January 24, 2011
A sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany. Paul appeals to the Corinthians to end the divisions amongst themselves.
Sermon Talking Points: Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com Listen to audio at: https://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com
1. Read the letters of 1 & 2 Corinthians. Identify the doctrinal and moral struggles they faced. What similar challenges does the church today face, both in matters of doctrine and morality?
2. Despite all their sins and controversies, how does Paul address the people of this church? 1 Cor. 1:2 On what grounds could he call them this? How is the same true for us?
3. What kind of factionalism was developing within the Corinthian church? What are examples of the same today?
4. What is the ground for Paul’s appeal for unity? What is the strength of this appeal? What greater unity did it call them to recognize? How do we know that the body of Christ is truly not divided, despite external appearances? How is this an article of faith, not sight? 1 Cor. 1:13; Matt. 16:18. John 10:14-16.
5. Describe unity of voice and mind. What it means and doesn’t mean. See 1 Cor. 1:10; Rom. 15:5-6; Phil. 1:27-2:7.
6. What is the difference between (necessary) divisions over truth (ex. Luke 12:51; John 7:43; 9:16; 10:19; Romans 16:17; 1 Cor. 11:18) and (unnecessary) divisiveness (ex. 1 Cor. 1:10-13; Gal. 5:20; 1 Tim. 1:3-7; Titus 3:10; Jude 19)? What is the difference in motivation behind each?
7. How is our new identity and name in Christ the source of reconciliation? Gal. 3:26-28; Col. 3:11; Rev. 2:17; 3:12. How does the cross re-center our loyalties? What is the ministry of reconciliation begun at the cross? 2 Cor. 5
January 25, 2010
Sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:27
Sermon Talking Points:
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**The sermon today is adapted from a Life Sunday sermon from Lutheran’s for Life, by Rev. Mark Barz.
- Why is the statement “Who are we to judge another’s decision?” a fatally flawed statement from a logical point of view? What other immoral actions could be protected under this same logic? Abuse, slavery, theft, deviant behavior, drunk driving, etc.
- Considering over 50 million children have been killed by abortion in the last 37 years in the U.S. alone (not to mention worldwide!!), who might these lost children have been? What contributions of knowledge, love, joy, and friendship have been lost to society?
- Does the status of being dependent change the value of a human life? This logic extends to the infant outside the womb, to children, to the aged, to the infirm or disable. Dependence does not change the value of life. Even Jesus was dependent, humanly speaking, on his mother from conception through childhood.
- How does Scripture speak of unborn life? Psalm 22:9-10; 51:5; 71:6; Psalm 139; Jeremiah 1:4-10; Luke 1:15, 39-45; etc.
- Whose body is it? 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 12; Rom. 14:7-8; 2 Cor. 5:14-15
- How is the story of Jesus the ultimate “crisis pregnancy?” What did this body, the body of Christ accomplish for our redemption? How does that join us together in fellowship and concern for one another?
- What is the true source of peace and healing and forgiveness for those who’ve gone through abortion? How can we spread Christ’s mercy to them? Visit www.lutheransforlife.org for more resources
March 20, 2009
Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, about preaching Christ crucified.
Sermon Talking Points:
1. How is the cross foolishness to the Gentiles (world) and a stumbling block (scandal) to the Jews?
2. Why is the call of the church and of preachers to “preach Christ crucified?” Why won’t a substitute message suffice? Consider this criteria for a Christian sermon: “Did Christ need to die on the cross in order for this to be true/to happen?”
3. What is wisdom in the eyes of the world? What is the mindset of a “theologian of glory?” A “theologian of the cross?”
4. Look at the life of Job. How does his dialogue with his friends and eventually with God, bring out the contrast between a theology of glory and a theology of the cross?
5. How has God’s foolishness and weakness at the cross proved wiser and stronger than men?
6. How has the lowness of our own calling (in worldly standards) again proved God’s wisdom and strength?