Preaching Outline of the Book of Job, Message Four

I.  The Setting. Job 1:1-12

  A.  The Introduction.  Job.  1:1-5

  B.  The Presentation. 1:6-12

    1.  The Assembly.  1:6,7

    2.  The Acknowledgement.  1:8  of –

      a.  Satan’s interest.  “…considered…” (to set one’s heart on)

Luke 22:31  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Notice next –

      b.  Job’s –

        1).  Committment.  “…my servant…”

        2).  Character.  Every comment is about his character.  Note that God did not mention one thing about material things or physical health! (these are secondary concerns)

Having acknowledged Stan’s interest and Job’s commitment and character, we turn to –

    3.  The Accusation. Job 1:9-11

      a.  *Satan’s understanding.  Job 1:9  (He [Satan] projects his understanding on others)

Titus 1:15  Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

       * 1).  Worship may be purchased, even if undeserved.

       * 2).  Worship is desired.  Refer to Matthew 4

          a).  The temptation.  Provision, power, position.

          b).  The temptation rejected.

Matthew 4:10  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

       * 3).  Worship rewarded – in Job’s case “Doth Job fear God for nought”?

Note: Satan believed that this was not a voluntary expression of love, but a response to the blessings received!

      b.  Satan’s assessment of the situation.   Job 1:10

        1).  Satan obviously had considered Job, and carefully!

        2).  Satan did not accuse Job of sin (as his friends and wife did, as we shall see), but he accused God of purchasing Job’s love and loyalty with –

          a).  Protection. 

          b).  Provision.

          c).  Position.

         Note:  Simply put –    God:  Job loves me

                                            Satan: Job loves the benefits that you provide.         This brings forth –

       c.  Satan’s challenge.  Job 1:11

          1).  Remove Job’s blessings.  “…put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath…”

Exodus 3:20  And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

          2).  Receive Job’s curse.   “…he will curse thee to thy face.”    He had seen this in –

            a).  Cain,  his defiant reply “am I my brother’s keeper?”

            b).  King Saul     “…for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord…”  1 Sam 15:26

            c).  King Jereboam “…who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.”

            d).  King Amon “…but he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord…”

            e).  Judas Iscariot

Luke 22:3-4  Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

Luke 22:48  But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

            f).  Demas  2 Timothy 4:2  “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world…”

Note: This is the pattern of rebellion against the Lord.  When a person does not receive what he believes he deserves, he turns on God.

    4.  The Acceptance of the challenge. Job 1:12

      a.  The response.  “…Behold, all that he hath is in thy power…”

      b.  The restrictions.  “…Only upon himself put not forth thine hand.”  See

2 Corinthians 12:7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

      c.  The reaction of Satan.  “He had said “…put forth thine hand now…”  When permission was granted, he acted immediately. 

1 Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Conclusion: As we consider the passage, we need to ask ourselves some questions –

1.  Scripture reveals that God knew Job, but are you aware that God knows you? 

Matthew 10:29-30  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Psalms 44:21  Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

2.  Scripture also reveals that Satan knew Job; are you aware that the Devil also knows you? 

3.  Are you saved?  You cannot be a servant of God unless you are a child of God.  You have no protection from Satan unless you are saved!

I am going to give you two questions that have come to our attention today –

1.  Why do you serve god?  Is it as Satan stated: for provision, position, power, wealth, health?

2.  Is there anything that could happen in your life that would result in your cursing God?

     William Carey (wife’s nervous breakdown); Goforth’s (5 children died); Elisabeth Eliot;

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Preaching Outline on the Book of Job, Message Three

    1.  The Assembly Job 1:6,7

      a.  The sons of God.  1:6a

      b.  Satan.  1:6b,7

        1).  His Creation.  Ezekiel 28:12-17

Ezekiel 28:12-17  Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

          a).  His person.  Ezekiel 28:12,13   

Ezekiel 28:12-13  Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

He was –

            (1).  Wise.

            (2).  Beautiful.  Ezekiel 28:17a  “…because of thy beauty…”

            (3).  He exhibits personality.  The traits are seen in his –

              (a).  Intellect.  Ephesians 6:11 “…the wiles of the Devil…”

              (b).  Emotions. 

                [1].  Pride – Matthew 4:9  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  ‘Undeserved worship’!

                [2].  Desire Luke 22:31  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

              (c).  Will.  2 Timothy 2:26  “…who are taken captive by him at his will.”

              (d).  Conversation.  Matthew 4:3-11  The tempting of Jesus in the wilderness.

                      He is not the personification of evil, he is an evil being!

            (4).  Powerful   Michael, did not dispute with him “…the Lord rebuke thee.”

          b).  His position.  Ezekiel 28:14

Ezekiel 28:14  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

            (1).  He was the “annointed cherub”.

            (2).  He was positioned at the Throne of God.

                    Remember that cherubs minister at the throne of God.

        2).  His Crime – Pride.  Ezekiel 28:15-17

Ezekiel 28:15-17  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

              1 Timothy 3:6  Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

           Refer to Proverbs 6:16,17 “…a proud look…”

        3).  His Character.     He can be known by his –

          a).  Names.

