2/18/18

1 Corinthians 4:8-13

2/18/18

Description:1 Corinthians 4:8-13 Sarcasm has the idea of cutting throughWhy does Paul use sarcasm? Answer: To highlight a truthWhat is Paul addressing in his use of sarcasm? Answer: The arrogance of the Corinthian believersHow are the Corinthian believers arrogant? Answer: They believe they are successful based on the formula of the worldCorinthian Believers vs. Spiritual Leadership *Arrived & Satisfied *Still humbly servingApplication #1:Constantly evaluate and set goals A. Spiritual Goals B. Family Goals C. Occupational Goals *Rule the World *Persecuted by the World Application #2: Expect opposition as a faithful believer*Treated as Equals *Treated as Fools *Success in this life *Lowly in this life Application #3:Be prepared to respond to opposition with grace

2/11/18

1 Corinthians 4:6-7

2/11/18

Description:1 Corinthians 4:6-7Word for the Day: Arrogance *self-important & puffed upTypes of Spiritual Arrogance:1. Arrogance of Knowledge 2. Arrogance of Talent3. Arrogance of Group4. Arrogance of ApplicationThe Effects of Spiritual Arrogance:A. Divisiveness B. AngerC. AttackPaul’s Summary:Point #1: The issue is youPoint #2: Beware of blindly following or elevating Point #3: You owe everything to the grace of GodCombating Arrogance:1. Serve others in Love2. Memorize & apply Colossians 3:1-17

2/4/18

1 Corinthians 4:1-5

2/4/18

Description:1 Corinthians 4:1-5 The Role of a Teacher: 1. Obey the orders of Christ A. All eyes are on Christ B. You are responsible for you C. It is not a glamorous position 2. Teach truth A. Share the truth from the truth source B. Protect the truth 3. Their motivation is to please the Master The Role of a Learner: 1. Evaluate the message, not the messenger A. Learn the content of the subject matter B. Apply the content of the subject matter in context C. Share what you have learned about the content with others 2. Realize your evaluation process is flawed 3. Beware of evaluating yourself with others Remember: 1. It makes no sense to be divisive over who is the greatest 2. Ministers are God’s servants, not yours3. It is all about Christ

1/28/18

1 Corinthians 3:18-23

1/28/18

Description:1 Corinthians 3:18-23The Trap: Self-deception A. Thinking you are wise B. Comparing your wisdom with others The Solution: Cast aside the world’s wisdom and embrace the wisdom of Christ A. Consciously reject it B. Replace it with Biblical truth C. Maintain your focus on Christ Applications: 1. Memorize Colossians 3:1-172. Recalibrate your perspective 3. Evaluate the focus of your glory

1/21/18

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

1/21/18

Description:1 Corinthians 3:16-17Context of the Encouragement: *C’mon man! *A temple reflects the nature and name of the deity A. The temple is singular B. You means you, unless it means we *The church should reflect the nature and name of Christ *The church is spiritual, not physical *Where God dwells, the church exists The Warning: 1. Believers can negatively affect the church 2. Destruction is serious, but not eternity changing 3. God may get your attention by messing YOU up 4. God will evaluate your impact in His dwelling place A. Faithful Believer – positive reward B. Unfaithful Believer – loss of reward C. Divisive Believer – God will mess you up Applications: 1. Stay connected to a local body 2. Beware of being part of any divisiveness 3. Remember, the church is holy and special to God

1/14/18

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

1/14/18

Description:1 Corinthians 3:10-15The Example:Point #1: Every believer is a builder Point #2: The materials used in building are important Point #3: If you use the appropriate building products, there is a reward Point #4: If you use inferior building products, there will be loss Conclusion: Check to make sure your work is appropriately done Truth #1: Unbelievers are judged to condemnation Truth #2: Believers are rewarded with the free gift of Eternal Life Truth #3: Faithfulness or unfaithfulness for the believer is also judgedTruth #4: Believers are not judged based upon their sin Truth #5: The Bible teaches a judgment for believers Truth #6: Believers will be judged on many thingsTruth #7: Believers can receive rewards Truth #8: Believers are rewarded at the Bema Seat of Christ Conclusion #1: Judgment is positive if it is for reward! Conclusion #2: Judgment is negative without faithfulness Paul’s Warning: If you are divisive you are not building rewards Paul’s Encouragement: Get back to focusing on Christ and serving

1/7/18

1 Corinthians 3:4-9

1/7/18

Description:1 Corinthians 3:4-9Theme of 1 Corinthians: A New Life Requires New Living Wisdom is the ability to acquire and discern truth and apply it appropriatelyThe Challenge of Focusing on Christ: 1. Our disillusionment of being Great A. Giving esteem B. Accepting esteem 2. Realizing we are servants, not masters 3. Believing God needs us to fulfill His Will 4. We operate as lone workers rather than a unified body Applications: 1. Renew your focus on Christ in 20182. Serve somewhere at GraceLife 3. Write down 100 ways God is Great

11/26/17

1 Corinthians 2:6-13

11/26/17

Description:1 Corinthians 2:6-13Utilizing Wisdom: Truth #1: Human wisdom hinders the gospel, but God’s wisdom comes from the gospelTruth #2: Human wisdom hinders the spiritual growth of the believer Truth Challenge: The simplicity of the message vs. the depth of the messageTruth #3: God unveils truth and we grow in our training Truth Challenge: YOU are the greatest hindrance to spiritual intimacy with God Example #1: Human wisdom murdered the Messiah Example #2: Relationship not human understanding is the key to wisdomTruth #4: The Holy Spirit reveals truth to the yielded believer Truth Challenge: Wisdom eliminates personal prideTruth #5: We pass on Godly wisdom in words taught by the Spirit

11/19/17

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

11/19/17

Description:1 Corinthians 2:1-5God Uses Perfectly Illogical People:Warning: Application without knowledge is laziness 1. Personal relationships enhance the message Application #1: Pursue new relationships 2. God wants us to share by witness not human wisdom 3. God magnifies our personal experiences that highlight Him A. Encouraging experiences B. Challenging experiences Application #2: Thank God for the challenging circumstances 4. God uses our personal testimony 5. Our message should highlight the content of the cross Application #3: Keep the good news simple

11/12/17

John 3:16-18

11/12/17

Description:John 3:16-18Paul’s Audience: Believers in Corinth A. Backwards to their justification B. Presently at their Sanctification C. Future Glorification The Process of Being Called: *What is eternal life? A. Quality of Life B. Quantity of Life *What is Perish? A. You remain Dead B. God Judges the Dead *How do I get Life? A. God Loved the World B. God Gave His Son C. Whoever Believes in Him D. Won’t Perish E. BUT Has Everlasting Life Truth #1: God is in control of the process Truth #2: There are aspects of the process we won’t understand Truth #3: Our responsibility is to receive the free gift Truth #4: It is a gracious gift Truth #5: The journey to our receiving varies Truth #6: You choose to condemn yourself

11/5/17

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

11/5/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:26-31Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom *The Transforming Power of the Content of the Cross *God reverses the roles of human evaluation *God uses illogical people to proclaim His Word God’s Perfectly Illogical Plan: 1. God is in charge Sovereignty means God is in absolute authority 2. It is not about you 3. The call is God’s *The state of being called *The act of being called Option 1: Free Will – I chose God Option 2: Sovereignty - God calls us 4. Christ is the object of the process not you A. Christ is Righteous trumping our cleverness B. Christ is holy trumping our influence C. Christ gives redemption trumping our high status 5. The glory is God’s

10/15/17

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

10/15/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:22-25 Truth #1: Definitions of words determine context Jew: Religious Viewpoint: Monotheistic Political Viewpoint: Romans are in our land Knowledge: Wisdom in Scripture but signs for affirmation Waiting for: Show Me a Sign Challenge: Jesus as Messiah crucified Greek: Religious Viewpoint: Polytheistic Political Viewpoint: Romans gave us our land Knowledge: Success in philosophy brings a mastery of life Waiting for: Prove it to me Challenge: We know better THE BIG POINT Issue: Unbelief THE BIG POINT Solution: Both need to believe in Christ The Called: Religious Viewpoint: The power of God for Salvation Knowledge: Only in Christ alone Waiting for: Nothing Else Challenge: Living with an Eternal Perspective THE BIG POINT Conclusion: Unbelievers are fools THE BIG POINT Perspective: God at His worst is greater than Man at his best

10/8/17

1 Corinthians 1:18-21

10/8/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:18-21 Knowledge means a full, rich, understanding that leads to applicationWisdom is the ability to acquire and discern truth and apply it appropriatelyTruth Application #1: The more knowledge a person has, the more wisdom they can accessThree Aspects of Communication:1. Ethos –character 2. Pathos – compassion 3. Logos – content The Dividing Cross-Line: A. It is good news, even if it is rejected B. It gives eternal life without the work of mankind Justification – delivered from the penalty of sin Sanctification – delivered from the power of sin Glorification – delivered from the presence of sin C. It highlights the exclusive object of our salvation D. Failure to believe the logos of the cross results in eternal perishing Truth Application #2: Failure to believe in Jesus Christ is not a sign of intelligence, it is a sign of great ignoranceMankind’s Failure: *Man’s intelligence hasn’t produced a better society *Man’s record keeping of accomplishments mean nothing *Man’s philosophy brings about no change Truth Application #3:The more man relies on himself, the worse he gets

