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Session 5

The church is bigger than a building

Read: 1 Corinthians 3:10-23

God is in the building business. He’s not so concerned about specific architecture styles or floor plans, but about constructing great things in people and with people.

In Old Testament times, God said He would live in the temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem. With the arrival of Jesus to rescue people from sin and defeat death, God shared His new plan. God said He would live in people (1 Corinthians 3:16).

No longer do we have to go to a place to connect with the God of the universe, because He is already with us and among us. We don’t need to build temples to meet Him. Together, with other followers of Jesus, we are the temple where God can be found.

We are the temple where God can be found.

Sacred space isn’t a geographic location, but the work God is creating within His people. And when His people work together, He builds something more amazing than any wonders of the world.

We can contribute whatever parts of our lives we choose, but only a few things really last. Our ideas seem smart until we compare them with God’s wisdom. Our agendas seem noble until we match them up to God’s plan to make wrong things right. What we build ourselves might satisfy us for a while, but only Jesus can satisfy us completely and eternally.

The only way we can build something that lasts is to listen to God’s wisdom while connecting with people—the most worthwhile project we can ever participate in.

Reflect:

  • After reading these verses, what would you say you’re building your life on?
  • What is one change you can make to ensure Jesus is at the center of your plans this week and in this season of your life?

1

Do we all have spiritual gifts?

Do we all have spiritual gifts?

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2

What it means to be united

What it means to be united

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3

The one time boasting is OK

The one time boasting is OK

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4

What happens when the church comes together

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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