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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 FOUR:  Resting in God's Power

TEXT:  1 Corinthians 2:1-5

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.

If you have ever been deceived by misleading or false advertising, what happened and how did it feel?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.1-2 Why would Paul come to the Corinthians without eloquence or wisdom?

What is the testimony about God that he proclaimed? (consult Acts 18)

Is Paul limiting himself only to the crucifixion? Why or why not?

V.3 What would have been the source or reason for Paul’s weakness, fear, and trembling?

Vv.4-5 “Message” and “preaching” appear to refer to two different types of contexts. What might they be?

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

How would he demonstrate the Spirit’s power?

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?
  • In what way is the message of Christ crucified still a problem in our culture, and how should we deal with that?
  • How can you demonstrate the Spirit’s power?
  • What happens to individuals and ministries that are resting on human wisdom rather than God’s power?
  • 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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