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1 Corinthians

“Stop – Experience the Gift of Grace”

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. D.E. Reaves, Pastor/Teacher

SJBC-  March 1, 2009

TODAY WE ARE BEGINNING TO PREACH AND TEACH OUR WAY THROUGH THE BOOK OF 1 CORINTHIANS.  THIS BOOK OF THE BIBLE IS A WILD AND WONDERFUL BOOK.  IT IS A BOOK THAT GIVES US A GREAT SENSE OF HOPE.    I SAY THAT BECAUSE THE CITY OF CORINTH IS SIMILAR TO OUR OWN CULTURE TODAY IN SO MANY WAYS….

            CORINTH WAS A CITY WHERE YOU COULD GET AND DO ANYTHING POSSIBLE UNDER THE SUN.  THIS WAS A CITY OF REAL VICE, A HOTBED IF YOU WILL OF HEATHENISM (WHERE PEOPLE DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE GOD)…… IT WAS A PLACE WHERE ALL KINDS OF SEXUAL IMMORALITY TOOK PLACE… IT WAS THE CENTER OF IMMORAL FORNICATION, A CENTER OF HOMOSEXUALITY…..BROTHERS ON THE DOWN LOW….

            CORINTH WAS A CITY THAT HAD WHAT THEY CALLED SACRED PROSTITUTES….THOUSANDS OF PROSTITUTES WOULD COME DOWN FROM  THESE GODDESS TEMPLES AND INFILTRATE THE WHOLE TOWN IN THE EVENING AND RETURN TO THE TEMPLE IN THE MORNING.

            IT WAS ALSO A CITY THAT WAS MULTICULTURAL WITH DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES AND RELIGIONS, AND CULTURES.  THAT’S WHY IN THE CHURCH OF CORINTH: THERE WERE JEWS, THERE WERE GREEKS AND GENTILES. THERE WERE POOR PEOPLE, THERE WERE VERY RICH PEOPLE; THERE WAS THE MIDDLE-CLASS; AND THERE WERE SLAVES.

JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU SAW IN CORINTH, YOU SAW IT IN THE CHURCH.  NOT ONLY WAS THE CHURCH WALKING AWAY FROM THE WAYS OF GOD, BUT THEY WERE FALLING BACK INTO THE SINS THAT THEY WERE SAVED FROM.  IN THE CHURCH AT CORINTH THERE WERE, PEOPLE HAVING SEX WITHOUT BEING MARRIED, THERE WERE ADULTERESS, ABUSERS, THIEVES, DRUNKS, EXTORTIONIST…. FORNICATORS, IDOLATERS, YOU NAME IT …..IT WAS THERE.  CORINTH WAS A TERRIBLE PLACE OF SIN.

            NOW COME HERE, WHAT IS INTERESTING, IS THAT HERE IN 2009….SOME OF THE SAME CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CITY OF CORINTH BACK IN ITS DAY, WE SEE SOME OF THE SAME SIMILARITIES IN OUR OWN SOCIETY……AND WE EVEN SEE IT IN THE CHURCH.

            WE ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM CORINTH.   AS THE CHURCH TODAY REACHES OUT TO A LOST COMMUNITY WITH ALL OF ITS VICES…..  WE AS A CHURCH HAVE TO BE READY, WHEN THE WORLD GET SAVED, AND COME TO FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST-- WE HAVE TO BE READY TO HANDLE THE PROBLEMS AND HEADACHES THAT THEY BRING WITH THEM.

            THESE CORINTHIANS CAME TO CHRIST, AND MANY OF THEM BROUGHT THOSE PROBLEMS THEY HAD IN THE WORLD WITH THEM - SOME OF THEM FOUND IT VERY DIFFICULT—TO STOP AND LET GO OF THE BAGGAGE THEY HAD BEFORE THEY WERE SAVED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD.

