1 CORINTHIANS 1

8 Outlines

 

1 Corinthians 1:1-3

SOMETHING SPECIAL

 

SPECIAL PERSON – Vs. 1 – Paul, called to be an Apostle

 

SPECIAL PEOPLE – Vs. 2 – The church in Corinth, called to be saints with all other believers

 

SPECIAL PLEASURES – Grace and Peace

 

 

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1 Corinthians 1:1-3

GREETINGS FROM PAUL

 

PAUL'S AUTHORITY - Vs. 1

Paul was called.

Paul was an Apostle.

What Paul did was by the will of God.

God calls each Christian to a ministry.

Whatever we do should be according to the will of God.

 

PAUL'S AUDIENCE - Vs. 2

Corinth was a local church.

They were sanctified or set apart in Christ.

They were saints, just like every true believer.

 

PAUL'S ANNOUNCEMENT - Vs. 3

Paul announces a blessing of grace and peace. Every Christian has experienced grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) and peace (Romans 5:1) at the point of salvation.  Grace and Peace are to be a continual part of our lives.  2 Peter 3:18, John 14:27

 

 

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THE LOCAL CHURCH

 

1 Corinthians 1:2-3 - Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: [3] Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The church in Corinth was a local church.

 

THE LOCAL CHURCH:

 

1.     Is in a location that is specific - Unto the church of God which is at Corinth

 

2.     Is made up of people that are sanctified - …to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus…

 

3.     Is made up of people that are saints - … called to be saints…

 

4.     Has Jesus as Sovereign - …with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord…

 

5.     Has God who supplies - Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

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1 Corinthians 1:4-8

WHAT A DEAL!

 

We all like when we get a bargain, or a good deal.  My wife and I once rented a house for $75 a month. That was quite a deal!  Then, when we were changing jobs, the lady refunded our rent for a month, and then didn't charge rent for a few months. (You can share great deals that you know of.)

 

In our text Paul is sharing with the Corinthians what a great deal they received when they came to Christ as Savior.

 

GRACE - Vs. 4

God gave the Corinthians His grace, or unmerited favor both at salvation and on a daily basis. Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3.

 

GREATNESS - Vss. 5-7a

 "...in every thing ye are enriched by him..."

"So that ye come behind in no gift;"

 

GLORY - Vs. 7b-8

We will be  "blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."

 

 

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1 Corinthians 1:4-9

OUR FAITHFUL GOD

 

It is dark most mornings when I get up. Imagine how surprised I would be if I got up one morning and switched on the light and nothing happened!  And imagine how disturbed I would be if there was no electric so my coffee maker could make my morning coffee. And imagine how uncomfortable I'd feel if there was no heat.  It is electricity that makes the heater work. Someone is faithful at the electric company!

 

We are dependent on faithful people.  We get in our cars and in our travels expect to find faithful gas stations, food stores, clothing stores, department stores, hardware stores, and restaurants, all providing the goods and services which we want or need.

 

We also expect to find faithful schools. Whether they be public schools or Christians schools, we expect them to provide education, guidance, and protection for our children. We assume that someone has been faithful to open the door of the school, faithful to see everyone has a teacher, faithful to take attendance, and faithful to see that all the supplies are provided.

 

We expect police departments, fire departments, and first aid squads to do their assigned jobs faithfully. We also expect that our friends and loved ones will be faithful in loving, in caring and being available when needed.

 

We live in a society in which faithfulness is assumed many times a day. We simply act if someone has done the job that needed to be done to keep us comfortable.

 

As Christians we need to remind ourselves that OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL!

 

Lamentations 3:22-23 - "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."

 

Consider that God is faithful to maintain the right orbit of this planet around the sun, so that it is consistent. Therefore we can depend, more or less, on the weather.

Consider that God is faithful to provide summer, winter, seedtime and harvest.

Consider that God is faithful to provide the rain, the snow, the sun and the moon.

 

God is indeed faithful! We, as Christians, however often fail to realize just how far this faithfulness extends. We know that God was faithful to send his Son to die for our sins. We know that God is faithful to give eternal life to anyone who asks, and we know that God is faithful in giving us His Holy Spirit when we come to Christ.

 

We are also aware that God has promised to take care of our needs.

But, beyond what we have just shared, most of us do not always see the faithfulness of God at work in our lives, even though it's there!

 

In this message we want to see OUR FAITHFUL GOD and the way he is working in our lives through His grace.  No matter what happens in our lives, God will remains faithful in these ways.

 

In verse 9 we read, "God is faithful..."

I personally believe that these verses show us at least 5 ways that God is faithful to us who know Christ as Savior.

 

Vs. 4 - Introduces this passage. Paul gives us a good reminder.

He tells us that he continually gave thanks for the Corinthians. The Corinthians, questioned Paul's apostleship, permitted immorality in the church, were split their allegiances, and were spiritually immature. And yet Paul was still able to give thanks to God for them. He gave thanks, not because he was happy with their problems, but because of what God had done, was doing, and would do in the lives of the Corinthians.

