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Sermon Notes

 

December 21, 2014 | The Faith of Christmas in Corinth and America

 

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

 

“Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,  [2] To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:

      [3] Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [4] I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. [5] For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—[6] God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. [7] Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. [8] He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

Verse 9 shouts at us, "God is faithful!" As we enter into this Christmas season I hope that each and every one of us holds firmly to the promises of God. Christmas is all about the coming of Christ, as it was promised in Scripture. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ.

 

Because of their faith, they have been given grace.

 

  1. Maybe we are not so different from Corinth. For many in America, Christmas has nothing to do with Christ, but is just another attempt at filling an unfillable void with gadgets and gizmos, diamonds and furs, food and drink, things that will not fill.

  2. There will be those who sit under a Christmas tree looking around at all the torn wrapping paper, ribbons and bows totally empty, because their life is devoid of God.

  3. There is something more. There is Jesus and the salvation that he offers.

    1. 1 Corinthians 1:4-6 says, "I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge-- 6 because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you" (NIV).

    2. Psalm 34:8 says, "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him" (KJV).

    3. Billy Sunday once said, "If you have no joy in your religion, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere."

 

 

Because of their faith they stand lacking no gift as they wait for the coming of the Lord.

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:7 says, "Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed" (NIV).

  2. Paul is not talking about things for them to use for themselves, but rather, gifts that are used for the building up of the Kingdom of God.

  3. The greatest gift that we can give someone is to introduce them to the one thing that will truly fill their heart. That gift is Jesus.

  4. The people of the church at Corinth were using their talents for the advancement of the Kingdom.

 

 

Because of their faith, they will be found blameless because God is faithful.

 

1 Corinthians 1:8-9 says, "He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful" (NIV).

 

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