarried ladies have control in 2 ways:

1) 2)


II. Peter speaks of it in the wife’s character.

What is really meant by Sarah’s calling Abraham “lord”?

Submission means

1)

What kind of power does “yes, but … “ have?



2)
What does “obedience” really speak of?
III. Peter speaks of it in the wife’s loveliness.

Sarah was a ______________ ________________.

Sarah was a ______________ ________________.

Sarah was not a ___________________ ________________.

This formula _____________ ________________.

But there 2 catches:

1.

2.

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Marital Relationships: Abraham’s Sons

Ephesians 5:25-33

(see also: Gen. 2:18f; Mt. 12:43-45; 1 Cor. 7:32-34; James 1:6-8;

1 Pet. 3:7)

Peter described the wife as the “weaker vessel” because

a) women are just not as strong as men.

b) women can’t take pressure or meet challenges as well as men.

c) wives, by God’s design, are exposed to the consequences

of their husband’s sins.



I. Let’s review some basic, biblical principles.

Genesis 2 -


Genesis 3 -


1 Peter 3 –




II. The Gospel-Filled Answer in Ephesians 5.

#1

#2



#3

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B. B. and Annie Warfield

Here are a couple of extracts about his marriage by K. Riddlebarger:

Soon after marrying Annie Pearce Kinkead, who was also from noble stock, the newlyweds journeyed to Leipzig. . ..

During their stay in Europe an event occurred that would forever change the Warfield’s lives. While walking together in the Harz mountains, Mr. and Mrs. Warfield were caught in a violent thunderstorm. Annie Warfield suffered a severe trauma to her nervous system from which she never fully recovered. She was so severely traumatized that she would spend the rest of her life as an invalid of sorts, becoming increasingly more incapacitated as the years went by. Her husband was to spend the rest of their lives together giving her “his constant attention and care” until her death in 1915 (Allis, “Personal Impressions of Dr Warfield,” 10). B. B. Warfield could not have foreseen just how constant and difficult a demand this was to become, and how, in the providence of God, this would impact his entire career.

. . . Warfield’s remarkable literary output is, no doubt, in large measure due to the frail condition of his wife and his amazing devotion to her. With the pen he was a formidable foe, but as O. T. Allis recalls, “I used to see them walking together and the gentleness of his manner was striking proof of the loving care with which he surrounded her. They had no children. During the years spent at Princeton, he rarely if ever was absent for any length of time” (Allis, “Personal Impressions of Dr Warfield,” 10). Machen recalled that Mrs. Warfield was a brilliant woman and that Dr. Warfield would read to her several hours each day. Machen dimly recalled seeing Mrs. Warfield in her yard a number of years earlier during his own student days, but notes that she had been long since bed-ridden (Stonehouse, J. Gresham Machen, 220).

According to most accounts, Dr. Warfield almost never ventured away from her side for more than two hours at a time. In fact, he left the confines of Princeton only one time during a ten-year period, and that for a trip designed to alleviate his wife’s suffering which ultimately failed (Bamberg, “Our Image of Warfield Must Go,” 229). Though Warfield may have been known to many as a tenacious fighter, the compassion he directed toward his wife, Annie Kinkead Warfield, demonstrates a capacity for tenderness and caring that is in its own right quite remarkable.

In the mysterious providence of God, it was the nature of his wife’s illness and his devotion to her, that ironically provided the greatest impetus for his massive literary output. Personally vital and energetic, “he did not allow” his wife’s illness “to hinder him in his work. He was intensely active with voice and pen” (Allis, “Personal Impressions of Dr Warfield,” 11). Thus his creative energies were focused in two directions: his writing and the classroom. As caretaker for an invalid wife, Warfield spent many hours each day in the confines of his study.

Adaptation of 1 Corinthians 13

If ___________ speaks in the tongues of men and of angels, but has not love, ___________ is a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if ___________ has prophetic powers, and understands all mysteries and all knowledge, and if ___________ has all faith, so as to remove mountains, but has not love, ___________ is nothing. If ___________ gives away all he has, and if ___________ delivers up his body to be burned, but has not love, ___________ gains nothing.

