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The Cross is More than a Symbol - Study Guide

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Whether you joined us for live teaching at one of our 5 locations or tuned in online this week, you’ve joined Cornerstone on a journey of reimagining church. This week we focus our attention on the cross and its direct connection to our identity.

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Discussion Questions

Read 1 Corinthians 1:10-31 

As a group, or individually, make a list of the key doctrinal and practical problems Paul is addressing in these few short passages.

  • "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel - not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power." 1 Corinthians 1:17

    • Discuss this passage in the context that strategy might evolve, but our identity is rooted in the cross of Christ.

    • What does it mean to have your identity rooted in the cross of Christ?

  • Re-read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

    • Compare and contrast the power of the hanger and the power of Jesus on the cross. How does that apply today?  What challenges you in these passages?

    • How does the cross show God's love?

  • Identify church divisions/cultural divisions that are present today. 

    • How can the cross of Christ be the solution to division today? Discuss.

    • How can Cornerstone Fellowship be part of the solution?

  • "Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:31

    • Read some additional passages that Paul writes using the word boast:  Romans 5:2, Romans 5:11, and  2 Corinthians 1:12-14.

    • Boasting was a way to "pump up the troops" for battle, and in these passages, Paul is "pumping up the team" to live in the identity of Christ so that as we share the gospel, WE can boast about what Christ has done in us through our life experiences; including our own suffering. How does your life story boast of what Jesus has done in your life? 

    • How is your life in Christ a boast to those around you?

What's Next?

daily steps

We encourage you to check out Daily Steps, our companion devotional guide for individual reflection, prayer, and meditation on related Scripture selections throughout the week! 


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