To the Married [1 Corinthians 7:10-16]

Good morning! Today is Friday, October 19th, 2018. In our reading today Paul addresses those who are married. Today we have almost become numb to married couples divorcing and separation. Those who are married must strive in every way to seek reconciliation. Christians must strive to seek reconciliation. This is why marriage is not something to be enter into lightly. Paul is not speaking to abusive relationships, but to those who have come to saving grace while their spouse has not. This can be hard as their two world views clash. Paul wishes encourage the believers and ultimately just as Christ loved the church and did not forsake us we should not so quickly abandon our spouse, but pray for them that they may come to know His grace.

- Austin

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 7:10-16]
10 
To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband 11 (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

12 To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. 13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. 16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_
In vs.10-11 What should husbands and wives do?
_ In vs.12 What should a man with and unbelieving wife do?
_ In vs. 13 What should a woman with an unbelieving husband do?
_ In vs. 14 What are the unbelieving spouses made by their husbands/wives
_ In vs. 15 what does Paul say to do if the unbelieving spouse leaves?
_ In vs. 16 What do they not know?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Covenantal Submissiveness is Sexy [1 Corinthians 7:1-5]

Good morning! Today is Wednesday, October 17th, 2018. Paul continues his letter to the Corinthians addressing sex in marriage. Sexual purity does not mean celibacy within marriage. Paul is advocating for a very serious and intimate submissiveness to our spouse in marriage. Paul desires husbands and wives to take every action possible to keep away from immoral sexual behavior. Sex should never be used as leverage inside or outside of marriage. In today’s reading we will discover how intimate submission by BOTH spouses in covenant keeping marriage allows us to deepen our love for Christ and keep our eyes upon our savior.  - Max

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 7:1-5]
1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. 3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_
What were the matters the Corinthians wrote about?(v.1)
_ What does Paul say a man or woman should have? Because of what temptation?(v.2)
_ What should the husband give over to his wife? The wife to her husband? (v.3)
_ Who has authority over the husband’s body? Who has Authority over the wife’s? (v.4)
_ What is Paul’s command in v.5? What is the one exemption Paul makes? (v.5)

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_ Is there any sexual sin in your life regardless of whether you’re married or single?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Flee Sexual Immorality [1 Corinthians 6:12-20]

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday October 16 2018. Today we are looking a passage where Paul is addressing the church and trying to impress upon them how vastly important sexual purity is. The Corinthians were getting into a dangerous mindset believing that in the freedom and grace of Christ they could act however they liked sexually. Paul wanted the church to understand that the act of sex is nothing to be taken lightly. Paul reminds them that one day, just as Christ was raised from the dead, so too will the church. If our bodies are being redeemed now and also in the future then what we do in these bodies now matters. In fact our bodies are a temple where the Spirit of God now resides. We were bought with the price of Christ’s death which has justified and sanctified us. With that knowledge we should glorify God with our bodies in everything we do.

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 6:12-20]
12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ What is Lawful, What is helpful? 12
_ What is the stomach for? What is food for? Vs 13
_ What is the body for? What is the Lord for? Vs 13
_ What will God raise up? Vs 14
_ What are our bodies? Vs 15
_ What happens to “he who is joined to the Lord”? Vs 17
_ What should our response to sexual immorality? Vs 18
_ What is within us? Vs 19
_ What should we do? Vs 20

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Do You Know About Your Inheritance? [1 Corinthians 6:9-11]

A belated Happy Monday to you. Today is October 15 2018. If you found out that you had a long lost relative who left you a fortune how would you react? Would you go about life as usual or would you celebrate? Paul continues in his letter to the Corinthians addressing them that what they believe is not being reflected in their lives. What hope do we bring to those outside the Church if we are no different? If we, just like the Corinthians, know what our future holds in the Kingdom of God then our present lives should be affected by that knowledge. The grace of God is abounding but this grace does not justify all actions. Paul cautions the church to not be deceived. We have been redeemed by Christ. Out of that redemption come a new life, a changed life. When God’s spirit gives us new life it is impossible to remain unchanged. - Austin