            (1).  Satan.    Hebrew: opponent, adversary.  Greek: accuser

            (2).  Devil.   Greek: Slanderer, false accuser

            (3).  Prince of the power of the air.  Ephesians 2:2

            (4).  Prince of this world.  John 14:30 “the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me”

            (5).  The god of this world.  2 Corinthians 4:4

                –  and also Beelzebub (the lord of the flies), the wicked one, dragon…

          b).  Personality.

            (a).  He is the author of sin. 

            (b).  He is full of lust, murder, and lies.

                    John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

        4).  His Contest – war against God.

          a).  He originated sin in himself.

                1 John 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

          b).  He introduced sin –

            (1).  To angelic beings.  Matthew 25:41 “…the devil and his angels.”

                    Revelation 12:7  “…the dragon fought, and his angels.”

            (2).  To human beings.  Genesis 3:1-6

          c).  He accuses believers.  Job 1,2

                Zechariah 3:1  And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel                  of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

          d).  He tempts to disobience.  1 Chronicles 21:1,8

                1 Chronicles 21:1  And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to                            number Israel.

                1 Chronicles 21:8  And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have                  done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I                     have done very foolishly.

          e).  He holds men in bondage. 

                2 Timothy 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the                          devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

          f).  He attempts to pollute the work of God.  Matthew 13:39  ‘wheat and tares’

          g).  He deceives.  2 Cor  11:14     He comes an a ‘angel of light’; 2 Cor 11:3

          h).  He blinds the minds of the lost to keep them from being saved.

                2 Corinthians 4:3,4; refer to Luke 8:12

          i).  He oppresses people with sickness and mental oppression.

                Acts 10:38  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

        5).  His conqueror

          a).  The Lord Jesus  conquered Satan, sin and death on the cross.

                John 12:31  Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world                    be cast out.

                John 16:11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

                Hebrews 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he                  also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy                        him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

                Note: He introduced death, separation from God.

          b).  The Lord Jesus will cast  him out of heaven .  Revelation 12:7-10

          c).  The Lord Jesus will chain him for a 1000 year period. Revelation 20:1,2

        6).  His consequent punishment.

          a).  His confession.  Philippians 2:10.

                Philippians 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in                       heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

                Refer to –

                Mark 3:11  And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and                        cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.

                James 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also                     believe, and tremble.           

          b).  His confinement.

                Revelation 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire                     and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented                       day and night for ever and ever.

                Revelation 19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that                        wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the                      mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive                   into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

                Matthew 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me,                 ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Satan, the Devil, the Evil One – how do we protect ourselves from him?

The Lord gave us instructions in His Word. –

Be saved, a child of God.  1 John 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Be right with the Lord and with one another   2 Corinthians 2:10-11   To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Ephesians 4:25-27  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.

Be aware of his methods    1 John 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Be preparedEphesians 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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Preaching Outline on the Book of Job, Message Two

I.  The Setting.  Job 1:1-2

  A. The Introduction.  Job 1:1-5

  B.  The Presentation.  1:6-12

This morning we are going to establish the existence and identity of Angels –

Job 1:6-12  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

    1.  The Appointment. 1:6  Reveals the Lord’s sovereignty.

      a.  They came before the Lord.   “…present themselves before the Lord…”

      b.  They came at appointed times. 

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

Job 2:1  Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

    2.  The Assembly. 

Job 1:6-7  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

      a.  The sons of God. 

        1).  Their identification – Angels.  How do we know they were angels?

          a).  They were giving account to the Lord for their activity and were not being judged.

          b).  Their presence before the Lord.

            (1).  No judgment on humanity at the throne of God at this time.

            (2).  Deceased mankind was in Paradise or in Hell.

Note:  we should at this time establish their existence.  Listen to the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ –

Matthew 18:10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

Mark 13:32  But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

        2).  Their abode. 

Jude 1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

        3).  Their nature.

          a).  They are created beings.

Psalm 148:2-5  Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

Nehemiah 9:6  Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

            (1).  They are spirit.

Ephesians 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

            (2).  They are immortal.

Luke 20:36  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

            (3).  They do not procreate.

Matthew 22:30  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

          b).  They are different in their characteristics.  The host of Heaven is made up of –

            (1).  Cherubims.  First mentioned in – 

Genesis 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Exodus 25:20  And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

            (2).  Seraphim.  Mentioned only in

Isaiah 6:1-6  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

            (3).  Angels.  Differences are noted among angels in  –

              (a).  Their appearance.    Lot entertained angels who were seen to be normal men.

Hebrews 13:2  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.   Also remember the angels at Jesus’ tomb.

              (b).  Their personalities. 

                     Angels seem to have individual personalities.

                [1].  Their positions. 

                        Archangel (Michael) and angels following him.

Colossians 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

               [2].  Their names.

                 [a].  Lucifer. 

Isaiah 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

                 [b].  Michael.      

Jude 9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

                 [c].  Gabriel    

Luke 1:19 “I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God…”

              (c).  Their power.  They have superhuman strength –

2 Peter 2:11  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

–  but they do not have equal strength among themselves –

Daniel 10:11-13  And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

        4).  Their service.  A survey of their ministry unto the Lord.

          a).  They worship the Lord.

          b).  They execute the will of God.

