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Romans - Corinthians

Day: 1

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

God Reveals Himself Through His Creation

Wendy Blight

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. - Romans 1

Why would a loving God ever condemn anyone to hell? It’s a question often asked of Christians and one addressed by Paul in Romans 1.

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Day: 2

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

When I Judge Others

Leah DiPascal

So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? - Romans 2

No one likes to be judged. So why is it that sometimes we can be quick to judge others?

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Day: 3

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

The Letter of the Law

Wendy Pope

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile. - Romans 3

Generations of Jews had lived by the Law. Now, in his lawyerly way, Paul contends that everyone is a sinner and righteousness can only be found through faith in Jesus Christ, not the Law.

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Day: 4

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Standing on the Promises

Whitney Capps

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.’ - Romans 4

In his commentary on Romans, Robert H. Mounce says that “faith is the total surrender to the ability and willingness of God to carry out his promises.” Abraham, the “he” in our key, certainly lived out this principle, as God’s promise to Abraham was the substance of his faith.

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Day: 5

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

One Act Makes All The Difference

Krista Williams

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5

At the cross, we see the love of God in its fullness. What a great, great love God has for you and me.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Righteousness Through Faith

Romans 1-5 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 6

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Freedom from Sin’s Power

Leah DiPascal

Offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. - Romans 6

As believers, we are forever united with God through Christ, and the power of sin no longer has mastery over us. That’s sounds wonderful, but if sin no longer has power over me, why do I keep sinning?

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Day: 7

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

The War Waging Within

Wendy Blight

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. - Romans 7

Did you know every believer has two natures? We are born with one nature, and we receive another when we invite Jesus into our hearts.

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Day: 8

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Turning Weak Places into Strong Places

Lysa TerKeurst

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. - Romans 8

We all have them. Weak places. Places inside that make us wonder if we’ll ever get it together like those “together people.”

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Day: 9

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Undeserved Mercy

Krista Williams

It does not, therefore, depend on human's desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. - Romans 9

The book of Romans is saturated with statements about the mercy of God. God’s mercy has nothing to do with what people have done.

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Day: 10

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

The Truth that Changes Everything

Whitney Capps

If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. - Romans 10

Jesus Christ’s resurrection is the centerpiece of the Christian faith. Our key verse is Paul’s summary of the Christian confession.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

A Partner in Suffering

Romans 6-10 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 11

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Grafted by Grace

Wendy Pope

If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root. - Romans 11

In Romans 11, Paul explains the beauty of spiritual horticulture. In the Old Testament, God chose the nation of Israel to be His witness to all the earth.

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Day: 12

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Getting Unstuck from My Thinking Rut

Lysa TerKeurst

Do not confirm to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12

The end of Romans 12 serves as a kind of guide for every Christian. It’s a list of the attitudes and actions that should be evident in the life of a believer.

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Day: 13

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Shine Jesus' Love Today

Wendy Blight

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. - Romans 13

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” These familiar lyrics from a popular song composed by Burt Bacharach over 50 years ago express a truth our world still desperately needs.

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Day: 14

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Christians Judging Christians

Lysa TerKeurst

You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ‘“As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.”’ So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. - Romans 14

How differently might our lives be if we didn’t have to fear the harsh criticism of other Christians? Might we be willing to step out a little bolder for Jesus?

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Day: 15

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

No One Is Beyond the Reach of Truth

Lysa TerKeurst

I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done. - Romans 15

Bold. That’s definitely a word I would use to describe Paul. He shared the gospel of Jesus Christ without apology and without hesitation.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Clinging to What is Good

Romans 11-15 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 16

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Be Wise and Aware of the Truth

Leah DiPascal

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. - Romans 16

As Paul concludes his letter to the Romans in Romans 16, he makes sure to acknowledge and greet those who have become important to him. While Paul hadn’t been to Rome when he wrote this letter, he had many friends living there.

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Day: 17

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

We Preach Christ

Krista Williams

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. - 1 Corinthians 1

Today we begin our study in the book of 1 Corinthians. Paul founded the church at Corinth while he was on his second missionary journey.

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Day: 18

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Wisdom of Fools

Whitney Capps

What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. - 1 Corinthians 2

In the Ancient Near Eastern cultures, predominantly Greece and Rome, wisdom was a coveted quality. Generally credited to a person who could communicate persuasively, wisdom was demonstrated through philosophy or debate.

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Day: 19

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Moving Beyond the Milk

Wendy Pope

I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. - 1 Corinthians 3

Paul cared about the new believers in Corinth. They had been schooled by Paul, mentored by Apollos, but were now wavering in their faith.

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Day: 20

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

When Humility Triumphs Over Pride

Leah DiPascal

We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. - 1 Corinthians 4

Have you ever been falsely accused or criticized by someone you care about? That’s hard stuff to deal with no matter how long you’ve been a Christian.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Becoming Mature in Christ

Romans 16--1 Corinthians 4 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 21

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

To Judge or Not to Judge

Wendy Blight

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked person from among you.’ - 1 Corinthians 5

To judge or not to judge. That is the issue.

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Day: 22

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Honoring God with My Temple

Lysa TerKeurst

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. - 1 Corinthians 6

For years, I cringed every time I read our key verse about honoring God with my body and it being the temple of the Holy Spirit. I wanted to please God.