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 6:9-11]
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ What will the unrighteous not inherit in Vs 9?
_ What does Paul want the Corinthians not to be in Vs 9?
_ What does Paul list in Vs 9-10?
_ What were the Corinthians before in Vs 11?
_ What are the Corinthians now in Vs 11?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Lawsuits Against Believers [1 Corinthians 6:1-8]

It is Friday, October 11.  In today’s reading, Paul addresses yet another problem occurring in the church at Corinth; brothers in the faith bringing lawsuits against one another to those outside the family of God.  Paul continues to admonish, but also encourages the "baby believers" by reminding them they are saints now that they are found "in Christ" – Chris Adomanis

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 6:1-8]
1
When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ Chapters 3 through 6 deal with several different issues.  What do you think is the root cause(s) for the problems that are occurring in the church at Corinth so far?
_ Compare and contrast 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 to Jesus' teaching in Matthew 18:15-17.  Have you ever seen or can you think of an example where either of the Scriptures listed was or could be actually used?
_ Is Paul stating there is no place for civil authorities in the life of Christians in these verses?  Why or why not?
_ What does Paul mean by saying "why not rather suffer wrong" in verse 7?  See Philippians 2: 3-4

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_ Notice how Paul mixes admonishment with encouragement in this section of Scripture.  It's a great teaching technique. Is there anyone in your life where you can be like Paul to them, by speaking the truth in love? Pray for the Lord's wisdom in that situation and stand firmly on the Word of God.

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Brother and Sister Accountability [1 Corinthians 5:9-13]

It is Thursday, October 11th, 2018. Today we find the church in Corinth dealing with a major offense from a member of its body.  We’re in a culture that tells us “don’t judge”. But does the Word really say that? In this passage, Paul establishes guidance for dealing with unrepentant sin in the church. - Amy

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[ 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 ]
9
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Look back at 1 Corinthians 5:1-5. What immoral act was going on that the church was not adequately handling? What were Paul’s instructions for dealing with this act?
_ In the context of this passage, what does the word “judgement” mean?
_ What are the instructions for judging open sin in someone who calls themselves a brother or sister in Christ versus someone who is in this world and does not know Christ?
_ Look back at v. 6-8. Why is accepting these types of sin detrimental to the church body?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Sexual immorality and accountability [1 Corinthians 5:1-8]

Today is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  In this section of his letter, Paul address the heinous sexual sins that are present in the church.  Such sin is not only destructive to those involved but also to the church.  Paul finishes in verse eight with a word of hope, Christ the Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us, so let us put aside our sinful ways and rejoice in the life we have in Jesus. - Jon

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 5:1-8]
1
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. 3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Why would the church be arrogant? (v. 2)
_ On what authority does Paul have to pass judgement on this individual? (v.3)
_ What does Paul mean by "deliver this man to Satan"? (v.5)
_ Are we to consider individuals who participate in sexual sin as eternally lost? (v.5)
_ How can unaddressed sin of a church member impact the broader church? (v.6-7)
_ What hope does Paul gives us in verses 7-8.

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Fathers in Christ and Imitation [1 Corinthians 4:14-21]

Happy Tuesday, Oct 9 2018. It can be very easy in todays world to merely tell others what they should do. We’ve all seen the classic dialogue when a child asks “Why?” and the parent responds with “Because I said so, thats why!”. It is easy to just give instructions. Paul however is trying to remind the Corinthians that our lives should be imitating Christ in both words and deeds. Just as a parent imitates for their children what they hope they grow up to be, so should we as Christians to those we raise up. So the old saying “Do as I say, not as I do.” becomes “Do as I say, because of what I do.” - Austin

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 4:14-21]
14 
I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. 17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. 18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Why does Paul write? (Verse 14)
_ What do the corinthians have countless numbers of? What is Paul? (Verse 15)
_ Who should we imitate? (Verse 16)
_ Who did Paul send and why? (Verse 17)
_ What does the kingdom of God consist in? (Verse 20)

