Preaching Outline 1 Corinthians 12:1 Message 7

1 Corinthians 12:1   Message 7

I. Introduction of the argument for order in the service.

  A. His exhortation. They needed correction.

1 Corinthians 12:1  Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.


Members in the church perverted the use of the gifts from God in their worship, changing the gifts of God from that of spiritual edification, worship and service unto the Lord to a self-exalting excitement, promoting themselves and their groups.  While they believed their hearts were right with the Lord, they ignored the sin of others to the detriment of the church.  In order to increase their influence, they invited the world into the church, not to be changed through the preaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, but to be cheered by the excitement and ever-increasing intensity and promotion of gifts. 

They were believers, but were going to lead others away from the Lord by changing –

    1. Worship.

      a.  From honouring the Lord in being –

          Prepared to worship – come with purpose.
          Practice of worship – serious minded
          Promise of worship – submitting to the Lord’s will, serving Him.

John 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

      b.  To honouring themselves by their self exaltation.

They needed correction in their –

    2. Lifestyle.

They were ignorant of the destruction of lives they were promoting by allowing sin to continue in the church, turning a blind eye to it, while practicing a form of worship of God in their own lives.

They should have remembered the terrible things that happened in Jacob’s family, while he built altars and offered sacrifices, he failed to lead in a Godly manner –


Jacob had God on his mind, but his family did not have Him in their hearts. He built an altar but they did not prepare themselves for worship! They met the world as they were and reaped the terrible results. Jacob learned the lesson that a casual heart leads to careless living.


Jacob, because of his focus on himself and the casual attitude in leading his family, was responsible for the defilement of his daughter, the disgraceful actions of his sons, and the destruction of Shechem.

Let’s take a moment to look at the life of Jacob and learn from the mistakes of this man who believed God, yet struggled with his own flesh and desires.  We will not read all of the verses, but will give the references in the book of Genesis for you to study this out for yourselves –

      a. His Character

        1). With men.  Non-confrontational; manipulative

          a). Esau Genesis 25:24-34

          b). Rebekah Genesis 27:6-14

          c). Laban Genesis 29:16-28

          d). Esau Genesis 32:1-8; 33:8-17 (Insinuated he would follow Esau, then turned West)

        2). With God.

          a). The Covenant. Genesis 28:11-22

          b). The intervention.

            (1). For the wives. Genesis 29:31; 30:6,17,22

            (2). For Jacob Genesis 30:27-30

          c). The Call. Genesis 31:3

          d). The Comparison.

Note that Abraham’s servant was dealing with the same man, Laban. Genesis 24:12-14; 24-27; 34, 35, 40, 42, 44, 48, 50-52, 56.

Jacob received the blessings of God, but we do not read of him acknowledging God in his day to day life. This is the manner of many believers.

      b.  His Crisis

        1). The defilement of his daughter. 

Genesis 34:1-2  And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

        2). The disgraceful action of his sons. 

Genesis 34:13-18  And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully………

        3). The destruction of Shechem Genesis 34:25-31

Genesis 34:25-31  And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males. …..And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house. And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?

What caused this crisis? –

      c. His carelessness.

Genesis 35:1-4  And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: And let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

As we said before – Jacob had God on his mind but his family did not have Him in their hearts. He built an altar, but he did not prepare his family for worship! They met the world as they were, with their idols and superstition and reaped the terrible results. They may have excused themselves to Jacob with their cultural icons and harmless jewlery, but Jacob learned the lesson that a casual heart leads to careless living.

        1). He acknowledged God as His God.

        2). He ignored the activities of his family. They had become ‘of the world’.

      d.  His compliance to the will of God.

        1). To seek the Lord. “…go up to Beth-el…and make there an altar…”

        2). To separate from the world. Note what he told them to do in order to accomplish this –

          a). Cleanse your hearts. Put away the idols.

          b). Cleanse your minds.

          c). Cleanse your bodies.

Jacob instructed his family to separate themselves from the things of the world and separate themselves unto the Lord. They were on their way to worship the Lord and they prepared their hearts and their dress accordingly.

Leaders need to ask themselves –

“Am I diligent in my own spiritual growth”?

“Am I negligent of the spiritual condition of my church” (Compromising Biblical values to avoid conflict)

“Di I understand the consequences resulting in my negligence”? (Beyond anything you might imagine!!)

Leaders, will you answer –

“I am going to submit myself to God and serve Him in the church,  seeking His will and obeying Him”.

Or are you going to have to face a destructive crisis before you take control. The consequences will have to be borne and they can be beyond anything that we may imagine!

As much as the leaders need to ask themselves these questions, –

Parents, as responsible for the spiritual wellbeing of the family, need to ask themselves –

“Am I diligent in my own spiritual growth”?

“Am I negligent of the spiritual condition of my family” (Compromising Biblical values to avoid conflict)

“Am I cognizant of the consequences resulting in my negligence”? (Beyond anything you might imagine!!)

Parents, will you answer – “I am going to submit myself to God and lead my family to seek His will and obey Him”. Or are you going to have to face a destructive crisis before you take control. The consequences will have to be borne and they can be beyond anything that we may imagine!

