by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 23 and 24 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 23: Calling, Culture and Circumstances
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 7:17-24

To be called in the theological sense means two things: "to be invited" and "to be named", as in common usage. But the significance and ramifications of God's call to man are so important that they must be clearly understood.

I. The Significance of "The Calling."

A. It is an invitation.
1. To enter God's kingdom. 1 Thessalonians 2:12; Matthew 22:9

2. To enjoy God's Son. 1 Corinthians 1:9

3. To engage in God's service. Galatians 1:15

B. It is an identification.
1. The right to be called by His name. James 2:7; Acts 5:41

2. The right to call on his name. Genesis 4:26

II. The Substance of "The Call."

A. A call "of grace." 2 Timothy 1:9
1. Undeserved.

2. Unmerited.


Part 24: A Fresh Look at Marriage
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Marriage has always been an opportunity for heaven on earth or hell on earth. The Corinthians had some questions on the subject, and Paul's answers provide a different slant. His insights are mainly overlooked today.

I. Some Prime Considerations.

A. Spiritual considerations.
1. Receiving mercy from the Lord. v. 25

2. Caring for the things of the Lord. v. 32

3. Pleasing the Lord. v. 32

4. Attending to the Lord. v. 35

5. Only in the Lord. v. 39

B. Special considerations.
1. The present distress. v. 26
a. Marriage in the light of contemporary problems.

2. The time had been shortened. v. 29

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