Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together.
You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body.
- Read 1 Corinthians 1:20-31, paying careful attention to verses 26-31 from which the sermon this Sunday will be based. Review your sermon notes from last week or listen to the sermon online to renew your mind in the context of this passage.
- What are the key words of vs. 26-31? What does Paul say about the recipients? What does he say God has done? What does he record as the reasons for which God has done these things?
- List the comparisons and contrasts from this passage. Why are the ideas of verses 27-28 so counterintuitive to our natural mindset?
- Summarize this passage in your own words in one sentence. Now, in a separate sentence, summarize this passage in terms of your own life, relationship with the Lord, and spiritual growth.
- The Sermon Study equipping class notes are available online for anyone wanting to dig deeper. Please review this week's notes to help study this passage.
- Reflect on your view of those whom you would consider “wise”, also “foolish”. What makes you think of people in those terms? Consider whether your view falls more in line with this passage or with our culture.
- Reflect on your own embrace of the gospel and how you view yourself as well as how you view the nonbelievers around you. Do your views match this passage? How do your views influence how, when, and if you communicate the gospel to those around you?
- How should we engage with the gospel those who do make up the "wise," "powerful," and "noble" in our culture? Why don't we see more of them converted to Christ?
- What is the end goal for which God effects the kind of conversion to Christ talked about in this passage? How do you see this end goal at work in your responses to salvation?
- Were there any convictions from last week’s sermon on the previous passage that have remained unaddressed in application? Make a plan for action.
- Repent of any sin that came to light during prayerful meditation on this passage.
- Consider how you could incorporate this passage in your evangelism. Plan to have an intentional conversation with someone this week over the gospel.
- Follow the links below to the lyrics and recordings of the songs planned for our gathering this Sunday; sing through the songs while being mindful of the lyrics.
- Pray for those leading our corporate gathering this week and for the Holy Spirit’s work as the Word of God is further explained and applied: Dawson Bryant: music; Brett Harris: Elders' prayer and Scripture reading; Bret Capranica: teaching.
Songs for Sunday
- O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
- How Rich a Treasure We Possess
- I Will Glory in My Redeemer
- Come and Stand Before Your Maker
- How Deep the Father's Love for Us