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Introduction. 

This series is a verse by verse study of 1 Corinthians. Paul writes to the church he founded in the most important city in Greece. A few years after Paul moves on, he writes this letter to answer the issues and confusion experienced by the Corinthian church. These words are extremely relevant to the church today. It reveals the problems, pressures, and struggles of God’s people called out of a pagan culture. Division, spiritual pride, sexual immorality, lawsuits, and misuse of the Lord’s Table are some of the matters addressed. This word from God is applicable to us now, clearing up any confusion about our identity in Christ, and how to carry out his mission in our world.

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SERIES TITLE: CORRECTED - When Christians Get Confused

PART THREE:  Bragging Rights

TEXT:  1 Corinthians 1:18-31

INTRODUCTION.

This series is a verse by verse study of 1 Corinthians. Paul writes to the church he founded in the most important city in Greece. A few years after Paul moves on, he writes this letter to answer the issues and confusion experienced by the Corinthian church. These words are extremely relevant to the church today. It reveals the problems, pressures, and struggles of God’s people called out of a pagan culture. Division, spiritual pride, sexual immorality, lawsuits, and misuse of the Lord’s Table are some of the matters addressed. This word from God is applicable to us now, clearing up any confusion about our identity in Christ, and how to carry out his mission in our world.

DISCUSSION.

Have you ever try too hard to make a good impression in a job interview or on a date or meeting someone important? Did you misrepresent what you are really like?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.18-19 What are the two different reactions and outcomes to the message of the cross?

The quote is from Isaiah 29:14. What is God’s purpose in working this way?

Vv.20-21 How has God made foolish the world’s wisdom?

Why isn’t the world able to know God through wisdom?

Why does God choose to work through preaching?

Vv.22-25 Jews and Greeks made up the culture of Corinth. Why was the gospel not the message they were looking for?

Paul wasn’t anti-rhetoric, anti-intellect, or anti-science. What was it about human wisdom and knowledge that was concerning and needed to be avoided?

Vv.26-29 From this passage, list any and all reasons why God chose those he chose.

Vv.30-31 According to this text, what does it mean to be “in Christ”?

What does it mean to boast in the Lord?

APPLICATION.

  • What similarities do you see between Corinthian culture and American culture?
  • Where is the line between trying to impress and be accepted by our culture, and trying to connect and communicate to it?
  • Where do we find personal value, if the world sees us as unimpressive and despised?
  • How is it possible to use your God-given intellect and reason, when God’s strategy is foolishness and weakness?
  • What does it look like for you to boast in the Lord this week?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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