A sermon based on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Introduction

A. Of all the problems in the Corinthian church, the greatest one, behind all the others, was selfishness and pride (3:21; 4:6, 18-19; 5:2, 6; 8:1-2).

B.The solution is to recognize Jesus as Lord and act according to the truth of his Lordship.

C. In the first chapter of 1 Corinthians, the term “Lord” is used 7 times; in the letter, a total of 66 times.

D. In the first 9 verses of the first chapter, Paul declares Jesus as Lord of —

Message

#1. Standardized Things (1:2). The phrase, “in every place,” refers to Christians who worship and serve “our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours,” wherever they meet. The Corinthians wanted to innovate. Paul wanted them to be faithful to the standard followed by all, to the apostolic “tradition” he had handed down to them (see, for example, 11:23). Unity means that Christ’s followers do the same things, because they obey God’s commandments (see 4:17; Matthew 7:21; John 12:50).

#2. Good Things (1:3). From God and “the Lord Jesus Christ” come grace and peace, terms that sum up all God’s gifts for mankind and that emphasize the spiritual nature of the gift of salvation.

#3. Necessary Things (1:7). While we wait for the coming of “our Lord Jesus Christ,” he gives us all the resources we need to serve him in this world. “You do not lack any spiritual gift.” The Corinthians’ problem was not lack of resources, but an attitude issue. Although the miraculous gifts have ceased, the principle is valid: Christ gives us every necessary resource for our faith and work in the Lord.

#4. Lasting Things (1:8). We don’t know when “the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” will arrive, but we know that “he will also strengthen [us] to the end.” His power does not weaken, does not fail, has no deadline. He does not abandon, does not let go, does not forget. He is faithful (v. 9).

#5. Intimate Things (1:9). All this is for “fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is the reason for God’s action in our favor. We enjoy, through  Christ, intimacy with God. Now, this fellowship doesn’t mean that we have only spiritual and eternal privileges, but also the sufferings of his cross as well. Are we ready for these?

Conclusion

A. In the religious world today, many talk about Jesus as Lord, but few know what it means to follow him as Lord, because those who call him Lord participate in denominations, worship him in their own way, not his, and despise his commandments.

B. Only when we accept the “standardized things,” that is, when we do things according to his commandments, will we enjoy the good, necessary, lasting, and intimate things. “Instead, keeping God’s commandments is what counts” (1 Corinthians 7:19 NET).

C. Have you obeyed Jesus as Lord in all things? If not, he invites us to repentance, to immersion in water, and to faithfulness to his word.

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