1 Corinthians 4:14-21

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb. 6th.  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 our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 4:14–21 - [14] I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. [15] For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. [16] I urge you, then, be imitators of me. [17] That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. [18] Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. [19] But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. [20] For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. [21] What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness? (ESV)

Intro

  • A true servant of Christ follows spiritual leaders that follow Christ
  • A true servant of Christ is leading others to follow Christ
  • A great dynamic of the Christian life is the idea of “leading and following”
  • The Barnabas – Paul – Timothy model
  • I am allowing someone to invest in my life as I invest in others.
  • This is a great picture of the CHURCH
  • 4 Generations…2 Timothy 2:1–2You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. (ESV)
  • Let us learn this morning the dynamics of this Leading and Following Life

CONSIDER OTHERS – vv. 14-15

It is an attitude and a mindset

  • LOVE AND CONCERN
  • WE MUST CARE ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL WELL BEING OF OTHERS

A love for the church

  • Beloved agapao – the strongest form of love
  • A genuine love & care for another within the body of Christ

As Paul truly loved the church at Corinth. We too should have the same love for the meaning, purpose and gathering of the Lord’s Church.

A love for the people within the Church

  • Beloved Children – A fatherly love for the people of Corinth
  • We are part of a family. ONCE WE ARE BORN AGAIN. WE ARE BORN INTO A FAMILY/COMMUNITY OF FAITH
  • Countless Guides – a leader, teacher. Someone responsible for watching over a young child.
  • Paul understood the nurturing role of people within the church

A love for maturing in the faith

Maturing in the faith = Growing and changing into the likeness of Christ.

  • Admonish – to instruct, teach, and warn.
  • To see that which is wrong become right
    • To realize the wrong/sin
    • Turn from it
    • Move in a different direction
    • GROWING AND CHANGING
    • PUT OFF AND PUT ON – Colossians 3:1–17
  • Motivated by love and concern (AN IMPORTANT KEY TO REMEMBER)

CONSIDER OURSELVES – vv. 16-17

Our character

  • Imitators of me.  My ways in Christ
  • Our actions
  • 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (ESV)

Our doctrine

  • Teach them in every church
  • Good sound teaching. Biblical truth
  • Transforming the mind. Rom. 12:1-2

CONSIDER GOD’S DESIRE FOR HIS PEOPLE – vv. 18-21

Following the theme of spiritual father. Paul is reminding them of their current state (divided, factions in the church)

I AM COMING TO YOU SOON! (a stern warning)

Just like earthly parents. Our spiritual relationships have similarities.

  • Hard work
  • Can be messy
  • Commitment and determination are key

YET… He loved them, Lived as an example before them. SO THAT they could grow and mature as spiritual children.

  • Grow up/Transformed…Holy and pleasing to the Lord (Rom. 12:1-2)

Paul took this commitment very seriously…WHY?

Because it is God’s Kingdom Plan

  • v. 20 – For the Kingdom does not consist of words but power.
  • There words will mean nothing apart from the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • The power of God is that which works to bring about NEW LIFE
  • WE CAN TRUST GOD TO DO WHAT HE SAYS ONLY HE CAN DO

It is what we are called to do

  • We are a spiritual family.
    • Takes Discipline… the rod – Matthew 18:15-18
    • Spirit of gentleness

Proverbs 3:11-12 – [11] My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, [12] for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. (ESV)

1 Thessalonians 5:14 – And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.


Scripture

Col. 3:1-17 – [1] If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [3] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [4] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

[5] Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. [6] On account of these the wrath of God is coming. [7] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. [8] But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. [9] Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices [10] and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. [11] Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

[12] Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, [13] bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. [14] And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. [15] And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. [16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. [17] And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (ESV)

Romans 12:1–2 – [1] I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [2] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

Matthew 18:15–18 – [15] “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. [16] But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. [17] If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. [18] Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven

1 Corinthians 3:10-17 – “Christ Our Only Foundation”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan. 2nd.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube.  You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 3:10-17

Intro Thoughts

  • The church in Corinth has division within them.
  • They were living as “carnal Christians.” Christians living in the flesh rather than the Spirit.
  • Remember… the church is made up of people, so therefore the people of the church have lost their focus and direction.
  • For us today… How can we apply this text?
  • Living as true servants as Christ and not as carnal Christians.  3:1-9
  • Building our life on the true foundation…The Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • It is a New Year so how about a New You

Check Your Heart – v. 10

We need to pay close attention to our spiritual life.

