by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 25 and 26 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 25: Dealing with Controversy
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 8:1-13

In the ancient system of sacrifice, only part of the sacrifice was offered to the god. The balance was eaten either in the temple or at home, sold in the market place or given to the poor. Eating meat offered to idols was, therefore, a matter that touched the social, domestic, commercial, and moral aspects as well as spiritual. There was grave disagreement among the Corinthians as to what they should do. Paul handles the controversy.

I. The Differences that Provoke Controversy.

A. Differences in intellectual understanding. vv. 1, 7
1. Concerning the real nature of idols. v. 4

2. Concerning the unique Being of God. v. 4

3. Concerning the reality of other powers. v. 5

4. Concerning the Supremacy of Father and Son. v. 6

B. Differences in cultural background. v. 7
1. The importance of customs.

2. The impact of conscience.

C. Differences in personal freedom. v. 9


Part 26: Rights and the Christian
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 9:1-18

Freedom and rights are popular subjects. Most people are engaged in pursuing and enjoying them. Bu all is not well and misunderstandings abound. The Christian has definite views on these matters that need to be both expressed and exemplified.

I. The Contemporary Attitude to the "Rights" Issue.

A. Development of the contemporary attitude.
1. Divine right of Kings.

2. Magna Carta 1215.

3. Declaration of Independence 1776.

4. Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.

5. Civil Rights, Equal Rights Amendment, etc.

B. Dangers of the contemporary attitude.
1. Danger of increased selfishness.

2. Danger of neglected responsibilities.

3. Danger of undeveloped initiatives.
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