It's All Because of God's Grace (1 of 30) by Daniel Rodgers

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It's All Because of God's Grace (1 of 30)
Series: The Book of 1 Corinthians
Dan Rodgers
I Corinthians 1:1-9
June 30, 2004


INTRODUCTION:

1. Tonight we will begin an exciting study of two of the
most important books in the New Testament--First and Second Corinthians. The Apostle Paul, under the direction and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is the author of both Epistles.

2. The date of writing for I Corinthians was somewhere
around A. D. 59. Paul wrote this letter to the church from the city of Ephesus. II Corinthians is said to be written from Philippi at about A. D. 60.

3. Lord willing, we will spend the next couple of months
delving into I Corinthians.

1. This book covers a broad range of subjects. It covers
Christian stewardship, it discusses the problems that arose from the miss-use on tongues, it speaks of the message of the cross, it talks about immorality, division in the church, marriage, baptism and on and on...

4. Paul's letter is a letter of instruction; it is a letter of rebuke
and it is a letter of admonition to stand fast in the faith: 1 Cor. 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

5. This evening's message has three points:

I. The Man of God
II. The Church of God
III. The Grace of God

I. THE MAN OF GOD

A. He was called (vs. 1a), "Called to be an apostle"

1. He was called to a special office.

a. God's calling is a special and high calling for the
office of ministry. The Bible says in Hebrews 5:4, "And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron."

b. I firmly believe that much of the trouble we
have in many of our churches today comes from self-called and self-proclaimed pastors, evangelists, and missionaries.

1) In II John 1:9, John spoke of Diotrephes. He
said, "I wrote unto the church: ...


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