Sermon: Mine Is Better Than Yours!

“Mine is better than yours!”
“Nuh uh! Mine’s better.”
“Well, I am going to go play over here by myself!”
“Fine…I am going to play over here.”

We’d like to think that only children would have such a childish argument, but we know full well that this scenario happens just as often between adults. Well, we’d also like to think that this only happens among unbelievers and not among Christians, but we also know that isn’t true either. We can even read about it in the Bible, in the letter to the 1 Corinthians, chapter 1:

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Sermon: The Feast of Unleavened Bread

Four times in this passage, the Israelites are told to eat unleavened bread for this entire week. God was establishing a festival that the Israelites were to celebrate throughout their generations. Obviously, they did not celebrate the full festival that night in Egypt. The first Passover was a hasty affair (see 12:11).

Why a feast of unleavened bread? That would be like having crackers for Thanksgiving! First, since it is made without yeast (that’s leaven), it is quick to make. So it represented their hasty departure from Egypt.

But in the whole of scripture, there is another thing that leaven represents—it represents sin.

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Sermon: Thankfulness For Immoral Christians

 

In a sermon preached in the 1850’s, Charles Spurgeon said:

It is not always the most gifted church which is in the most healthy state. A church may have many rich, influential, or learned members; many that have the gift of utterance, and understand all [knowledge]; yet that church may be in an unhealthy condition. Such was the case with the church at Corinth.

The church at Corinth had it’s troubles. There were divisions in the church over who was the best apostle to follow—Paul, Peter, or maybe we should follow Jesus. There was one of them that was sleeping with his stepmother. They had issues with how to worship, how to eat the Lord’s Supper, and so on.

If we were to encounter a church with as many problems as the church at Corinth, we might be tempted to throw in the towel. It might be best to start over. But the apostle Paul doesn’t go that direction. He will offer corrections in the letter; he will exhibit what we call “tough love.” But he also demonstrates confidence in the Corinthian church—he’s thankful for them. Listen to what he says:

4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:4–9)


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Sermon: Why We Should Listen

When you read the New Testament, you’ll notice that, after the four gospels and the book of Acts, most of the rest is in the form of letters to churches or people. The letter that we are beginning a study of is the letter from the apostle Paul to the church of God at a city known as Corinth. He begins by writing…

1 PAUL, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 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. (1 Corinthians 1:1–3)

The thing about the New Testament letters (or epistles, as they were once commonly known) is that they were always written for a purpose. This letter, for example, is a corrective one. The church at Corinth had numerous problems that Paul had to deal with—both moral and doctrinal issues.

So, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote this letter to address those issues. The issues that he dealt with in Corinth are common issues in many churches throughout all of history. Some, I am sure, we’ll find in our own church and our own lives. We’ll see what they are as we come to them.

But in these verses, it’s obvious that Paul leaves the starting gate with those issues on his mind. He therefore lays some important groundwork before addressing the issues specifically. Namely, he gives the Corinthians (and us today) reasons that we should listen to what he says: 1) The Apostle’s Calling and 2) The Believer’s Calling.

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Sermon: That I May Know Him

Philippians 3:10 has been a fascinating verse for me for years, because in it you get to see the apostle Paul’s desire for his own spiritual walk.

In fact, one paraphrase I read of this verse long ago inserted the words at the beginning of the verse, “For my determined purpose is…” because that is what Paul is explaining here—what his determined purpose was.

He said that his determined purpose was…

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Sermon: The Passover and the Lord’s Supper

God had delivered nine plagues upon the land of Egypt—blood, frogs, lice, flies, disease, boils, hail, locusts, and darkness. The tenth plague, however, would be the most devastating—the death of the firstborn of man and beast.

So devastating would this be that God took time to instruct the Israelites how to be saved from this coming calamity. This is the origins of the Jewish Passover meal, from which the Lord Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper.

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