 

Specifically, Paul was thankful for the grace of God that was at work in the Corinthians' hearts and lives.

 

You and I will not agree with everything other Christians do, but we can be thankful when we see God's grace at work in the hearts and lives of others.

 

WE ARE ENRICHED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 5

When someone is enriched, he is given riches. He is made wealthy.

Here, we are told that we are enriched by Him! We are made wealthy.

Notice how all-inclusive this is - in all things.

Not one aspect of your life is left untouched.

You've already heard the classic stories about people who were rich, but never claimed their riches.

All Christians are rich in Christ. Many have just not taken the time to discover and claim all their riches. 2 Peter 1:3, Colossians 1:10

In this verse we find ourselves enriched in two ways. We are enriched in utterance and knowledge. Both of these help us be the witnesses we need to be for the Lord Jesus. Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15

 

WE ARE CONFIRMED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 6

 

I have been confirmed twice in my lifetime.

When I was twelve years old, I took a course in the church I attended, and then a bishop came and laid his hands on me.

This meant that I was confirming the faith which someone else, my parents and Godparents, spoke for me when I was a baby.

 

There was only one catch. Although I had been christened and confirmed, I was still lost. I did not have the right idea of how to get saved and go to Heaven.

 

Then came my second confirmation. One night while listening to Billy Graham on the radio, I came to trust Christ as my Savior. At that moment I knew I was saved, and God began to bring about change in my life. Later I was Scripturally baptized by immersion.

 

The first time I was confirmed by man.

The second time I was confirmed by the grace of God!

The word confirmed means "settled, steadfast, solid".

And although some may doubt their salvation for a brief period, the one who is truly saved has assurance of knowing they have eternal life. Romans 8:16

 

WE ARE GIFTED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 7

 

We are waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We do not know when He is coming back.

We do know, that He is coming, and He will come first for us, His church.

 

What are we to be doing until He comes?

We are to love one another.

We are to be meeting together.

We are to be celebrating the Lord's Table.

We are to be living Godly lives.

We are to are to be reaching out to a lost and dying world with the message of salvation.

 

All of these things require talent and ability that we don't naturally have. We couldn't save ourselves and we can't live the Christian Life without help.

 

Verse 7 is telling us that we are lacking no gift that we need in order to live for Christ. You might not have the same gift as someone else, or ability, but when it comes to Godly living, you have all you need. Ephesians 1:3

 

As you know God has provided many Spiritual Gifts and gifted people to the church. We find lists of these gifts in such passages as Ephesians 4, Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.

 

God does not give all his Spiritual gifts to one individual, but He spreads them out. He may give the gift of preaching to one, and the gift administration to another. Also He might give still others gifts of helping, evangelism and giving.  I believe that God gives the individual church all the gifts necessary to get the job done.

 

WE ARE ESTABLISHED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 8

 

The same God who confirmed your testimony within you, when you first came to Christ, will continue to confirm or establish you to the end. Here the word confirm means establish. One day we are going to stand blameless before God, not because we did something but because God was faithful in establishing us that way.

 

WE ARE INCLUDED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 9

 

Notice that God has called us into fellowship with Him.

Fellowship here means partnership.

There is a oneness that takes place that joins us together,.

 

Have you ever thought of the Lord Jesus as your partner?

He would be senior partner for sure!

Wherever you go He is there.

Whatever you say, He's there.

Whatever you try to accomplish for His glory, He's there.

Whenever you hurt, He hurts.

Whenever you love the right things, He loves.

 

So, if Jesus is here, why not let the senior partner have control.

May it be that wherever you go Jesus takes you.

And whatever you say, Jesus is saying through you.

And whatever you try to accomplish for His glory, He is doing through you.

And whenever you love, He loves through you.

 

 

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1 Corinthians 1:10-18

ONE MASTER, ONE MESSAGE

 

The church in Corinth was not lacking in Spiritual gifts (1:7).

The church in Corinth was lacking in Spiritual maturity (3:1-3)

In our text Paul makes an appeal for unity among true believers.

 

COHESION OF THE BODY Vs. 10

CONTENTION WITHIN THE BODY Vss. 11-16

CONCERN BY THE BODY Vss. 17-18

Correct doctrine is important! However, we should not concern ourselves with following a particular human leader.  Paul's main concern was the preaching of the cross of Christ.  Preaching the Gospel is what brings folks to faith in Christ!

 

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1 Corinthians 1:18-31

THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS

 

THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS GOD'S POWER - Vss. 18, 23-24

 

THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS GOD'S WISDOM - Vss. 19-25

 

THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS CHRIST'S SUFFICIENCY - Vss. 26-31

God has taken a bunch of "nobodies" and made them "somebodies" in Christ!

Christ is sufficient to provide "wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and

redemption".

 

 

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1 Corinthians 1:30-31

ALL I NEED!

 

In order to have salvation and to live a Godly Christian life, Jesus Christ is all I need. (Let the text be your outline.)

 

WISDOM

RIGHTEOUSNESS

SANCTIFICATION

REDEMPTION

GLORY (Vs. 31)

 

 

 

 

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