            THERE IS A SENSE OF HOPE THIS BOOK GIVES US AND THAT HOPE IS SIMPLY THIS: …..ALTHOUGH THESE FOLK HAD SOME SERIOUS SIN ISSUES THEY WERE GIVEN GRACE!  I’VE DISCOVERED THAT GREAT SINNERS TEND TO RESPOND TO GREAT GRACE.

            THIS IS HOW PAUL REACTS TO THIS VERY SINFUL IMMORAL CHURCH.  HE REACTS IN GRACE!   GET THE PICTURE NOW, ALL KIND OF SIN WAS GOING ON IN THE LORD’S CHURCH…….. THEY WERE GETTING DRUNK AT THE LORD’S SUPPER COMMUNION TABLE….THEY MADE HOLY THINGS UNHOLY, YET AS PAUL COMES AND WRITE TO THEM A LETTER OF INSTRUCTION AND CORRECTION, THE FIRST THING THAT HE BRINGS TO THEM IS GRACE!

HOW WOULD WE HAVE REACTED, IF WE WERE ASKED TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS?  PERHAPS WE WOULD JUST SHAKE OUR HEAD AND SAY, THESE FOLK CAN’T BE CHRISTIANS….THEIR NOT EVEN TRYING TO BEHAVE LIKE THEY ARE SAVED.

BUT LOOK WHAT PAUL SAYS AS HE WRITES TO THEM THE FIRST NINE VERSES:

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (NKJV) 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

AS SINFUL AS THIS CHURCH WAS, PAUL IS BASICALLY SAYING TO THEM…  “HEY, LOOK AT WHAT YOU ARE!  LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!...... HE TELLS THEM OF THE WONDERFUL RICHES OF THE GRACE OF GOD…… HE DOES THIS BEFORE HE BEGINS TO REBUKE AND CORRECT THEM….HE MINISTERS TO THEM THE GREAT GRACE OF GOD.

            I’M TELLING YOU FIRST CORINTHIANS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK…… IT GIVES US HERE TODAY, A SENSE OF HOPE….(HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT IT IS NO SECRET WHAT GOD CAN DO?)…… IF GOD EXTENDED GRACE TO THE CORINTHIAN CHRISTIANS…… WE KNOW THERE IS HOPE FOR US.

I BELIEVE IF WE COULD JUST GET A FRESH GLIMPSE OF THE GRACE OF GOD TOWARDS US, WE WOULD LIVE A LIFE THAT BRINGS GLORY TO GOD.

            COME ON AND LET ME SEE IF WE CAN UNPACK THIS TEXT FOR YOU.

PAUL OPENS THIS LETTER BY DEFINING WHO HE IS AND WHAT HIS CALLING IS….HE SAYS:  1 Corinthians 1:1 (NKJV) Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, …

HE'S QUALIFYING WHERE HE GOT HIS APOSTLESHIP FROM.

NOW WHAT IS AN APOSTLE?  AN APOSTLE IS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LORD, A PERSON WHO IS AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE LORD - AND SPECIFICALLY A PERSON WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO SPEAK FOR THE LORD.   NOW THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO DOUBTED OR QUESTIONED PAUL’S APOSTLESHIP…. BECAUSE HE WAS NOT ONE OF THE TWELVE ORIGINAL DISCIPLES IN THE GOSPELS.  SO, RIGHT AWAY, PAUL WANTS THESE PEOPLE TO KNOW: 'I AM AN AUTHORITY ON WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY'…. PAUL WAS CALLED BY GOD TO BE AN APOSTLE, WHICH MEANS HE WAS APPOINTED BY GOD TO BE A MESSENGER, A WITNESS, A MISSIONARY TO CARRY THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST TO MEN.

