Letting Go Of Yourself

Thanks for taking the time to listen to the New Life Sermon Podcast. Today’s scripture is from 1 Corinthians 16. As you listen to Pastor Paul in this podcast, it is our prayer that you find yourself drawn closer to Jesus and your relationship with him, wherever you are in that journey. We hope you enjoy the podcast. Thanks for tuning in.

Letting Go Of Yourself

Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: November 26, 2017

Letting go of those things that keep us from being close to God and right with others isn’t always easy, but it is good. Let go.

1. It’s hard to let go

1 Corinthians 16; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Matthew 10:8

2. It’s good to let go

3. What are you holding onto?

Recap of the series:

Let go of…attitudes that divide, wisdom that isn’t, leaders we cling to, confidence in ourselves, pride, our need for justice, damaging attitudes about sexuality, personal freedom that hurts others, our rights, idols, individuality that damages community, abusive attitudes about women or social classes, things that distract us from God, disorder in public gatherings, despair in life, selfishness.

1. What is one “thing” you’ve held onto for a long time that didn’t really do you any good? (It could be something from a long time ago or recent – a grudge, a negative attitude, a possession of some sort).
2. Why do people tend to “hold on to things” when they know it’s not helping?
3. As you reflect on the learning we’ve done in the series (see above on #3), what is one Sunday that helped you or challenged you? Why?
4. In chapter 16, Paul is discussing the idea of generosity with our wealth (vs. 1-4), time (vs. 5-9), and love (vs. 10-14). Which one of these most requires your attention?
5. How does generosity combat selfishness? (Cf. 2 Cor 9:10-11; Matt. 10:8).
6. As a result of this entire series, what is one action you intend to take to allow God to enable you to let go of that which is hindering you from enjoying a more abundant life?

1. Spend one hour going over the teaching from this 1 Corinthians series and journal some of the thoughts we’ve highlighted throughout. What is God impressing upon you as you sit and contemplate what it means?
2. Determine to increase your generosity this coming calendar year of 2018. How can you be more generous with your wealth, your time, your love for others? Be practical. Don’t dismiss a thought. Try all three instead of only one of these categories.

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