by Donald Cantrell

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Merely Ministers at Corinth (5 of 21)
Series: 1 Corinthians
Donald Cantrell
1 Corinthians 4:1-21

I - The Faithful Steward (1 - 5)
II - The Foolish Spectacle (6 - 13)
III - The Fatherly Scolding (14 - 21)

This sermon contains a fully alliterated outline with sub-points.
Theme: ''Giving proper credence to those that labor among us''


The Chicken Lady and the Governor

When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. One day, after a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch) he arrived at a church barbecue. It was late afternoon and Herter was famished.

As Herter moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line.

''Excuse me,'' Governor Herter said, ''do you mind if I have another piece of chicken?''

''Sorry,'' the woman told him. ''I'm supposed to give one piece of chicken to each person.''

''But I'm starved,'' the governor said.

''Sorry,'' the woman said again. ''Only one to a customer.''

Governor Herter was a modest and unassuming man, but he decided that this time he would throw a little weight around.

''Do you know who I am?'' he said. ''I am the governor of this state.''

''Do you know who I am?'' the woman said. ''I'm the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister.''

True Humility

''They that know God will be humble,'' John Flavel has said, ''and they that know themselves cannot be proud.''

In our sermon today we see that the church of Corinth was dreadfully undermining the work of God's servants. Some at Corinth had set themselves up as the judge of Paul's ministry. It seems that they had set the standard so high that even Paul was coming up short. Others were taking advantage of Paul's absence and they were calling him a roaring lion with a pen in his hand but he wasn't so bold in their presence. The apostle is firmly going to ri ...

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