Psalms 103:20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

          c).  They served in the Garden of Eden.

          d).  One smote the firstborn in  Egypt.   Exodus 12:23 “…the destroyer…”

          e).  They protected Elisha the prophet –

2 Kings 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.  

          f).  They destroyed the Assyrian army that besieged Jerusalem. 

          g).  They announced the birth of Jesus.

          h).  They ministered to Jesus following the temptation and His anguished prayer.

Matthew 4:11  Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Luke 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

          i).  They announced His resurrection.

          j).  They carried Lazurus to Paradise.  Luke 16

          k).  An angel released Peter from Prison.

          l).  They minister to the saints. They instructed Cornelius to contact Peter.

Hebrews 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?        

          m).  They are coming with the Lord at His second coming.

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:                  

        5).  Their future.

          a).  Holy angels. They will continue in the presence of God and serve Him.

Luke 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

          b).  Unholy angels.  They will be cast into the Lake of Fire  

Matthew 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Job 1:6a “…the Sons of God…”  These are angels standing before God, answering to Him for their actions.  Do you know that you also are accountable to God and must answer Him?

Conclusion: Who will you spend eternity with?  God has given the believer the victory! 

1 John 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

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Preaching outline on the Book of Job, Message One What does God consider important in a man’s life?

Job.

Why did he suffer?  – the question to be answered.

In order to answer this question we must take note of God’s record of Job’s life.  This evening we will be reminded of three things from the life of Job through the account given in chapter 1, verses 1-5

I.  The Setting.

  A.  The Introduction.  1:1-5

    1.  Job’s testimony

Job 1:1  There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Job did not begin his life in a state of perfection.  God gets the worst out of us in order to get the best out of us.  In Job’s early life, the Lord dealt with Job as He does with all of us, purifying our lives in the fire.

      a.  Perfect.  What he was

        1).  Perfection defined.  –  Complete, true (not sinless)

          a).  It can be known – seen in the lives of God’s people.

Psalms 37:37  Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

          b).  It should be desired in others.

Song of Solomon 6:9    My dove, my undefiled

          c).  It should be sought after in self.

Philippians 3:15  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Hebrews 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

              When we see it, we admire it, we want it – but what can we do to obtain it? –

        2).  Perfection accomplished.

     Admit the truth – “Lord, I cannot control this body.   Father, will you please take it and use it for your honour and glory?”

Romans 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

         Based on what he was, we see what he did –

      b.  He was Upright.   Defined as ‘level, straight, right’

He is being described by the old saying – “on the level” – “are you being straight with me”?  Job could be trusted!

        1).  Uprightness is an attribute of God.

Deuteronomy 32:4  He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

        2).  Uprightness comes from knowing and doing God’s will.

1 Samuel 12:23-24  Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:  Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

      c.  He Feared God. 

         1).  He was wise

Psalms 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

        2).  He was protected.  You can read more about this when you get home –

Psalms 34:7  The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

        3).  He was blessed of the Lord.

Psalms 115:13  He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Psalms 118:4  Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalms 145:19  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

     The attribute of fearing God leads directly to the next –

Proverbs 14:16  A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

      d.  He Eschewed evil.  The word is descriptive of one’s action.  It means to turn from, to avoid.

1 Peter 3:10-11  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Romans 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Job avoided sin, he turned away from it and he was commended by God.

What a great testimony! – Perfect, upright, feared God, and eschewed evil. This was a man who loved and trusted God.

    2.  Job’s family.  1:2,4,5  We are introduced first to –

Job 1:2  And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

      a.  His children.  He was blessed –

        1).  By their number.

Psalms 127:3-5  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

        2).  By their love.    

Job 1:4  And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

They enjoyed each other’s company and included the unmarried sisters even though they could not return the generosity.

        3).  By their actions.  

Job 1:5  And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

              They were not involved in overt sin.  Job is not noted as rebuking them for their outward sin, but he did speak to them of these things, “Sent to sanctify them…”.  He knew that believers could sin and he prayed for their sins of the heart.

Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

      b.  His wife.

        1).  Introduced in Job 2:9  “Then said his wife to him…”

        2).  Introduced as his only wife.

           a).  Job did not yield to the popular custom of the wealthy in taking more than one wife.  It seems that he was not caught up in the “do it because you can” mentality.

          b).  In this we see another positive aspect of his character. 

                 Genesis 2:24 “…shall cleave unto his wife and they two shall be one flesh.”

   3.  His Prosperity.  Job 1:3

Job 1:3  His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

Prosperity was not measured in ownership of land.  We should remember that the only land owned by Abraham was a grave site.  Many of the men of this age and area were nomadic – moving their livestock from pasture to pasture.  Job’s wealth was measured in livestock and in the servants needed to operate his holdings and household.  He may have been involved in both, having herds that moved from place to place but lived in a central location with his children’s houses located in outlying areas.  I say this because he owned five hundred yoke of oxen which infers that he farmed land as well as owned herds of livestock.  It is noted that he was the greatest of all of the men of his land.

God has testified of Job by speaking of his testimony, his family, and his prosperity.

Now –

How would we be introduced to Job today?   “I know a very wealthy man that lives over in this area.  He is the richest man in the country.  He has a big family – ten children!  He seems to be very religious.

Note that the order of importance to man is opposite of that of the Lord.  The first thing that the Lord spoke of was that Job lived for the Him.  The other things were incidental to that. 

