SAINTS ARE ENRICHED IN CHRIST JESUS: 1 Corinthians 1:4-7

OUTLINE

I. IN CHRIST, YOUR PAST LIFE IS PAID FOR BY THE GRACE OF GOD (v. 4)

II. IN CHRIST, YOUR PRESENT LIFE IS PROVIDED FOR BY THE GRACE OF GOD (v. 5-7a)

I) As a saint, you are richly provided for in every way (v. 5a)
II) As a saint, you are enriched in all speech to speak the truth, especially the gospel (v. 5b)
III) As a saint, you are enriched in all knowledge to understand the gospel (v. 5c-6)
IV) As a saint, you are enriched in every gift you need to build up the body of Christ (v. 7a)

III. IN CHRIST, YOUR FUTURE LIFE IS PROMISED BY THE GRACE OF GOD (v. 7b)

QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND DISCUSSION

1. According to verse 4, why does Paul give thanks to God? How frequently does Paul give thanks for the Corinthians? How did the Corinthians receive grace? Who did this grace come through?

2. According to verse 5, in how many ways were the Corinthians enriched in Christ? Was does it mean to be “enriched…in all speech and all knowledge”?

3. Read verse 6. What is “confirmed among” the Corinthians? What is “the testimony about Christ”? Do you personally confirm the testimony about Christ and trust in Him alone or do you still rely on your own works or the works of someone else?

4. For what reason are the saints “enriched…in all speech and knowledge” according to verse 7? What does Paul remind these believers of at the end of verse 7? How should this both sober and encourage you as you use the gifts God has given you to serve Him and His church?

SANCTIFIED IN CHRIST JESUS: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

OUTLINE

I. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN? (v. 2b)

I) To be a Christian means that you have been “sanctified in Christ Jesus.”

  • If you are a Christian, you have been sanctified through being made holy by God with the righteousness of Jesus (1 Cor. 1:2).
  • If you are a Christian, you have been sanctified by being set apart by God Himself for holy service to Him (John 17:19).
  • If you are a Christian, you are being sanctified through being transformed by God the Holy Spirit to be more holy in your thoughts, affections, and actions (1 Pet. 1:2; Phil. 2:12-13)

II) Therefore, to be a Christian means you have received a new identity and are now a “saint.”

II. HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A CHRISTIAN? (v. 2c)

I) A Christian calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy (1 Cor. 1:2c; Luke 18:11-13)

II) A Christian submits to Jesus as Lord (1 Cor. 1:2c; John 14:15)

III. WHAT IS PROMISED TO ME IF I AM A CHRISTIAN? (v. 3)

I) If you are in Christ, you are promised “grace…from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 3)

II) If you are in Christ, you are promised “peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 3)

STUDY AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. According to verse 1, who wrote this letter? What is Paul, and why should these Christians listen to him? How does 1 Thessalonians 2:13 help clarify? Do you accept the word of Jesus’ Prophets and Apostles as the word of men or the word of God?
  2. Who is Paul writing to, according to verse 2? Who does the church belong to? What has God done to the church? What has God effectually called the church to be? Who does the church submit to as Lord?
  3. In verse 3, what does Paul pronounce upon the saints at Corinth? What does grace mean? What does peace mean? According to verse 3, who does grace and peace come from?

CHRIST LOVES HIS MESSY BRIDE: Acts 18:1-11

OUTLINE
I. Because Christ loves His people, He got the gospel to Corinth (vv. 1)
II. Because Christ loves His people, He gave Paul new friends so that he would not grow discouraged as he preached the gospel (vv. 2-4)
III. Because Christ loves His people, He made it so that Paul could preach the gospel everyday (v. 5)
IV. Because Christ loves His people, though many opposed and reviled Paul at first, God overcame their hard hearts and saved them (vv. 6-8)
V. Because Christ loves His people, He protected, commanded, & encouraged Paul so that His people would hear the gospel & be saved (vv. 9-11)

PERSONAL APPLICATION
I)
If you are one of His people, the Lord Jesus Christ will never give up on you
II) Christians grow more slowly than we would like
III) When God reproves, rebukes, and exhorts you through His word, do not be
surprised—He is doing it for your good, so that you may be holy and happy

EVANGELISTIC APPLICATION
I)
Though sinners may oppose and revile you at first, God can overcome their animosity in an instant
II) Nothing can happen to hurt us without the Lord Jesus’ permission
III) You must not give up preaching the gospel, for God surely has many of His people in our cities also

DISCUSSION
1. Read verses 1-4. Where did Paul come from and where did he end up? What happened when he arrived at Corinth and how was this a kindness of God toward Paul? What kind of activity did Paul engage in once he arrived at Corinth? When did he engage in it and what, therefore, is Luke trying to tell us? What can we learn from Paul’s example here?

