by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 31 and 32 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 31: Religious Observances (31 of 56)
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 10:16-22

Religion is an enormous factor in the human race. Edmund Burke called man "a religious animal." Marx said religion was "the opium of the people." Freud called it "an illusion." Paul showed how Christian, Jew and pagan all have religious convictions and practices. He offered sound words of instruction and warning concerning the use or abuse of religious activity.

I. The Rites that Are Part of Religion.

A. The Jewish sacrificial system. v. 18

B. The pagan idolatrous sacrifices. v. 20

C. The Christian Communion service. v. 16
1. The cup we bless.

2. The bread we break. See Luke 22:14-20; Note: link with Passover.

II. The Realities that Are Part of the Rites.

A. The Reality of spiritual presence.
1. Behind the altar stands God. v. 20

2. Behind the idol stands the demon. v. 20

3. Behind the Communion stands the Lord. v. 21

B. The Reality of spiritual participation.


Part 32: Upright but Not Uptight
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1

Life is full of perplexities and decisions. Many decisions come easily because definite rules are spelled out. "Thou shalt not…", etc. However, things are much less simple when rules are not clearly laid down…especially in the area of personal relationships.

I. Factors that Must Be Understood.

A. Personal factors.
1. Personal freedom. v. 23

2. Personal development. N.B. "expedient, edify." v. 23

3. Personal enjoyment. vv. 25, 30

4. Personal wholeness. v. 26

5. Personal convictions. v. 27

B. Social factors.
1. Social possibilities.
a. The market place. v. 25

b. The holy place. v. 28

c. The meeting place. v. 27

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