Sermons on 1 Corinthians

“Christian Liberty”

If you believe in Jesus Christ, you have liberty in the decisions you make. There are two errors that can hurt us spiritually: legalism and licentiousness (1 Corinthians 10:23-24). Legalism adds to the commandments of God, making us judgmental and leaving outside many blessings of God in creation. License ignores the relational laws that help us walk in covenant faithfulness with our Heavenly Father. In our passage today, we want to see how Christian liberty helps us make decisions that honor God, help others, and allow us to enjoy the good things God has given in this life.

“Overcoming Sin and Temptation”

Have you ever been in a burning building or a house fire? It’s a time for action, not complacency, it’s a time to escape or you could die or be seriously injured. The Bible is clear about the danger of sin to our soul, and yet many people treat sin as a light thing. They are complacent in the face of temptation and find themselves stung by its consequences. It’s been said, “You are either killing sin or it’s killing you.” Today’s passage speaks to the danger of sin and provides us with some helpful reminders when it comes to the dangers of sin in our lives. It reminds us that we are in a spiritual battle and our greatest threat is our own flesh. How do we fight in this spiritual battle?

“Running to Win”

Athletes are truly inspiring to watch in action. They have trained to be the best at what they do. Natural talent is not everything, their ability had to be developed through a rigorous training plan which encompassed every area of their lives. Our passage today compares the Christian life to an athletic event. Some who at first profess faith in Christ end up giving up on Christ to go after sin. Others fail to live in Christ and end up in guilt and shame for their decisions (Mark 14:27-30). Our passage today reminds us that the key to Christian living is devotion, and we discipline ourselves for the things we love. What kind of discipline helps us grow in devotion?

“Exceeding Expectations and Ending Entitlements”

What makes a truly unique person? The people we tend to admire the most are people who march to the beat of a different drummer and, at the same time, show more concern about others than themselves. You know you can’t control them, but on the other side, there is no reason we would want to control them. In our passage this morning, we will see how the Apostle Paul could not be controlled by anyone, other than God, and how he used that freedom to love the people around him.

“Love Builds Up”

Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s okay, as long as I don’t hurt anyone else.” In the letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul shows that our actions have a bigger effect than we might think. This gives us a reason to pursue holiness through faith and obedience for the benefit of others. In doing this, he points us to Jesus and reminds us that the essence of love is to pursue the good of others, even if it comes at our own expense.

“Having a Single-Minded Focus”

Spiritual growth requires more than external change, it requires internal transformation. Some of the Christians in Corinth were telling single people it was a sin to get married. This created a challenge for engaged people – should they break off their commitment or follow through and get married? In our passage, we read how this anti-marriage teaching was so wrong – our spiritual life is not built on our marital status, but upon our devotion to Jesus Christ. Today we will see how to get more spiritually focused by looking at some differences between marriage and singleness. The key point of our passage is that we need to do all we can to keep our focus on the Lord.

“Living on Assignment from God”

How do we find contentment in our situation? Some will say that we need to change our circumstances. This is not always possible. And it doesn’t always help. Others will resign themselves to their circumstances in quiet despair. The Corinthians thought that changing their situation would make them happier or more spiritual. We have that same temptation. The truth we need is that joy is found in contentment. God’s call upon our lives is a good gift, according to His sovereignty, and we must find joy by living in it. What are the keys to contentment?