1 Corinthians 6.1-11 Follow Up December 18, 2017

In 1 Corinthian 6.1-11 Paul addresses another surprising issue in Corinth: the church member are suing one another! In short, the Corinthians were dealing with their divisions using the world’s wisdom, not the wisdom of Christ. Even though we may not be suing each other, we too struggle with using the world’s wisdom about conflict when it comes to seeking reconciliation in the body of Christ.

Paul answers two possible objections to seeking peace and reconciliation with fellow believers, and then he provides 1 solution:

  1. 2 Objections Answered (verses 1-8)
    1. We are not competent! Paul reminds the Corinthians that they will one day judge the world with Christ. Even though conflict can be complex and difficult, we are capable, in the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, of handling conflict in the church.
    2. It isn’t fair! Paul tells the Corinthians it is better to be defrauded than go to court. Whenever we reconcile we have to give up something we want: a harsh or indifferent spirit, bitterness, revenge, anger, etc.
  2. 1 Solution (verses 9-11)
    1. How can we let go of what we want and be peacemakers with one another? By remembering who we used to be: sinners, and knowing who we are now: washed, sanctified, and justified in the blood of Jesus. Jesus embraced us though we were lost in our sin.

Here are some discussion questions and the order of service from this last Sunday: 1 Cor. 6.1-11 Insert.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

1 Corinthians 4.1-21 Follow Up December 4, 2017

What does cross-centered leadership look like in the local church? In 1 Corinthians chapter 4 Paul gives us a small taste of some of the surprising aspects of what leadership should look like in the local church. Even though we are often tempted to value what the world does in leadership, Paul reminds us in this text that leadership in the church is sometimes going to look very different than it does in the world. This is because we worship and follow a Savior who was crucified and despised by the world.

We looked at 3 surprising things we should value in leadership in the local church:

  1. We should value a leadership who knows about ultimate accountability. Leaders in the church are aware that they are ultimately accountable to God. We should desire leaders who don’t just submit to all of our personal preferences, but who seek to be faithful to God first and foremost.
  2. We should value a leadership who is willing to suffer for the Gospel. Sometimes we want our leaders to be successful by the world’s standards because we too want to be successful in that way. Gospel ministry, however, will sometimes involve suffering.
  3. We should value a leadership who encourages and warns. Leaders should encourage us with their godly example, and also should be willing to warn us about sin. We should seek leaders who will hold us accountable in the church.

To help you in your reflection this week, discussion questions and details from Sunday’s order of worship are included below:

1 Cor. 4.1-21 Notes


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

1 Corinthians 3.16-23 Follow Up November 27, 2017

On Sunday we looked at 3 more characteristics of a mature/wise Christian. In 1 Cor. 3.16-23 Paul lays out 3 things that mature Christians should not do.

  1. Don’t destroy the temple. The temple is the church! As God’s people with His Holy Spirit living within us, we are God’s temple, so we should do nothing to destroy that temple.
  2. Don’t deceive yourselves. The world’s wisdom can be very deceptive because it sounds good and is often presented by impressive people in the world. In order to avoid being deceived Paul calls us to focus on the cross and remember that while we may be able to deceive ourselves, we cannot deceive God.
  3. Don’t discount God’s blessings. The world’s wisdom brings false promises, but Paul reminds us that “all things” are ours in Christ. We must never forget that God’s blessings are better than the temporary “blessings” the world’s wisdom promises.

Below are some discussion questions and the order of service from this Sunday to help you as you reflect this week.

1 Cor. 3.16-23 Notes


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

1 Corinthians 3.1-15 Follow Up November 20, 2017

In 1 Corinthians 3.1-15 Paul encourages the Corinthians to mature in the faith, and then tells them what maturity looks like. Often as Christians we think we are mature in the Lord, but we can easily overlook some of the key aspects of maturity that the Bible speaks of. On Sunday we saw three characteristics of spiritual maturity in the local church:

  1. A Mature Church Fights Against Strife.
  2. A Mature Church Values Leader’s Diversity and Unity.
  3. A Mature Church Values Eternal Building Materials.

Below are the sermon notes from Sunday’s bulletin. This includes some discussion questions based on the text, and also includes our order of worship from Sunday in case you want to look back at some of the Scripture references and songs we used as we worshiped the Lord together.

1 Cor. 3.1-15 Notes

I pray you all have a happy Thanksgiving!


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

Family Worship Resources November 20, 2017

On Sunday we finished up our Growth Class on Family Worship. We ended by recommending a number of resources that might help guide you in bringing God’s Word to your family. As promised, here is the list of resources we mentioned in the class.

Family Worship Resources


-Pastor Nathan Hogan