vlog: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – The Message and the Messenger

 

 

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 KJV

 

When you see some preachers preach you would be quite surprised if they told you that they were feeling nervous or inadequate. The modern mindset is to be seen to be confident and capable.

Biblical preaching is quite different!

Paul bares his soul and admits in this section that when he arrived in Corinth that he was feeling weak, he was trembling and fearful. Maybe the closeted atmosphere in which most preaching takes place these days has robbed us of the reality that we are preaching to lost souls who are on the payroll of the enemy. The enemy is real and powerful, the audience can be antagonistic and our own capabilities will not be of any help to us.

The key to understanding the point of 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 is to appreciate the power that lies in the hand of God which will be unleashed through the preaching of His message.

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 – A Super Status in Christ

 

 

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 KJV

 

If salvation is all about what God does in an individual’s life you might think that it will leave you with little to boast about. In one sense you are right. But the scriptures don’t paint the picture like this. We are free to boast about what God has done for us.

Watch to see the wonders of this truth.

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 – The Core Class of Christian

 

 

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 KJV

 

We all like to classify and caricature people at times.

If I asked you how you would describe the average Christian in terms of intelligence or where you saw them in society i.e. rich, poor etc I wonder what you would say.

In the western world Christianity has developed an image that does not tie in with the Christianity of Bible times. Enough said – watch the video and see what God had on His mind when he was deciding who would be in His church.

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 Two Mindsets – One Solution = Christ

 

 

For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 KJV

 

In this section of First Corinthians Paul explores the ‘religious mindset’ and the ‘intellectual mindset’. This was classically described as the Jewish Mind and the Gentile Mind.

The same divergent ways of thinking exist today. In the west we claim to be more clinical in our thought process but in the east feelings and emotions have a larger part to play. This may be a generalization but there is some truth in it.

Discover how fresh and up to date scripture is when dealing with the way the world has always thought about Christ and Him crucified.

 

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NT Tuesday: Be A Good Berean

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11 ESV

You may have heard the expression “be a good Berean” — but what exactly does this mean? To answer this we must look at the story of Paul and his travels throughout the ancient world proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ.

As Acts chapter 17 begins we find Paul traveling on what would come to be known as his second missionary journey. Paul and his traveling companion Silas arrived in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17:1), and in keeping with their pattern of ministry they went to the local synagogue to demonstrate from the Scriptures that Jesus Christ was in fact the long promised Jewish Messiah. (Acts 17:2-3). Their ministry was fruitful as ‘some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.’ Acts 17:4.

Because some had turned to Christ, the local Jewish leaders grew jealous and instigated a riot against the Christians (Acts 17:5). The rioters violently attacked the believers– falsely accusing them of acting against the decrees of Caesar (Acts 17:6-7).

That night the believers in Thessalonica sent Paul and Silas to the nearby town of Berea. Once again, upon arriving at the city they went to the Jewish synagogue and boldly declared Jesus Christ as the Messiah (Acts 17:10). As was the case in Thessalonica, their ministry was once again fruitful as many believed (Acts 17:12).

However there was something different about the Jews in Berea for which the Scriptures commend them. We are told that they were ‘more noble’ than their counterparts in Thessalonica. What was the difference? What made them ‘more noble’?

We are clearly told what that difference was in Acts 17:11 ESV. The Bereans:

  • received the word – they listened to what Paul and Silas were saying.
  • with all eagernessthere was a difference in their attitude— they received what Paul and Silas were teaching with eagerness.
  • examining the Scriptures – they examined the Scriptures. This clearly implies more than just reading God’s Word. The original Greek word used here means to ‘to scrutinize, investigate, interrogate, discern or search’. This is how the Bereans approached God’s Word…they went considerably deeper that a cursory reading— they actually interrogated the Scriptures.
  • daily – ’nuff said. This was not something that happened just once… this was the Bereans’ daily habit. This was their modus operandi, their pattern of living, it was how they ‘rolled’– they interrogated God’s Word DAILY.
  • to see if these things were so. – the Bereans had a goal. They had an objective in their interrogation of God’s Word… they wanted to know if Paul and Silias’ teachings were true. The Bible, God’s Word, was their standard– it was their measuring stick. They determined what was true by what God’s Word said and by nothing else.