___________ is patient and kind; ___________ does not envy or boast; ___________ is not arrogant or rude. ___________ does not insist on his own way; ___________ is not irritable or resentful; ___________ does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. ___________ bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

___________’s love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For ___________ knows in part and ___________ prophesies in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When ___________ was a child, he spoke like a child, he thought like a child, he reasoned like a child. When ___________ became a man, he gave up childish ways. For now ___________ sees in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now ___________ knows in part; then ___________ shall know fully, even as ___________ has been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is ____________’s love for _________________.
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1 Corinthians 7:1-7

(see also: Gen. 2:18; 39; Prov. 6:32; Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Thess. 4:3; Jms. 1:14-15)




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Marriage in Western

Civilization has often been:

a) made in heaven.

b) between two love-sick kids!

c) political entities.

How did the Christians in Corinth receive the teaching of Paul?


So what had caused the confusion regarding marriage?
As Paul writes this chapter, his language is:

Vs. 1:
What all does “touch” include?


Applications:

#1
#2


Vs. 2:
Where does immorality start?

Vs. 3:


What does “conjugal” mean?
Is the word “rights” appropriate here?
Instead of rights, marriage means you must pay your _________.

Your rights are something you must:


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1 Corinthians 7:1-9

(see also: Eph. 5:21)

Aristophenes

The literature in ancient Greece

a) is lost to us.

b) shows how different they were then we are today.

c) shows the same issues that we face today.

Paul’s view of marriage is radically

__________________.

Why is pre-marital counseling so important?



Vs. 4 – Whose authority?

1)
2)


3)
4)
5)
Vs. 5 – Deprive or Defraud?

Vs. 6-9 - Whether unmarried or married, you must strive to be:

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Hardness of Heart

Matthew 19:1-9

(see also: Dt. 24:1-4; Eph. 5:22-33)

What was the test the Pharisees had in mind for Jesus?

a) They were all looking for “quickie” divorces.

b) They wanted to pin a political label on him.

c) They were all training to be lawyers.

The Pharisees thought they understood ________________

because they studied _________________.

True or False: My vows, whatever the circumstance, are just

formalities and mean nothing.

Divorce is ____________ because marriage

is _________________.



Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees:

Step 1: The 1st fundamental principle in marriage

is ___________
True or False: Joking about “getting a divorce” to your spouse is

harmless and funny.

Step 2: The 2nd fundamental principle is that marriage is

_______________________ and _____________________.


Step 3: The 3rd fundamental principle in marriage is

“God ordained my _____________________ and hates

____________________.”
In what ways have I grown hard-hearted toward my spouse?
Is Christ able to deal with hard-heartedness in my marriage?
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Grounds for Biblical Divorce

Matthew 5:31-37

(see also: Dt. 24:1-4; Jer. 3:8; Hos. 1-2; Mk. 10:2-12; Lk. 16:18; 1 Cor. 7:4, 10, 12)

The Bible’s teaching on divorce can be found in:

a) Deuteronomy 24.

b) the gospels

c) 1 Corinthians 7

d) all the above.

Physical unfaithfulness is the 1st _________________ for divorce.


I. Jesus’ Words in the Gospels

Parallels:

Mt. 5 is paralleled with ____________________.

Mt. 19 is paralleled with _____________________.

II. The Larger Lesson Regarding Divorce

Mt. 5:32


(Choose one): This is a lesson in marital

(headship/equality).


Mk. 10:10-12

(Choose one): This is a lesson in marital

(headship/equality).
III. The Preaching of Hosea

Jezreel

Lo-ruhama

Lo-ammi
In Christ, God has restored/redeemed us as his ______________.
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Christian Separation and Divorce

1 Corinthians 7:10-16

(see also: 1 Sam. 16:7; Mt. 7:16; 2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:22-33; Heb. 13:7, 17)



Madea by Sandys

Euripides was a 5th c BC playwright

a) who wrote sit-coms.

b) who wrote books about demons.

c) who wrote tragedies like Medea.

An “unequally yoked” marriage is:


I. Divorce between a believer and

unbeliever (vs. 12-13).
Paul says stay in such a marriage because:

#1
#2


#3
Paul says the 2nd ground for permissible divorce is:

II. Questions:

#1: who decides?


#2: what is “separation”?
III. Divorce between believers (vs. 10-11)

What does a Christian marriage have than an unequally yoked marriage does not have?


Is Paul’s directive to “remain unmarried” to be barring for life?
To whom must Christians turn at these times?

Who is really responsible for the health of your marriage?


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Family Holiness

1 Corinthians 7:14

(see also: Dt. 22:10; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1)

The section of Scripture we have been studying is on:

a) salt and pepper.

b) marriage and divorce.

c) meat and potatoes.