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Preaching Outline 1 Corinthians 12:1-14:40 Introduction Message Six

Message Six

You can go back and watch these messages if you missed them.  I believe they will be a help in answering many of the questions you and others may have about these issues of life.  Today, we continue to learn of the trouble in the church caused by division, which even destroyed the special communion of the church with one another and with the Lord Jesus Christ. Chapter 11 is an account of the problems in the church having to do with –

V. Disorder. 1 Corinthians 11:2 – 14:40

Paul turned now to correct the attitudes of the people involved practices that they had incorporated into their assembly. There was disorder in the church regarding –

  A.  Authority. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16  

    1.  Appreciation for their respect.

1 Corinthians 11:2  Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.


    2. Addressing their misconduct.

1 Corinthians 11:3-16  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

Paul developed his argument by teaching the proper order of authority and then correcting their conduct. His instructed them in Godly –

      a. Order. 11:3 Refer to Ephesians 5:18-33
      b. Conduct. 11:4-15

Though there is much dispute about the practice of headcoverings in Corinthians, two things are clear: (a) men did not wear them and women did, and (b) the headcovering was a sign of distinction between men and women.
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        1). The man. 11:4
He is to be the leader, in submission to the Lord.
The woman is to be under submission to the man.
        2). The woman. 11:5-15

          a). Women in ministry. 11:5a  Note the examples in Scripture –
Ladies that led ladies-

            (1). Miriam – Exodus 15:20,21
            (2). Elisabeth – Luke 1:40-45
            (3). Mary – Luke 1:46-56

Note that propriety is required even in the company of ladies only

        b). Women in submission is taught by Paul. 11:5b-15

      c.  Correction. 11:16 Submission of both the men and women.

  B. The Lord’s Supper. 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

    1.  Paul rebuked their careless practice in taking the Lord’s Supper.

1 Corinthians 11:17-22  Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.


Instead of communion, they were partial. Notice –

      a. Their conduct – divided.

1 Corinthians 11:18-19  For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

      b. Their contempt. 11:20-22

        1).  For doctrine –

1 Corinthians 11:20  When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

They did not observe the truth of God as given by Him, choosing to please themselves instead of God.  They chose what suited them and what they enjoyed and ignored the equality of others as demanded by the Lord –

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.


        2).  For brethren. 11:21,22

1 Corinthians 11:21-22  For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

    2. Paul reminded them of the correct purpose of taking the Lord’s Supper. 11:23-34

      a. Reminds the believer of Jesus Christ our Lord. 11:23-26
“…in remembrance of me…”

      b. Reverence for the Lord and His ordinance. 11:27-32

1 Corinthians 11:27-32  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.


      c. Respect for the brethren in worship of the Lord. 11:33,34

1 Corinthians 11:33-34  Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

Paul continued to teach the church the importance of obedience and unity, even as the Lord proclaimed this truth in Matthew 22

Matthew 22:35-39 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

This morning I ask you, have been hurt by divisions in a church?  If so, you know the pain and hurt that is caused and we all should know that the Lord feels this pain and hurt also. 

It is wrong and we need to turn to the Lord with honest hearts seeking to heal wounds and divisions that we may honour the Lord in all things.

This morning I ask you if you are saved?  Have you trusted the Lord as Saviour?

These message have been an introduction to the content contained in chapters 12 through 14.  We will begin these messages next week and I ask that you read these chapters carefully and prayerfully.  Read them as a letter from God, through Paul, to you and seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in the truth.

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Preaching Outline on 1 Corinthians 12:1 – 14:40 Message Five of introduction

1 Corinthians           Message Five     2021

Introduction from Message Three and four

Paul was addressing problems in the church in Corinth.  This was a church that was in trouble due to divisions among the members caused by pride stemming from social standing and prejudice.  They needed to be confronted with their sin and convicted, bringing them to repentance, confession, and unity with the Lord and one another.  We continue with a review of the messages beginning in chapter one with the –

    2. Explanation. 1:11 – 3:20

      a. The report. 1:11 Reliable report of their contentions.
      b. The reproof. 1:12-3:20 They had no reason to be divided.

        1). They could not claim special affinity with God or one another through –
          a). Salvation. 1:12,13a One way of salvation.

               “I am the way, the truth…”
          b). Baptism. 1:13b-16 Ephesians 4:1-6
          c). Intellectual superiority. 1:17-31 Colossians 2:8
          d). Eloquence. 2:1-5
          e). Message. 2:6-16 Refer to Acts 13:26-33

        2). They could not claim special knowledge. 1 Corinthians 3:1-20       

The Corinthians had no –

          (a). Spiritual discernment. 3:1-11

             1). Indicated by their immaturity. 3:1-4
             2). Indicated by their insincerity. 3:5-11 (They did not really know their teachers)          The Corinthians had no –

          (b). Spiritual discipline. 3:12-20

Paul warned them of the –

              (1). Discord in their service. 3:12

              (2).  Decisions to be made in their lives 3:21-23

They were to –

                (a). Reject personality cults.
                (b). Regard life to be in Christ. Refer to Galations 2:20

                (c). Recognize that in God there is unity in all things. There is no place for division.  We saw the –

  B. Argument for the ministry. 4:1-21

Leadership is not a popularity contest. Believers must accept the leader that God has given them. Paul exhorted them to support and follow their God appointed leadership, and so –

      a. Paul rebuked them for –

        1). Their self-aggrandizement. 4:6-8

        2). Their popular opinion. 4:9,10   Paul also wrote to them of their –

III. Disregard of spiritual truth and duty   1 Corinthians 5:1 – 6:20

Note: Paul may have to visit them with a rod after all. Look at what they were allowing.

Paul exhorted the church to turn from their disregard for –

  A. Morality. 5:1-6

  B. Sincerity. 5:7,8        They lived lives of compromise.

  C. Purity. 5:9-13

 He corrected their assumptions –

They were not to bring the practices of the world into the church, but they could not hide from the world either.  They were to be witnesses!

  D. Integrity. 6:1-8    There was a –

    1. Lack of trust. (They believed they could not receive a fair hearing in the church)
    2. Lack of love. (They could not forgive wrong instead of taking it to the public court.

    3. Lack of honesty. 6:8 Defrauding one another    “so sue me”!

  E.  Sanctification  6:9-11

They disregarded sanctification and continually and openly lived in sin.

    1.  The argument presented to excuse their actions.  6:9-10

      a.  Appetites are natural.

      b.  Allowance should be given to satisfying the appetites.

And we end this morning with the reminder of Paul to them and also to us that, as the children of God, we must seek –

  F. Holiness. 6:12-20

The answer to them is that holiness is the standard that must be met. They do have liberty as believers, but not to sin, and Paul speaks to this liberty by extending our carefulness to things not only involving sin, but also in harmless things to ourselves, but things that may distract us from serving God or in those things that may offend others.

We saw that as believers we have the responsibility to have a high regard for morality, sincerity, purity, integrity, sanctification, and holiness.
We have been bought with a price, the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and should walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we have been called.

We are not to excuse ourselves but are to put away the old things and put on the new.  Before believing in God for salvation, we had no power to change, but God has changed us through salvation, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Through Him, we can and should put off the old man and put on the new!

Message Five

This morning we will see Paul’s response to the various –

IV. Difficulties in the church.    7:1 – 10:33

Some wrote Paul seeking answers to the difficult circumstances they faced as believers. They were “new creations in Christ”, but were living in their same cultural environment. They wanted to know what changes He would make in their character as they learned of His will through His Word, how to live as believers in an unbelieving world.  They needed to know what was not acceptable to God that had always been acceptable to them in their culture.  Paul wrote to them in answer to their questions about –

A. Domestic issues. 7:1-40

1. Paul replied to their questions. 7:1-24
Should they –

a. Enter into a marriage relationship.

1 Corinthians 7:1-9  Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Evidently some were teaching that –

Being single would relieve sexual conflicts in a marriage.

Being single would enhance spiritual commitment to the Lord with more time for fasting and prayer.

Paul recommended that being single would give one more time to devote to the service of the Lord, but it could also lead to internal conflict and sin due to lustful thoughts.  Therefore, it was not up to the church to decide what is best, but for individuals to seek God’s leadership in their lives.

Should they –


b. Endorse divorce.

1 Corinthians 7:10-11  And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

c. End marriage with an unbeliever.

1 Corinthians 7:12-16  But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

The believing husband or wife are to continue to be faithful to the Lord!

Should they –


d. Encourage external rites.

1 Corinthians 7:17-19  But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

This issue was especially important as the Jews and Gentiles were brought together in the church.  Obedience to God is that which is necessary to please Him.  Groups should form in the church according to some likeness in the flesh.

Should they –


e. Embrace their position in life or should they seek a change.

1 Corinthians 7:20-24  Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

Their relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ is the great equalizer of the believers. 

Are there believers in the church who control an abundance of material goods – the wealthy? 

Are there believers in the church who have only enough to supply them with each days needs?

The wealthy and the poor receive their goods from God as He sees fit and all are to be thankful to Him and are to love one another.

The members of this church were divided from one another because of their social standing.  The poorer members felt like servants to the wealthy and the wealthy promoted this way of thinking.

Paul commanded them to be content in their positions and serve the Lord faithfully, which is the duty of every believer – no matter what!

Galatians 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Do you see and understand that this letter is to a church that is in real trouble.  The members were so divided that worship was impossible.   They claimed that they loved God, but they did not love one another.  God commanded that we prove our love for Him by loving one another.

I ask you today, do you say that you love God?  Do you show that love by loving one another.  This is a very difficult to show in these days that we cannot meet together each Sunday and Wednesday.

We can show our love though by keeping in contact with each other, by praying for each other, by encouraging each other, by loving God and obeying Him in all things. 

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Preaching Outline 1 Corinthians 12:1 – 14:40 Message four

1 Corinthians   Message Four          2021

Introduction from Message Three

    2. Explanation. 1:11 – 3:20

      a. The report. 1:11 Reliable report of their contentions.
      b. The reproof. 1:12-3:20 They had no reason to be divided.

        1). They could not claim special affinity through –
          a). Salvation. 1:12,13a One way of salvation.

               “I am the way, the truth…”
          b). Baptism. 1:13b-16 Ephesians 4:1-6
          c). Intellectual superiority. 1:17-31 Colossians 2:8
          d). Eloquence. 2:1-5
          e). Message. 2:6-16 Refer to Acts 13:26-33

Note: The Apostles and preachers were united (in Christ) in their ministry unto Him.

Message Four

        2). They could not claim special knowledge. 1 Corinthians 3:1-20       

Note: The people could not claim Apollos’ message carried more authority than Paul’s. Paul and Apollos were both bringing forth God’s message. The difference was in their personalities and this is the work of the flesh.

The Corinthians had no –

          (a). Spiritual discernment. 3:1-11

             1). Indicated by their immaturity. 3:1-4

1 Corinthians 3:1-4  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?


             2). Indicated by their insincerity. 3:5-11 (They did not really know their teachers)

1 Corinthians 3:5-11  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

The Corinthians had no –

          (b). Spiritual discipline. 3:12-20

They were not concerned with continuing the work as begun by Paul, building on the right foundation (3:10,11). Refer to I Timothy 4:13-16; and
Romans 16:17,19 Paul warned them of the –

              (1). Discord in their service. 3:12

1 Corinthians 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

              (2).  Decisions to be made in their lives 3:21-23

1 Corinthians 3:21-23  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

                (a). Reject personality cults.
                (b). Regard life to be in Christ. Refer to Galations 2:20

Galatians 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.


                (c). Recognize that in God there is unity in all things. There is no place for division.

  B. Argument for the ministry. 4:1-21

Leadership is not a popularity contest. Believers must accept the leader that God has given them. If they refuse, they are fighting against God. It is God that directs the leadership. The church should be united and supportive of their leader. There should be no division in the church over leadership. If this issue was not settled, they would be prone to division by following personalities instead of God’s man. For example: “I want Paul, Peter, Apollos, Silas, Timothy, Titus… Exactly what they were doing!

Paul wrote this letter to this church for many reasons – his desire to see the church glorify God, His love and care for the people, but also he wrote because it was his responsibility to do so. God had sent him out as the apostle to the Gentiles and he was responsible to God to teach the people. Paul exhorted them to support and follow their God appointed leadership, and so –

      a. Paul rebuked them for –

        1). Their self-aggrandizement. 4:6-8

1 Corinthians 4:6-8  And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.


        2). Their popular opinion. 4:9,10

1 Corinthians 4:9-10  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

III. Disregard. 1 Corinthians 5:1 – 6:20

Note: Paul may have to visit them with a rod after all. Look at what they were allowing.

Paul exhorted the church to turn from their disregard for –

  A. Morality. 5:1-6

    1. The sinful actions of a church member. 5:1

1 Corinthians 5:1  It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.


    2. The shameless acceptance of the church. 5:2

1 Corinthians 5:2  And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.


    3. The sentence to be executed. 5:3-6

1 Corinthians 5:3-6  For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

  B. Sincerity. 5:7,8        They lived lives of compromise.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

  C. Purity. 5:9-13

 He corrected their assumptions –

1 Corinthians 5:9-10  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

They were not to bring the practices of the world into the church, but they could not hide from the world either.  They were to be witnesses!

  D. Integrity. 6:1-8

1 Corinthians 6:1-8  Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

There was a –

    1. Lack of trust. (They believed they could not receive a fair hearing in the church)
    2. Lack of love. (They could not forgive wrong instead of taking it to the public court.

    3. Lack of honesty. 6:8 Defrauding one another

      a.  They defrauded their brothers.

      b.  They excused their actions.  “So, sue me”!

1 Corinthians 6:8  Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

  E.  Sanctification  6:9-11

They disregarded sanctification and continually and openly lived in sin.

    1.  The argument presented to excuse their actions.  6:9-10

      a.  Appetites are natural.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

      b.  Allowance should be given to satisfying the appetites.

1 Corinthians 6:11a  “And such were some of you…” 

They claimed that they were just doing what came natural to them.

And we end this morning with the reminder of Paul to them and also to us that, as the children of God, we must seek –

  F. Holiness. 6:12-20

The answer to them is that holiness is the standard that must be met. They do have liberty as believers, but not to sin, and Paul speaks to this liberty by extending our carefulness to things not only involving sin, but also in harmless things to ourselves, but things that may distract us from serving God or in those things that may offend others.

1 Corinthians 6:12-13  All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

We see that as believers we have the responsibility to have a high regard for morality, sincerity, purity, integrity, sanctification, and holiness.
We have been bought with a price, the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and should walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we have been called.

We are not to excuse ourselves but are to put away the old things and put on the new.  Before believing in God for salvation, we had no power to change, but God has changed us through salvation, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are commanded –

Colossians 3:1-10  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Are you seeking those things that are above, the things of God?

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Preaching message on 1 Corinthians 12:1 – 14:40 Message Three

1 Corinthians   Message Three   2021

This morning, in this third message, we begin to learn of the trouble in this church.  It is most important again to remember that this letter was written to a specific church that was having a great deal of trouble with spiritual understanding, with pride, and with personal relationships.  Be very careful to know the context of a verse or a group of verses before taking them as proof text for your actions.  In the first four chapters we learn of the –

II. Division among the members of the church.  1:10-4:21

Things had become so bad that some church members sought help from Paul.  We notice as we read the letter that there were those that asked the members who were going to visit Paul to present their questions to him also.  His reply began with an –

  A.  Admonition to unity. 1:10-3:23

Paul followed the pattern that he presented in the second letter to Timothy in chapter four, verse 2

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Relied on God through His Word

Remained consistent

Reproved

Rebuked

Reminded them and reminded them again to obey the Lord always.

In his reply, he first commended them for the good things that they had done – the Word that they had obeyed – 

1 Corinthians 1:2-8  Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He then began to correct them for the wrong that they were doing with an –

    1.  Exhortation to obey the Lord Jesus Christ –

1 Corinthians 1:10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

That –

      a. They speak the same things

Truth should never be denied to accommodate anyone’s particular situation.  Satan was not satisfied with his position, so he denied the truth by changing it into a lie.  This patter has been followed by billions of people since that time –

Romans 1:17-25  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.

We are to know

John 17:14,17  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world……..Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

… and obey the truth! 

John 14:15 ,21 If ye love me, keep my commandments………He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

When they speak the same things –


      b. They will be in agreement.

 “…perfectly joined together…” To mend a net, to put back into place (dislocated joint).

With every exhortation, there should be an –

    2.  Explanation. 1:11 – 3:20

Paul informed them of –

      a.  The report. 1:11 Reliable report of their contentions.

1 Corinthians 1:11  For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

The report brought forth –


      b.  The reproof. 1:12-3:20     They had no reason to be divided.

        1). They could not claim special privilege through –


          a). Salvation. 1:12,13a

1 Corinthians 1:12-13  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

               One way of salvation. “I am the way, the truth…”

They could not claim special privilege through –


          b). Baptism. 1:13b-16 Ephesians 4:1-6   (a church ordinance)

1 Corinthians 1:13-16  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

They were united in the Lord and should have determined to be united with one another  –

Ephesians 4:1-6  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

They could not claim a privileged position through –


          c). Intellectual superiority. 1:17-31 Colossians 2:8

1 Corinthians 1:17-31  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. ……… For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Colossians 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

They could not claim a privileged position through –

          d). Eloquence. 2:1-5

1 Corinthians 2:1-5  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

They could not claim special privilege by claiming they heard a better –


          e).  Message.  There is one message   2:6-16

                Refer to Acts 13:26-33

1 Corinthians 2:6-16  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

And when each of us has the mind of Christ, we are single minded understanding that salvation is not by our own merit, but totally by His grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

One way of salvation –

Romans 10:9-13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Note: The Apostles and preachers were united (in Christ) in their ministry unto Him.

When we follow God’s will in

Matthew 22:37-39  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

We will be one with Him and with one another, not seeking to exalt ourselves, but seeking to exalt the Lord and edify others.

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Preaching message for 1 Corinthians 12:1 – 14:40 Message Two

1 Corinthians   Message 2   May 2, 2021

We are reminded this morning that through all of the trials, he saw, and we see, as always that –

  D.  Faithful is the Lord.  God’s grace is seen in –

    1.  The promise to be with him throughout his ministry

We see the –

      a.  Specific promises to the church.      Paul was included in this promise as we are!

Matthew 28:19-20  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We also are told of the grace of God in His –

      b.  Special promises to Paul –

In danger among those that hate the truth of the gospel –

Acts 23:11  And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

In danger in travel and on the sea –

Acts 27:23-24  For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

In danger when deserted by those who should have stood with him –

2 Timothy 4:16-18  At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Help and encouragement from the brethren is wonderful, but help from the Lord is that which is necessary!

God’s faithfulness and power is seen in –

    2.  The preparation to face difficulty in his ministry.

Acts 9:15-16  But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

The grace and power of God experienced in life is seen in –
   

    3.  The Proclamation of God’s faithfulness to the churches.

Paul learned as he took God’s Word to the world that God is faithful and he encouraged the churches and us as he testified of God’s constant faithfulness to him –

1 Corinthians 1:9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.


2 Thessalonians 3:1-3  Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

We experience God’s blessings through –

    4.  The practice of faithful service unto the Faithful God.

We should understand the practical ministry of God in us and through us as Paul did –

2 Corinthians 1:4  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Paul had arrived in the city of Corinth and took up residence with Acquila and Priscilla. He worked with them in their tent making business. He was immersed in the Jewish community and shared the Gospel as he had opportunity.  The faithfulness and grace of God is seen again the power, comfort as he faced –

      a. The profanity of the Jews.

Acts 18:5-6  And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.


      b. The Preaching to the Gentiles.

Acts 18:7-11  And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man’s house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.


      c.  Protected by the Lord.

Acts 18:12-17  And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law. And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. And he drave them from the judgment seat. Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.

And finally the faithfulness and grace of God in –


      d.  Parting from the church.

Acts 18:18  And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

We learn today that we should not be discouraged by the difficulties facing us, but we are to learn from them and help others who face the same things!  God used Paul to instruct this struggling church, to help them see that they were completely out of order and needed to repent and set their hearts on the Lord and His will, not setting their hearts on their will for the Lord to build them up.

We have set forth last week and today that through the promises and the power of God, Paul was able to preach to the church with authority and demand that they repent and turn back to God according to His Word.

We should understand God’s love and patient work with His People.

We should understand Paul’s love and patient work with God’s people. 

We should understand that the desire was that those in the church who had sought their own preeminence instead of humble submission to the Lord and His Word should repent and turn back to the Lord in confession and contrition.

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Preaching message on 1 Corinthians 12:1 – 14:40 Message One

Preaching Outline   1 Corinthians 12:1 – 14:40 

Message 1

I have been considering the need for these messages and have been much in prayer for the Lord’s leadership as to when to begin this series.  Now is the time and I pray that we will pay close attention to God’s Word and receive the messages that He intends for us to apply to our lives. 

I will not be preaching through the entire letter, but will present background information and then will focus on chapters twelve through fourteen, beginning with background information on the ministry of the Gospel and the purpose of this first letter from Paul to the church in Corinth.  The background information is found in the book of Acts, beginning with chapter sixteen.

I.  Founding of the church in Corinth explained.

     Acts 16:6 – 18:4

  A. Following the Lord. Acts 16:6-11

Acts 16:6-11  Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

God will set up roadblocks in order to keep us going in the direction He will have us to go.  Paul did not get discouraged and turn back to where he had come from, but continued on seeking God’s leadership, going away from where he had been.  We see early in the ministry, Paul had a desire to accomplish that which he wrote to the Corinthians years later in his second letter –

2 Corinthians 10:16  To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.

God did not leave the missionaries to follow their own understanding, but gave them specific direction which would keep them on their course in times of great difficulty –


  B. Faced with opposition. Acts 16:12 – 17:34

    1. Imprisoned in Philippi. Acts 16:12-40

Acts 16:12-40  And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days. And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks….

The Lord interceded for them and they, being released from prison, encouraged the believers and continued their journey –


    2. Threatened in Thessalonica. Acts 17:1-9

Acts 17:1-9  Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar…


    3. Pursued to Berea. Acts 17:10-14

Acts 17:10-14  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people. And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.


    4. Opposed in Athens. Acts 17:15-34

Acts 17:15-34  And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed. Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.) Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

It is no wonder that following all of this, we find him –

  C. Fearful in Corinth.

    1. The city of Corinth.

a. “40 miles Southwest of Athens, Corinth was the capital of the province of Achia and had a population of 500,000. Julius Caesar, recognizing the importance of the Isthmus as a military and mercantile position, sent thither a colony of Italians, who were chiefly freedmen. This new establishment rapidly increased by the mere force of its position. Within a few years, it grew from nothing to an enormous city”.                Coneybeare and Howson, pg 326, The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.

      b. Crossroads of travel and commerce for all points. It boasted of two seaports, one on each side of the isthmus.

        1). It was not a centre of intellectualism, like Athens, but was    a trading centre with a cosmopolitan population.
        2). The city was overseen by the goddess Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The temples were full of prostitutes and the city had a thriving night life.
        3). The city had a stadium which hosted contest every two years and was second only to the Greek Olympics.

Imagine if you will, this city dedicated to the pursuit of prosperity and enjoying of worldly pleasures, teeming with activity and this missionary, now traveling alone, entering into this hive of activity, knowing no person, but led by God with the message of hope, the message of help, that these people did not know that they needed nor had any desire to hear –

2.   The record of his emotional condition at this time.

1 Corinthians 2:1-3  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

Through all of this he saw, and we see, as always that –

  D. Faithful is the Lord.

    1. Note that God did not deceive Paul about his ministry.

Acts 9:15-16  But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.


    2.  God promised to be with him throughout his ministry.

Acts 18:9-10  Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

We often find ourselves in the same position as these men to some degree.  We have the desire to follow the Lord’s command and share His gospel with others, but we seem to lack direction.  Keep moving forward in unknown and even uncomfortable territory.

When we speak, we are blessed that some will listen and even turn to the Lord for salvation, but most will ignore the truth and even some will tell us to leave them alone, and leave others alone, chasing us away.

We must apply this same encouragement from the Lord to our lives today  “…be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace…”

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 6:20,21 Are you committed to the truth?

1 Timothy 6:20-21a   Message 35  Final message on 1 Timothy

      e.  Be committed to the truth.   1 Timothy 6:20-21

1 Timothy 6:20-21  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

        1).  The Treasure committed to Timothy.    “…keep that which is committed to thy trust…”

We will review that which Timothy was to minister to others, defending the truth from any that would change it from that which he had been given.

We learn of this letter in the –       

A.     Introduction of the Epistle                  1:1-2

This introduction reveals the truth that we all make choices in life and these  choices influence others.  We may never even know how we have helped others in living a life that honours God.  As we begin this letter, we note the identification of the writer and the recipient. –

  1.  Identification.

1 Timothy 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope

      a.  The writer – Paul identified himself as an Apostle by appointment by God.

      b.  The recipient is Timothy    1 Timothy 1:2a “Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith…”

        1).  The partner in ministry – “…my own son in the faith…”   Timothy was now –

        2).  The pastor at Ephesus

This is difficult work – the strength for which is only found in the Lord.  Paul encouraged Timothy in this truth by the next statement of that which is found only in God.  Paul explained that which he had declared of God’s –

    2.  Intercession: “…our hope…”  Our expected end – what to look forward to along the way:

1 Timothy 1:2b  “…Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.”

      a.  Grace,  Living grace needed for each day

      b.  Mercy, protecting us from evil    – and –

      c.  Peace, that which only can come from God.  

We then began to see the –

  B.   Charges to Timothy           1 Timothy 1:3 – 6:21a

Now that he knew the presence of God providing him with grace, mercy, and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ, Timothy was to make a –

    1.  Commitment to right Doctrine  1 Timothy 1:3-20

It would be good to remember that Paul had given Timothy, as pastor of the church in Ephesus, the responsibility to correct the wrongdoing in the church and instruct them in knowing and doing God’s work God’s way.  Timothy had to commit himself to right doctrine in order to set in order the right –

    2.  Conduct of the church                1 Timothy 2:1 – 3:16

We, the members of the church, are a living body – more than just an organization.

We have been placed into this body, the church, by the Lord –

1 Corinthians 12:18  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

– and we are to help one another to accomplish God’s will, and to tell all those in the world that God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world that they may be saved.  We must have God’s help, which led us to –

      a.  Prayer    1 Timothy 2:1-7

Paul wrote of –

        1).  Supplication – seeking, realizing one’s insufficiency.  1 Timothy 2:1a

        2).  Prayers – conversation

        3).  Intercessions.

        4).  Thanksgiving     And that we are to pray for –

      b.         The People    Who are we to pray for?  1 Timothy 2:1b, 2a

The first thing is –  “…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life…”

     c.  The Purpose  Why should we pray? – to carry out the commandments of God.        In –

        1).  Peace

        2).  Pleasing unto God  –  1 Timothy 2:3,4

        3).  Profitable to reason in atmosphere of peace –  1 Timothy 2:5,6

        4).  Proclaimed unto all the world –  1 Timothy 2:7

        5).  Practical actions of the believers    which takes daily prayer and determination to submit to God –

           a).  The Responsibility of the men in submission to the Lord –

            (1).  We are to be public, not ashamed of our relationship with the Lord  “…that men pray everywhere…”

            (2).  We are to be pure  “…lifting up holy hands…”

            (3).  We are to be peaceable  “…without wrath…”

            (4).  We are to be positive   “…without doubting.”

          b).  The Role of women in submission to the Lord –

            (1).  Their Dedication

            (2).   Their decency   (The dictionary definition of ‘decent’ is –   marked by moral integrity, kindness, and goodwill)

            (3).  Their determination

            (4).  Their desire

            (5).  Their deference

The conclusion drawn from the responsibilities and roles is –

 Do you see this morning that we are not saved by public prayer and praise, having children, or any other thing we do?  We are saved by faith, trusting in God through His Son Jesus Christ – the death, burial, and resurrection that all men might be saved.

That which Paul stated here is how believers, praying that we might lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty, live in submission and obedience, willingly and happily unto the Lord.

A man or woman who say that they will trust God for salvation, but nothing else, they will choose how they will live their lives, is not a saved person.

A man that says that he does not have to live a holy life, a public testimony for the Lord, does not need to pray, does not need to be kind to others, had better examine his salvation!

A woman that says she will be married, but will not submit to her husband’s leadership, does not have to help him accomplish God’s will for his life, will go to church but does not have to listen to the men because she knows more than they do, had better examine her salvation.

Anyone that states “I will accept your salvation, but I will do what I want when I want”, is not saved!

We also learned of the –

      e.   Positions or what are commonly called ‘offices’ in the church.  1 Timothy 3:1-13

Qualifications for the two offices in the church are set forth in this chapter, the first being that of the

        1).  Bishops                           1 Timothy 3:1-7

        2).  Deacons

The qualifications are set forth clearly and are to be followed exactly!

Next we were encouraged with Timothy in the –

      f. Performance of our duties                    1 Timothy 3:14-16

Paul took a brief intermission in the letter to exhort and encourage Timothy to consider the things he had read and to exalt the Lord, reminding us that He is Worthy of all of our love, all of our attention, and all of our obedience. 

