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Sermon, Sunday April 24, 2016


Back to Basics

“The Word we study has to be the Word we pray. My personal experience of the relentless tenderness of God came not from exegetes, theologians, and spiritual writers, but from sitting still in the presence of the living Word and beseeching Him to help me understand with my head and heart His written Word. Sheer scholarship alone cannot reveal to us the gospel of grace. We must never allow the authority of books, institutions, or leaders to replace the authority of *knowing* Jesus Christ personally and directly. When the religious views of others interpose between us and the primary experience of Jesus as the Christ, we become unconvicted and unpersuasive travel agents handing out brochures to places we have never visited.”

― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

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Bulletin, Sunday April 24, 2016

Sermon Study Questions: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

  1. Have you ever watched the movie The Passion?  If so, what feelings rose in you?  How real to the truth do you think those images of Jesus’ death were?
  2. If you can, tell of when you first understood the death of Jesus was for you.
  3. What do you think it means, “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”?  Talk about the wording,  a) those who are perishing  and b) those who are being saved. What do you hear, see, feel, notice as you read those two descriptions?
  4. As you read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, notice how many times the word ‘foolish’ is used and in what context.  What does this mean to you?
  5. “Jews look for miracles, and Greeks look for wisdom…”, what do you look for as the ‘sign’ that something is theologically correct or not?  What do you think is the ‘true’ sign that God is at work in your life?