More than anything else, this verse is here to ________________

the believing spouse in an unequally yoked marriage.


I. Compare this with 2 Cor. 6.

God’s laws are always given us for our _______________.

What do a believer and an unbeliever really have in common?
What must the Christian do: “touch no _____________ thing.”

II. Now to 1 Cor. 7.

(choose) A single believing person (should/should not)

marry an unbeliever.

(choose) A married person who becomes converted

(should/should not) divorce the unbelieving spouse.

Verse 14:

1) holy –
2) unclean –
Paul encourages the believer by saying:
III. A Covenantal Conclusion

While this one verse does not _________ that the covenant

promises of God are to believers and to their children,

this verse simply cannot be _____________________ without

it.
Do I sense the encouragement that I receive from God due to his promises?
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The Focus of the Christian Life

1 Corinthians 7:17-24

(see also: Ps. 73; Mt. 28:18-20; Col. 2:11-12)

The Epic of Gilgamesh teaches

a) the meaning of life is in hard work.

b) “eat, drink & be merry”.

c) that the flood never happened.

Why is “hedonism” so hard to practice?

I. The Christian calling is an

indescribable _________.

Why does circumcision or uncircumcision mean nothing

today?

In what ways have I hid my Christian faith in public?


II. Your calling, as a Christian calls for a greater and greater

sense of _________________.

Why is envy and jealousy such a sin?

Paul uses slavery to men as an example of a Christian’s

slavery to ____________.

What must I do when I envy the wicked?

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Balancing Gifts and Priorities

1 Corinthians 7:25-35

(see also: Mt. 22:30; Lk. 6:29b-30; Rom. 8:20-22; 2 Cor. 6:10;

1 Jn. 2:17a)

If you lived in ancient Greece & felt threatened, you would

a) call 911.

b) just depend on the national government to take care of you.

c) fight for your life alongside your neighbors.

I. The greatest opportunity we live for is to:

II. Each calling in life has its own

___________________ & ______________________.


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Last Thoughts On Marriage

1 Corinthians 7:36-40

(see also: Prov. 3; 31; 1 Cor. 7; Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Tim. 5)

One reason Paul must teach on marriage so clearly is:

a) the world around us is so very unbiblical.

b) our own impulses/reasoning can lead us astray.

c) we all need to know the directions/blessings God has for us.

d) all of the above.

Two more categories to consider here:

I. Young men (vs. 36-38)

Why is dating a bad idea?


God’s word gives you both:

curbs –
wisdom –


A young Christian man needs

a _____________ _____________________________.

Entering into a relationship, a young man must not:

a)
b)


II. Young widows (vs. 39-40)

The best way to honor the memory of your marriage is to:

She should be

grateful –

productive –

celebratory -

She must remember her body belongs to the Lord.

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Christian Peer Pressure

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

(see also: Ex. 20:4-5a; Prov. 1:7; 3:5)

Greek Mythology

a) started after the time of

Christ.

b) was created in the modern



world to explain Greek

lifestyle.

c) began almost a millennium

before Christ.

(Choose one) The gospel (conflicted with/was compatible with) Greek mythology.

“Our hearts are __________________ _____________________.”

(John Calvin)

I. What is Idol-Worship?

Idols are not __________,

but idolatry has corruptive _____________:

a)
b)


c)
d)
II. What to do with Knowledge?

What does Paul mean by “weak”?

1)
2)

Who is Paul speaking to here?

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A Worthy Spiritual Hire

1 Corinthians 9:1-12a

(see also: Rom. 10:14-15; Phil. 2:4-8; 1 Tim. 4:12; 5:17-22)

The Tentmaker

When Paul was in Corinth

a) he made tents to provide for himself.

b) he imposed himself upon the

congregation.

c) he lived off food-stamps.

I. The church’s obligation

is to support her ___________________.

A. Apostles -

B. Elders –

II. What is involved in this support?

Is there an objective standard?


Basic principles:

#1 Cover the essentials.

a.
b.
c.
Can the ministry be compared to other careers?

Similarities –

Differences

Both the minister and the congregation are calle

to make ________________________.
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An Unblemished Reputation

1 Corinthians 9:11-18

(see also: Dt. 18:1-8; Mt. 10:5-10; Lk. 10:1-7; Acts 4:13-20; 18:1-4; Rom. 15:25-27; 2 Cor. 11:7-11; Phil. 4:14-20; Gal. 6:6)

The first two questions this chapter asks are:

a) what time is it and where are we?

b) why must we sit thru another sermon & how long will this one be?

c) is the church obliged to her minister and to what extent?



