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1 Corinthians: To Build Up the Church

May 22, 2022 Speaker: Pastor Jeff Flanagan Series: 1 Corinthians

Passage: 1 Corinthians 14:26–40

Sermon Outline for May 22, 2022 

1 Corinthians: That the Church May Be Built Up 

1 Corinthians 14:26-40 

Introduction: Context of 1 Corinthians 11-14: 

Paul wants order in the corporate worship, so that all may learn, all may be  encouraged, the church may be built up, and the gospel made clear. 

Women and Speaking? (vv. 34-35) 

1 Corinthians 11:4-6, Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered  dishonors his head. 5But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head  uncovered dishonors her head… 

Paul’s Heart and Purpose for the Church in this Passage:  

We seek to build up and edify the church in our gatherings (v. 26).  We seek to edify through our teaching and encouraging (v. 31).  

Conclusion:  

To live out Paul’s purposes and goal, we must be engaged in the Body of Christ. 

Sending Word:  

Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts  them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain  came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it  did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears  these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who  built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds  blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 

Questions for Discussion

  • How much do you encourage others in the church? In what specific ways do you  encourage people? (Give some examples) 
  • Who is someone who encourages or edifies your faith?  
  • What are your “connection points” to the church? Is there an area that is lacking  that would be edifying and encouraging to your faith?