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Day: 23

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

A Reason and a Season

Krista Williams

But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. - 1 Corinthians 7

Within 1 Corinthians 7, Paul addresses singleness, marriage, divorce and widowhood. How are these unique seasons of life connected?

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Day: 24

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

The Great Meat Debate

Wendy Pope

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. - 1 Corinthians 8

To eat meat or not to eat meat, that is the burning question in the minds of some of the Corinthian Christians. Sacrifices were being made to idols of pagan gods.

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Day: 25

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

One Message, Many Methods

Wendy Blight

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. - 1 Corinthians 9

Paul’s call from God, his greatest passion, was to bring people to Jesus. Doing that required that he go out into the world and interact with different kinds of people.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Living as Called by God

1 Corinthians 5-9 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 26

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Providing a Way Out

Leah DiPascal

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10

The Corinthians had become overly confident in their spirituality. So Paul tried to capture their attention in 1 Corinthians 10 by giving examples of situations the Israelites faced in the wilderness.

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Day: 27

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

The Selfish Part of Me

Whitney Capps

So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. - 1 Corinthians 11

Selfless. Christians are often encouraged to be selfless.

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Day: 28

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Body Building at Its Best

Krista Williams

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. - 1 Corinthians 12

Did you know if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been given at least one primary spiritual gift? Your gift is important.

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Day: 29

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

A Gut Honest Look at Love

Lysa TerKeurst

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. - 1 Corinthians 13

Nestled in between the twelfth and fourteenth chapters of 1 Corinthians is a chapter that acts like a yield sign. Yield signs are critical pausing places.

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Day: 30

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Raising up the Church While Remaining on Your Knees

Wendy Pope

But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. - 1 Corinthians 14

There is a certain fulfillment, and dare I say pleasure, that fills our souls when we identify and begin to use our spiritual gifts for the glory of God. But what happens when the pleasure turns to pride and our fulfillment becomes self-seeking rather than God-honoring.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Godly Order

1 Corinthians 10-14 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 31

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

A Living Hope

Krista Williams

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. - 1 Corinthians 15

Do you believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ? Apparently, some people in Corinth were saying there is no such thing as the resurrection of the dead.

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Day: 32

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Stand Firm: Paul’s Call to Action

Wendy Blight

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. - 1 Corinthians 16

Tucked in the middle of Paul’s closing words to the Corinthian church, we find four definitive calls to action. Four mandates Paul sets forth to create a well-equipped and well-trained army of believers.

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Day: 33

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Getting Past My Past

Lysa TerKeurst

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. - 2 Corinthians 1

Paul was a man well-acquainted with suffering. A quick glance ahead at 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 reveals just how much suffering he endured over his years of ministry.

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Day: 34

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

When I Want to Be Mean

Lysa TerKeurst

Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. - 2 Corinthians 2

Can we go ahead and admit up-front that 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 sounds all well and good until someone hurts us? Then forgiveness feels pretty stinking hard.

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Day: 35

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Same Song. Second Verse.

Whitney Capps

If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! - 2 Corinthians 3

There is this song we sing at church. I love and sing each and every word.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

The Truth About Trials

1 Corinthians 15-2 Corinthians 3 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 36

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Achieving Eternal Glory

Leah DiPascal

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4

If anyone should be considered an expert in persevering through trials and difficulties, it would be the apostle Paul. He had legitimate reasons to be discouraged to the point of despair.

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Day: 37

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Our Great Mission

Wendy Pope

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. - 2 Corinthians 5

Have you always wanted to do something really big for God? Me too.

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Day: 38

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

We Learn to Love by Practicing Love

Wendy Blight

We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also. - 2 Corinthians 6

Paul’s letters reveal his unwavering commitment to live as one approved by God. To walk in obedience no matter the cost.

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Day: 39

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Godly Sorrow

Lysa TerKeurst

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. - 2 Corinthians 7

In 2 Corinthians 7 we read about a letter Paul sent to the church at Corinth. A letter it pained him to write.

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Day: 40

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Excelling in Generosity

Whitney Capps

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. - 2 Corinthians 8

Are true, passionate Christ followers stingy or selfish? Does anyone get a pass on generosity?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Privilege of Giving

2 Corinthians 4-8 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 41

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

The 3 Rewards of Generosity

Leah DiPascal

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. - 2 Corinthians 9

How would you describe your response towards giving? Generously or sparingly?

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Day: 42

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Critical Thoughts or Corrected Thoughts?

Lysa TerKeurst

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. - 2 Corinthians 10

Have you ever heard, “Everything was going fine until we hit a bump in the road”? Well, Paul certainly hit plenty of “bumps” during his years of ministry.

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Day: 43

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Deception or Pure Devotion

Krista Williams

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. - 2 Corinthians 11

Deception is a tactic Satan has been using since the dawn of time. Deception is the practice of misleading someone or distracting them from the truth so they will “buy the lie.”

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Day: 44

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

From Overpowered to Empowered

Lysa TerKeurst

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. - 2 Corinthians 12

The Bible often talks in counter-intuitive statements. Different than the normal flow.

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Day: 45

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Living Proof

Whitney Capps

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? - 2 Corinthians 13

Have you ever felt abandoned by a friend? Maybe someone has challenged the authenticity of your faith?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Romans - Corinthians

Perseverance Through Pain

2 Corinthians 9-13 - Weekend Teaching

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