We must stand for the truth of God’s Word as we, as well as was Timothy – are warned along with him of the –

    3.  Calamity in the church                   1 Timothy 4:1-5

      a.  The message of warning.  “…Now the Spirit speaketh expressly…”

Timothy, and every pastor since his time, was told of what to look for in their churches –

      b. The movement away from truth    “…that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith…”

These are all basic truths, easy to understand which should be trusted and obeyed.  But there is a continuing lie being proclaimed by the world –

      c.  The method of deception  “…giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils…”

These take the truth, question it, twist it, add lies to it and present it as the answer to your needs in life, the things that you deserve which leads to –

      d.  The magnification of the cult of self

    4.  Correction of the church.                  1 Timothy 4:6-16

Correction is necessary to remain on the course that is set before us by God through His Word.  We should examine our position daily to insure we are remaining true to God’s will and close to Him in our walk.

Paul also provided Timothy with a practical guide to the pastor’s relationship with the church in giving –

    5.  Counsel to the Church       1 Timothy 5:1 – 6:2                                     

      a.  Pastoral Ministry   To Regard them as family

        1).  Ministry to the members

             2).  Ministry to widows.                1 Timothy 5:3-16

               3).  Ministry to pastors.               1 Timothy 5:17-22

                 a).  The pastor’s remuneration. (Simply put, the pastor’s salary)

          b).  The pastor’s reputation.

        4). Ministry to slaves and to masters.    1 Timothy 6:1-2

          1).  Freedom in Christ should not promote rebellion

          2).  Equality in Christ should not promote disrespect 

       b.  Personal lives.  1 Timothy 6:3-21

        1).  Be careful in fellowship.

        2).  Be content in material pursuits.

        3).  Be contending for the faith.  “fight the good fight of faith…”

        4).  Be constantly exhorting the brethren.

Which concludes this morning with –

        2).  The Trust required.  1 Timothy 6:20b-21

… avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

Conclusion 

1 Timothy 6:20-21  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee.

We have an example of treasure entrusted to others in the account known as ‘the feeding of the five thousand’.

John 6:9-13  There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

We should notice that which Jesus took and gave thanks for were barley loaves.  Jesus gave of the barley loaves to His disciples to give unto the people.  The disciples took of the barley loaves from the hands of Jesus and they went throughout the crowd of people distributing to all.  The people received barley loaves from the disciples who had received them from the Lord.  Following the meal, the disciples were instructed by Jesus to collect all that remained of the barley loaves and twelve baskets were filled.

It is important to notice that the bread that was blessed and given by Jesus was the same that was distributed, eaten, and then the excess collected and stored in baskets.  The disciples nor the people changed the bread that was given.  That which was given was more than sufficient to meet their needs.

The disciples were ministers (waiters on of tables) not taking orders from the people, but providing food from the Master. 

Timothy was a minister and was not to take orders from the people, changing that which he had been given to suit the taste of the people, but was to simply distribute the Word of God to the people as it was given.  We are held accountable to this same command – “…keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called…

Human nature has not changed from the first time man disobeyed God.  People are always seeking the easy way.  Jesus dealt with this in His ministry on earth –

John 6:60-64  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not….

Does what you hear from God’s Word seem too hard for you?  Are you committed to the truth?  I sincerely recommend to you that you trust God, taking one step at a time in accordance with His direction in His Word. God will not make it easy, but He will make you able to do the things that seem hard to you.

Do not change His Word or His will to suit your weakness.  Trust His Word and do His will to increase your strength.

Trust the Lord for your salvation today.

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Message 34 Joy is found in the Lord

1 Timothy 6:17-19      Message 34  Joy found in the Lord

We have noted that our Lord Jesus that “…before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession…”  and we should also witness a good confession before those in the world, knowing and trusting in the truth –

 Hebrews 13:20-21  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  

In order to accomplish God’s purpose for our lives in bringing glory to Him, we must act upon that which we have learned.  The pastor is to preach, to practice, and to encourage every believer to –

      a.  Be careful in fellowship. That they will withdraw themselves from evil and give themselves to listen and obey ‘wholesome words’.  1 Timothy 6:3-5

      b.  Be content in material pursuits.  1 Timothy 6:6-11

      c.  Be contending for the faith.  1 Timothy 6:12-16

This morning we look to the command to be –

      d.  Be constantly exhorting the brethren about –

Their present desire,

Their precarious position,

Their positive action.                         We begin with –

        1).  Their present desire    Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19

1 Timothy 6:17-19  Charge them that are rich in this world….

They have accumulated much in this present world,  and are not to put off  being a blessing to others, but to be a help to them now!

We all need to understand this truth – Refuse to hold tight to things!

Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

This command from Paul hearkens back to the Kingdom truths taught by the Lord in what is commonly called the Beatitudes.  

Matthew 5:3-12  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

How many of us are raising up our hands high right now and saying “Please Lord, let this be me”!

These are lessons for the Kingdom, but if a believer wants to have a bit of Heaven on earth, so to speak, these attitudes and actions, which are completely contrary to the present world system, should be applied to our day to day lives.  The testimony of this life will be apparent to the unbeliever as a contradiction to the desires of the flesh.  Notice carefully the description given by the Lord and see what is not listed –

Humble (5:3),   Compassionate  (5:4)),    Obedient (5:5)                                      Honest  (5:6),  Helpers  (5:7)  Holy  (5:8), Ambassadors  (5:9)  Unashamed (5:10)

Is this how the Lord would describe us?

We find no mention of the wealthy, the powerful, the celebrity,  – those people that the world lifts up to praise and honour.  We must remember what is important in the eyes of God.

So we are instructed again in this letter to Timothy of the importance of a changed life in this present corrupt world.

