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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 SEVEN: Self-Deception

TEXT:  1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5

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.

Can you think of a time when you deceived yourself; when you were fooling yourself about something, basically lying to yourself? Why did you do it?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.18-20 Based upon what Paul says in these verses, in what way(s) were the Corinthians deceiving themselves?

Define the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God from how Paul has described them throughout chapters 1-3.

In what way are the “thoughts of the wise” futile?

Vv.21-23 How and why were the Corinthians boasting in men?

Why would Paul tell them “all things are yours” and what does that have to do with leaders, life, etc.?           

Vv.1-5 Paul tells them how he and other Christian leaders should be regarded. How is that different from the way the Corinthians were regarding them?

Why is faithfulness important for a servant or steward?

Why is Paul unconcerned about what the Corinthians think of him?

How can he say that he does not even judge himself?

APPLICATION.  

  • How can you interpret everyday life with the wisdom of Christ crucified?
  • If you properly understand that all things are your and you are Christ’s, how does that change your life?
  • What does faithfulness as a servant of God look like?
  • When people judge you (good or bad) or you judge yourself (good or bad), how does knowing that it is only God’s judgment that matters impact you?
  • Why should you be both encouraged and challenged by the fact that “each one will receive his praise from God”?
  • 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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