1 Corinthians 16:5-24

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Nov 13th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 16:5-24 A Picture of Faithful Ministry

INTRO

  • In Paul’s closing words we see a great picture for ministry
  • While we may not be a modern day Paul, we are called to serve the Lord faithfully.
  • Paul gives us a great example to learn from and follow after.

A desire to make a kingdom difference – vv. 5-9

A whatever and whenever attitude

  • The balance between God’s will and our will
  • Our passions
  • His purpose
  • Bloom where you are planted
  • James 4:13-17

Look for Gospel opportunities

  • Wide door for effective work – v. 9a
  •  MAKING MEMORIES (For us or for the LORD)

Expect many Challenges – v. 9b

  • Many adversaries – 2 Cor 1:8-10, 2 Cor 4:7-12
  • John MacArthur –“Consider it a challenge rather than a hinderance.”
  • We should love a challenge!
  • Expect, Embrace, Evolve

A devotedness to people -vv. 10-12

Timothy

  • Worked closely with Paul
  • Pastor at Ephesus
  • Usually served in difficult spots

Paul invested in him

Paul knew he needed encouragement

Apollos

  • Great speaker
  • Priscilla and Aquilla Acts 18:24-28
  • Part of some controversy in Corinth 1 Cor 1:12, 1 Cor. 3:4-8

Paul cared for him

  • No competition, no envy

Paul trusted him

  • Working together
  • LIFE IS MESSY

A deep conviction for spiritual growth – vv. 13-14

Paul was always challenging others to GROW! DO SOMETHING GREAT!

Just like a teacher inspires their students

Be watchful

  • Be alert

Stand firm in the faith

  • Maturing stability
  • 1 Cor 3:1 – Maturing

Act like men

  • Strong leadership
  • It is time to be different!

Be Strong

  • Spiritual strength
  • Eph 6:10 – Strong in the Lord
  • 2 Tim 2:1 – Strong by the grace of Christ
  • HIS STRENGTH NOT OURS

Do all in love

  • Leadership not dictatorship
  • 1 Cor 13
  • Care for others
  • Love for truth

A dependence upon the local church – vv. 15-22

  • Universal and Local
  • He knew they needed each other
    • TIMES ARE TOUGH… WE NEED EACH OTHER
    • We need you… you need the church
  • Be subject -accountability, direction
  • Refreshed our spirits
    • Send their greetings
    • TOGETHER, ALL IN
  • Holy kiss
    • Love, admiration
    • Family