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Therefore: Be Steadfast and Immovable

November 29, 2020 Speaker: Albert Turner Series: 1 Corinthians

Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:58–15:58

Use the below questions and thoughts for personal reflection and group discussion.

1. Immovable and Steadfast

In 1 Corinthians 15:58, Paul called believers to be “immovable and steadfast” in the powerful truths of the gospel that he had written about in this chapter – and indeed, the entire letter. He had written how Jesus has paid for all of our sins in His death on the cross and therefore we are not in our sins anymore, how Jesus has risen from the dead and thus guaranteed our own glorious resurrection like His, and how we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and thus able to live a new life by His power.

It is these truths (and others that flow from the gospel) that encompass the “therefore” at the start of this verse. Thus, the Christian walk is never to be divorced from the gospel but empowered and fueled by the truth of the good news by which the Holy Spirit works. Living by the truth of God’s grace in Jesus, motivated and spurred on by His lavish love for us, and our salvation in Christ, is the way of life for the believer.

We see this “way of life” in other places like Colossians 1:21-23, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard.”

And in this very chapter, in 1 Corinthians 15:2, “by this gospel … you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you.”

What do you think happens to our hearts when we run straight to the “to do’s” and commands of God without being anchored in the truths of the gospel? How do you think God loses or receives glory depending on whether we anchor our following of Him in the good news or not?

2. Anchor Your Heart

In the message, we considered George Mueller’s example of seeking to anchor his heart in the truth of the good news each day:

“According to my judgment, the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord. Other things may press upon you, the Lord's work may even have urgent claims upon your attention, but I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that you should seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself! Day by day seek to make this the most important business of your life. …the secret of all true effectual service is joy in God, having experimental acquaintance and fellowship with God Himself.”

How do you feel you are currently doing at making space and time in your life to anchor your heart in the truths of the good news of God’s grace in Jesus? Are there ways you need to seek to create more room for Him each day? If so, what might that look like for you right now? If not, can you encourage others in how He has met you in your hold on the Gospel?

3. Pray

Ask the Lord to help you see how you’re doing at making space in your life for Him, ask Him to help you hold firmly to the truth, and thank Him for the grace He will give for you to do that.

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