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Session 32

How to embrace the unknown

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:35-39

We hate the unknown.

Everyone has to live with it, and we all have different ways of handling it. Most of us would not hand a car salesman our checkbook and tell him to surprise us with any type of car, nor would we go to a restaurant and tell the waitress to surprise us with anything on the menu.

And while we might enjoy not knowing a baby’s gender until it’s born, most of us would agree that the higher the stakes the less exciting and more fear-provoking living with the unknown becomes. This is especially true when we're talking about matters of life and death.

What happens when we die? What will heaven be like? These are questions Christians, including the church in Corinth, have asked for centuries. God gives us as many details as we need, but maybe not as many as we’d like.

As we get to know the character of God, it's easier to trust Him with everything, even the unknown.

So Paul explains what we do know using a metaphor the church can relate to — planting a seed and seeing what grows. Just like a seed looks nothing like the plant that grows from it, our heavenly bodies will be beautiful and unlike anything we know right now.

Likewise, we don’t have all the answers to anticipate eternity in heaven. Just like a gardener knows plants come from seeds, we know eternal life will come for those who put their faith in Jesus.

So, we look forward to heaven with the same anticipation of a gardener waiting for an unknown seed to grow. Instead of staring at the seed trying to figure out what the plant will look like, he cares for it daily, trusting and waiting to see the end result.

We nurture our faith by spending time with Jesus, going to church, and growing in our understanding of the Bible. And as we get to know the character of God, it's easier to trust Him with everything, even the unknown.

Reflect:

  • Is there a particular area or circumstance where the unknown is weighing on you?
  • What is one way you can practice giving your unknowns to God?

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What it means to be united

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3

The one time boasting is OK

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4

What happens when the church comes together

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5

The church is bigger than a building

The church is bigger than a building

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6

What your silent judgment says about you

What your silent judgment says about you

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7

Do you do what you say you believe?

Do you do what you say you believe?

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8

What happens when sin goes unaddressed

What happens when sin goes unaddressed

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9

How to know when popular opinion is wrong

How to know when popular opinion is wrong

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10

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

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11

Sex…It’s not about me

Sex…It’s not about me

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12

God, please save my spouse

God, please save my spouse

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13

Change how you see instead of what you see

Change how you see instead of what you see

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14

Don’t tie the knot until

Don’t tie the knot until

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15

Why can’t I do what I want?

Why can’t I do what I want?

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16

Why give time and money to the church?

Why give time and money to the church?

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17

Do I have anything to offer?

Do I have anything to offer?

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18

Are you training to win?

Are you training to win?

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19

Where to turn when life is more than you can bear

Where to turn when life is more than you can bear

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20

What are you going to chase today?

What are you going to chase today?

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21

The greatest responsiblity we have as Christians

The greatest responsiblity we have as Christians

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22

Why submit to my husband?

Why submit to my husband?

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23

Why searching your heart is a helpful practice for every day

Why searching your heart is a helpful practice for every day

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24

You were made for this

You were made for this

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25

Does church even need me?

Does church even need me?

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26

Are you serving with the right motivation?

Are you serving with the right motivation?

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27

How to go from good to better to best

How to go from good to better to best

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28

Does structure limit the Holy Spirit?

Does structure limit the Holy Spirit?

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29

Are you going through the motions?

Are you going through the motions?

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30

Why does an empty tomb matter?

Why does an empty tomb matter?

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31

You are who you hang around

You are who you hang around

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32

How to embrace the unknown

How to embrace the unknown

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33

You don’t need to fear death

You don’t need to fear death

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34

How can I make a difference in the world?

How can I make a difference in the world?

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