Two more questions asked here:

I. What is the nature/need for the visible church?

What do we mean

by “invisible”
by “visible”
Which is the more important?
What foundational principles support the visible church?

#1
#2


II. How valuable/important is the visible church?

How has the church in Corinth been blessed?


But how has this blessing turned into a problem?
What should a minister do under such strife?

#1
#2


What he must not do:
How is the minister to be Christlike?
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Principles Related to the Tithe

  • Believers are called of God to set aside a full tithe (10%) of their income to present to the Lord for the service of His work. For some this may be a new idea and if that includes you, it could well be that your current budget cannot immediately absorb this. If so, what you should do is start where you can, even if it only 1%. You should not think to postpone this until you can give a whole tithe because that day will then never come. Practice the principle now that you will not worship God empty-handed. Then, commit yourself in future years to a stair-step schedule of increasing to a level of the tithe as your budget can be adjusted and as you are blessed over the next several years with increase.

  • Christians who commit themselves to the visible body – that is, become communicant members of the local church – should understand that their duty to give the full tithe to the congregation of which they are members. If you wish to support other ministries and/or causes as well, that should not come out of the tithe but be given over and above it as sacrificial giving. This way the church does not suffer for the sake of other interests.

  • Even though you may have favorite departments or ministries within the church that you would like to specifically support, the rule of thumb you should normally go by is to make your support to the church in an undesignated fashion. This reminds you of the need to support the entire church and her needs but it also expresses a trust that the elders are in charge of and responsible for the direction of the church as a whole and that the deacons are faithful with the disbursement of monies toward those goals.

  • We do not use pledge cards in order to plan for budgetary expenditures because we realize that each giving individual or family is subject to changes in prosperity during the year. One may lose a job for months, another gets a substantial raise. The principle of the tithe is based on income, not on promises. The elders track income and spending from years past and very cautiously project necessary increases in future months. Living by faith does not allow us to presume on God.


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The Personal Roadblock

1 Corinthians 9:19-27

(see also: Mt. 20:20-28; Phil. 2:1-11; 3:1-12; Heb. 12:1-4)

Running a race

a) should be politically correct –

everyone should be a winner.

b) is too much like work.

c) rewards the earnest.

I. How Paul states his goal (vs. 19-23).

Christian liberty is not:

Antinomianism -

Christian license –


Christian liberty is:




II. How Paul aims to achieve his goal. (vs. 24-27)

Paul is not:


Rather, he is:

“Man is most free when ____________________ by God alone.”

Augustine

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Remembering Our Fathers

1 Corinthians 10:1-5

(see also: Ex. 13:17-22; 14; 16; 17:1-7; Ps. 18:31; 78:15-16;

Gal. 3:29; Heb. 9:15)

1 Cor. 8-11 is a section dealing with:

a) how Christians are to function as part of the visible church.

b) how Christians are to understand their liberty in Christ.

c) how Christians are to live their lives to honor Christ.

d) all of the above.

Review:
I. The Corinthian Christians need to know

of God’s work in the past.

“brothers” –

“our fathers” –

II. What is it Paul wants these Christians to understand?

Five activities:

“under the cloud” –

“passed through the sea” –

“baptized into Moses in the cloud and sea” –

“at the same spiritual food” –

“drank the same spiritual drink” –

Three emphases:

“all” -

“baptism” –



“the same food and drink” –

III. Three Observations

#1

#2

#3



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The Way of Escape

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

(see also: Ex. 32; Jer. 17:9; 2 Cor. 12:10; Heb. 11:1-2; )

Ancient Corinth was

a) a wholesome, mild-mannered, responsible city.

b) an intellectual powerhouse of engineering and the arts.

c) a cesspool.

Pagan religion is

#1:
#2:


I. Paul continues to connect the past to the present.

This passage teaches the essential _______________

of the covenant.

II. The main point on Paul’s mind here (vs. 7-8)

The Golden Calf was made

out of their own _________________________

& out of their desire to worship as they _______________.

What did Moses mean by “play”?
What do you learn ONLY from the Bible?

III. Be encouraged! Your call and challenge as a Christian

is to ___________ God’s word & ____________ your heart.
is to ______________ God for the word he gives you.
is to ____________ God for what his word calls you.
You will feel trapped when you:
You will always find escape when you:
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