How do we view our own lives.  Are we more concerned with prosperity and family than we are with our testimony for the Lord?

I ask you today – if you were to write your biography, would your testimony for the Lord be first – the most important thing to you?  If not, there needs to be a change and it should be made today.  Put God first!     

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Preaching Outline 1 Corinthians 13:13 The greatest of these is charity Message 16

Message 16   The greatest of these is charity (love)

1 Corinthians 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Remember as we read this letter that Paul was correcting the church for the division they caused through their love of themselves instead of loving God and then through His love, loving one another. As we know, the issue of divisions in the church did not affect only the Corinthian church.  Paul also told the Ephesians and Colossians about this new life in the Lord Jesus Christ –

Ephesians 4:1-3 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.

Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Single minded in our walk with the Lord, do not confuse people!

We have carefully examined the definition of love and the truth that love abides forever, as we have learned, God is love and those in God have His love in them, also forever.  Paul stated in verse 13 that charity abides forever, as well as faith and hopeWe need to continue our examination of this verse and find the application to our lives.

We must see that –

        3). The attributes as part of the believer’s new nature result in a man of – faith, hope, and love.


Love provides devotion, Faith provides direction and action, Hope provides dedication.

Love not only has God as its object, but remember that love is also an attribute of the nature of God. Another attribute of God that is founded in His love is that “God is faithful” and will always remain so.  If time will be measured in Heaven, in ten trillion years, God will not cast us out.  From the very moment we were saved, the faithfulness of God was known in a practical way in our lives – our everlasting life with the Lord began and it will never end.  Why?  Because God is faithful!

God is not only love and God is not only faithful – God is the foundation of hope. All hope is dependent on Him.  If it could be phrased in such a way, we can declare that “God is hope”.

Hope is like faithfulness, it is founded in God’s love.  This is why Paul states that the greatest of these is charity (love). It is the very essence of God’s nature.

As believers, faith and hope are to be as real and genuine in our lives as love is.

With faith, God is the object of that faith –

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Our faith is in Him and should be complete in Him (beginning and ending in the Lord Jesus Christ)!

Now, what is a man of –

          a). Faith       Those that have trusted God for –

           (1). Salvation

The beginning of our life with Him –

Romans 10:9-14  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. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

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.

We begin our eternal life, saved, through faith, but there is more –

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We –


           (2). Live by faith.  Hebrews 11


-”by faith Noah…prepared an Ark to the saving of his house.”
-”By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed…”

-”By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of the Pharaoh’s daughter, Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season..”

Faith leads to action!  Faith and action are vitally connected.  Remember James addressed this in his letter –

James 2:14-18  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Jesus illustrated the proof of words is in works –

John 14:10-11  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

That which is on the same level as love, that which abides forever – can be seen now and must be seen in our lives!

As with faith –

Hope also has God as its object.

1 Peter 1:21  Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Romans 5:1-2  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Paul stated that faith abides, and continues in us as does –

          b). Hope.   Those that keep their focus on God.

Hebrews 6:18-20 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

            (1).  Hope keeps us prepared for the journey.

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

            (2).  Hope gives us patience in the journey –

Colossians 1:3-6  We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

            (3).  Hope abides with us forever because we see the fulfilment of it in the Lord –

Remember as we preached through the first letter to –

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;

that – Paul encouraged Timothy in the truth of hope that which is found only in God.  Paul explained that which he had declared that God is  “…our hope…”  Our expected end – what to look forward to along the way:

Every time we see Jesus throughout all eternity, we will remember that He is faithful, that He is hope and we know that He is Love.

With faith and hope, we are reminded that love is the greatest of these three because they grow up out of love!

In conclusion –

How do I know as a believer if my life has changed and I now am a man that has his faith and hope and love in the Lord?

 – Do you want to spend time with God. Reading God’s Word and prayer?

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

– Do you want to obey God in everything?

John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Peter could have argued that he was just a fisherman, not a preacher.  Jesus asked Peter who he loved more, Peter the fisherman or Jesus the Lord?  “Lovest thou me more than these (the fish)?

 – Do you want the whole world to know what the Lord has done for them?  Does your life show this –

In Word –  “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”

In Deed –  Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Has there been a change in your life since you have been saved?

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Preaching Outline 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 Permanent and Provisional Gifts

Message 15   1 Corinthians 13:8-13

We have learned in this chapter what God has determined is a prerequisite, and that is charity or, as it is also translated, love.  We also learned in verses 4 through 7 the definition of charity and saw God’s love is pure, as ours should be. 

Today we begin by learning that God, in His infinite power and wisdom, determined what would be permanent and what would be provisional (temporary or transitional, used for a time and then set aside) in the establishment and ministry of His church.

1 Corinthians 13:8-13  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Notice first that which is –

    3. Permanent. 13:8a   Paul declared unto them –

      a. The permanence of love.

1 Corinthians 13:8a   “Charity never faileth….”

We shall make two statements from Scripture which are foundational to this verse –

First –

1 John 4:16  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love….

We see here that Love will abide as long as God exists.  God is love!

Second –

“… and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

Love will abide as long as the believer is in God –

Now remember the promises of God dealing with this truth –

John 10:27-30  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

John 6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

1 John 5:11-13  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Being that God is eternal and that the believer is in God forever, love will be forever – eternal – everlasting.   “…charity never faileth…”. 

Compare with the statement in chapter 1 Corinthians 13:13 

“…now abideth faith, hope, charity….”

Love never fails – love always abides (remains, dwells, abides)

Now that this truth is settled, we turn to –


      b. The provisional nature of the gifts.  (Temporary, transitional)

1 Corinthians 13:8b-12  …..but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

We will find help in understanding the difference between the permanent and the provisional by –

        1).  Reviewing the gifts given to men to use for the building up of the church as they were listed in Chapter 12.

          a). The word of wisdom – the right decision.

          b). The word of knowledge – the right information.
          c). Faith – the encouragement to act.
          d). Power – healing, miracles – confirmation of the truth.
          e). Prophesy – proclaiming God’s Word, written or personally revealed (gift of knowledge)
          f). Discernment – knowing and verifying proclamation.
          g). Tongues – languages, Preaching to the foreigners.
          h). Interpretation – making known to all what foreigners were saying.

The church members were given these special tools to use in the church for the good of the church and evangelization of the world.  This was God’s working through men in the church to accomplish His will –

        2).  Reminding ourselves of the purpose of God in this work –

          a).  Establish His church

Matthew 16:16-18  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

          b).  Evangelize the world

Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 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 learn that these gifts were to be used only for a short time.  Then –

        3).  Realizing the fulfilment of the promise stated by Paul in the following verses –

          a).  The Provision of truth from God.

1 Corinthians 13:9-12  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

The New Testament was written over a period of about 50 years.  God revealed to the writers what He would have them to tell the world.  This first letter to the Corinthians was written about 40 years before the final letter of the New Testament was written – The Revelation of Jesus Christ as given to John the Apostle.  From the time of the writing of the first Gospel to the completion of the Revelation “…we know in part, and we prophesy in part…”.  As the Lord was revealing His Word to those He would have to write, the churches needed to know His will.  He revealed truth to them through the ministry of the Holy Spirit until the Word, “…that which is perfect…” was completed.  At the completion of the writing of His Word, the gifts were no longer necessary.  The people had His Word to preach and to teach.

          b).  The Promotion from partial information to perfect, or complete, information.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

We can understand what Paul is writing with this simple illustration.  When you began your formal education at school, you received books to aid in learning.  Each year as you progressed, you put away the books of that year and received books which built upon what you have learned.  Each book was a step up, a promotion, to the next on the staircase of education.  Now, why would you return to your first books, the beginning point of knowledge when you have gained that which you need to accomplish your purpose in life?  You have grown beyond the old books and the old toys and have no need of them any longer.

Paul explained to the church that the gifts were for the education of the entire church in the will of God and not for the promotion of self.  These gifts were only temporary and they should use them as directed by God.  They, as well as we, needed to focus on –


      c. The presence of eternal attributes.

1 Corinthians 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

In conclusion –

        1. The gifts of God were provisions for service, to be used by the believer (recipient).
        2. The attributes (faith, hope and love), are part of the believer’s nature, defining who he is.


Unbelievers do not have this love.

John 5:39-42  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.

The adversaries are not always as obvious as were the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes.  Remember Judas, a man who served without love!  Many go through the motions because of the expectation of immediate reward, whether in prestige, power, or purse.

          a). The believer was to exercise the gifts through the attributes of his nature.
          b). The Corinthians had a new nature,

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 but they were not living accordingly. They were living as they were not even saved, according to the flesh.

Do you argue about the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Do you admit that what has been stated in this message is true, BUT you still claim your experience is more important than God’s Word?

Why don’t we read Peter’s confession dealing with his personal experience while in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:17-21  For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Remember –

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.

I submit to you today based on the clear instruction of the Word of God that the gifts set forth in

1 Corinthians 13:8b-12  …..but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

– are not for the church since the completion of the Word of God before the end of the first century AD.

They were not lost, but they were not loving.  What about you?  If you have been wrong about prophesy and speaking in tongues for today’s church, will you turn to God in repentance and faith, as a believer asking the Lord to forgive you for believing the excitement of the flesh over the truth of His Word?

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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Preaching Outline 1 Corinthians 13:5,6 Message 13

1 Corinthians 13:5,6        Message 13

We are continuing to learn God’s definition of charity (love) in order to enable us to look at our own lives and know whether our thoughts and actions are what the Lord wants us to be and to do.  The Holy Spirit has given the Apostle Paul the words that explain what love is and the Lord Jesus Christ has given us the example of how love acts. 

We are thankful that we are able to understand these characteristics through the actions of the Lord, bringing to life before us the Words that are written. 

The Lord is kind, never seeking another’s hurt, but always desiring repentance and turning to God. 

The Lord is always worthy of respect and honour, but He is always humble and caring for others, never ashamed to sit and converse with any, no matter what their station in life. He always sought their good.  Remember the times He was patient with Peter, who most people would not be patient with.  He was compassionate, caring for the sick, the hungry, the desperate, and through His example we see in His life that no matter who the person is or what the subject is –

      c.  Charity (Love) always behaves in a righteous manner. 