10/1/17

1 Corinthians 1:12-17

10/1/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:12-17 Our Inability to Focus: 1. We are reactive rather than proactive Therefore: Begin and end every situation in life with a focus on Christ 2. We align ourselves with people and causes *Paul the painfully direct *Apollos the philosopher *Peter the blunt Jewish-Christian *Christ the Savior worthy of focus Therefore: Your loyalty and your focus belongs to God alone 3. We celebrate our own accomplishments far too much *Baptism identified someone as a believer Therefore: Celebrate the work of God in all things 4. We don’t understand our purpose *Our Purpose: Make disciples who make disciples Therefore: Keep the main thing, the main thing

9/24/17

1 Corinthians 1:10-11

9/24/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:10-11 The Problem of Divisions: *Divisions are tears or rips within a thing *Paul is addressing sins that are divisive 1. They are spiritually serious *You can’t be out of fellowship with God and be in fellowship with God’s people *You can’t be out of fellowship with God’s people, and be in fellowship with God GraceLife Conflict Agreement: A. I will address conflict with fellow believers quickly and lovingly B. I will NOT leave GraceLife Church because I am mad at an unresolved conflict issue 2. They damage the church 3. They highlight a lack of Christ-focus Combating Divisions: *Agree we have a division ‘no fly zone’ policy *Address divisions quickly and Biblically for unity A. Talk with the other person immediately B. Listen carefully C. Confess any sin D. Forgive Freely E. Love selflessly *Be Christ focused internally and externally Paul Addresses Conflict: *As the spiritual leader *Openly shares the Family name *Protects the individual *He infers he is disappointed the news comes second hand *Addresses the internal conflict reality

9/17/17

1 Corinthians 1:4-9

9/17/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:4-9 Traps in Scripture: Trap #1: Scripture is the only truth Reality: Scripture is God’s Word, which is truthTrap #2: We should only read the Bible for truth Reality: Scripture should be our MAIN source for truthThe Letters of Paul to Corinth: Letter #1: Previous Letter Letter #2: 1 Corinthians Letter #3: Severe Letter Letter #4: 2 Corinthians Paul’s Greeting: Important Truth #1: Paul is addressing saints *Relationship is based on faith in Jesus Christ for Eternal Life *Fellowship is based on faithfulness of the saint Important Truth #2: Believers should act holy Subtle Purpose in the Greeting: Remember who you are Focus: Praise for what God has done, not what the Corinthians have done Saints Benefit #1: Grace 1. Grace can’t co-exist with guilt 2. Grace can’t co-exist with conditions Saints Benefit #2: Everything you need is available to you Saints Benefit #3: Guaranteed Eternity

9/10/17

1 Corinthians 1:1-3

9/10/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:1-3A Descriptive passage describes eventsA Prescriptive Passage has a lot of do’s and don’tsTheme of 1 Corinthians: A New Life Requires New Living Road Map 1. Greetings – 1:1-92. The Problem of Divisions 1:10-4:21 3. Moral Standards of the Believer – 5:1-7:40 4. Christian Freedom & Liberty – 8:1-11:15. Christian Order and Worship – 11:2-14:406. Reality of the Resurrection – 15:1-58 7. Closing Commands – 16:1-24 Background of 1 Corinthians:*Written by Paul the Apostle A. He went by two names (Saul & Paul) B. He spoke with authority C. He partnered with others in leadership Application #1: Always Be Discipling *Written to believers A. Generic: Identified by their faith in Jesus Christ B. Specific: Identified by a locality *Highlights their position in Christ *Corinth had a negative reputation *Includes an all-inclusive greeting Application #2: Greet family members by our identity

8/27/17

Habakkuk 3:16-19

8/27/17

Description:Habakkuk 3:16-19Prayer is a time of spiritual communion with God as the object of our worship Habakkuk’s Prayer Attitude: 1. Deep Reverence 2. Endurance 3. Trust 4. Praise 5. Restfulness 6. Patience Theme of Habakkuk: The Journey from distress to peace

8/20/17

Habakkuk 3:8-15

8/20/17

Description:Habakkuk 3:8-15 Habakkuk’s Prayer Part II – God’s Power: First Response: Yahweh is All-Knowingly Perfect A. God is in control B. Omniscient in planning Omniscience means that God knows everything C. Perfection in application Our Hindrance: Personal Perspective Prayer Application: Yielding to the greater good Second Response: God is overwhelmingly Powerful Omnipotence means God is all-powerful and can do anything He desiresOur Hindrance: We want to be in control Prayer Application: Glory in His power Third Response: You can trust God Our Hindrance: Letting Go Prayer Application: Cling to your belief

