by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 33 and 34 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 33: Women in the Church
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 11:2-16

Some people say that Christianity has kept women in a degraded position while others insist that it has exalted the status of women to unknown heights. Paul's view of women as expressed to the Corinthians has been the subject of much debate. Let's join it!

I. The Situation in the Corinthian Church.

A. Cultural variations.
1. Jewish.

2. Roman.

3. Corinthian.

B. Controversial veils.
1. Some men were wearing veils to pray.

2. Some women weren't.

C. Conflicting views.
1. Wearing veils showed reverence.

2. Not wearing showed liberty.

II. The Statement to the Corinthian Church.

Note: Difficulties of interpretation.
A. Hierarchical interpretation.
1. God is superior to Christ.

2. Christ is superior to man.


Part 34: Church Life
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 11:17-22

Christians have a personal relationship to Christ that affects every aspect of their lives. They also have a relationship to other believers that is lived out in the context of the church. Because of its unique role, the church needs to ensure that Christians are aware of the importance of "church life."

I. The Unique Design of the Church.

A. A "Called out" Community.
Note: "Church" vv. 13, 22. Gk. "Ekklesia", lit. "called out."
1. Hebrew idea-theocracy. See Acts 7:38
A society called by God to Himself.

2. Greek idea-democracy. Acts. 19:32, 39, 41
A society free to govern its affairs.

3. Christian idea-theocratic democracy.
A free society governed by God.

B. A "come together" community. vv. 17-18, 20, 33-34
1. The president of the community-Christ the Lord.

2. The purpose of the community-service.

3. The power of the community-love.

4. The principles of the community-faith and obedience.

II. The Ugly Discrepancies in the Church.

A. Becoming worse instead of better. v. 17
B. Becoming divided instead of devoted. v. 18

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