1 Corinthians 13:5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Charity –

        1).  “Doth not behave itself unseemly…”

Behaving unseemly – unacceptable behaviour.  I ask you to think on this for a few moments and name in your minds some forms of unacceptable behaviour.  It is sad that it does not take us long to make this list.

Now, in your list did you include things like ‘being honest with others’, ‘telling the truth’, ‘correcting people when they are wrong’?

You see, behaving unseemly depends on who is judging the behaviour.

An excellent example of this behaviour is seen through the actions of Jesus challenging, then clearing the Temple of those who had changed it from a House of Prayer to a marketplace. 

John 2:13-18  And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

In another way of speaking, they were asking Jesus by what authority did He close down the market that was being operated in the Temple.

Jesus’ was accused of usurping the authority of the temple leaders, but they were informed that it was their behaviour toward God that was ‘unseemly’.  If they loved God, they would not have permitted  the Temple to be used for personal gain instead of a place of congregating for prayer and worship.  Jesus’ love for God was revealed by His actions.

Our behaviour is unseemly in the eyes of God when we keep quiet when we should speak, when we remain still when we should act.  If we love God, we should not just go along with those that do not love Him.

Would our behaviour seem to others to be wrong if, during a war, we enjoyed the company of the enemy more than that of those who love our God as we claim to love Him?

We need to examine our lives, measure ourselves by His Word!

We also learn that Charity –

        2).  “Seeketh not her own…”   Is not selfish. Refer to –

John 6:38  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

When we are saved, putting our faith in God through His Son, Jesus, our love should be no longer be like that of the world – self-serving, but that of the Lord, seeking the good of others.  Notice the change in ‘being’ that should be shown to the world, the new love because of the new ‘Light’ that is in us.

Ephesians 4:28  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Being new creatures in Christ Jesus, we see that our love –


        3).  “Is not easily provoked…”  Responds in an ungodly manner –

          a).  When people were ungrateful –       

Mark 5:17-19  And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

The Lord commanded this man to return to those same people who asked Him to leave their community and share with the His love and their need of Him as Saviour!

        b).  When people were demanding –

Mark 6:30-34  And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

We can fully expect that the Lord had lessons prepared to share with the apostles following their ministry among the people and was going to have rest and discussion with them.  When the people converged upon their resting place, the Lord did not return to the ship and seek another place to rest, but He gave the apostles an assignment for the day and He turned to teaching the people.

Does love measure our response when people are ungrateful or demanding, or do we care for them with patience as the Lord did, and still does?

Charity –


        4).  Does not attribute evil to others.

Titus 1:15  Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

Charity –

      d.  Does not find pleasure in evil   

1 Corinthians 13:6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

The world does not exhibit love and have –

        1).  Separated from the truth, even rejoicing in their choice –

Romans 1:21  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.

Romans 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 1:29-32  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The Lord is, and we as His people should be, –

        2).  Separated unto truth.

1 Peter 2:21-23  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

Notice the judgment following the most careful and the most brutal examination of Jesus by man –

John 19:4  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.

Pilate could find no fault in Him because there is no fault in Him.  He is sinless, not just having not sinned, but is absolutely holy and cannot sin –

John 14:30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

If we love God and love people with the love of God, we will determine to reject sin, finding no pleasure in it, but we should “rejoice in truth” knowing that charity (love) –


        3). Seeks man’s good.

John 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Will we love with God’s love.  If we will, we will live as the Lord lived

1 Peter 2:21-25  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1 Corinthians 13:5,6  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Do you behave yourself in a way that pleases and glorifies God?

Do we seek good for others?

Do we respond with love and care when people are ungrateful or demanding?

Are we separated from the truth or are we separated to the truth?

Are we seeking man’s good?

We have the examples of how to live through the Word of God and the life of the Lord Jesus.

How will you love, how will you live?

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Preaching Outline 1 Corinthians 13 Message 12

1 Corinthians 13

Last week we began learning of the power of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  We continue today with a quick review and then continuing in the instructions from the Lord.

II. Instruction for order in the church services.

As we have learned, he corrected their misunderstanding of the –

  A.  Purpose of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Chapter 12 dealt with the Purpose of the ministry of the Holy Spirit with the words of the Apostle Paul – “…and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” 

Paul then wrote to them explaining the –


  B.  Power in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

In the coming weeks we will learn of the –


  C.  Practice of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in chapter 14:1-40

Today we continue in the –

  B. Power in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Paul, following the example of the Lord and through the leadership of the Holy Spirit, explained to them that ministry must be motivated by love. Without love, the ministry had no power.


Love is –

    1. Prerequisite (Required) 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

      a. People’s estimation must be corrected.

        1). The Greeks focus was on what men knew (Intellect) wisdom of the world
        2). The Romans focus was on what men could do (Power)

      b. God’s estimation – Paul’s focus was on what men were (Character)

        1). The gifts from God were real.
        2). The motives of the men were wrong.

We illustrated service without love with the following illustration –


1 x 0 = 0; 1million x 0 = 0 and –
Spiritual gifts exercised with fleshly motives = 0

      c. Prerequisite is love!

The works were not motivated by nor presented in love!  They were not selfless!  Behind the gift was the thought – “I am going to get something in return for this, you should thank me”.  The recipient certainly should be thankful, but this should not be one’s motive to give, to love!

