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A Crash Course on Humility (4 of 30)
Series: The Book of 1 Corinthians
I Corinthians 1:26-31
July 17, 2004
1. As we have seen in our earlier studies, the Corinthians
had many spiritual hang-ups:
a. There was division in the church (vs. 11).
b. They were following men instead of Christ (vs. 12).
c. They were placing improper significance on baptism (vs. 13).
d. They were using human wisdom over the simplicity of the cross and its message (vv. 17-19).
e. They were arrogant and proud people. That's why in our lesson tonight; Paul gives them a "Crash Course on Humility."
2. I have three points to our outline:
I. God's Call
II. God's Choice
I. GOD'S CALL (VS. 26)
A. A careful observation (vs. 26a
1. The Greek word for "see" in this particular
verse means, "To behold" or "regard." In other words, the Lord wants us to take a look at ourselves and our calling.
a. Of course, when we do, we will immediately
see our insignificance. This is what Paul wanted the Corinthians to see--that without Christ, we are nothing; and that the people we tend to exalt are nothing. Jesus is what and who gives us our significance.
ILLUS: An unknown writer tells of the young woman who had won a coveted award. She smiled when her mother said, "I was praying you would get it." "Well, thank you, mother," she replied, "but I earned this by my own hard work."
The author concluded: Some people feel so sure of their self-sufficiency that they resent any implication that they owe God a word of thanks for the good things that come their way. Such an attitude could be justified only if a person were able to say, "I brought myself into the world, I endowed myself with all my talents and abilities, I raised myself, taught myself all I know, and control my present and future."1
B. A sober revelation (vs. 26b)
1. God did not call the philosophers or the
nobility of the world. Most of them ...
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