So what is meant by the phrase ‘be a good Berean’? It means to follow the example set by Bereans. To judge everything by the sole standard of God’s Word, the Bible, with a good attitude on a daily basis to determine if it is so.

Because of the Berean’s noble approach to Paul and Silias’ teaching it is no surprise that ‘many of them therefore believed’.

Be a good Berean!

One more thought: if you happen to go to a church, or associate with some group, where you are discouraged from judging their teachings with God’s Word then you should leave that group! If you are ever told that you are not capable of understanding the Bible yourself… or you have not had the proper training to understand… or that you need their teachers or their literature to know what the truth is, you should leave that group immediately. A true teacher of God’s Word would never feel threatened if their students compared their teachings with God’s Word. In fact, a true teacher of God’s Word will welcome and even encourage you to challenge their teachings with God’s Word. After all, THAT is EXACTLY what the Bereans did and they were called ‘more noble.’

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:18-21 – What a Foolish Message!

 

 

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:18-21 KJV

 

Imagine you were asked to devise a method of saving mankind from sin, pain, death and unending punishment. What would you come up with? Intellectually we might even try to explain why we don’t actually deserve punishment or that morals are all man made or at least only exist in our minds.

God’s method of salvation consisted of His own Son becoming a sinless man and suffering at the hands of His enemies. In an act of voluntary submission to death on a cross and accepting the assignment of our sin to Him He paid in full the debt that we owed and as a result purchased eternal life.

What a method! Intellectually mind blowing, culturally strange and essentially beyond belief to the natural mind but this is the way of salvation.

Paul argues the case in the verses we are considering.

 

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Jottings – Straight In All His Dealings

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Commenting on 2 Corinthians 7:2: “He [Paul] did not teach that which would injure others; he did not by his behavior set a bad example to others; he had no part in turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, as some had done, or in defrauding another. He never had to do with money matters that were shady; he did not collect money for one purpose and use it for another; he did not pretend to be raising funds to do certain things with them and then allow them to be turned aside into some other channel. He was straight in all his dealings, and that is what God expects of every servant of His.”

H. A. Ironside, Addresses on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1939). p. 185.

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:12-18 – No Divisions

 

 

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:12-18 KJV

 

The church must look quite a mess from heaven’s viewpoint.

Many Christians not only hold the name of Christ but also operate under an additional tag – a denomination. The division of God’s people into artificial groupings was never the will of God but the problem started very early in the history of the church.

Paul addresses this problem when writing to the church in Corinth. He even outlaws those who claim to exclusively follow Christ.

I trust these verses challenge the way we think.

 

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Audio: The Temple – Herod’s Temple

 

Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands – remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:11-13

 

This is the seventh in a series of nine messages tracing the history of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem entitled ‘The Temple: The Biography of a Place.’

This series of messages, along with their accompanying PowerPoint slides, were originally presented by Brother Tom Schetelich at the Forge Road Bible Chapel of Perry Hall, MD in late 2010 and early 2011.

Lord willing the series of messages will be posted every Friday through March 8th.

 

 

The Temple Part 7: Herod's Temple from DigitalSojourner

 


The Temple: The Biography of a Place
Series Directory

Part 1 The Temple: Choosing the Place
Part 2 The Temple: David Prepares the Materials
Part 3 The Temple: Solomon’s Dedication
Part 4 The Temple: Ahaz and Hezekiah
Part 5 The Temple: The Glory Departs
Part 6 The Temple: Haggai and the Second Temple
Part 7 The Temple: Herod’s Temple
Part 8 The Temple: Jesus at the Temple
Part 9 The Temple: Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:11 – Quote Your Sources

 

 

For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 1 Corinthians 1:11 KJV

 

Undercurrents in church fellowships are so destructive. It shouldn’t be like this. Listen to the simple lesson that can be learned from the House of Chloe.

 

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