Passage: Ephesians 2:1–10 Theme: The Gospel Believed Conviction #2: God is glorified through Christ as his gospel is proclaimed, believed, and obeyed, transforming the believer to become like Christ. The Gospel Believed: • We are/were dead in our trespasses and sins (1–3). o We walked in the way of this world. o We walked under the control of the ruler of this world. o We lived according to our own fleshly desires. o We deserved the wrath of God. • God made us alive with Jesus Christ (4–7). o Basis: He did this because of his mercy and love toward us. o Actions: He raised us from the dead and seated us with Christ in heaven. o Purpose: He will show his incomparable riches of grace to us in Jesus Christ. Implications: • We are saved by God’s grace through faith (8–9). • We are God’s new creation in Jesus Christ, transforming us to do good works (10). Main Idea: God graciously saves those of us who believe in what he has done for us in Jesus Christ in order to transform us to live like Christ. Application Questions: 1. How does Ephesians 2:1–3 describe us in our spiritual state apart from the work of God? Describe the different things that Paul indicates about people in this spiritual state. Is everyone truly this bad off? 2. According to this text, why did God choose to act toward us? 3. What is it that God has done for us? For what purpose did he do these things? 4. What does the phrase “by grace you are saved through faith” mean? What would happen if salvation came by any other means? 5. Where does “good works” fit into what God is doing in the life of the believer? Are they necessary?
February 17, 2019
Ephesians 2: 1-10
February 17, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • The Gospel Believed
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?
March 10, 2019
The Spirit’s Unified Community • March 10, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Corinthians 3:1–17 Theme: The Spirit’s Unified Community Conviction #3: The Holy Spirit creates a new kind of community that reflects Christ to the world. Four truths concerning God’s work within his church: 1. The Spirit produces unity, not division (3:1–4). 2. The Spirit causes growth through the unified work of his servants (3:5–9). 3. God holds his ministers responsible for building the church people well (3:10–15). 4. The Spirit resides in a unified, set-apart people (3:16–17). Main Idea: The Spirit expects the leaders and members here to pursue unity so that he can build a church that displays his presence, power, and wisdom. Application Questions: • Where do you see unity within the church? Where do you see division? How are you contributing to both the unification and division within this body? How can we ensure that we as a church are promoting unity rather than division? • What are the two analogies that Paul uses to describe the church in vv. 5–9 and 10–15? Identify and discuss the different elements within these two analogies. How has this text, especially vv. 10–15 been misinterpreted and misapplied? What part do you play or piece do you represent in God’s building? How do we as a church build with materials that will last on judgment day? • How may a person destroy God’s temple (v. 17)? According to v. 17, what characterizes God’s temple? What can you do to pursue the things God desires to be displayed in his people?
March 3, 2019
Passage: 1 Corinthians 1-2 • March 3, 2019 • Pastor Josh Kee
Passage: 1 Corinthians 1-2 Title: Conviction 3: A New Community Summary: Many Christians, especially those of us in the west, fail to grasp the incredible gift we have been given in the community of believers. Some see the local church as an optional add-on to their already busy lives. Community is valued so long as our felt needs are satisfied, but is easily discarded should we become dissatisfied. The gospel has caused us to be born into something so much more glorious than this! We have been richly blessed by God with a local community that is meant to serve his work of making us like Christ. God has chosen to glorify himself through the local church. This week we will begin our study on the new kind of community that the Holy Spirit creates when the gospel is believed. Outline: I. A Community Created by God (1:1-2) a. A local community (v. 2) b. A holy community (v. 2) c. A global community (v. 2) II. A Community Bound by Grace (1:3-9) a. Grace brings peace (v. 3) b. Grace enriches its recipients (vv. 4-5) c. Grace is sufficient (v. 7) d. Grace endures (vv. 8-9) III. A Community United in Christ (vv. 10-17) a. Appeal for unity (vv. 10-16) b. The power of the gospel (v. 17) IV. A Community that Boasts in Christ (vv. 18-31) a. The apparent foolishness of the cross (vv. 18-19) b. The wisdom of God (vv. 20-25) c. The boast of the Church (vv. 26-31) V. A Community of Power (2:1-5) a. The weakness of man (vv. 1-4) b. The power of the Spirit (vv. 4-5) VI. A Community Taught by the Holy Spirit (2:6-16) a. The nature of spiritual discernment (vv. 6-13) b. The natural person (v. 14) c. The spiritual person (vv. 15-16) Discussion Questions: 1. How much value do you currently place on the local church? (notice your attendance, your involvement, your attitude, your personal investment, etc.) 2. What are you thankful for in regards to your community of faith? 3. Are you preserving unity in the church with your speech, attitude, and conduct? How might your habits change to help build unity? 4. Is your life marked by humility (if you feel courageous, ask someone close to you)? Where are you quick to complain, slander, judge, etc.? 5. What are you prone to boast in other than God's grace toward you in Christ? 6. As you go to God's word, are you dependent on the Holy Spirit to teach you "the hidden wisdom of God" or on your own understanding? Thank God that he has given you his Spirit to give you spiritual discernment, and that he delights to lead us into truth!