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                                               Be The Church week 11

                                                1 Corinthians Ch 10



Theme: When we look into the church of Corinth we see a lot of things we can learn from! They were a messy church, but they were a church alive! As we dive into this book we can learn a lot, whether it be from their spiritual failures or whether it be from their spiritual success. The one thing we learn is that God has called the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus! And it's when the church comes together in unity and lives on mission together that God moves in the most powerful of ways! Let’s be the church!



Major Points:


1. Learning from the past   vs 1-11


The Bible is God’s gift to us! We have much to learn from the real-life stories we read in it.

We Learn from Adam and Eve. We learn from Abraham and Joseph. We Learn from David. We learn from Peter. Here… Paul wants us to learn from Israel’s mistakes. He said these are examples and warnings to heed.


God saved all of them from slavery and gave them His law on how to live as the people of God. Not only that but God was leading them to their own land, a land called the promised land.


However even after God rescued them and freed them from slavery they started to turn their own way and lean toward their own understanding. They began to complain and grumble and want their old lifestyle back.  They began to worship idols. (Golden calf) They fell into sexual immorality. They show us that no matter what God has done, no one is above sin and wandering. They show us that God takes sin seriously!  (Many died because of their sin!)


Questions:

Q - The question for us is are you learning from the past? (Stories in the Bible/From your past personally)

Q - Who’s life in the Bible have you learned the most from? (Who’s mistakes)

Q - What idol is your heart producing currently?

Q - Which sin of Israel do you most relate with? (Idolatry, Lust of the flesh, complaining & Grumbling, Sexual immorality)

Q - How does this passage change the way you view sin?



2.. Facing temptation Vs 12-13


It’s not a question of if you get tempted, it’s a matter of when you get tempted.

Everyone on this side of heaven will be tempted and tested by something!

Paul wants us to know a few things considering temptation.



A.. Don’t get Prideful

Nobody is ever above temptation! The bible teaches that pride comes before destruction!

This is exactly what was going on in Corinth! They were becoming prideful with their freedoms.

What they called mature Paul called reckless. 


B.. Take the way out

There are two pathways in temptation & testing.

Faithfulness or sin. You can choose one or the other but you can't have both!

Jesus is the way out! Notice he says so you can endure it! Sometimes the way out of a situation isn’t around it but sometimes the way out is enduring through it!

Jesus is not just how were saved but looking to Jesus is how we fight sin and how we endure through trials and horrible circumstances. When you're proactive with your walk with Jesus that helps be reactive when it comes to temptations and trials. Jesus is the way out!


C.. When in doubt, FLEE!

RUN! Don’t flirt with it, flee from it! Turn from sin and turn to Christ!



Questions:


Q- What temptations are you currently facing in your life? (If you were satan how would you tempt yourself right now?)


Q- How does this change the way you fight sin?


Q- In the midst of temptation and testing, how do we discern the way out?





3.. Glorifying God in all things  Vs 23-24, 31-33; 11:1


Paul wants us to live in such a way that people see Jesus in us!

Whether you eat or whether you drink, whatever you do, do all things for the glory of God!



Questions:


Q - What does it mean to glorify God?


Q- How does living for God's glory change the way you make everyday decisions?


Q - What does it look like for you to glorify God in these three areas?

Where you Live, Where you work, Where you Play.


Q- What in your life isn’t bringing glory to God?



Prayer 

Ask God to give you help in living a life that brings glory to him!