February 25, 2024

The Foundation of the Cross: A New Spiritual Reality

This week, Ptr. Isaac Cheung reminds us to keep our focus on God because anything that’s built, pursued, and accomplished apart from the foundation of the Cross counts for nothing.

Read Today’s Scripture Passage

1 Corinthians 3:6-17

Life Group Discussion Guide

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1. Start with a prayer

2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
– Identify the instances you experienced being planted and watered. How did these people and situations contribute to your spiritual life? What can you observe was their part in your journey and what was God’s role?

3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
– Read the passage. What was Paul teaching the Corinthians through what relationship the planter and waterer should have (v.8)? What does that teach you?
– What can you learn from the field illustration (vv.6-9) that can assure you whenever you evangelize or disciple someone? Is it considered a failure if you get rejected when sharing the Gospel or when your disciple is stubborn?

4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
– Be honest: What do you build, pursue, and accomplish? Are these founded on the Cross or the world? What encourages and hinders you from doing so?
– How does understanding that you are a spiritual temple, with the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, impact your sense of purpose and identity? Are you evidently living as set apart in love, peace, and faith?

5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
– Reflect upon the spiritual reality of the Cross. Take the time in solitude and silence with the Master and allow your soul to be formed in the likeness of His Spirit. How can you live out this New Spiritual Reality?
– Share your commitment with an accountability partner. Or, in your Life Group, family, or community, discuss how you can keep each other accountable to what you have identified and committed to above.

6. Engage with God in prayer (20-30 mins)
– Come before the Heavenly Father with a heart full of gratitude and praise. Thank Him for the seeds of the Gospel that have been planted in your life and for the mentors and leaders who have watered and nurtured your spiritual growth. Thank Him for the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit, causing you to grow and bear fruit in your journey with Him. Praise Him for being the Master Builder, laying a firm foundation in your life through the Truth of the Gospel and the Cross. Express your gratitude for the assurance that, as His temple, you are set apart as holy.
– Humbly acknowledge that there have been times when you have allowed desires other than His to influence the foundation of your life. Ask for forgiveness for the moments when you’ve built with materials that do not align with His Word and for the times you’ve faltered during tests instead of growing in maturity. Repent for any actions or choices that have compromised the holiness of the temple He dwells in. Ask God to help you be more intentional in your choices and to live in a way that truly reflects your identity as His holy temple. Pray that the Holy Spirit continues to guide you into a deeper understanding of His will and strengthen you to walk in obedience.


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