1 Corinthians 8

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Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

– 1 Corinthians 8:13

Paul’s willingness to forego his liberties for the sake of his brother is a truly great example. Far be it from us that we cause another weaker brother or sister to fall headlong toward sin by our liberties.

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1 Corinthians 7

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Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

– 1 Corinthians 7:2

One of the things I get to do as a pastor is officiate weddings. But before I’ll officiate a wedding I require couples that I marry to sit with me through a series of pre-marriage classes. In my first meeting I always share with the couple seven purpose for marriage that we find in the Bible; one of them is purity as seen here in 1 Corinthians 7:2.

God created us with an innate sexual drive and desire. This is (in my personal and professional opinion) a good thing! But God, the creator of man (and woman), sex and the sex drive, commanded that such sexual fulfillment is only allowable in the confines of marriage. Therefore, for us to maintain purity and possess our bodies in honor, “let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Corinthians 6

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All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

– 1 Corinthians 6:12

On November 9, 2016 almost 8 million voters in the state of California voted to legalize recreational marijuana for persons aged 21 years or older. This step (albeit inevitable as it was in progressive California) has push a new discussion among Christians in my sphere (I’m a native Californian).

“Pastor, is it ok for me to smoke marijuana now that it’s legal?” Great question! And first things first, I think it’s always important to note that there are a whole lot of legal things that are immoral (i.e. adultery, prostitution (in many places), abortion, etc.). So just because something is legal, doesn’t make it right.

Every time this question comes to me, one of my first Scriptural references is 1 Corinthians 6:12. As our society continues to descend toward the chaos of Romans 1, we need to remember these words.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Corinthians 5

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deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

– 1 Corinthians 5:5

Among the most difficult tasks of church leaders is that of church discipline. But as we are seeking to make disciples of Christ, discipline is necessary. Thankfully, I haven’t had to exercise this form of church discipline too often as a pastor. But it’s certainly come up a few times over the years. But always our endgame is the same. Our prayerful hope and desire is repentance and restoration. The excommunication of a sinning brother or sister is always (or should be) for the purpose of their rescue and return.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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1 Corinthians 4

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Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

– 1 Corinthians 4:2

Over the last 18 years of ministry I’ve had a dozen or more men approach me with a desire to “be in the ministry” and “do what I do.” As they ask me how they too can serve as a minister, my response to every one has always been the same. “Be here next Sunday morning at 6:30 am.” Maybe a half dozen of them have done so. But in almost 20 years of ministry I’ve seen only 1 follow through for the long haul. And now he is a pastoral candidate in our ministry.

I’m looking for 1 primary characteristic in a minister. Are they faithful? Availability, dependability and reliability always trump ability, because it is required of stewards that one be found faithful. I guess I’ve at lest found “one.”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Corinthians 3

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And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?

– 1 Corinthians 3:1-4

The word “carnal” is typically thought to speak of the carnalities of alcohol abuse or immorality of some sort. But the carnality Paul speaks of here is that of envy, strife and divisions within the body. Sadly this carnality is (too) often seen in those within the church who we’d expect to be more “spiritual.” One of the challenges we face as live a bit longer as Christians is that we begin to realize that, sometimes, even those we look up to in the faith as “spiritual” evidence a lot more of these “carnal” characteristics.

Sadly, over the last 10 months I’ve witnessed more of this carnality in some of those I once looked up to than I ever thought I would. As I have I’ve been grateful for the words of a long since departed pastor I (still) look up to.

“The best of men … are men at best”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Corinthians 2

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that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

– 1 Corinthians 2:5

It is the opinion of many Bible teachers (myself included) that Paul was a man of dynamic and abundant intellect. But his aim in preaching was not the admiration and respect of his hears. His aim was the salvation of the lost. Therefore he determined not to know anything among his hearers except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. His goal was simple, that their trust would be in the power of God and not his dynamic wisdom and knowledge.

This is a challenging reminder in a time in which we (preachers) are tempted to impress by rhetorical eloquence.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Corinthians 1

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Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

– 1 Corinthians 1:10

In writing to the Ephesians Paul exhorted, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Here again to the Corinthians Paul’s call is much the same.

These words are (perhaps) more important today, than they were 2,000 years ago. There are certainly more divisions in the body of Christ now then there were then. Oh that God would grace us with the gentle humility and patience to join together for the evangelization of a world in desperate need of the very gospel that makes us one in Him.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Romans 16

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Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

– Romans 16:25-27

The gospel is not only the gate by which we enter into the glories of salvation, it is the bedrock upon which Christian life and experience is constructed. Christ Jesus establishes His disciples upon the Gospel. The only sure footing of our lives as followers of Jesus is the daily reliance upon the Gospel of grace. There is no other sure foundation.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Romans 15

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And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation,

– Romans 15:20

Two thousand years from Paul, it is sometimes hard to imagine that there are still many places and peoples in the world where and to whom the gospel has yet to be preached. May God raise up in our day more pioneering apostles, like Paul, to make it their aim to preach the Gospel where Christ has yet to be named.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon