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). Continue reading

  • After the BP petroleum platform disaster came cries to shut down oil exploration.
  • When serious problems arise in the church some cry it’s time to close the doors.
    • The apostle Paul didn’t think like that. Problems were to be fixed in order that souls might be saved.
  • The verb “save” is used 9 times in 7 contexts in 1 Corinthians.
    • The words “salvation” and “Savior” are not used in the letter.
    • Its appearance in strategic texts suggests that a main concern of Paul’s in the correction of problems is to save people’s souls.
    • The first passage (1:18, 21) and the last (15:1-2) appear to frame the collection with the mention of the preaching of the gospel. Continue reading

In the Taubaté church which meets on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., I’m in the middle of a series on “The Dead, Dying and Carried Away.”

Today I preached on Hezekiah’s 15-year extension, from 2 Kings 20.

Here are the three lessons I mentioned we can learn from this dying man’s recovery, my sermon outline’s main points: Continue reading