Theme: Gripped: Powerful Glory in Fragile Jars Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:7–12 God can powerfully reveal his saving glory in our most seemingly vulnerable times (7a). Why? • The powerful work of salvation belongs to God, not us (7b). • In our suffering for the gospel, the resurrecting life of Jesus manifests itself (8–11). Result: The suffering and dying that the minister of Christ experiences produces life in the recipient (12). Main Idea: We need to allow God to powerfully display his glory in our lives by continuing to trust and obey the gospel no matter the circumstances we are experiencing. Application Questions: • Why has God chosen to reveal his power through our weakness? List biblical examples in which we see this. • How have you seen this displayed in your own life? • What is Paul indicating in v. 11 by the contrasting imagery of alive, death, and the life of Jesus on display in our bodies? How can we apply Paul’s switch from “us” to “you” language in v. 12? What might this teach us about ministering to one another?
November 11, 2018
Church In The Park
November 11, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
March 17, 2019
1 Corinthians 12–13 • March 17, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Corinthians 12–13 Theme: Marks of a Holy Spirit-Indwelt Community Conviction: #3: The Holy Spirit creates a new kind of community that reflects Christ to the world. In 1 Corinthians 12–13, Paul provides us with the following marks of a Holy Spirit-Indwelt Community: 1. Speech consisting of confession rather than cursing (12:1–3). 2. Diverse manifestations of the Spirit’s gifts within the unified body of Christ (12:4–31). a. Our church reflects God as his Spirit has uniquely brought this body of believers together (4–11). b. Just like the human body, our church is diversely unified through the work of the Spirit (12–14). c. Diversity: God has placed each different member of this body in its rightful place (15–20). d. Unity: We as individual members cannot function properly without the rest of the members of the body (21–26). e. Conclusion: God has created this body to picture his Son through its diverse members (27–31). 3. Actions done out of love rather than self-interest (13:1–13). a. Without love, my use of my gifts produces nothing (1–3). b. Love acts in the interests of others rather than reacts to please self (4–7). c. Love endures from the present through eternity while the gifts are only for the here and now (8–13). Main Idea: We as a Spirit-indwelt community reflect Christ to the world by the diverse ways that we serve and love rather than promote self. Application Questions: • In what ways is your speech still characterized by life apart from the Spirit? How does your confession that Jesus is Lord affect the way that you speak to and about others? • According to 12:4–26, what indicates diversity within the church? What indicates unity within the church? How can you individually and we as a church promote unity but also diversity? • How does this type of unified yet diverse body reflect Christ to the world (12:27)? • Why is that our actions need to be characterized by love more than any of the Spirit’s giftings (13:1–3 and 8–13)? What does love in action look like according to 13:4–7? How can you live this out in your service within the church?
Kids March 17, 2019
Unit 18 Session 6 • March 17, 2019
Bible Passage: Malachi 1-4 Main Point: Gold told His people to repent and get ready for Jesus Key Passage: Lamentations 3: 22-23 Big Picture Question: Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not. - Be sure to pick up your Big Picture Cards off the chicken wire display in the hallway - Have you done the Weekly Family Activity Idea from the handout given in class?``1`