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Sermon Devotional Guide - Jan 9-10

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A discussion guide for sermons the weekend of Jan 9-10

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Sermon Devotional Guide - Jan 9-10

  1. 1. Sermon Texts 6 So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Cor. 5.6-10 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel[b] from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed! 10 Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant[c] of Christ. 1 Cor. 15:12-19 Reflection Questions 1. Paul states that his ultimate goal is to please Christ. Based on the entire chapter, what do you think Paul meant by this? What pleases Christ? 2. Paul affirms that the gospel is given by God and is not the product of human creativity. In our pluralistic world, how do you discern the difference between messages that are consistent with the God-revealed gospel and those messages that stand at odds with it? 3. Manuela quoted a millenial student who said, “I am not interested in saving my soul. I want to the save the world?” What’s your reaction to that quote? Do you agree? Disagree? Why? 4. What is the source of your beliefs about God? Where do you look to learn who God is? Your own experience? The Bible? Have you considered studying the Apostles’ Creed or one of the Confessions? Prayer Gracious God, Help us to experience the grace and the love that you embodied for us by giving your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to die in our place. Help us to have a holy longing both to be used by you to save souls and to express the gospel in deeds of mercy and of justice. Amen “What’s New? What’s Not? Who am I pleasing?” January 9-10, 2016 Rev. Dr. Manuela Kauer, Pastor for Mission & Outreach