How are we doing this week, church family? Do you remember the homework I assigned you on Sunday based on our study of 1 Corinthians 1:1-9?
We came to a dual conclusion before we looked at our text.
- Spiritual growth1 and fighting sin2 are expected and normal parts of the Christian life.
- If we focus solely on our need for change, then we end up worshiping change rather than worshiping Christ, ultimately leading us into self-pity or pride.3
Then we dove into our text and learned that a key aspect of Christian living is what we emphasize and prioritize. We saw Paul’s priorities for the Corinthians in the first nine verses of chapter one, summarized in three emphases.
- Focus on the person and work of King Jesus.4
- Focus on how God saved you by grace and placed you in a local church.5
- Focus on God’s promise to sustain you until you die and go to him or until Jesus returns.6
It is only as we emphasize what God emphasizes, focusing our thoughts on his sovereign work and promises, that we can walk in the gospel7, chart growth8, fight sin9, and avoid a Christianized version of self-help-ism10.
It’s Wednesday, the middle of the week. Now is a great time to open up your Bible, pray through 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, and set your thoughts on glory of God in Christ11.
- 2 Peter 3:18 ↩︎
- Romans 8:13 ↩︎
- Both self-pity and pride are forms of boasting. If this is a new thought for you, just hold tight. We’ll be looking at Paul’s theology of Christian boasting as we work our way through this epistle to the Christians at Corinth. ↩︎
- We noted that Paul mentions Jesus in all nine of the opening verses of 1 Corinthians. Remember that the term Christ means “anointed king.” ↩︎
- We see Paul focus on how God graciously worked in Corinth, saving individuals by grace and placing them in a church. (1 Cor 1:4-7) ↩︎
- 1 Cor 1:8, 9 ↩︎
- Gal 2:14 ↩︎
- 2 Peter 3:18 ↩︎
- Rom 8:13 ↩︎
- Col 2:20-23 ↩︎
- 2 Cor 4:6 ↩︎
- 2 Tim 2:8 ↩︎