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The Chapter divisions are a 13th century invention, so thoughts cross over naturally. Key: A servant is responsible to the one who sent him not the receiver of the message We are not in competition with other churches because there is only one church. Don t let nuances be a divider. Don t let comparisons separate people from people. The church with the most spiritual gifts operating was Corinth, the one with the most pride and divisions was Corinth. Vs. 1 Minister only time Paul used this word, comes from the slave who pulled oars below the decks servants to their masters (emphasis, accountability ) 21x in Paul s letters, he speaks of mysteries. Good study on the side. Vs. 2 Godly stewards are ethical first. (old days, the word was all that was needed for a contract, today, not so much) Vs. 3 -4 If Paul could be justified by his apostolic faithfulness, he would be teaching a righteousness that could be earned by works and that Christ s work was incomplete. Vs. 5 Parable of the wheat and weeds. They both get pulled up at the same time. Darkness not evil, just unknown Vs. 6 Satan s pride is the source of sin His 5 I wills , (Is 14:13-15)
You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.
Vs 7 You didn t pick your gift, the person that led you to Christ, etc., so why do you boast? You received it by grace, (Eph 2:8,10) Study of Grace. When God creates, he starts with nothing. y y Law is perfect (ps 119) that s why imperfect men can t keep it The Law is Holy, sinner s condemned
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The Law is Just, cannot show mercy to the guilty The Law Prohibits grace invites The Law Condemns Grace redeems The law Reveals Grace atones The law came through Moses Grace through Jesus The Law Demands obedience Grace gives power to obey The Law says Do and do not Grace says it s already done The Law Curses Grace blesses The law Condemns the best man Grace saves the worst man The Law says, Wages of sin is death Grace says, Eternal life is a gift of God The law is Bondage Grace brings liberty for the sons of God
Ungratefulness brings pain to God. Grace is the death of Pride. As long as we believe we have something to bring to the table, we are not even a candidate for salvation Vs 8 Self sufficient people are hard to minister to. Vs 9 Acts 19, Ephesus has a riot, probably the time he s writing this. The only way to build a kingdom in men is to have dead people on furlough working in it. How serious are you to work for God s kingdom? God should be number 1 on a list of 1 Spectacle to angels 1 Pet 1:12 (disturbing that you have no privacy) Vs 11-13: what Paul is to the world fool, scum of the earth, refuse of the world, cursed, persecuted, slandered, hungry, thirsty, homeless and work hard. (This is not the attitude of our society, though it should be) Vs 17 Timothy is Paul s right hand in many occasions V 18 People didn t think Paul would really follow through Vs 20 Those that can, do. Those who can t, teach.
1 Corinthians - Chapter 4 (Week 6) Handout
Key: Vs 1-2: What is the primary duty of the servant? Vs 3-5: What does Paul say about judging? How does the Parable of the wheat and weeds relate? (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43) Vs 6 (Isaiah 14:13-15) What is Satan s problem?
Vs 9 (1 Pet 1:12)