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_ Are you merely guiding people in Christ with talk or are you imitating Christ in power?
_ What can you do today to imitate Christ in action not in just your talk?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Servants? Or Kings? [1 Corinthians 4:8-13]

Greetings to you on this Monday, Oct 8 2018.  Walking verse by verse through God’s Word is a blessing.  In a google-centric world where we can always find a sermon, a good word, or an article to support our point of view, it is wonderful for God to speak His truth to us in His timing.  The Scripture today made me look closely at who, at times, I put on the throne and what I expect as a result. Thankful for God’s grace! - Kim

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 4:8-13] 8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! 9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Mark 10:44-46 says, “and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Why might this passage be significant as Paul continues his letter to the Corinthian church about true apostleship? What element of true apostleship might be missing in Corinth?
_ As Paul continues this section in verses 8-13, what tone of voice would you expect from his words?
_ What does verse 8 infer about the lifestyle chosen by or expected from Corinthian believers?
_ Paul makes many contrasts in this section between the believers in Corinth and apostles, servants of Christ. Look for one in verse 8 and three contrasts in verse 10.

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_ How does Paul describe his life and the life of those who are genuinely living as servants of Christ?

Make a list of the strong verbs he uses to describe his life.
How does he use contrast again in verse 12-13?  
Look also for his use of simile in verse 13.
What surprises you about your answers from the last question?
Contemplate your place in these contrasts...at work, with a family member, in a relationship. Which side is most comfortable?  
How hard is it to step out of an entitlement mindset into one of a servant?  
Which side does God, through Paul, tell us is the side of obedience?  

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Who We Are in Christ [1 Corinthians 4:1-7]

Happy Friday, October 5, 2018. In today’s passage, Paul helps us to understand part of our identity in Christ. Let God’s word guide you today and show you how He wants to develop your view of yourself and others. - Luke

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 4:1-7]
1 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God. 6 I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?


+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Who are we to Christ according to this passage? (v 1-2)
_ Who judges us, and whose judgement matters? (v 3-4)
_ How will God judge us? (v 5)
_ What role should scripture play in the lives of servants of Christ, including Christian leaders? (v 6)
_ What point was Paul making with his rhetorical questions in v 7?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Let No One Boast in Men [1 Corinthians 3:18-23]

Today is Thursday, October 4th, 2018. Good morning! This section of 1st Corinthians Paul is unashamedly juxtaposing human wisdom and God’s wisdom, human strength and God’s strength. To be in Christ is to acknowledge that we are profoundly limited in our abilities. In this section Paul reiterates how men’s wisdom is futile compared to God’s wisdom. I hope and pray your week is going well!

grace + peace,
Joey

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 3:18-23]
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What is it that might deceive us in v.18?
_ What do you think the “wisdom of the world” is that Paul is referring to in v.20?
_ What is the main point Paul is making in these verses and this section in v.21a (read back through 1.10-17 and chapter 2)?
_ In Paul’s conclusion what could he mean that “all things are ours” in v.21b-23?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Use any of these questions as guide)
_ How is your heart connectivity with Jesus, are you abiding in the vine, what is your next step?
_ How are you spiritually leading in your areas of influence (family, friends, spouse, children) is there a next step this week?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

A Bodily Temple Declared Holy [1 Corinthians 3:16-17]

Today is Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018. Good morning! Today we will see the Gospel displayed in a very personal and intimate manner. We will see Paul make clear that there is an expression of the Gospel to be seen in both our personal stewardship of our own bodies, as well as the body of Christ that we are incorporated into. The way we steward both bodies will either do well to showcase the radical transformation the Gospel causes on anything it touches, or help a testimony be viewed as weak or false.

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 3: 16-17]
16 Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_What does Paul say the Corinthians are? Where does God’s Spirit dwell? (v.16-17). (Reference Galatians 2:20)
_What will God do to anyone who destroys His temple? (v.17)
_What is God’s temple described as? (v.17)
_What are you? What are we? (v.17)
_What of verse 16 recognizes the Gospel as the catalyst in believers being declared a temple of God? Please use the following verses as reference. (Romans 8:9)

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_Do you believe that you/we are the temple of God?
_Do you treat yourself/others as if God’s Spirit dwells in you/them?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Building on Christ [ 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 ]

Today is Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018. We expand on the last idea from yesterday, where Paul said that we are “God’s building” and look at how we can partner in His work.

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 3:10-15]
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilledmaster builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What enabled Paul to lay a foundation? (v. 10)
_ Why does he use the metaphor of being a master builder and laying foundations? What does it mean?
_ What is the foundation that is laid? How can a foundation be a person? Why does Paul say we cannot lay another foundation?  (v. 11)
_ What will reveal what type of work we have laid on the foundation? (v. 12-13)
_What is given to the one whose work remains? (v. 14)
_ What comfort is there for the person whose work is burned? (v. 15)

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_How do we build with gold and silver and precious stones upon the foundation of Christ? What might that look like?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Divisions in Following Humans [1 Corinthians 3:1-9]

It is Monday, October 1st, 2018.  In today’s reading, Paul addresses the church in their divisions and reminds them of who we all follow. It can be verse easy to follow a specific identity within our faith (a favorite author, speaker, theologian). It can also be very easy to turn away from or pass judgement on a brother or sister who likes one of these identities whom we dislike or disagree with. We must not let a differing of opinions and tastes in leadership be what divides us. We all follow Christ – Austin

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 3:1-9]
 3 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What kind of people does Paul Address them as in verse 1?
_ What did Paul feed them with in verse 2?
_ What is Paul explanation for this in verse 3?
_ Who are some of the people who the Corinthians follow in verse 4?
_ Who gives growth in verse 7?
_ How does Paul describe the Corinthians in verse 9?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Wisdom from the Spirit [1 Corinthians 2:6-16]

It is Friday, September 28th, 2018.  In today’s reading, Paul continues to contrast worldly wisdom (the wisdom of this age or the wisdom of men) with the “secret and hidden wisdom of God”.  This section of Scripture introduces us to the theological concept known as The Illumination of the Holy Spirit – Chris Adomanis

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 2:6-16]
6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Who are the “mature” in verse 6?
_ What wisdom is Paul referring to in verses 6 and 7?  (Hint; see verse 2)!!!
_ How is God's wisdom "secret" and "hidden" (verse 7)?  Contrast this with Deuteronomy 30:11-14. Is there a contradiction here?
_ How does verse 9 tie into what Paul states in verse 6-8?
_ How does one “get” the wisdom, the depths, the thoughts of God found in verses 10-13?
_ How does one translate from being a natural person with earthly wisdom to a spiritual person with the mind of Christ?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
_One of the issues Paul faced in Corinth were believers who thought they had spiritually "arrived" due to their conversion, yet their behavior had not changed much since their "pagan days".  Confront any long standing sin you've been struggling with, confess it to the Lord and rely on His mercy and grace for forgiveness.  Then, find a close friend who will help keep you accountable in moving toward victory over this area in your life.

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Our Message - Christ Crucified, the power of God [ 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 ]

Thursday, September 27, 2018. Today we see Paul bringing a message that in many ways would seem counter cultural in this age (and did in his age too). -Amy

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 2:1-5]
1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What is Paul’s approach to teaching Christ crucified? (V 2)
_ What does “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” mean? (V 4)
_ Why does Paul recommend spreading the message of the Gospel in this way?
_ How do you prevent your faith from resting in the wisdom of men? (V 5)
_ Look back at 1 Corinthians 1:28-31. How does this feed into the passage above?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

The Wisdom and Power of God [ 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 ]

