If you learn you are going the wrong way, it is in your best interest to turn around. In Acts 19, Paul encountered some men who learned that their baptism was no sufficient, so they corrected course, and were baptized in the name of Jesus. In spiritual matters, we must always make sure we are on the right road.
Though final chapters of Paul’s letters often contain several names and greetings, they are not entirely without lessons that we can learn to help us in our walk with Christ. In the closing words of 1 Corinthians, we see a lesson about pursuing opportunities, preserving unity, and persevering in the faith.
Before closing the letter, Paul writes a little bit about a collection that was to be taken up by the Corinthians. Why was it needed? How was it to be done? What does it mean for the church today? In tonight’s lesson, we answer these three questions as we consider the collection.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a pivotal moment in human history. And for those of us who are in Christ, who have our hope because He was resurrected, there are many good things that we can know because our Lord is risen from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to what Christians believe. Without it, everything that we do is worthless. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15, takes the opportunity to answer some who were giving in to the belief that resurrection wasn’t actually possible. Through his writing, he shows both the foolishness, and the consequences of such a belief.
As he deals with the subject of spiritual gifts in the church, Paul takes a moment in the middle of his discussion to describe “a more excellent way.” He shows how gifts will pass away and how love will endure long after those gifts have gone.
When Paul was asked a question about idolatry, he first dealt with it in terms of influence before others (1 Cor. 8-9), but in Chapter 10, he moves to deal specifically with the question of idolatry itself, and why Christians should not be involved in it in any way. While pagan idolatry may not be something we deal with as commonly in the church today, there are some principles we can apply that will help us to “do all to the glory of God.”
It is certainly a good thing to take advantage of the rights and freedoms that we have. However, as Christians, we must also take others into account, and realize that sometimes, it may be better to temporarily surrender our rights for the sake of our brethren. This is the example Paul gave, as he explains in 1 Corinthians 9