  • Examine yourself – 1 Cor 13:5
  • Test every spirit – 1 John 1:4

Take Care how WE BUILD upon the Gospel

Have WE (I) trusted in the finished work of Christ?

Are we BUILDING (growing) in our faith?

  • Daily changing and maturing into the likeness of Christ

Trust in the Gospel – v. 11

No one lay a foundation other than…Jesus Christ

There is no quick fix, no easy way out. No new way

Our present reality our future life. Our marriage, Our finances, Our health. Our families. Our Church

We keep looking for the answers in all the wrong places. The only hope is Christ.

Invest in the Holy – vv. 12-15

Our goals, ambitions and desires of life indicate our heart

  • Holy and of the Lord
  • Unholy and of the World

The fruits of our life will be made known

  • Precious or Perishing

We should desire to stop living in the “fringe” areas and live IN THE HOLY!

  • DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!!!!

Remember who we are – vv. 16-17

We are God’s Temple and God resides within us

  • Set apart.
  • Privileged to enter into His presence
  • Individually and corporately.
  • Our relationship is personal, yet we are part of a family

We should be different, because God is different

  • 1 Peter 1:15-17 – but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am Holy.”

Scripture

1 Corinthians 3:10–17

[10] According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. [11] For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [12] Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—[13] each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. [14] If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. [15] If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

[16] Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? [17] If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (ESV)

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards – Living out the Gospel in 2022

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) – Before the age of 20 he drew 70 resolutions that would mold His relationship and walk with Christ.  I have included the first seven. Try to utilize these 70 resolutions to motivate, guide and convict as you strive to live out the Gospel in 2022.

Here is a link where all the resolutions can be found. Living Out the Christian Life (they are in a format that can be downloaded)


Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.

Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.

Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

Philippians 3:12-4:1 “Press on!”

My teaching notes for Wednesday night, Nov. 10th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube later on Wednesday evening at TAB YouTube. You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer Lists and other resources at our Church Website.

Philippians 3:12-4:1 [12] Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. [13] Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, [14] I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. [15] Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. [16] Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

[17] Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. [18] For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. [19] Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. [20] But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, [21] who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (ESV)

[1] Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. (ESV)

INTRO

  • Remember… Paul’s desire for true righteousness found in Christ vv. 3:7-11
    • Counted as loss everything to know Christ
    • To gain Christ
    • To be found in Him, not have a righteousness of my own
    • Know Him and the power of His resurrection
    • Share in His sufferings
    • Attain the resurrection from the dead
  • Do we have the same desire to grow in our righteousness?

We are not there yet – v. 12a

  • We have not obtained it yet….3:7-11
  • We are not perfect
  • We must continue to grow and change

Press on to make it your own – v.12b

  • To pursue…A new direction
  • Here is where our spiritual life comes in.
  • Press on make it my own.

HOW to PRESS ON

Forget what lies behind v. 13

  • Don’t glory in the past victories
  • Don’t wallow in the past sins

Strain forward to what lies ahead v. 13

  • Already in Christ, but growing Christ
  • Progressive sanctification
    • STRAIN. Effort!!!!
    • Not there yet.  Keep moving.  Growing everyday

Remain faithful to the GOSPEL v. :16

  • Hold true to what we have attained

Imitate faithful followers v. 17

  • The idea of each one of us “making disciples”
  • I am followings someone…someone is following me

Avoid the influence of the ungodly – vv. 18-19

  • Enemies of the cross
  • Their end is destruction
  • Worship and Glory…SELF
  • Mind on earthly things

Live as kingdom citizens – v. 20a

  • Be proud of your heritage!
  • The balance between the good things (on earth) and the best things (kingdom perspective)

Await our coming Savior – vv.20b-21

  • Patiently but with great expectation
  • Anticipating… our eyes toward heaven

Stand firm in the Lord – 4:1

  • Brothers… the church family.
  • A military term…at your post
  • Doing what you are called to do