Today is Wednesday, September 26th, 2018. In this passage, Paul boldly addresses the power of the cross for the believer and its folly for those who have turned away.  The Jews wanted to see signs and the Gentiles wanted a great orator to persuade them of the truth. Paul reveals that God has called people who were not impressive, by the worlds standards, so that the power and wisdom of God could not be mistaken for human competency.  Everything we have received (Righteousness, sanctification, and redemption) we have received from Christ, so let us boast in our great Savior. - Jon  

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as guide when you connect with the Community or Group that your facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 1:18-31]
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God 19For it is written “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise?  Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 So that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became sanctification and redemption, 31 So that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ Why is the Gospel folly to those who are perishing (v 18)
_ What did the Jews demand and what do the Greeks seek? What is a stumbling block to Jew and folly to gentiles? (v 22+23)
_ What is your calling? (v 26)
_ Why does Paul say that the wise must be shamed? (v 27)
_ How does Paul say we should boast? (v 31)
_ What do we learn about the character of God in this passage?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_ Do you demand signs and seek wisdom or do you preach Christ crucified?
_ Do you boast in your own wisdom or the wisdom of God?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Divisions in the Church [ 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 ]

Today is Tuesday, September 25th, 2018. This morning in this passage Paul addresses and detests the division among believers in who they claim allegiance to.  -Evan

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as guide when you connect with the Community or Group that your facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[1 Corinthians 1:10-17]
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What does Paul desire the Corinthians community to look like in verse 11?
_ Who are the different figures the Corinthians are following in verse 12? Why?
_ What is wrong with people claiming “I follow Christ”? How does Paul address this in Verse 13?
_ How does Paul react to this news of quarreling?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
_ Who or what do you follow?
_ Have you ever caught yourself doing the very thing Paul is addressing?
_ Why is it important to follow in the example Paul gives?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Thankful for Growing Community in Jesus [ 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 ]

Today is September 24th, 2018. This morning we begin our in-depth study of Paul’s continuing relationship with the Corinthian church.  Jesus leads Paul to address real and essential issues in the church as he disciples the body in Corinth. We will see Paul speak gracefully about his authority as an apostle, the holiness of God and His church, and how the unity in the church should reflect the unified Godhead. Paul’s spirit of thankfulness in the midst of the mission can’t be missed! - Kim

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[ 1st Corinthians 1.1-9 ]
Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Think about the last time you wrote a letter.  How did you begin? (v 1)
_ Why did Paul find it necessary to add “called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus?
_ To whom is Paul writing this letter or epistle?  What specific and unifying attributes does this group have? Why is this important? (v 2)
_ What words in verse 3 make it apparent that the words that will follow are not just Paul’s?  
 _What key blessings come with the words? (v 3)
_ How do the words “I give thanks to my God always for you…” resonate with you and those you are discipling?
 _ What convicts you about these words? (v 4)
_ What specific gifts were/are given to the Lord’s people when Christ is confirmed in them?  See verses 5, 6, 7
_ What promises do believers see in verses 7 and 8?  What verbs surprised you in verse 7 and 8?
_ How does Paul point to the power and the mission focus of the words that will follow in his inspired letter? (v 9)

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

[2 Corinthians 7-13]

Today is Friday, September 21th, 2018. This week we begin our new study on 1st + 2nd Corinthians titled “Of Vertigo and Love”. In this series we get a window into a church that was in a state of vertigo as her loves had become disordered. Through the letters, the Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, works through each situation the church is facing by applying the gospel resulting in a reordering of our loves and lives that are firmly planted in the soil of grace.

In preparation for this series, this week we reading the entire two letters this week to surface some of the meta themes and threads! Today we are reading chapters 7-13 of 2nd Corinthians.

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (In large group)

[ 2nd Corinthians chapters 7-13 ]

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ What is Paul encouraged by in Chapter 7?
_ What does Paul save about giving in Chapters 8 & 9?
_ What does Paul boast in in Chapter 10?
_ Who are False Apostles in Chapter 11?
_ What does Paul want the Corinthians to know in Chapter 12?
_ What does Paul want them do to before he returns?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)