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                                                                                                                                               Be The Church week 3

                                                                                                                                       1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5



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.. The Message of the Cross (V17-25)


Foolish to some!

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are perishing. The flesh is hostile to the things of God. The message of the cross can seem absurd to people. It doesn’t make sense to them. What seems so beautiful to us can seem absurd to others around us.

Examples:

Those living for the here and now. (Matthew 16:22-27)

Those trying to be accepted by the world. (Matthew 10:32-39)

Those who are seeing fulfillment in riches. (Mark 10:17-33)

The cross is foolishness to those who are perishing!


The power of God to believers


To believers the message of the cross is everything!

Examples:

It’s the power to save us

It’s the power to transform us

It’s the power to fight sin

It’s the power that leads us to repentance

It’s where we learn how to serve others

It’s not just where we get saved, it’s where we live every day of our life.

It’s through Jesus' work on the cross that God is uniting all things back together.

Don’t change the message of the cross to try to appease others! Don’t change the message of the cross to try to win others over. The message of the cross is the power to do what you can not do!




2.. The Testimony we have (V 26-31)


Remember who you were vs 26

Paul says look back on who you were when God called you. None of you were All-Stars. He reminds them of how lost they were when God called them to salvation! Keyword = were. Who you were! Because in Christ we are a new creation and who we were isn’t who we are anymore!


Remember how God works

He chooses to save people like us. (Foolish, weak, lowly, no influence, unskilled)

He chooses to use people like us.

God doesn’t just select all stars. (Fishermen, tax collectors, shepherd boys)

God takes ordinary and does extraordinary. 

God takes the mess and makes a message.

It’s all God and because it’s all God, He gets all glory!



3.. The Power of God (2:1-5)


Your faith wasn’t found in the wisdom of men. It wasn’t founded on persuasive words. If someone can talk you into faith then someone else can talk you out of faith. This is a work that is a gift from God received through faith in the message of the cross. This is the power of God and what He has done for you, what He does in you, and what He does through you! Come and see what God has done!

He opens your eyes.

He changes your heart.

He transforms your life.

He is our boast.

He did it all.




Question bank: 

How has your week been spiritually

How can we be praying for you? (Any sin your struggling with?)

What is one thing you got from 1 Corinthians 18:1-2:5)



Back up questions from the chapter:


Q - How have you seen the message of the cross be foolish to people around you? (Have you seen it as foolishness in your own life?)


Q - Why is it important that we never change the message of the cross to appease people?


Q - What would change in your life if you realized that God uses ordinary people like you to do great things in the kingdom of God?


Q - How have you seen the power of God in your life personally?



Closing:

Pray for the power of the cross to come alive in your heart personally and pray for it to move in your lost friends and family members around you!