4/26/15 – The Outpouring of our Response to the Gospel

The Outpouring of our Response to the Gospel

John Stange

1 Corinthians 16:12-24

I. Responding to the Gospel with Action (v. 12-14)

II. Responding to the Gospel with Devotion (v. 15-18)

John 13:5-7 –  5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”

III. Responding to the Gospel with Union (v. 19-24)

4/19/15 – Living as Christ Leads Us

Living as Christ Leads Us

John Stange 

1 Corinthians 16:1-11

I. Give as the Lord prospers you (v. 1-4)

Philippians 4:18 –  I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

II. Walk through the doors He opens for you (v. 5-9)

Ephesians 5:15-16 – 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

James 4:13-15 – 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

III. Help those who sacrificially serve you (v. 10-11)

1 Timothy 5:23 – No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.

4/12/15 – We Will Be Changed

We Will Be Changed

John Stange

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

I. Ponder the mystery (v. 50-53)

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 – For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Revelation 1:10 – I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet

II. Celebrate the victory (v. 54-57)

Hebrews 2:14-15 – Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

III. Serve steadfastly (v. 58)

4/5/15 – The Resurrected Body

The Resurrected Body

John Stange

1 Corinthians 15:35-49

I. A body of a different glory (v. 35-41)

II. A body that’s imperishable (v. 42-44)

2 Corinthians 4:17 – For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

III. A body in the image of Jesus (v. 45-49)

1 John 3:2 – Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

John 20:27 – Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”

3/29/15 – In Christ We Have All that We Truly Need

In Christ We Have All that We Truly Need

John Stange

1 Corinthians 15:20-34

I. In Christ we have life (v. 20-23)

Luke 7:11-17 – 11 Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.

John 3:3-7 – Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered,“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

II. In Christ we have the Perfect King (v. 24-28)

Matthew 25:10-13 – And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Revelation 20:14 – Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

III. In Christ we have a bold faith (v. 29-34)

3/22/15 – Three Things I Do Not Want

Three Things I Do Not Want

John Stange

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 – Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

I. I don’t want to have blind faith (v. 12-14)

John 16:7 – But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

II. I don’t want to misrepresent God (v. 15)

1 Samuel 25:23-24, 28 – When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground. She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant. 28 Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the Lord, and evil will not be found in you all your days.

2 Corinthians 5:20 – Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

III. I don’t want a temporary hope (v. 16-19)

3/8/15 – Keeping “First Things” First

Keeping “First Things” First

John Stange

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

I. Why do believers need to be reminded of the gospel? (v. 1-2)

2 Peter 1:12-13 – Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder.

II. What is the difference between primary and secondary issues in our faith? (v. 3-7)

Matthew 12:38-40 – Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

III. How does   God’s grace shape us and empower us? (v. 8-11)


3/1/15 – Visible Evidence of Spiritual Growth

Visible Evidence of Spiritual Growth

John Stange

1 Corinthians 14:26-40

I. Building each other up (v. 26-33a)

Acts 2:42 – And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

II. Christ honoring submission (v. 33b-35)

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 11:5 – But every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.

Ephesians 5:20-21 – Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

III. Acknowledging the authority of God’s Word (v. 36-40)

11/30/14 – Be Part of Building the Church

Be Part of Building the Church

John Stange

1 Corinthians 14:1-25

I. Build, encourage and console (v. 1-5)

II. Say something intelligent and understandable (v. 6-12)

Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all
in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your
good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

III. Instruct others (v. 13-19)

IV. Always be mindful of your testimony (v. 20-25)

Galatians 4:3-7 – In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the
elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his
Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we
might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son
into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son,
then an heir through God.

11/23/14 – The Greatness of Love

The Greatness of Love

John Stange

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

I. Love is the highest motive (v. 1-3)

1 John 4:18-19 – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do
with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first
loved us.

II. Love manifests the heart of Christ (v. 4-7)

Hebrews 12:2 – looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that
was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the
throne of God.

III. Love has no end (v. 8-13)

1 John 4:8 – Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

11/16/14 – The Church is a Family

The Church is a Family

John Stange

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

I. We are one body in Christ (v. 12-13)

Romans 15:1-3 – We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak,
and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who
reproached you fell on me.”

II. Stop convincing yourself that you don’t belong (v. 14-20)

III. Admit your need (v. 21-26)

Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

James 5:16 – Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you
may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

11/9/14 – Gifts of the Spirit

Gifts of the Spirit

John Stange

1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 27-31

– Be informed about what God is doing in your life (v. 1-3)
– Serve one another for the common good (v. 4-11)
– Why don’t each of us have all the gifts? (v. 27-31)

10/19/14 – Cultivating a Worshipful Attitude

Cultivating a Worshipful Attitude

John Stange

1 Corinthians 11:1-16

– Imitate Christ and those who point you toward Him
– What are the angels observing?
– Are we independent of each other?

10/12/15 – Aiming Toward the Greatest Good

Aiming Toward the Greatest Good

John Stange

1 Corinthians 10:23-33

– Seek the good of your neighbor
– Be a person of conscience
– Do everything for God’s glory

10/5/14 – Avoiding the Lures of Lesser gods

Avoiding the Lures of Lesser gods

John Stange

1 Corinthians 10:14-22

– Flee from Idolatry
– Offer yourself to God only
– Remember Who is omnipotent

9/28/14 – Developing a Deeper Awareness

Developing a Deeper Awareness

John Stange

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

– Aware of Who sustains your life
– Aware of desires that seek to enslave us
– Aware of God’s faithfulness

9/21/14 – Cultivating the Heart of a Servant

Cultivating the Heart of a Servant

John Stange

1 Corinthians 9:15-27

– Serving without demanding anything in return
– Sacrificing preferences for the benefit of others
– Exercising self-control

9/14/14 – Looking Forward to the Ultimate Outcome

Looking Forward to the Ultimate Outcome

John Stange

1 Corinthians 9:1-14

– Understanding who we really are
– Enjoying the fruit of our labor
– Maintaining hope in the midst of our work
– Removing obstacles to the Gospel

9/7/14 – Love Builds Up

Love Builds Up

John Stange

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

– Love isn’t about “puffing yourself up”
– Love acknowledges Jesus as Lord
– Love is patient with the weaknesses of others