2. In verse 4, what two verbs are used to describe Paul’s method of
evangelization to these Bible-believing Jews?

3.The NASB translation says, in verse 5, “But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word…” How does this help us understand what Silas and Timothy brought with them when they came to Corinth from Macedonia? How do Philippians 4:15 and 2 Corinthians 11:9 help clarify? What does this teach us concerning the importance of supporting pastors, church planters, and missionaries?

4. According to verse 6, how did the Corinthians initially respond to the preaching of the gospel? How does 1 Corinthians 1:22-23 shine light on why they initially responded in this way? How did Paul then respond to their opposition and reviling? What does Paul mean by, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent”? How does 1 Kings 2:37 help clarify?

5. What happened immediately following Paul saying, “From now on I will go to the Gentiles” according to verses 7-8? How does this highlight the sovereignty of God in saving sinners? How do 1 Corinthians 1:24 and 1 Corinthians 3:7 help clarify what happened here?

6. Read verses 9-11. Why did Jesus appear to Paul in a vision? What can we learn in these verses concerning the Lord Jesus’ love for His people? According to verse 11, how well did Paul know this church that he writes the letter of 1 Corinthians to?

THE CHRISTIANS IMPERISHABLE JOY 2021: 1 Peter 1:6-7

HIS STEADFAST LOVE ENDURES FOREVER: Psalm 100

THE REIGN OF CHRIST AND THE PRAISE OF GOD: Psalm 72


OUTLINE

I. THE REIGN OF CHRIST IS RIGHTEOUS (vv. 1-7)

II. THE REIGN OF CHRIST IS UNIVERSAL (vv. 8-11)

III. III. THE REIGN OF CHRIST IS GENEROUS (vv. 12-14)

IV. THE REIGN OF CHRIST IS EVERLASTING (vv. 15-17)

V. THE REIGN OF CHRIST BRINGS PRAISE & GLORY TO GOD! (vv. 18-19)

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD: Psalm 23

OUTLINE

I. Is the Lord Jesus your Shepherd? Then He will provide everything you need (v. 1b)

II. Is Christ your Shepherd? Then He will give you rest and nourishment (v. 2)

III. Is Jesus your Shepherd? Then He will never abandon you when you wander; He will bring you back when you go astray (v. 3a)

IV. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your Shepherd? Then He will direct your paths in righteousness for His glory (v. 3b)

V. Is Christ your Shepherd? Then He will be with you when you suffer, comforting you so that you may fear no evil (v. 4)

VI. Is Jesus your Shepherd? Then He will protect you from all your enemies and bless you at His table (v. 5)

VII. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your Shepherd? Then He will chase you down with lovingkindness every day until you die (v. 6a)

VIII. Is Christ your Shepherd? Then He has bought you, is providing for you, will protect you and bring you safely to His glorious presence where you will live forever (v. 6b)

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THE HAPPINESS OF SAINTS AND THE MISERY OF SINNERS: Psalm 1

OUTLINE

I. THE HAPPINESS OF SAINTS (vv. 1-3)
I) Would you be happy? Then do not walk in the counsel of the wicked (v. 1a)
II) Would you be happy? Then do not stand in the way of sinners (v. 1b)
III) Would you be happy? Then do not sit in the seat of scoffers (v. 1c)
IV) Would you be happy? Then get a delight in the Scriptures (v. 2a)
V) Would you be happy? Then meditate on the Scriptures day and night (v. 2b)
VI) What are the happy saints like? (v. 3)

II. THE MISERY OF SINNERS (vv. 4-6)
I) What are the wicked like? (v. 4)
II) Those who stand in the way of sinners will not stand in the judgement (v. 5a)
III) Those who walk in the counsel of the wicked will not be in the congregation of the righteous in heaven (v. 5b)
IV) The great difference between saints and sinners (v. 6)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Q1. What does it mean to “walk in the counsel of the wicked”? Can you think of a time in your life when you did this? What was the outcome? What is the opposite of “walking in the counsel of the wicked”?
Q2. What does it mean to “stand in the way of sinners”? Can you think of a time in your life when you did this? What was the outcome? What is the opposite of “standing in the way of sinners”
Q3. What does it mean to “sit in the seat of scoffers”? Can you think of a time in your life when you did this? What was the outcome? What is the opposite of “sitting in the seat of scoffers”
Q4. What does the happy man do according to verse 2? How can you apply this to your daily life? What do you need to change so you can both delight in and meditate on God’s word?
Q5. What is the happy righteous person like according to verse 3? What does David mean?
Q6. What is the miserable wicked person like according to verse 4? What does David mean and how does Matthew 3:12 help?
Q7. What is the outcome for the wicked according to verse 5? What does David mean by each phrase? How should this wake you up out of your sins and propel you toward Christ?
Q8. How does David finish this Psalm in verse 6?

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