You see, when God gave us the gift of His Son to give Himself for our sins, God did not receive anything from the giving of the Gift.  He did not become more gracious, more worthy, more loving, more just, more holy…..God cannot be added to or detracted from.  He is perfect and unchangeable and in giving His gift, He revealed His infinite love.

We are reminded that love is required, it is the prerequisite to all ministry unto the Lord.  Love is also –

    2. Pure        The explanation. Love –

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Notice that the Holy Spirit did not lead Paul to define love as an emotion, as often defined by the world, but love is that which is an action, that which we decide to give to another.  We must carefully examine the Word of God to understand the love of God that we might be able to obey His command to love others.

How do we measure up when we compare ourselves with this definition of Love?  Does our pride get in the way?  Pay attention as

Paul again gave a careful explanation to them, this time about Charity (Love) –

1 Corinthians 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

      a. Love encourages patience. It does not react in anger. “…suffereth long…

Remember the Lord’s words as He looked upon the city of Jerusalem, the place where He had set His name –

Matthew 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!


      Love responds with kindness. Refer to –

Mark 5:25-34  And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

How do you handle interruptions to your plans, even those most important errands (possibly life or death situations)?  Do you love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind, and your neighbor as He loves them?  Do you trust that if your encounters are by His appointment, He will see that His will be done?

To many times we are angry when our plans are interrupted because they are our plans, and not His plans for us.


      b. Love is not envious, does not seek to elevate self, without pride and is never ashamed of God.

Satan tried to tempt Jesus to envy the things of the world, power, prestige, possessions.  Satan wanted desperately for Jesus to say “I deserve better than what I am receiving”!  Satan wanted Jesus to cry out to the Father “Why does this plan call for me to suffer, going without even bread and water when all the world has plenty”.

The answer as to why Jesus willingly lived out the plan of God is that He was loved and He loved! 

John 17:13-23  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 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. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Jesus loved God on purpose.  He loved man on purpose.  He fulfilled the will of God because of this love for God and for man.

What will our decision be as we are faced with loving God and man, as we prayerfully consider the situations we are faced with?

Will we say with the Lord Jesus as He prayed in the garden –

Matthew 26:42  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Will our love be tested when someone interrupts our plans or when others seem to have an easier time in life, or success, or possessions?

Remember –

1 Corinthians 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Have you ever heard the saying “That person is living on an emotional roller coaster”.  They are forever going up one day and down the next.  They never seem to be steadfast and it is because their love is based on the world’s definition – an emotion instead of God’s definition – a decision. 

Will you decide to Love God’s way?  It begins with salvation.

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Preaching Outline 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Message 11

II. Instruction for order in the church services.

As we preached through chapters one through eleven, we saw that Paul acknowledged the ministry of the Holy Spirit through them, but we need to be reminded again that divisions were seen in their –

   –Allegiance (Paul, Apollos, Cephas, Christ)
   –Attitudes (Disdain for the poor)
   –Actions – (Misuse of the spiritual gifts)

He corrected their misunderstanding of the ministry and he continued to instruct them in the –

  A.  Purpose of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:4-31
  B.  Power in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
  C.  Practice of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 14:1-40

 Last week we ended chapter 12 dealing with the Purpose of the ministry of the Holy Spirit with the words of the Apostle Paul – “…and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”  This morning we begin with that in mind.

  B. Power in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Paul wrote to the Corinthians of the Pharisaical attitude of the people who were promoting themselves through their ministry in the church.  It is sad that this was happening among men that professed to know and serve God before the church was established –

Luke 18:9,10,13  And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican…..And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

– and continued among some in the churches at that time, and has continued until our day due to the sinful desires and actions of some in the church.  Refer to –

3 John 9-10  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

Men and women sometimes forget that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of His church such as this Diotrephes did, and others from his time until the present.  They begin to believe that the Lord has given them the leadership in the church, not as servants of the Lord, but as Heads of the church, displacing Him from His position.  They reject the clear instruction from His Word and choose their own way to lead, serving themselves. 

Know that nothing is wrong with the enthusiastic proclamation of the truth, the excitement generated from knowing that God, the Creator of all things, the Sustainer for all time and eternity, is in our midst.  He loves us and works among us enabling us to fulfil His will –

Ephesians 2:8-10  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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

When we love and serve the Lord, the focus will not be on the individual but on the Lord.  When the messenger is thanked for the message, he should simply say “thank you” believing that he has done his best for the Lord and for the good of others.

The Lord reminded the Jews of God’s command –

Matthew 22:36-40 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. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

And at a later time the Lord increased the responsibility of those that claim to honour God –

John 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.


Paul, following the example of the Lord and through the leadership of the Holy Spirit, explained to them that ministry must be motivated by love. Without love, the ministry had no power.


Love is –

    1. Prerequisite. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

1 Corinthians 13:1-3  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

      a. People’s estimation –

        1). The Greeks focus was on what men knew (Intellect) wisdom of the world
        2). The Romans focus was on what men could do (Power)

      b. God’s estimation – Paul’s focus was on what men were (Character)

        1). The gifts from God were real.
        2). The motives of the men were wrong.


1 x 0 = 0; 1million x 0 = 0 and –
Spiritual gifts exercised with fleshly motives = 0

      c. Prerequisite is love!

