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Our Labor for Christ is Never in Vain

December 6, 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 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

1. The “Work of the Lord”
Read 1 John 6:27-40 and Matthew 28:18-22. How would you describe the work of the Lord? How does this work take place among the lost? How does it take place among the saved? How do we contribute to this work?

2. “Never in Vain”
Read 1 Corinthians 15:9-10. Paul stated that our work for Christ is never in vain. By bearing our condemnation, Jesus has freed us from sin’s condemnation (1 Corinthians 15:2-4; 17). This means God is now no longer against us, but always for us, with us, and working in us in all we seek to do for others in the name of His Son (1 Corinthians 15:9-10).
Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-17. Implicit in this promise is the resurrection, when we will receive from God a reward for all we have sought to do for Him, as we have done it in dependence on Him. This reward will be far greater than we deserve and will likely involve the greatest gift God could give: a greater capacity to know Him, enjoy Him, and glorify Him – all leading to more joy than we can possibly conceive.
3. “Always Abounding”
Read 1 Corinthians 10:31-33. What do you think it means to “do all to the glory of God”? When you consider God’s call to be “always abounding,” what comes to mind when you consider your current walk with Christ? What helps and what hurts your progress in “always abounding”?

4.  Pray to the Lord

Ask Him for grace to believe the promises we have in the gospel of His Son and in the resurrection He has purchased for us on the cross. Ask Him to help you be always abounding in your labor for Him, no matter what it is.

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