8/13/17

Habakkuk 3:1-7

8/13/17

Description:Habakkuk 3:1-7 Prayer is a time of spiritual communion with God as the object of our worship Two Important Truths about Prayer:The emphasis in prayer is not communication The emphasis in prayer is communion Habakkuk’s Prayer Part 1: First Response: Yahweh is Awesome Our Hindrance: Pride Prayer Application: Communion is personal Second Response: Provide deliverance A. Deliver your people B. Provide Understanding C. Be Merciful Our Hindrance: Judgment Prayer Application: Petition based on God’s character A Theophany is a visible manifestation of God to man Third Response: Nonstop Adoration A. The earth gives God glory B. God’s power is never ending C. God’s ways are perfect and heart-stopping Hindrance: Temporal Perspective Prayer Application: Adoration is essential

8/6/17

Habakkuk 2:18-20

8/6/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:18-20 Woe to the Idolater: The Law of God: Instructions of God Charge: Idolatry A. There is no benefit Belief means trust, faith, or acceptance that something is true (corresponds to reality) B. It makes no sense Question: Do you really think something that is dead can give you life? Violation of God’s law as a child incurs discipline Violation of God’s law as an enemy incurs judgment Moving from Distress to Peace: 1. Realize God is in charge 2. Realize God is Holy 3. Realize God is in control 4. Shut up

7/30/17

Habakkuk 2:15-17

7/30/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:15-17 *Dirge is a funeral song or poem *Taunt-song is a proverb or wisdom saying of jest or mocking Woe to the Cruel: Criminal Charge: Felony Sexual Assault Question: How long can you take someone’s honor before someone takes yours? Sentencing Judgment: Violent Capital PunishmentApplication: Be overwhelmingly gracious

7/23/17

Habakkuk 2:9-14

7/23/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:9-14 Pride is a feeling of satisfaction derived from one’s own achievementsWoe to the Dishonest: Criminal Charge: Felony Fraud Question: Do you think you can flaunt the possessions of others without consequence? Sentencing Judgment: The inanimate condemn you to deathBeware #1: Pride may be your downfall if not addressed Woe to the Murderer: Criminal Charge: First Degree Murder Question: What will you do when your best isn’t good enough? Sentencing Judgment: Complete destruction for God’s glory Beware #2: Thinking you can make it on your own A. In gaining righteousness B. In living righteously

7/16/17

Habakkuk 2:6-8

7/16/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:6-8*Dirge is a funeral song or poem *Taunt-song is a proverb or wisdom saying of jest or mocking The Taunt-Song: Subject of the Taunt: The Babylonian nation The Singers: The conquered nations of Babylon Three Key Words: 1. Taunt = to criticize 2. Mock = to ridicule or deride 3. Insinuations = a riddle of scorn Primary Conclusion: Just as God will judge the Babylonians for their rebellion, God will judge anyone who rebels against GodSecondary Conclusion: God disciplines the rebellious The Five Woes: A. Woe to the thief – v. 6-8 B. Woe to the dishonest v. 9-11 C. Woe to the murderer v. 12-14 D. Woe to the cruel v. 15-17 E. Woe to the idolater v. 18-20Woe to the Thief: Criminal Charge: Extortion Question: Don’t you fear repercussions? Sentencing Judgment: Extreme repayment Truth Application #1: Remember God judges rebellion Truth Application #2: You’ll never walk alone

7/9/17

Habakkuk 2:4-5

7/9/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:4-5 Trials – given by God for growth Temptations – given by satan (or the world) for our destruction Consequences – a result of yielding to this present world Discipline – training with positive and negative encouragement in order to follow a code of behavior or guidelines The Solution: Yield to God God’s Response to Us: I love you – I got you Key Verse: The Righteous shall live by his faith (2:4b) You Gotta Have Faith: *Righteous – just, declared upright *Faith – believe, trust, steadfast *Faith in Justification is trust in God’s promise for righteousness *Faith in Sanctification is trust in God’s promise to live righteously A. Romans 1:17 – Conduct of the Just B. Galatians 3:11 – Living in Faith C. Hebrews 10:38 – Enduring in Faith *Answers the question of good versus evil *Pride hinders faith A. Babylonians have a stumbling block to relationship B. Judah has a stumbling block in fellowship Applications:1. Get rid of your pride 2. Try living in faith 3. Learn to yield to God

7/2/17

Habakkuk 2:1-3

7/2/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:1-3Preparing for God’s Answer: Step 1: Our personal responsibility A. Change in attitude B. Correction of request C. Action required D. Patiently waiting Step 2: Look, listen, and wait Step 3: A personal response to God God’s Response Part 1: 1. Write this down and remember Truth Application #1: Many of God’s answers have already been written in God’s Word2. Be patient A. The process is as important as the promise B. The longer the process, the more reliant we are on the Promiser Truth Application #2: Embrace the delay of God’s promise3. God guarantees fulfillment