A Beautiful Mess: ‘All-In’ (1 Corinthians 1:1-3)

  • Is God’s word inspired? All of it? What about the greeting of a letter?
  • What kind of town was Corinth?
  • What kind of church was the church at Corinth?
  • How can the situation at Corinth be encouraging to us?

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The Corporate Nature of our Calling

  • Who is writing 1 Corinthians? Paul and…?
  • “But his {Sosthenes] calling to obscurity was no less by the will of God than Paul’s call to apostleship and historical significance.” Do you think God has called you to “significance” or “obscurity”?
  • “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
    • Is your identity wrapped up in who you are to the church?
    • Do you consider every role you have to be for the benefit of the body?
    • Is there a part of your life that cannot be for the benefit of the body?

The Corporate Nature of our Context

  • “…called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord…”
  • How does the church have a universal identity?
  • How does the church have a local identity?
  • What are some dangers to not linking these two identities of the church?
  • How can we be “The Church in Hinesville”?
  • What pulls you away from being accountable to a specific group of people?

The Corporate Nature of our Conflict

  • “Paul showed that any Conflict among the Corinthian Church was really Corporate in nature…”
  • How can problems at other churches in Hinesville actually affect us?
  • How can we increase our awareness that conflicts that affect one member of our church affect the whole church?
  • How do you seek someone’s unmerited favor/shalom before addressing a conflict?
  • How do we keep from checking out once we leave the meeting?

Conclusion

  • Are you “all-in”?
  • Have you been tempted to leave your church because of something that’s been difficult?
  • Have you left a church on a bad note?
  • Have you left a church on no note at all?
  • Do you need to stop “dating the church”?

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