Following their present desire, we look to –

        2).  Their precarious position.  They are warned of –

          a).  Their vanity –

“…that they be not highminded,…”

See the use of this word used by Paul –

Romans 11:19-21  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Do not believe that we, as many of them did, are in a protected position and cannot be touched by the chastisement of God or the circumstances that trouble others.

And they are warned of –

          b).  Their vulnerability –

“…nor trust in uncertain riches…”  They believe their wealth is a wall of protection and insulates them from the common tragedies of this life.

Proverbs 23:5  Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Ecclesiastes 5:13  There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Following this warning, we see the blessings offered through –

        3).  Their positive actions –  They are to trust –

   “…in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;…”

How do we truly enjoy the wealth God gives?  We are given the answer here –

  “That they do good, that they be rich in good works,  ready to distribute, willing to communicate; “

Giving of things and sharing those things, being in common with themIt is easy to give something and take your hand back, but here we are to give something and share it with them.  We see that this has to do with giving our hearts. Give those things that will meet the spiritual an physical needs of the person.

Look at the example of giving and the rejoicing that comes to the person giving in the following verses –

1 Chronicles 29:1-17  Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God. Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal: The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD? Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king’s work, offered willingly, And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron. And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.

We see that the joy did not come through the material things, but through using these things for the glory of God and the good of the people.

“Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come…”

Using God’s creation for Him and being a blessing to others.  Trust the Lord to care for you and care for others through you –

Matthew 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Conclusion:

“…that they may lay hold on eternal life.”

Do we understand what eternal life means at this present time?

It means that everything we go through here is just for a moment.

It means the experiences that we have in this present time should be an encouragement to us as we discover where our eternal which we lay hold onto now life is leading us.

Consider these things, that even in a life filled with trouble, just one thing after another, we have experienced some moments of joy –

A friend found

A life long love established

A hurt healed

A sorrow comforted

The prosperity preachers have it all backwards!  We do not give to get.  We get to give! And we do it over and over and over!

How much can you give before you cross the line of this life and enter into the presence of the Lord.

Enjoyment is short lived in the things that we accumulate as we pass through, but the joy we share with others through the Lord Jesus Christ, exalting God every day builds a good foundation in the coming days and on into eternity. 

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant…”

What blessed words to hear from the Lord.

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 6:13-16 The Example of the Saviour Message 33

1 Timothy 6:13-16  The Example of the Saviour  Message 33

We have learned that the pastor is to practice and to preach that believer’s will –

      a.  Be careful in fellowship. “…any man…” including Religious teachers, withdraw themselves from evil and give themselves to listen and obey ‘wholesome words’.

      b.  Be content in material pursuits.  1 Timothy 6:6-11

      c.  Be contending for the faith.  1 Timothy 6:12-16

We have been warned of the dangers of accumulating money as a method of setting ourselves above others through the possession of material goods, power, prestige, submitting to our pride and the love of money. Many fight for these things, not contending for the faith, but contending for foolish things that will all be left behind at death.

We are to fight for that good thing, faith.  We saw in verse 12 three things that will help us to walk in the way of the Lord.

The exhortation to contend for the faith.

The encouragement to lay hold on eternal life.

The example of the Saviour.

We began with –

        1).  The Exhortation to contend for the faith

          a).  Contending                 Paul’s exhortation –

                ‘Fight the good fight’. 

          b).  Courage to fight  We must know God’s Word and have the –

          c).  Conviction of what to fight for.

We were reminded that life is full of fights –

            (1).  good ones, the fight for THE FAITH, holding forth the truth of God.

            (2).  Meaningless fights: to fight for the things of this world which are so soon to be worthless to anyone.  And there are –

            (3).  Foolish fights:  to fight against God or to fight against His people which are to be rejected –

We have the exhortation to fight the good fight of faith.  We also have

Then we learned what it means to “…lay hold onto eternal life…”

        2).  The Embracing of your eternal life.

It is yours, posses it, occupy it, own it, God has given it to you!  Declare that it is yours and begin now, not waiting until you die!

Today, being Easter, we will look at the –

        3).  The Example of the Saviour 1 Timothy 6:13-16

1 Timothy 6:13-16  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

This is especially a blessed day to look to the Saviour as Paul exalts Him in this letter to Timothy.  I did not plan out the preaching schedule of this book for these verses to be preached on this day, but how appropriate they are and how blessed we are to fight the good fight of faith. 

          a).  The witnesses of our faith. 

1 Timothy 6:13  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

             (1).  The reason for fighting the good fight   “…God…and before Christ Jesus…”

We fight the good fight because God loves us –

John 15:9-12  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

            (2).  The results of fighting the good fight 

1 Timothy 6:14  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We fight the good fight because the world needs to see the light of God in us and hear the Word of God from us –

2 Corinthians 4:1-10  Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

          b).  The witnesses of the Lord’s faith.  “…who before Pontius Pilate…”

1 Timothy 6:13-14a  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable,

We must take a moment and be reminded of –

            (1).  His plan

Luke 18:31-33  Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.

Mark 14:61-62  But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

            (2).  His position.

Matthew 27:11  And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

John 18:37  Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Mark 15:12-14  And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

John 19:19  And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

            (3).  His power

John 19:2-12  And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

          c).  The witnesses in faith, looking for the Lord’s return.

Paul wrote these words –

1 Timothy 6:14b-16   “…until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”

In the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ –

1 Corinthians 15:3-6  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

And in accord with the testimony of the angels at the Lord’s ascension –

Acts 1:8-11  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

We should fight the good fight of faith because we are in the eternal court of God, living in His presence for His glory.

We should fight the good fight of faith because we are in combat for the souls of men, that they might hear the gospel, turn to God in faith through His Son Jesus, and be everlastingly saved.

We should fight the good fight of faith because Jesus, as He went into Heaven, is coming again and we need to be prepared for His coming –

“…who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting.”

Are you ready to meet Him?  Are you excited to see Him?

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