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Series: The Kingdom Life
1 Corinthians 16:1-24
August 7, 2011
INTRODUCTION: To contextualize this message, remember that Paul had just dealt with one of the strongest N.T. passages on the theme of the Resurrection. Now, he immediately moves to the subject of the Collection for the poor saints in Jerusalem. It is as though Paul used the battle cry of our final victory in order to inspire us in the normal everyday Christian life, the Kingdom Life. Assurance of something does, indeed, have the power to build HOPE; and hope does not disappoint (this is the principle of Romans 5:1-5).
2 Cor 4:16-18 (NLT), "That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever."
"In these two things the greatness of man consists, to have God so dwelling in us as to impart His character to us, and to have Him so dwelling in us that we recognize His presence, and know that we are His, and He is ours. The one is salvation; the other the assurance of it."
Frederick W. Robertson
Paul had such assurance of his future with the Lord Jesus that it undoubtedly motivated him to live the Kingdom Life now. In 1 Cor 16:1-24, he deals with such subjects as:
1. How we prosper and the handling of our possessions. 1-4
2. The Lord's permission concerning our personal plans. 5-12
3. Biblical principles in service that lead to evangelism, edification, and encouragement in God's family. 13-18
4. Personal pleas for passionate love of Jesus along with personal warnings of wrath.
The Christian pers ...
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