The Cure for Confusion

New Philly Itaewon
Preached by Marcus Corpening on October 26, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 54 minutes (audio)

 

*Leaders, don’t feel obligated to go through all of these questions. If you feel led, feel free to instead have people share what they felt God was highlighting for them during the sermon (as they listened), as well as how they may have personally encountered God during the altar call. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Rev. 19:10), so feel free to let people share, and help them process! ~PM

 

Discussion Questions

The Cure is the Holy Spirit

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 2:9-3:1. What does it say that God has for those that love him? How do we acquire this knowledge? Who is responsible to reveal it to us?
  2. Name five to six attributes of the Holy Spirit that you can find in Scripture (Refer to Genesis 1:1; John 14:16, 26; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Romans 8:26-27). What has been your previous experiences with the Holy Spirit? Is he someone you feel you know intimately, or just as an acquaintance?
  3.  
    The Natural Man

  4. Read 1 Cor 2:14, Romans 8:7, and Ephesians 4:17-20. What are some of the characteristics of the natural or “soulish” man? What primarily motivates the natural man? Do you find evidence for this in your interactions with non-believers on a day-to-day basis? What does this mean in regards to how a natural man can be saved?
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    The Spiritual Christian

  6. Read 1 Cor 2:15-16. For the Christian, is it God’s will for them to live in confusion? What do you think it means when Paul writes that “we have the mind of Christ”? Do you feel like you walk with the mind of Christ every day? Why or why not?
  7.  
    The Worldly Christian

  8. Read 1 Cor 2:15-3:3. P. Marcus talked about in his message how often times God wants to give us clarity and speak to our destiny, but we’re not ready for it because of the lack of maturity or development inside of our hearts.
  9. What are the three causes of confusion for the worldly Christian that P. Marcus referred to in his sermon?
    • Galatians 5:16-21. When we gratify the desires of the flesh, we often times lack the leading of the Spirit.
    • Ephesians 4:30-31. A lack of clarity can also come from grieving the Spirit through bitterness, anger, complaining, etc.
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21. Quenching the Spirit through fear, or through despising the supernatural as well can quench the Spirit and lead to a lack of clarity.
  10. Read Ps. 139:23-24. How did David pray and find clarity? Think also about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. What was his response to feeling overwhelmed and wanting to go his own way? From these examples, how can we find a way out of our confusion?

 

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