Series: Getting Things Straight (1 of 28) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Getting Things Straight
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 1:1-9

The Corinthian church was a marvel and a mess like so many churches and so many lives. Paul's intention in the First Epistle to the Corinthians is to preserve the marvel and clear up the mess-praiseworthy intentions but fraught with problems.

I. Why Bother Getting Things Straight?

A. Because of the strategic position of the Church.
Note: "Church of God at Corinth" (v. 2).

B. Because of the special purposes of Christ.
Shown in His:
1. Calling work-"called saints." v. 2
2. Confirming work-"testimony confirmed in you…" v. 6
3. Charismatic work-"behind in no gift…" v. 7
4. Climactic work-"the coming of our Lord…" v. 7

C. Because of the spiritual privileges of Christians.
1. Realizing God's plan-"will of God." v. 1
2. Relating to God's people-theirs and ours. v. 2


Part 2: Division in the Church
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 1:10-16

The church at Corinth was not living up to its potential. Differences had led to quarreling and divisions were threatening. Paul spoke to the issue with great urgency and intensity.

I. The Curse of Division.

A. It dishonors the name of Christ.
B. It dismantles the work of Christ.
C. It disgusts the enemies of Christ.
D. It discourages the servants of Christ.
E. It disorganizes the church of Christ.
F. It disappoints the Spirit of Christ.

II. The Cause of Division.

A. Strategy of Satan. 2 Corinthians 2:11
1. To exploit.

2. To explode.

B. Stupidity of Saints.
1. Making convictions into contentions. v. 11

2. Making personalities into parties. v. 12

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