            NOW HERE IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE,…  PAUL IN WRITING TO A CHURCH THAT WAS WILD, SINFUL, AND OUT OF CONTROL….. HE GREETS THEM WITH “GRACE AND PEACE”

YOU DO UNDERSTAND THAT PEACE COMES WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE GRACE OF GOD IN YOUR HEART.  AND THEN, IN VERSES 4 THROUGH 9 HE PRAYS A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING TO GOD ON THEIR BEHALF WISHING THEM WELL.

            HOW COULD PAUL BE SO THANKFUL FOR A GROUP OF CHRISTIANS WHO WERE SO WILD AND DIVIDED AND OPENLY SINFUL?   I TELL YOU HOW…… IT IS BECAUSE PAUL KNEW AND UNDERSTOOD THE CHARACTER OF GOD….. HE KNEW THAT GOD IS A GOD OF GRACE.

            IN SPITE OF THEIR SIN, THEY WERE STILL CITIZENS OF HEAVEN. VERSE 2,  SAYS:  1 Corinthians 1:2 (NKJV) To the church of God which is at Corinth, … . THEIR IDENTITY WAS NOT ‘CORINTH’; THEIR IDENTITY WAS THE FACT THAT THEY WERE THE CHURCH OF GOD.  OUR IDENTITY AS BELIEVERS IS NOT THE CITY THAT WE LIVE IN, THE COUNTRY THAT WE BELONG TO, OUR IDENTITY IS WITH JESUS CHRIST, FOR WE ARE IN HIS CHURCH.   AND SINCE WE ARE IN CHRIST, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT TYPE OF IMMORALITY AND GODLESSNESS IS GOING ON AROUND US…..

WE CAN LIVE IN JESUS CHRIST A SANCTIFIED LIFE - AND IF IT CAN BE LIVED IN CORINTH IT CAN BE LIVED ANYWHERE.

            LISTEN TO ME….. WITHOUT CHRIST, WITHOUT THE GRACE OF GOD…..WE HAVE THE SAME WEAKNESSES, THE SAME FLAWS AND VULNERABILITIES OF THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH.….. MY ASSIGNMENT TODAY IS TO SPEAK A WORD OF HOPE INTO YOUR LIFE….. AND SAY TO US STOP THAT UNGODLY BEHAVIOR AND EXPERIENCE THE GIFT OF GRACE. YOU NEED TO SEE THE GRACE OF GOD AFRESH.

THE AMAZING THING ABOUT THIS TEXT IS Paul first and foremost sees this church not in their sin, but sees them as being in Christ.  THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS EVERY CHURCH HAS ITS PROBLEMS. WE'VE GOT OUR PROBLEMS, THE CHURCHES DOWN THE ROAD HAVE GOT THEIR PROBLEMS, BUT EQUALLY EVERY CHURCH - IF IT IS THE TRUE CHURCH, I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT CHURCH BUILDINGS…… I’M TALKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BELIEVED AND RECEIVED THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST; I’M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB…..  NO MATTER WHAT THEIR SIN MAY BE THEY ARE IN….. THEY ARE IN CHRIST!

I KNOW THAT’S HARD FOR SOME OF YOU LEGALISTIC RELIGIOUS FOLK TO UNDERSTAND….BUT ITS RIGHT HERE IN THE TEXT, IN SPITE OF THEIR SIN THEY WERE STILL CITIZENS OF HEAVEN.

            ALL RIGHT YOU STILL DON’T BELIEVE IT….LOOK AT THE TEXT… THE SECOND PART OF VERSE 2 SAYS:  1 Corinthians 1:2 (NKJV) To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, …

YOU SEE, THERE IT IS, in spite of their sin they were still sanctified in Christ and called to be saints. The WORD 'sanctified', MEANS to be set apart, to be separated (cp. 1 Peter 1:15-16). There are three stages of sanctification.

1.  THERE IS THE INITIAL OR POSITIONAL SANCTIFICATION.  THIS IS WHEN A PERSON BELIEVES IN JESUS CHRIST, HE IS IMMEDIATELY SET APART FOR GOD. THIS IS A PERMANENT, ONCE-FOR-ALL ACT (HEBREWS 3:1; CP. HEBREWS 10:10).

