1 Corinthians 4:16-21 — Tough Talk

 

 

“Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?” 1 Corinthians 4:16-21 KJV

 

No one likes it when people become overly tough. I think that the Christians in Corinth had under-estimated Paul. When ‘push came to shove’ he gave them a choice – you repent now and I’ll come and see you all meek and mild OR you dig your heels in and in God’s power you face what God’s sending to you.

How would you react to that type of talk?

 

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Unity of the Body of Christ – Part 3 – Dr. Steve Price


 

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #33]

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During the 33rd week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles….

  • Brother Mike Stoudt posted part 2 of his encouraging and challenging series on Christian fellowship.
  • Brother Stephen Baker continued his video commentary series on the book of Titus with: Titus 2:15b – Do Not Despise Those Who Serve God.
  • Brother Keith Keyser continued his series on the early chapters of Genesis with Entry Level Theological Truth [35] which focused on Genesis 3:14.

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #33 on Digital Sojourner! What was your favorite post?

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #32]

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During the 32nd week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles….

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Unity of the Body of Christ – Part 1 – Dr. Steve Price


 

 

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1 Corinthians 3:17 — Defiling & Defiled

 

 

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 3:17 KJV

 

What happens when a person damages a local church? Is church discipline relevant for 21st Century living?

Watch this vlog to find out.

 

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1 Corinthians 3:1-4 – Big Fat Baby Christians

 

 

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 KJV

 

Why do christians squabble sometimes?

Grow up you say! Exactly, this is what the Bible teaches. Christians sometimes are still just big babies. Listen to what Paul has to say about this in this week’s passage.

 

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The Reading Meeting

When Christians Gather Together - The Reading MeetingThere is some interest in the “reading meeting” practiced in some assemblies of the Lord’s people. What is a reading meeting? is there Scriptural support for having such a meeting? How would we go about holding one?

Sometimes we refer to the reading meeting as the “Bible study” or the “Bible reading”. It’s an informal round-table discussion of a passage of Scripture. The reading meeting can be an excellent opportunity for teaching in the assembly: the very nature of a reading makes it easy to ask questions, offer corrections, and help one another understand difficult passages.

Of course we ought not consider any sort of meeting without considering what Scripture has to say about it. So let’s ask the most important question, “What does Scripture say?”

 


Why Do Christians Meet Together?


 

Scripture gives several reasons for the assembly to gather:

First, we meet together because the Lord is present in the assembly. The assembly is “a habitation of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22, JND). The Lord Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered together unto my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20, JND). We understand from the epistles that the Lord is with us individually (1 Corinthians 6:19-20): but the teaching of Scripture is clear that the assembly is a place where the Lord is present in an entirely different way. So there’s a sense where we go to the meetings to meet with the Lord.

Second, we meet together to eat the Lord’s Supper. This is taught remarkably in 1 Corinthians: “I do not praise, namely, that ye come together, not for the better, but for the worse… When ye come therefore together into one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s supper.” (1 Corinthians 11:17-20 JND). The apostle writes to the Corinthians like this is a strange thing, that they’d gather not to eat the Lord’s Supper. And the story of Paul’s visit to Troas corroborates this: “the first day of the week, we being assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed to them, about to depart on the morrow. And he prolonged the discourse till midnight” (Acts 20:7 JND). Clearly the early Christians assembled the first day of the week, specifically “to break bread”.

Third, we meet together to edify one another. 1 Corinthians 14:2-5 says, “he that prophesies speaks to men in edification, and encouragement, and consolation. He that speaks with a tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the assembly” (JND). This is one reason we gather: to edify one another. What is edifying? To edify is to “build up”1. So we gather to build one another up. The idea here is not an ego boost: it’s to encourage one another and help one another grow.

There are other reasons to gather, but three are sufficient for our present purpose. We might consider Matthew 18 as the Lord’s instructions regarding the assembly gathering to settle a dispute between brothers. We might also consider the where a wedding or a funeral fits into the gatherings of the assembly: that would be an interesting discussion in itself.

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NT Tuesday: The Church, The Body of Christ [part 7]

MicrophoneWe continue to explore what the Bible says about the Body of Christ, the Church.

As we continue exploring what the Bible says about the Church, another truth becomes evident. The Body of Christ has priests! Yes, we see that there is a biblical concept of priests found in the New Testament.

Priests play a vital role in the church.

Let’s look at 1 Peter 2:4-9. There we read the following “AS you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light.”

So, since Peter is talking about a group of people being priests, we need to go back to the beginning of the letter to see who this group of people was.

Surely, it must be some select, small, elite group of people if they are going to be addressed as priests! No, in fact, if we go back to the beginning of the letter, we see that the letter is addressed to the “elect exiles of the Dispersion”.

In other words, this letter was written to a large group of Christians scattered all over the region! There is no elitism involved, no special sub-group of Christians, just those born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3)!

So this letter is a general letter written to all believers, not a letter to a special group of Christians and that means that what is written in this letter must be for all the believers as well.

And that’s where we see some remarkable truths!

Every born again believer has also been made a priest – in fact, each believer has been made into two different types of priests – a holy priest and a royal priest.

As holy priests, we offer up spiritual sacrifices on behalf of others. We can see this in action on the Lord’s Day when the brothers in the meeting exalt the Lord Jesus while remembering Him and proclaiming His death.

As royal priests, we proclaim the glories of God to others. This can be seen as we present our bodies as a sacrifice to God and proving what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. This can be seen as we speak well of the Lord Jesus to others and as we speak well of the Body of Christ. God is not glorified when we speak ill of fellow believers.

We are blessed beyond measure.

We are part of the Body of Christ, members joined together with the Head, and now we find out that we are also priests, privileged to offer up sacrifices to God on behalf of others and to proclaim His glories to others. Let’s exercise our priestly responsibilities and in doing so, by God’s grace, may we bring glory to Him.

 

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