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Pauls Guide

Pauls Guide

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The ApostlePaul’s Guide
 to Helping CarnalChristians Mature
 
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No one would argue the “hopelessness” o it. rying to bring a grouplike those olks rom Corinth to maturity in Christ? Not possible. Tatimmoral city just down the road rom Athens is world-renowned orits drunken depravity. And the “church” there? Well…there have beenmany magnicent successes,
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but there is still so much junk still lurking in the background. What to do? How would Paul respond to the newsrom Chloe that things weren’t well in the church in Corinth?How would you respond to a brother or sister who has been a Christian or maybe a couple o years—and still has a problem with vicesand sel-indulgence? What about brothers who are bickering with theirbrothers and sisters, and, believe it or not, taking them to court? Whatare we to think o those who are still so callous to sexual immorality thatthey decide to ignore it rather than oppose it? How would you respondto a brother or sister like that? Write them o? Blow them away? Back o and “not waste your time”?
Paul, no doubt, had to come to grips with some o these samepossibilities.
It is worth paying very close attention to the act that whatever it was Paul did… worked! Within six to nine months ater he addressed theproblem, he could write to the Corinthians and say, “At every point you haveproved yourselves to be innocent in this matter,” “you were all obedient,”“I have boasted about you, and you have not embarrassed me, ’’ and‘‘I am glad that I can have complete condence in you” (2Cor.7:11-16).Tat is pretty phenomenal success!
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1Cor.6:9-11
The Apostle Paul’sGuide to HelpingCarnal Christians Mature
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Let’s consider this idea o successully making disciples o Jesus menand women who are still living weak, and even ungodly lives. Yet, whileyou read and pray through these thoughts rom the lie o the apostlePaul, bear in mind that the secret o Paul’s success was not in “whathe did” as much as in “who he was.” Tus, you will nd that many o the changes may need to be wrought in your own lie i you are to bea suitable vessel or God to work through to bring about a miracle insomeone else’s lie.Tere is no ormula, only God’s ability to create out o nothing,to bring lie rom death. Many times God will let the one that you arepraying or and helping to “teach to obey” Christ’s commands, your“Lazarus,” stay in the stench o death or a long time—just to clearly demonstrate man’s inability to raise anyone rom the grave. God delightsto gloriy His name by rolling back the stone in ront o our stained-glass mausoleums and accomplishing the impossible in our lives. Tereis no magic ormula, only the I AM. Your mission, should you chooseto accept it, is to make your heart a means o transportation or theEternal God in mercy and power.So, what is the Apostle Paul’s heart in dealing with still-worldly brothers and sisters?
Get Out The Big Guns, Right? Nuke Them! 
It is denitely true that Paul dealt severely with “...anyone who callshimsel a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater (job,possession, recreation or amily worshiper) or a slanderer (“doing God a avor” by constant criticism and complaining), a drunkard or a swindler(1Cor.5:11). He had such courage and conviction o God’s ruth that hecould state very boldly “…or your meetings do more harm than good.”(1Cor.11:17) And “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual butas worldly—mere inants in Christ” (1Cor.3:1). He had the courage totake a stand and speak out against disobedience and perpetual babyhood. Your useulness to God will be determined by whether or not you tooare willing to pay the price o stepping orward and not idly letting menand women deame the name o the Lord o Glory, carelessly ignoring His Holiness and presuming upon His grace. Like Paul, our brother, “a man like us,” we must dare to get involved.Now beore we jump headlong into “Holy Spiriting (“exhorting,”“warning,” “admonishing”) one another daily so that none are hardenedby sin’s deceitulness” (Heb.3:13, 12:15), we must careully examine theheart that Paul had or his amily in Corinth. Tat, as it turns out, is by ar the most important actor in growing others up into the Head.Remember, “you who are spiritual should restore one caught ina sin gently” (Gal.6:1). “Spiritual” does not mean that you are smartenough to lead a Bible study, or that men made you a deacon, or that youbrought twelve people to Christ last year, or that you preach at seminars(or on the street) “real good.” It means that you have progressed aralong the untrampled path o being “conormed to the amily likenesso the Son” (Rom.8:29; 1Cor.2:16). You are very much like Jesus inpersonality, thought lie, patience, prayer lie, servanthood to the leasto your brothers and sisters, and attitude towards material things. “Tisis how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did” (1John 2:5-6).Te Holy Spirit says: “You who are spiritual (lled with the Spirito Jesus) should restore such a one.” Te point is not that you mustbe perect in order to help someone mature in Jesus. It is just that it isessential to rst examine your own heart, “get the log out o your owneye” and make certain that you have a heart that God can use to perormmiracles through.
The Heart of OneWho Helps Make Disciples
Here is the heart o Jesus in a human named Paul—a heart thatGod could use to do the impossible:1. “So I made up my mind that I would not make another painulvisit to you. For i I grieve you, who is let to make me gladbut you whom I have grieved? I wrote as I did so that when Icame I should not be distressed by those who ought to makeme rejoice. I had condence in all o you, that you would allshare my joy. For I wrote you out o great distress and anguisho heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let youknow the depth o my love or you.” (2Cor.2:1-4)

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