2.  THEN THERE IS PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION. THIS IS WHERE THE TRUE BELIEVER MAKES A DETERMINED AND DISCIPLINED EFFORT TO ALLOW THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO SET HIM APART DAY BY DAY. THE SPIRIT OF GOD TAKES HIM AND CONFORMS HIM TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST MORE AND MORE. THIS GROWTH TAKES PLACE AS LONG AS THE BELIEVER WALKS UPON THIS EARTH (CP. JOHN 17:17; 2 COR. 3:18; EPHES. 5:25-26; 1 THES. 5:23-24).

3.  AND THERE IS ETERNAL SANCTIFICATION. THE DAY IS COMING WHEN THE BELIEVER WILL BE PERFECTLY SET APART UNTO GOD AND HIS SERVICE—WITHOUT ANY SIN OR FAILURE WHATSOEVER. THAT DAY WILL BE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE BELIEVER'S ETERNAL REDEMPTION (EPHES. 5:27; 1 JOHN 3:2).

            NOW, IF WE WERE TO ASK “ WERE THESE CORINTHIAN CHRISTIANS PRACTICING HOLY LIVING?  THE ANSWER WOULD BE….. NO!  OF COURSE THEY WEREN’T, THIS IS WHY PAUL IS WRITING TO THEM…. YET PAUL IS SAYING TO THEM, POSITIONALLY, “YOU ARE SANCTIFIED!”…..

THEY'VE BEEN SET APART FOR CHRIST AND TO CHRIST.   BASICALLY WHAT PAUL IS SAYING IS: ‘YOU'VE BEEN SET APART, YOU ARE NOW CALLED SAINTS - WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO LIVE UP TO YOUR CALLING?'.

            HEBREWS 10:10 SAYS WE ARE SANCTIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, THAT'S OUR POSITION, NOW THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN PRACTICING HOLY LIVING, AND LIVING UP TO THE NAME THAT WE HAVE AS SAINTS. 

PAUL’S THOUGHT HERE IS… IF THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE CALLED, ---IF THIS IS WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MADE BY THE GRACE OF GOD, --YOU'VE GOT TO LIVE UP TO YOUR NAME, CHRIST HAS SAVED YOU,

CHRIST HAS GIVEN YOU A NEW NATURE, WHAT'S STOPPING YOU FROM LIVING AS SAINTS?

            THE PURPOSE OF BEING IN CHRIST IS TO BE LIKE CHRIST - THAT'S WHAT THIS LETTER IS ALL ABOUT. PAUL REMINDS THE CORINTHIANS AND HE REMINDS US TODAY…. EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVEN’T BEEN ACTING CHRIST LIKE, YOU’RE STILL A SAINT……. THAT’S WONDERFUL ISN’T IT?   THIS IS WHAT MAKES GOD’S GRACE SO AMAZING…… GOD CONTINUES TO GIVE US WHAT WE DON’T DESERVE….THIS IS THE MESSAGE PAUL IS BRINGING TO THESE SINFUL CHRISTIANS...AND TO CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE…GOD GIVES US GRACE THROUGH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

            COME HERE, LOOK AT THIS….. IN SPITE OF THEIR SIN THEY WERE STILL RECIPIENTS OF GOD'S GRACE.  LOOK AT WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSES 3 & 4….. 1 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NKJV) 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,   MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS THE GRACE OF GOD IS WONDERFUL?  THE GRACE OF GOD HAS PAST BENEFITS, IT HAS PRESENT BENEFITS, IT HAS FUTURE BENEFITS -YOU DON'T WORK FOR IT, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET IT SOME DAY AND QUALIFY FOR IT, GOD’S GRACE WAS GIVEN TO YOU WHEN YOU BELIEVED ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

YOU CAN’T REPAY GOD FOR HIS GRACE….. GRACE IS JUST FAVOR!!…..IT’S THE FAVOR OF GOD…. AND SOMETIMES FAVOR ISN’T FAIR. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GRACE,  IS THAT THE GRACE OF GOD CANNOT COEXIST WITH GUILT.   YOU CANNOT ALLOW THE SIN THAT YOU’VE FALLEN INTO ---- TO KEEP YOU BURDEN DOWN IN GUILT.  

            LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS AND YOU READ IT WHEN YOU GET HOME……

Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

IT IS THE GRACE OF GOD THAT WE STAND IN, AND YOU'VE GOT TO ACCEPT THE REALITY OF THE JOY OF GOD'S FORGIVENESS AND ENJOY IT AND REST IN IT!- STAND IN IT!    THAT’S “FAVOR”   GOD GIVING YOU WHAT YOU DON’T DESERVE!

            THE SECOND THING GRACE CANNOT COEXIST WITH IS OBLIGATION.  YOU CAN’T FEEL LIKE YOU’RE OBLIGATED TO REPAY GOD FOR HIS GRACE.  THAT'S NOT GRACE, YOU CAN'T REPAY THE GRACE OF GOD - IT'S NOT A LOAN, IT'S A GIFT! IT'S FREE!  NOW,  YES WE ARE TO SERVE GOD WITH ALL OUR HEART, AND YES WE OWE A GREAT DEAL OF LOVE TOWARD HIM IN SERVICE, BUT YOU CANNOT USE THAT SERVICE AS AN OBLIGATION TO REPAY GOD FOR HIS GRACE…..  YES, YOU ARE TO LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL AND MIND……YES, YOU ARE TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF, YES YOU ARE TO  SERVE GOD……BUT YOU DON’T DO THAT OUT OF OBLIGATION…..YOU DO THIS SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE NEW NATURE YOU HAVE BY FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST….

            ONE MORE THING…… GRACE CANNOT COEXIST WITH HUMAN MERIT.

YOU CANNOT WORK YOUR WAY TO GOD.   YOU DON’T GET GRACE WHEN YOU’RE GOOD ENOUGH OR WHEN YOU’VE DONE ENOUGH GOOD WORKS…… DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT ISAIAH 64:6 SAYS:   Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV) But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;    THE GOOD THINGS THAT WE TRY TO DO DON'T IMPRESS GOD.

            GRACE IS SIMPLY THE FAVOR OF GOD…. WE DON'T DESERVE ANYTHING; GRACE IS GOD GIVING US WHAT WE DON’T DESERVE.

HERE IT IS IN A NUTSHELL…..GRACE IS SIMPLY THIS:  Romans 5:8 (NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

            *******GOD HAD GIVEN THESE CORINTHIANS PAST GRACE, PRESENT GRACE AND FUTURE GREACE…. THE REST OF THIS TEXT VERSES 5-9 REVEALS THAT GOD HAD GIVEN THEM EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED… THEY WERE NOT LACKING IN ANY SPIRITUAL GIFTS….

THEY HAD JUST ABOUT ALL THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS FOR WHICH ANY CHURCH COULD ASK.  THEY WERE ENRICHED IN EVERYTHING.  BY THE GRACE OF GOD, THIS CHURCH WAS GIVEN EVERYTHING SHE NEEDED TO BE A GROWING AND EFFECTIVE CHURCH.  YET SHE WAS AN IMMATURE CHURCH.

 THIS CHURCH WAS HIGHLY GIFTED WITH THE SPEAKING GIFTS AND KNOWLEDGE.  THEY HAD THE NECESSARY GIFTS TO PRAISE GOD AND TO WITNESS TO OTHERS.  THEY HAD THE GIFT TO UNDERSTAND SPIRITUAL TRUTH AND TEACHING.  THE MEMBERS OF THIS CORINTHIAN CHURCH HAD THE GIFT OF UNUSUAL INSIGHT INTO WHOM GOD IS AND HOW HE DEMONSTRATES HIS POWER IN THE WORLD.

