1. Deeds, Claims and Promises of Jesus.
Read – John Chapter 1
1. ____________is the____________of God.
2. All things were made by______________.
3. In Jesus was life; and the life was the ______________
4. The world was made by ___________.
5. Since I have received Jesus I have been given the
power to become a _________________________.
6. _______________said I am the voice of one crying
in the ______________ “make straight the way of the Lord”.
7. Andrew said to Simon; “we have found the __________”
which is being interpreted the ___________.
2. Inheritance in Christ Read Book of 1 Corinthians
Paul points out the need of cleansing the church from party divisions, man-worship, and glorying in worldly wisdom.
Human beings cannot discover God’s wisdom on their own. But God has given us His written Word that tells us about Him and His nature. The Holy Spirit enables us to interpret His written Word. These two gifts from God lead us to understand “the mind of Christ.”
Quarreling of the Corinthians over human leadership shows they are immature in their spiritual development. God, not human leaders, is the source of wisdom and spiritual growth.
Jesus is the foundation on which every believer’s life should be built. Each believer is a temple of the Holy Spirit, a place where God dwells. Jesus should be the focus of our lives. In Him alone — not human leaders — should we place our trust.
Paul gives an example of discipleship – where he discipled Timothy and now Timothy is discipiling others in the body of Christ.
Paul deals with the problem of sexual sin. He advises the church to exercise discipline by expelling the unrepentant sinner.
We are not to judge non-believers and isolate ourselves from them. Rather, we are to bear our witness fo Jesus before them. But we are called to withdraw from fellow believers who continue in willful sin.
Paul reminds the Church at Corinth to cleanse themselves from litigation between fellow believers. Paul declares that sexual relationships outside the bonds of marriage are a perversion of God’s plan.
Paul answers questions from the Corinthians on the nature and meaning of marriage.
Paul discusses eating meat that has been offered to idols; ie. abstaining from eating such meat if the practice offended weaker Christians.
Pauls example of the surrender of certain personal rights and liberties for the sake of winning men to Christ.
Paul warns to stay away from idol worship. Our freedom in the Lord should not blind us to the fact that we must avoid certain activities that hinder our Christian witness before others. We bring glory to God when we seek the good of others, not our individual rights.
The poor were being discriminated against in the Lord’s Supper because they had no food to bring. This added to the problem of factions in the Church. The Corinthians were descrating the Lord’s Supper by turning it into a feast.
Paul addresses the issue spiritual gifts: speaking in tongues, prophecy, working of miracles etc.
Love ranks above hope and faith. “Love never fails.”
Paul declares that prophecy is actually more important than speaking in tongues because it builds up and edifies the church. Also the importance of maintaining proper order in the public assemblies.
The reality of the Risen Christ; faith’s reality.
Paul’s closing instructions and salutations.
AFFIRMATIONS: (Repeat and Meditate on These As You Go Throughout the Day)
I Corinthians 1:4,5 – I have the grace of God which has been given to me by Jesus Christ. In union with Christ I have become rich in all things including all speech and knowledge.
I Corinthians 1:9 – God, being faithful, has joined me with His Son Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 1:30 – By Gods act I am in Christ Jesus, for God has made Him my wisdom; He is my righteousness; in Him I am consecrated and set free.
I Corinthians 2:4 – My speech demonstrates the power of God’s Spirit in my life.
I Corinthians 2:5 – My faith stands firmly upon God, not on man’s great ideas.
I Corinthians 2:10 – By His Spirit, I have received the wisdom of God.
I Corinthians 2:12 – God has given me His Spirit, not the worlds spirit. So that I might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts of devine favor and blessings so freely and lavishly bestowed on me by God.
I Corinthians 2:14 – Since I live and dwell in the Spirit of God I receive things of the Spirit which the unspiritual man cannot understand.
I Corinthians 2:16 – I have the mind of Christ.
I Corinthians 3:16 – I am the temple of god and God’s spirit dwells in me.
I Corinthians 3:23 – I belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
3. Dunamis Life
Insensitivity To Spiritual Hearing
Hebrews 5:11 — “Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your (spiritual) hearing and sluggish (even slothful in achieving spiritual insight).”
They were not in need of hearing aids; rather their inward man had digressed to become insensitive to spiritual things.
The Holy Spirit does not communicate to our head but to our spirit. You can be a believer for years and not develop your spirit.
Scripture tells us that John The Baptist “Grew and became strong in spirit”. Regarding spiritual development, Paul told Timothy to give himself entirely to it “that your progress may be evident to all.”
Luke 1:80 — And the little boy grew and became strong in spirit.
Write three affirmations based on this teaching.
4. The Deeper Life
Read, pray and meditate on the following: http://mltp.ly/8bU3L7y
5. John Chapter 1 Quiz Answers
1. Jesus, word
5. Son of God
6. John the Baptist, wilderness
7. Messiah, Christ