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Note that serving the Lord never has been about the servant, but always has been about the Saviour!

Leviticus 1:9  But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Amos 5:22-23  Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The works were not motivated by nor presented in love!  They were not selfless!  Behind the gift was the thought – “I am going to get something in return for this, you should thank me”.  The recipient certainly should be thankful, but this should not be one’s motive to give, to love!

You see, when God gave us the gift of His Son to give Himself for our sins, God did not receive anything from the giving of the Gift.  He did not become more gracious, more worthy, more loving, more just, more holy…..God cannot be added to or detracted from.  He is perfect and unchangeable and in giving His gift, He revealed His infinite love.

Love is required, it is the prerequisite to all ministry unto the Lord.  Love is also –

    2. Pure        The explanation. Love –

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

How do we measure up when we compare ourselves with this definition of Love?  Does our pride get in the way?

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Preaching Outline 1 Corinthians 12 through 14, Message 10

1 Corinthians 12:7-14   Message 10

We were reminded last week that the Lord used the Apostle Paul to teach the people, using illustrations that were familiar to them in order to help them understand that they were wrong in the way they both thought and acted. They, as well as we, need to know and do the will of God.  His desire was that they would learn the truth, understand, and apply it to their lives, then care for others by teaching the same things –

2 Timothy 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

As we continue to look at the singlemindedness commanded by the Lord in serving Him, we learn more about –

   1. The administration of the gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:4-14

       The Holy Spirit is –

      a.  Selective in Service.

1 Corinthians 12:4a “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit….”

          Gifts, administrations, operations to individuals as He sees fit for the overall ministry in the church – different parts which make up the whole.  Note the use of the word in –

1 Corinthians 12:11  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

The Holy Spirit is –

      b. Supported in His action.   Note the involvement of the Spirit, the Son, and the Father.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

– toward this end we see that the Holy Spirit is –

      c.  Singular in His purpose. 1 Corinthians 12:7-14

        1). To perfect the church.

1 Corinthians 12:7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

We see this also ministry with the perfection of the church in mind in –

Ephesians 4:11-13  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

    2).  To provide that which each church needed to accomplish this perfection.   1 Corinthians 12:8-10


They did not have the completed revelation of God as yet, and the Holy Spirit equipped the church members with –

          a). The provisions to minster   1 Corinthians 12:8-10

            (1). The word of wisdom – the right decision.
            (2). The word of knowledge – the right information.
            (3). Faith – the encouragement to act.
            (4). Power – healing, miracles – confirmation of the truth.
            (5). Prophesy – proclaiming God’s Word, written or personally revealed.
            (6). Discernment – knowing and verifying proclamation.
            (7). Tongues – languages, Preaching the foreigners.
            (8). Interpretation – making known to all what foreigners were saying.

The church members were given these special tools to use in the church for the good of the church and evangelization of the world.  This was God’s working in each member –

          b).   Plan fulfilled –

The Holy Spirit gives to men to manifest to other men –

1 Corinthians 12:8-11  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

The Holy Spirit leads men to their place in the church –

1 Corinthians 12:12-13  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Illustrations of the ministry of the Holy Spirit –

Page 1  The individual, you, when you were saved

Page 2  The individual obeying the Lord – “…baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” through the leadership of the Holy Spirit who is in you.  The church is made up of saved, baptized individuals.

Page 3  The individuals in the church are given ministries in the church by the Holy Spirit for the instruction of the whole church.

Page 4  The individuals now each have the Bible, God’s completed Word, given by God through the leadership of the Holy Spirit –

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 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

For the instruction of the whole church as we have seen in these verses –

          3). To prevent divisions, promoting dependence in God and in one another.

 1 Corinthians 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.

    2. The illustration of the body. 1 Corinthians 12:15-26

Last week we took time to carefully examine the illustration use by the Apostle Paul to help the church members understand that each of them was important to the whole.  We will not repeat here what was said, but will emphasize the unity and care demanded by the Lord for His church as stated in –

1 Corinthians 12:25-26  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

You will notice here that Paul is writing to the church in Corinth.  This chapter in no way teaches what some believe to be a doctrine known as the Universal Invisible Church.  It is taught by some that this chapter teaches that the Holy Spirit baptizes saved individuals, at the moment of their salvation, into the Universal Invisible Church.  We have seen that the Holy Spirit leads saved individuals, whom He indwells at the moment of their salvation, to obey the Lord and be baptized, becoming a member of the church that baptizes them, and then leads them to serve the Lord in the church through His Word.


    3. The exhortation to obedience.

1 Corinthians 12:27-31  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Each member was to desire to use the tools the Holy Spirit equipped them with to the best of their ability for the Lord and for the church.  The church had been divided in fellowship and desiring those gifts of God that would lead to exalting themselves with little thought of others.  In chapters 13 and 14, Paul instructs them in the right way to serve the Lord with the ministry opportunities that He provided.

Today I ask you about your position before the Lord.

Are you saved?

Are you serving in the place the Lord has put you?

Are you serving with the tools the Lord has given into your possession –

   The Word of God, the Bible

   The prayers for others and for self

   The love for God and for one another

   The faithful fulfilment of responsibilities in your family

   The faithful attendance and service in your church

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