by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 13 and 14 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 13: Understanding the Minister
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 4:1-6

Ministers of the Gospel have a unique position to fill. The details of this are not always clear to either minister or congregation. This is a dangerous situation and can lead to great conflict as it did in Corinth.

I. The Privileges of the Ministry. v. 1

A. Ministers of Christ. Note: Minister-Gk. "huperetes": "under rower."
1. One who applies Christ's orders. Matthew 5:25

2. One who assists Christ's actions. Luke 4:20

3. One who administers Christ's affairs. Acts 13:5

B. Stewards of mysteries.

Note: Steward-Gk. "oikonomos": "manager of household." See Luke 2:42;
Romans 16:23
Managing the mystery of:
1. Divine truth. Matthew 13:11

2. Divine purpose. Romans 16:25

3. Divine promise. 1 Corinthians 15:51


Part 14: Spiritual Pride
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 4:6-21

God has let it be known that he "resists the proud…" (1 Peter 5:5). He has told us that "pride comes before destruction…" (Proverbs 16:18). This was another of the Corinthian problems. They were "puffed up" with the worst kind of pride-spiritual pride.

I. How Spiritual Pride Can Be Expressed.

A. Through "superiority complex." v. 6
1. One against the other in comparison.

2. One against the other in hostility.

B. Through "self-confidence." v. 18
1. We are independent of leadership.

2. Leadership is in awe of us.

C. Through "special considerations." 5:2
1. Principles don't apply to us.

2. We don't need discipline.
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