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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 5: The Stewardship of Message
1 Corinthians 4:1; 9:22-23
If stewardship is the management and utilization of resources belonging to another, the Church as a whole and individual Christians need to recognize their privilege and responsibility in rightly handling the gospel. Paul spoke seriously about this subject.
I. Clarity of Vision.
"That by all possible means I might save some…" 1 Corinthians 9:22
"I do all this for the sake of the gospel…" 1 Corinthians 9:23
A. The communication of the gospel.
1. The message of the cross. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18
a. Foolishness to the perishing.
b. Power to those being saved.
2. Demonstration of the Spirit's power. 1 Corinthians 2:4
a. New insight-"that we may understand…" 1 Corinthians 2:12
b. New status-"washed, sanctified…by the Spirit." 1 Corinthians 6:11
c. New lifestyle-"temple of the Holy Spirit." 1 Corinthians 6:19
B. The salvation of people.
Part 6: The Stewardship of Mission
"As I travel overseas I am confronted by scores of people who have never, ever heard the Gospel…But they have heard of Coca Cola, Toyota, Michael Jackson and Perestroika," wrote Bill Heckman. What does this say about the church's stewardship of mission?
I. Admission. 9:35 38
A. An admission of human need.
B. An admission of great urgency.
C. An admission of deep concern.
D. An admission of immense opportunity.
E. An admission of inadequate involvement.
F. An admission of spiritual dependence.
II. Commission. 10:1 8
A. Called to the person of Christ.
B. Invested with the authority of Christ.