1 Corinthians 1.4-17 Follow Up October 2, 2017

In 1 Cor. 1.4-17 Paul begins to deal with the the lack of unity in the church of Corinth. The church was experiencing divisions in numerous ways. For example, groups in the church were picking their favorite personalities (Paul, Apollos, Peter, or even Jesus) and dividing with the church over their preferences for the personalities or styles of these leaders. The Corinthians illustrate the tendency we all have to focus on external things in our leaders rather than the Gospel message that they bring, and that unites us in Christ.

On Sunday we looked at 2 things Paul does to encourage unity in the church of Corinth:

  1. He models unity. Paul does this by thanking the Lord for who the Corinthians are in Christ. If we want to experience unity we also need to model unity ourselves by thanking the Lord for the church, and telling our brothers and sisters in the Lord how thankful we are for them.
  2. He commands unity. Paul especially does this in verse 10 which will be a key verse for the book of 1 Corinthians.

Here are some discussion questions from the bulletin: 1 Cor. 1.4-17 Notes.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

1 Corinthians 1.1-3 Follow Up September 25, 2017

This last Sunday we started a new series on the book of 1 Corinthians. We took some time to study Paul’s greeting to the church in the city of Corinth. We learned a bit of background about Corinth and saw that there are a number of similarities with our modern day culture in Souther California!

Paul spends most of his time in this greeting reminding the Corinthians (and us) who we are in Christ. Paul wants to remind them of their identity before he tells them how to live. The two things Paul wants the Corinthians to remember are:

  1. To whom they belong. They belong to Christ as a holy people.
  2. With whom they walk. They walk with the church that is comprised of all those who call on the name of the Lord.

These two identities will surface again and again in the book of 1 Corinthians as Paul addresses various specific issues that the Corinthians were struggling with, and that we often struggle with as well.

Here are some discussion questions that were in the bulletin on Sunday: 1 Cor. 1.1-3 Notes.

I am excited to learn from this book together as a church.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

Matthew 7.28-29 Follow Up September 18, 2017

This last Sunday we finished our series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Our journey through this sermon has been convicting, encouraging, and awe-inspiring. I pray that God has used this series in your life.

On Sunday we looked at how the crowds reacted to Jesus’ sermon in 7.28-29. They reacted with amazement at Jesus’ authority that was strikingly different than the authority of other speakers and teachers they had heard. We reviewed some of the Sermon on the Mount in order to see the profound claims of authority that Jesus made. We also saw that simply being amazed at Jesus’ authority is not the response he calls for. We are called to obey and follow Jesus, for his authority is gracious and loving.

We made 2 main points on how to respond to the Sermon on the Mount:

  1. Recognize Jesus’ authority.
  2. Respond with more than astonishment.

The Sermon on the Mount ends by focusing on who Jesus is and the authority that he has. We cannot get to the lofty ethics found within this sermon without going through Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life.

Here are the discussion questions from Sunday’s bulletin: Matt. 7.28-29 Notes.

Next Sunday we will begin a series on the book of 1 Corinthians!


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

Matthew 7.12-27 Follow Up September 11, 2017

On Sunday we looked at Jesus’ conclusion to the Sermon on the Mt. in Matthew 7.12-27. Jesus called us to choose to follow Christ, and to examine our lives to make sure that we really are following Jesus. We ultimately have 2 choices in life: the way of Jesus, or the way of the world. Jesus explained these stark alternatives by using 4 illustrations that we examined on Sunday:

  1. 2 Ways.
  2. 2 Trees.
  3. 2 Claims.
  4. 2 Houses.

Through these illustrations Jesus encourages us when the road is hard, as he reminds us that we should expect it to be difficult. And for those who are not yet following Jesus, these illustrations cry out for us to choose this day whom we will serve! May God give us the grace to follow our Lord, Jesus!

Here are the discussion questions from Sunday’s bulletin: Matt. 7.12-27 Notes.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

Matthew 7.7-11 Follow Up August 28, 2017

This last Sunday we looked at Matthew 7.7-11 where Jesus commands us to ask, seek, and knock, and our Heavenly Father will give us good gifts. Jesus commands us to keep seeking the Lord in prayer, because only through His power can we be the Kingdom people that we are called to be as new creatures in Christ. We will seek the Lord in prayer the more we truly believe that our Heavenly Father gives us good gifts. While we may struggle to believe that God’s gifts are always good, we are called to have faith in this wonderful truth.

In the sermon we saw that as kingdom people we must:

  1. Continue in prayer.
  2. Count on on our Heavenly Father.

Here are the discussion questions from Sunday’s bulletin: Matt. 7.7-11 Notes.

Next Sunday we will take a week off from the Sermon on the Mt as Steve Sammons, one of our church’s missionaries, will be preaching.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan