A sermon based on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9


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 —


#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). Continue reading