1 Corinthians 8

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But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

– 1 Corinthians 8:9

This is one of the most practical exhortations as it relates to disputed practices for Christians. In our day the most notable (disputed practice) would likely be that of alcohol consumption.

The Bible does not explicitly forbid alcohol, though it does condemn drunkenness. Therefore, many have and do defend their liberty, in Christ, to partake of it. But such a liberty must always be exercised with a measure of caution, so as to not deliberately cause a weaker individual to stumble.

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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

The only acceptable place for sexual expression is in the confines of a marriage between a man and a woman. Yes, that has recently become a politically incorrect statement. Who would have ever imagined. But though it be politically incorrect it is Biblically true and morally right.

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1 Corinthians 6

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And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

– 1 Corinthians 6:11

When considering the sinful church at Corinth, there is a danger of slipping into a high-minded self-righteousness. That is especially true when we look down our noses at the sinful world around us, openly practicing every lawless deed imaginable. But Paul reminds us, “and such were some of you.” Thankfully, we’ve been pardoned by Christ and are in the process of being purified by His grace.

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1 Corinthians 5

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It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife!

– 1 Corinthians 5:1

There were some serious problems in the Corinthian church! Sin so shameful it would make non-Christians blush. And while it might be easy to point the finger of judgment at the Christians at Corinth, in so many ways we are no different.

At the end of the day we are all in desperate need of God’s transforming power in our lives. Additionally though, as 1 Corinthians 5 makes very clear, we cannot turn a blind eye to blatant, unrepentant sin within our churches. Such things must be removed; forcefully at times. Or, “do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?”

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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

Paul considered himself, and desired to be known as a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1). As an aside, Paul comments that faithfulness is the standard of success (and actually the requirement) for stewards of God. This is what God looks for in His servants, faithfulness.

Frankly, this is the number 1 thing that I am watching for when seeking future leaders in our church. Ability varies. Availability is important. But reliability and dependability are essential.

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1 Corinthians 3

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For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

– 1 Corinthians 3:11

Recently I heard an individual (not a Bible believer) talk about how important an essential transcendental meditation is for a grounded life. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Jesus’ words in there Sermon on the Mount.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

– Matthew 7:24-27

What foundation are you building upon? Though there are many available foundations, there is only one sure foundation.

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1 Corinthians 2

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For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

– 1 Corinthians 2:2

Though he was undeniably brilliant, Paul’s message was relatively simplistic. Causing some, in fact, to look down upon him as something of a simpleton. Of course, that was not the case. Books like Romans continue, 2,000 years later, to stand as testament to his intellectual facility. But Paul never let his great mind cloud the simplicity of the Gospel message.

This is such an important truth to grasp. Especially for preachers. The temptation for many communicators is to try to sound brilliant and profound. But in so doing the simple Gospel can be mired by confusing jargon and rhetoric. Any idiot can make something difficult to understand. It takes true genius, and humility, to be thought a fool so that the simplicity of the Gospel can shine through.

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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. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.

– 1 Corinthians 1:10-11

During Paul’s second missionary Journey, after ministering and planning churches in Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea, he ultimately landed and planned in the Greek city of Corinth. Corinth was one of the places that Paul spent the most time during his life and ministry. It was also the city, and church, to which Paul wrote the most words. Piecing together the evidence it seems that Paul wrote 4 letters to the church at Corinth. We only have two of those letters in our Bibles. Be that as it may, why did Paul write so many letters to the Christians at Corinth? The above verses answer the question.

The church at Corinth was a divided church. There were divisions and contentions among them. Divines over personality. Divisions over doctrine. Divisions over spiritual gifts and divisions over sinful practices. The Corinthian Christians were just like us… they had problems. Which is why this book speaks so practically today, just as it did 2,000 years ago.

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Romans 16

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

– Romans 16:24

Romans began with grace, it ends with grace also. That is what the gospel is all about; grace upon grace, upon grace, upon grace. May it be that never far from our minds and always upon our lips.

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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

In his lifetime Paul traveled (primarily on foot) from Israel, to Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece and ultimately Italy. Several other places are on the list as well (Cyprus, Malta, etc.). Everywhere he traveled he went as a man on a mission. His aim, “to preach the gospel” where Christ had not yet been preached.

2,000 years later there continue to be pioneers like Paul, venturing out to reach the yet to be reached. In some respects it is hard to believe that the mission remains unfulfilled. But it is. Thankfully, we’ve been given a prophetic spoiler in Revelation 5 and 9. The mission will one day be fulfilled!

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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