To us who are being saved: 1 Corinthians 1.18

“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

1 Corinthians 1.18

Salvation has three tenses: past, present, and future. Paul says we are being saved. God continues to preserve us and save us from temptation, from the power of sin, from the wiles of Satan.

We have need of constant vigilance. This is not a reason for worry, but for peace of mind, because God’s power is more than sufficient. How am I trusting in God to save today?

#votd #1-Corinthians #salvation

If someone thinks he knows something: 1 Corinthians 8.2

“If someone thinks he knows something, he does not yet know to the degree that he needs to know.”

1 Corinthians 8.2

The Corinthians valued knowledge above all things. Their supposed knowledge led to pride, v. 1. What matters is not what we know, but who knows us, v. 3.

We know what we are permitted to know, Dt 29.29. That knowledge we must know, for it is our salvation, in Christ. All else calls for humility.

#votd #1-Corinthians #knowledge

We preach about: 1 Corinthians 1.23

“but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles”

1 Corinthians 1.23

Mattered not what others thought about the Good News of Christ. Paul knew it was the only way to salvation.

Does every subject of ours relate to Christ crucified on the cross for our sins? Is he the center of our faith and message?

#votd #1-Corinthians #crucifixion

Eat at home: 1 Corinthians 11.34

“If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that when you assemble it does not lead to judgment. I will give directions about other matters when I come.”

1 Corinthians 11.34

Meals eaten with the Lord’s supper, as Jesus ate with the disciples at Passover, became a motive for division. Paul puts a stop to them.

Abusing and disobeying God’s laws leads to a sentence of condemnation. We must be careful to follow the Lord’s model of faith, practice, and work.

#votd #1-Corinthians #judgment

The things God has prepared for those who love him: 1 Corinthians 2.9

“But just as it is written, ‘Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him.'”

1 Corinthians 2.9

Paul quotes Isaiah 64.4 to emphasize the wonder of Christ. God is working out his plan. He has revealed it to man. Only those who love him will benefit from it.

“Mind” translates the word for heart, referring to the whole inner person, and often a specific aspect of it. Here, the thoughts of man. Love is the condition of receiving such wonderful things.

#votd #1-Corinthians #love

Remain as you were: 1 Corinthians 7.17

“Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.”

1 Corinthians 7.17 NLT

Converts often mistake what they should change in their lives. Paul tells them that their circumstances are not what is important. His rule: Stay where you are!

Christians often think they can grow and develop if things around them would change. But what God wants to change are habits and attitudes.

#votd #1-Corinthians #change

Recognize people like this: 1 Corinthians 16.18

“For they refreshed my spirit and yours. So then, recognize people like this.”

1 Corinthians 16.18

Paul refers to three brothers sent by the Corinthian church to help and encourage Paul. The Corinthians wanted to associate with whom they considered big names. Paul wanted them to see that those who were involved in God’s mission were worthy of recognition.

Who is doing God’s work that deserves recognition among us? What can I do to refresh the spirits of the saints who do God’s work?

#votd #1-Corinthians #mission

Everything you do: 1 Corinthians 16.14

“Everything you do should be done in love.”

1 Corinthians 16.14

The Corinthians were arrogant. They used gifts of service for selfish ends. The Lord’s supper was abused and couldn’t be called the Lord’s any more. The solution to all problems: love.

Love is not love until it motivates and permeates everything we do. It is not an emotional reaction, but the choice of giving others priority.

#votd #love #1-Corinthians

With God: 1 Corinthians 7.20, 24 VOTD

“Let each one remain in that situation in life in which he was called. … In whatever situation someone was called, brothers and sisters, let him remain in it with God.”

1 Corinthians 7.20, 24

Paul addressed the human tendency to want to be somewhere else, to be somebody else. Sin of course must be abandoned, but with God any life situation provides meaning and fulfillment.

What do you find unpleasant about your life situation? How can God bring redemption and joy in it?

#life #1-Corinthians #VOTD

In every place: 1 Corintians 1.2 VOTD

“to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”

1 Corinthians 1.2

The greetings of Paul’s letters often reflected subjects and themes he would deal with in the body. First Corinthians appeals to a uniform practice in all the churches.

What does it mean to have one Lord?

#Lord #1-Corinthians #VOTD

Key verse of 1 Corinthians?

Yesterday, I posted Nelson Smith’s comment on 1 Cor 16.14: “Everything you do should be done in love.” After reading again the conclusion of the letter, with its emphasis on love, it makes a body wonder if this verse might not serve well as the key verse to the entire letter.

As we wrote some years back for the 21st Century Christian Adult Bible Quarterly, the problem behind the problems in Corinth was arrogance. It was almost as if the word of God had originated with them, 1 Cor 14.36, so free did they feel to modify it. Chapter 13, that towering declaration on love, is central to the discussion on gifts. Paul puts love forward as the solution.

So, in a way, doing all in love serves as an excellent summary statement of what the apostle has been writing throughout his letter. It is the ultimate arrogance killer, 1 Cor 8.2, and the path to being known by God, 1 Cor 8.3. So we must “pursue love” 1 Cor 14.1.

Love is not love until it motivates and permeates everything we do.

#1-corinthians, #love

Endurance based on what we know

Some things we think we know, when we actually don’t. Our emotions, for example, tell us things that appear to be as right as rain, but have no basis in reality. Scripture offers us a true vision. Continue reading

#1-corinthians, #endurance, #in-christ, #resurrection

A Puffed Up Church

A young man was being interviewed for a job. The employer held a glowing letter of reference and complimented the potential employee on such an impressive letter. With modesty came the reply, “I’m glad you liked it. I wrote it myself” Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18), and it also goes before a lot of hot air. The world is filled with puffed up people who hold themselves in the highest esteem. But in 1st Corinthians 4, the apostle Paul is addressing a puffed up church! “Now some are puffed up” (verse 18; also verses 6, 19). The Greek word is phusioo (pronounced `foo-see-o’-o”), defined by Strong’s Concordance as “blowing; to inflate, make proud (haughty); puff up.” The Corinthians were a proud, haughty, puffed up bunch. They felt good about themselves. As a matter of fact, they felt better about themselves than the Lord did! They had written their own glowing letter of reference, had read it, and were very impressed with what it said. In 1st Corinthians 4:7-13 Paul gives a pointed portrayal of just how puffed up they were. They saw themselves as “full, rich, reigning as kings, wise, strong, distinguished.” Study carefully and you will find this is a case where an inspired Bible writer uses sharp irony (an expression in which the intended meaning of the words is ‘the opposite of their usual sense). Paul employs this technique in an effort to puncture their puffed-up pride and jerk them back to spiritual reality.

The point, of course, is not to suggest we ought to feel bad for feeling good about the church. The problem was not that the Corinthian church was rich and full. Christians, after all, enjoy what Paul called in another place the “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). The problem at Corinth was what they were full of — themselves! Church pews can be occupied by puffed up people who, spiritually, have become as snug as a bug under a rug. Nice jobs, nice homes, a nice income, a nice building, a nice budget, nice preachers, nice elders, nice worship services, and a nice membership can puff us up with a sense of accomplishment and pride to the point that we become stagnant and complacent in our spiritual lives and work for the Lord. When this happens, we begin to “keep house for the Lord” instead of storming our neighbors and the world with the gospel. Words from Revelation 3:16-17 ought to puncture the pride of any Christian or congregation puffed up with self-conceit and pride — “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” When we feel better about ourselves than the Lord does, we are puffed up with pride.

Dan Gulley – Smithville Church of Christ

#1-corinthians, #church-problems, #lessons-for-the-church, #pride

What makes a congregation successful?

What if every member of the congregation were a preacher? Would that make the congregation successful? NO

What if every member of the congregation could sing like a song leader? Would that make the congregation successful? NO

Sometimes we may think that if we could get everyone to do something “big” for the congregation then the congregation would be successful! But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul basically asked, “What if every member of the congregation were an apostle? What if every member of the congregation were a prophet? What if every member of the congregation were a teacher? What if every member of the congregation could work miracles? What if every member of the congregation could heal? What if every member of the congregation  could speak in tongues? What if every member of the congregation could interpret?  Would that make the congregation successful? NO.”

Some in the congregation thought they were “big time” because they could do “big things” but Paul reminded them that every “little thing” mattered to the congregation’s success. Working together is what makes a congregation successful. Working together as a body is what gets the job done.

Everyone can’t be a foot, or an eye, or a nose – but everybody can be somebody in the body of Christ! And we must not forget that without love we’re no body no matter what somebody thinks; just read the next chapter in its context.

#1-corinthians, #christianity, #congregation, #success

Perspective on 1 Corinthians 1

Here’s a little something for what it’s worth:

1. The will – vs.1-3

2. The waiting – vs.4-9

3. The wonder – vs.10-17

4. The wisdom – vs.18-25

5. The way – vs. 26-31

If you like alliteration it works – if you don’t like alliteration, well, it still works 🙂

#1-corinthians, #alliteration, #sermon-outline