COMMITTED to train men and women
to have minds for the Lord Jesus,
hearts for the truth, and
hands that are skilled to the task.

"Corinth" Tagged Sermons

LEARN FROM THE PAST

Dave Hunt in his book titled “Beyond Seduction” published 1987, writes:
“Some people openly admit their refusal to submit at all to God’s correction; many others, however, cloak their rejection of God’s Word in the pious pretense of religious zeal and devotion. As though deceived by their own hypocrisy, they protest their innocence: ‘But, Lord, we did it all in your name!’ They have selfishly contrived to ‘interpret’ the Bible as saying what they want it to say rather than what God intended it to say. That is a common tendency which anyone who studies the Bible must guard against.
Never have so many given so much honor to a book they apparently have so little genuine intention of heeding.
Until we have been set free from our innate self-centeredness, our natural interest is really in ourselves, no matter how loudly we protest our concern for God’s kingdom.”

Charles Colson in his book titled: ‘WHO SPEAKS’ writes:
“While millions of Americans, myself included, pray fervently for revival, we must ask ourselves whether we are asking God to save our society, ourselves, or our souls….
The real trouble is that we Christians are not willing to accept the gospel for what it is. It doesn’t tell us how to save anything but our souls.”

Dave Hunt “Beyond Seduction”
“Prayer, even for revival, all too often becomes a religious technique for getting God to bless one’s own plan. We decide what we want and spend the “sweet hour of prayer” trying to persuade God to work it out for us. And if someone offers a guaranteed technique for getting prayers answered through visualization or thinking or speaking ‘positively’ many Christians are only too eager to buy the package, forgetting that it effectively turns God into a magic genie at their service when they ‘rub the lamp’ the right way.
So great is the human capacity for self-deception that we can be blind even to our own insincerity.”

A.W. Tozer said it this way:
“True faith requires that we believe everything God has said about Himself, but also that we believe everything He has said about us.
Until we believe that we are as bad as God says we are, we can never believe that He will do for us what He says He will do. Right here is where popular religion breaks down.”

As Dave Hunt is warning:
“to attempt to force sinners under the threat of hell to act like saints, when they really have neither the heart nor power to do so, can only produce hypocrites.
The real Christian has a new heart, a new mind. His outlook on life has changed completely. He loves God and righteousness and hates sin. His whole delight is in pleasing God and doing His will. By faith in Him, Christ has become his very life.
To confess this truth is to admit at last the painful but liberating fact that the Christian life is impossible for any man to live – no one but Christ Himself ever has or ever could do so. The person who sees this fact is well on his way to learning that the secret of ABUNDANT LIFE and INEXPRESSIBLE JOY is simply by faith to allow Christ to live his SUPERNATURAL LIFE through Him.”

McCandlish Phillips in his book ‘The Bible- the supernatural and the Jews’ writes:
“You can have religion without knowing God. Satan does not hate religion; he has invented most of it.
Too often the GIFTS seem to be valued above the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT, and the pursuit of miracles and new revelations leaves little time to know the Giver and what He has already said in His Word. Christianity can become just another RELIGION which, like the rest, is practiced for the selfish benefits of healing and prosperity.”

“The temple in Corinth was an ancient religious sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. Developed in the 8th century B.C., the sanctuary was home to the Oracle of Delphi and the priestess Pythia, who was famed throughout the ancient world for DIVINING THE FUTURE and was consulted before all major undertakings.” www.history.com

REDISCOVER OUR FOUNDATION

The Apostle Paul established this church about A.D. 50-51, when he spent 18 months there on his second missionary journey. We can find these details in Acts 18:1-17. During his 3rd missionary journey, about 5 years later, he stayed in Ephesus for about 3 years, and during this time he received disturbing reports concerning problems among believers in Corinth. He wrote a letter which we know as the lost first letter to this church at Corinth.
Shortly afterward, a delegation sent by a member of the church at Corinth (Chloe) reported to Paul that there were divisive factions in the church. Paul did not immediately respond. Then another delegation from Corinth arrived with a letter asking Paul certain questions (1 Corinthians 7:1 and 16:17). The first thing Paul did was sending Timothy to Corinth to help correct the problems there. (1 Corinthians 4:17). He then also wrote the letter that we know as 1 Corinthians, expecting it to reach Corinth before Timothy would arrive. (16:10)
If we would analyze this letter carefully, we find that Paul responds to 10 separate problems;
• A sectarian spirit
• Incest
• Lawsuits
• Fornication
• Marriage and divorce
• Eating food offered to idols
• Wearing the veil (head covering)
• The Lord’s supper
• Spiritual gifts
• The resurrection of the body
How does the Apostle Paul address all these problems at once?
He reminds the church that they have to rediscover the true foundation, which is Jesus Christ, as a counter to all human boasting.
WE learn that no matter what local church we attend, believing that there is one without problems between individual members would be at best naïve, at worst, deceptive.The question is not if a Bible preaching, Holy Spirit led church can have problems, but rather, HOW CAN SUCH PROBLEMS BE SOLVED AND THE INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE AND THE LOCAL BODY AS A WHOLE LEARN FROM IT AND BECOME BETTER, NOT BITTER.
The purpose of our church is summarized in a single sentence based upon two key Scriptures:
1. A Great Commitment to the GREAT COMMANDMENT
2. A Great Commitment to the GREAT COMMISSION
What does it mean to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? When we deviate just 5% from this commandment and love anything more than God, we are on dangerous grounds. The temptation is always present to love and protect our ministry or people we feel God has given us. Or to love my reputation and my position more than I love God. Or I love a certain program more than I love God.
There is a fundamental flaw in such thinking. WHY?
Because no human being, no program, no ministry, no reputation, no calling, can DO WHAT ONLY GOD CAN DO.
When a program starts making disciples after themselves, it needs to shut down, period. Changing leadership is not the answer, because the culture in a certain ministry has its root in the spiritual place. People begin to think what they have heard or observed, even if it is contrary to Scripture.
This is very important to know, because when our commitment to the program is greater than the commitment to the Lord Himself and his established authority, everything breaks down. Now all we want to be involved in is our program.
The Apostle Paul had to deal with that in in Corinth, and I had to deal with that in our church. While such corrections are painful and easily can be misunderstood or misinterpreted, they are absolutely necessary.
In this church, we always want to be committed to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. As a family, some of us need to rediscover our foundation and ask the Lord to bring those Biblical truths to our remembrance daily.

The Objective of TRUE Warfare

The objective of that warfare was very clear. Get rid of the promised Messiah, the one who would break the chains of bondage in the lives of people; the one who came to set the captives free. There is another spiritual warfare going on that is not primarily focused on spiritual beings, but ON OUR MIND. The Apostle Paul was exposing an entirely different warfare that was raging especially in the church at Corinth.
People crept into the church at Corinth that were false teachers, accusing Paul of living according to the flesh. They said that when personally present among them, he would not have the courage to confront them, but once gone away, he then would write them a strong rebuke in form of a letter. They said that such a person is a coward. They accused this man of God to be motivated by evil self-interest, interested in money and power.
TWO IMPORTANT POINTS IN SATAN’S DOCTRINE WERE ANNOUNCED BY HIM IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN WHEN HE FIRST APPROACHED THE WOMEN.
First, there was a bold denial of a statement God Himself made
Second, there was Satan’s assurance that if she would act independent from God, they would be as gods.
How can we take down such fortresses? Remember, the Objective of true warfare is to make people change the way they think. And such can only be done BY USING THE WEAPON, THE SPIRITUAL WEAPON GOD HAS GIVEN US.
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, THE WORD OF GOD. IT’S ONLY THE TRUTH THAT WILL SET US FREE FROM OUR OWN PRISON, FROM OUR OWN FORTRESSES. They either become our prisons and eventually our tombs, or they need to be demolished by the Truth, the word of the living God.