by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 27 and 28 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 27: Christian Motivation
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 9:16-23

Motives are the thoughts and feelings that make people act. Motivation is the urge that directs people to accomplish goals they consider worthwhile. People are motivated by biological factors, desire for reward, fear of punishment or high ideals and goals. The Christian desires more and more to be motivated by the highest goals.

I. The Origins of Christian Motivation.

Note: "The law of Christ." v. 21
A. The reality of the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

B. The release of the law of the spirit of life. Romans 8:2

C. The ramifications of the law of God. Romans 8:4
1. Loving through dependence. Galatians 5:22; Romans 5:5

2. Loving by obedience. John 15:17; Galatians 6:2; Romans 13:8-10

D. The repercussions of the law of Christ.
1. The Lord has laid necessity upon me. v. 16b
Note: "Necessity", lit. compulsion. Matthew 14:22; Galatians 2:14

2. The Lord has promised woe to me. v. 16b


Part 28: Christian Service
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Christians are "saved to serve." Their service is a result of their salvation, not vice versa. Service is an expression of gratitude and a token of concern that others should experiences salvation. But not all the saved serve as they ought. Paul uses the Isthmian Games to illustrate his point.

I. The Privilege of Christian Service.

Note: "Preach" (v. 27), Gk. "kerusso": to herald.
A. The proclamation of an event. See 1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11
1. The Kingdom is at hand. Matthew 4:17-23

2. The Jubilee has arrived. Luke 4:18-19; See Isaiah 61

3. The Resurrection is accomplished. 1 Corinthians 15:12

B. The call to worship.
1. The herald kept the peace.

2. The herald prepared the sacrifices.

3. The herald led the prayers.

II. The Pressures of Christian Service.

A. The pressures of participation.

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