Sermon Bible Study Guides

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 - March 16th 2018

Of First Importance

Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

  1. What does Paul want to remind his readers of? Why does he want to do that?
  2. What does he consider of first importance?
    1. What are the components of this message that he delievers?
  3. Why is the appearance of Jesus to so many people so important?
  4. Why is it important that Jesus appeared to Paul himself?
    1. Why does Paul consider himself unworthy to be called an apostle?
    2. Despite this, why is he an apostle?
  5. How had Paul responded to God’s grace in his life?
  6. Has that made a difference in his ministry versus the other apostles? What has been the purpose of all their ministries?

Application

  1. Why do the Corinthians need to remember that the gospel is of first importance? How should this inform the conflicts in the Corinthian church?
  2. Why do they need to be reminded that Paul and the other apostles are all qualified to teach this gospel? How should this inform the way they relate to each other in the church?
  3. How should we think about our own unity as a church? What is it centered on?
  4. Paul speaks a lot about the resurrection. What importance do you give to the resurrection in your daily Christian life?
  5. How do you respond to the grace of God in your life? How do you respond when you feel undeserving of it?
in Mark

Mark 8:22-9:1 - March 9th 2018

Who do you say Jesus is?

Read Mark 8:22-9:1

  1. What conversation had Jesus and his disciples been having immediately previous to this passage? What had Jesus asked them?
  2. What happens in the first section of this passage? (v. 22-26)
    1. How does Jesus perform this miracle? What is unusual about it?
  3. What questions does Jesus ask his disciples? (answer them for yourself)
  4. What does Peter's answer mean? (what does Christ/messiah mean?)
  5. Consider v.31-9:1, does Paul understand who Jesus is? How does this compare to the story of the blind man in the verses before? What is missing from Peter's understanding?
  6. Why "must the Son of man suffer many things and... be killed, and after three days rise again"?
  7. What does Jesus say is absolutely necessary to following him? (Consider each phrase, it's meaning, and what that might be lived out)

Application

  1. How does Jesus miracle relate to spiritual realities? What does it show us?
  2. Who do you confess Jesus to be? What does that mean?
  3. Is the answer to that question important? If so why?
  4. How can we follow after Jesus? What does it mean to deny yourself and take up your cross?
  5. What things are you tempted to want to gain in this world? How do they relate to following Jesus?
  6. In what ways are you ashamed of Jesus? What should we do?

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