 THESE CHRISTIANS AT CORINTH WERE NOT LACKING IN ANY GIFT.  BUT LATER IN THIS LETTER WE’RE GOING TO SEE, THAT A CHURCH CAN BE WELL GIFTED AND CARNAL AT THE SAME TIME.  THE POSSESSION OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS DOES NOT MEAN A CHURCH IS FAITHFUL.

            AH BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, THAT EVEN THOUGH WE THE CHURCH CAN BE FAITHLESS…… GOD IS FAITHFUL!   AND THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO LEAVE WITH US THIS MORNING….  I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO LIVE AND SERVE IN UNITY BECAUSE OF THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD.

GOD IS FAITHFUL…. GOD WILL DO WHATEVER HE HAS PROMISED TO DO…   GOD HAS SAVED US, SO THAT WE CAN BE IN FELLOWSHIP WITH HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

 WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO BE CALLED BY A FAITHFUL GOD, TO BE IN FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD…..

BECAUSE OF THE GRACE GOD,  WE OUGHT TO BE EAGER TO BE IN FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST….. 

I DON’T CARE HOW MUCH SIN IS AROUND US…. I DON’T CARE WHAT THE WORLD IS DOING…   YOU STOP THAT FOOLISHNESS….BECAUSE…..GOD..BY HIS GRACE…HAS CALLED YOU INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SON JESUS THE CHRIST…… I’M JUST ABOUT THROUGH PREACHING, BUT I’M TRYING TO CONVINCE SOMEBODY TO GET A FRESH GRASP ON THE GRACE OF GOD…… I’M TRYING TO CONVINCE SOMEBODY OF WHY YOU OUGHT TO WANT TO HAVE CONTINUED FELLOWSHIP WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST….

ALL THROUGH THIS TEXT IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRIST….. GRACE IS ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRIST…..JUST ABOUT EVERY VERSE YOU PEEP AT, YOU SEE JESUS CHRIST….

  • IN VERSE 1:  PAUL IS CALLED BY JESUS CHRIST.

  • VERSE 2:  THEY ARE SANCTIFIED IN CHRIST JESUS,

  • VERSE 3& 4: GRACE AND PEACE IS FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

  • IN VERSE 6:  THE TESTIMONY THEY HAD IS BECAUSE OF CHRIST.

  • IN VERSE 7:  THERE IS A WAITING FOR THE REVELATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

  • IN VERSE 8 WE WILL STAND BLAMELESS IN THE DAY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

  • AND HERE IN VERSE 9 …GOD WHO IS FAITHFUL HAS CALLED US INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

 ANYBODY KNOW HIM?

LET ME SEE IF I CAN CONVINCE SOMEBODY TO WANT TO STOP PRACTICING THE WAYS OF THE WORLD AND TO WANT TO HAVE CONTINUED FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS.  LET ME REMIND YOU WHO JESUS IS…..JESUS IS-

·        JESUS IS- THE SOURCE OF OUR JOY

  • JESUS IS- THE SHEPHERD OF OUR SOULS
  • THE GUIDE OF OUR LIVES
  • JESUS IS- THE SUPPORT FOR OUR STRUGGLES
  • THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS
  • JESUS IS- THE SUPPLIER OF OUR NEEDS
  • THE BESTOWER OF ALL OUR BLESSINGS
  • THE AUTHOR OF OUR FAITH
  • THE MOTIVATION FOR OUR MINISTRIES
  • JESUS IS- - THE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR STORMS
  • JESUS IS- - THE SAVIOR OF THIS WORLD.
Jesus is the answer to our behavior problems and struggle with sin.He wants you to experience His Grace….

IS THERE ANYBODY HERE –WANTS TO BE IN FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS…..SHOUT YES!


 

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