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                           Be The Church week 4

                               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 Wisdom Of God (Vs 1-8)

Paul wants them to understand that the wisdom of God has been revealed and it’s not the same as the wisdom of this world. (There is a clear divide)


Worldly wisdom

Follow your heart you're smarter than God.

Whatever feels right do it.

Live for yourself

This world is about you.

Live your best life now.

Don’t think about eternity. 


God’s wisdom

Your heart is deceitfully wicked. (Jeremiah 17:9)

There is a way that seems right to man but in the end, it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12)

You weren’t created to live for you! You were created by God for God. (Col 1)

The earth is not our home.

Lay your life down, take up your cross!

Leverage everything you have in this life for the sake of God’s mission. 


In the church of Corinth, the wisdom of the world had crept into the church!

The Church looked more like the world than it did Christ!


Worldly wisdom leads to worldly living and worldly living leads to great division.


Questions: 

Which wisdom best defines your life right now?


How can worldly wisdom bring disunity to the church?


Why does Godly wisdom seem foolish to those who are perishing?




2.. The Spirit of God (Vs 9-16)


Know what the Spirit does


He reveals God to us.

He reveals God’s plan to us. (Vs 9-10)

He searches the deep things of God. He reveals those thoughts to us.

Vs 12 - He gives an understanding of what God has freely given us.

Vs 13 - He explains spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.


The Spirit of God is everything in the life of a believer!

He saves us.

He gives us eyes to see.

He is our indwelling teacher.

He convicts us of sin and righteousness.

He guides us into the truth.

He is our great comforter.

He is our great sanctifier.

He is our great finisher.

He finishes the work of salvation in us.

He is not an optional part of the Christian life, He is the beginning, the middle, & the end.


Without The Holy Spirit, there is no faith, and without the Holy Spirit, there is no fruit.


Spiritual people vs Natural people (vs 14-16)

In the church of Corinth, there were two types of people, and it was causing a major division. There were those without the Spirit, and there were those with the Spirit.


Those without the Spirit.

Cannot understand or discern the things of God.

Do not accept the things that come from God.

Considers the things of God as foolishness.

Lives based on worldly wisdom. (They don’t have the mind of Christ)

Full of pride.

Live as if God doesn’t exist.


Those with the Spirit.

Can understand, discern, and make judgments about the things of God.

They accept the things that come from God.

They don’t consider them foolish but consider them as wisdom and life.

They have the mind of Christ. (Compassion, humility, service)

Characterized by the fruit of the spirit.

Characterized by love for God, love for others, and love for the mission of God.



Questions:


Which one are you? Would Paul categorize you as a person with or without the Spirit?


How have you actively seen the spirit at work in your life here recently?


Are you aware of His presence in your life?




3.. The Mind Of Christ (Vs 16)

Paul makes a powerful statement in vs 16.

For, “who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”


The wisdom of God & The Spirit of God at work in us will produce the mind of Christ. And when we think like Jesus we will start to live like Jesus. This is what will unify God's church!


This is how we define maturity as believers! (Having the mind of christ)

This is why we study the word of God.

This is why we lean into the Spirit of God.

This is why we take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.


This is why the Bible says for us to set our minds on the things above.

This is why the Bible says to renew your mind!

It’s learning to think through a gospel lens about everything.

There is a war going on and the war is in our minds.


Read Jesus’ mindset! 

Matt 9:36

Matt 28:18-20

Philippians 2:5-8

Luke 5:16


Questions


Is this your mindset?

Is your mindset characterized more by selfishness or by Christ?

Do you think more like Jesus or more like the world?


Closing:

Pray for God to give you wisdom and pray that he would help you learn to walk in the mind of Christ!