Lessons in Conclusion

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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Topic: "Lessons in Conclusion" Service: 8 - 9.30am and 10 - 11.45am

Scripture: 1 Cor 16 Speaker: Elder Ernest Chew

Key Verses: "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

Do everything in love. ... If anyone does not love the Lord -- a curse be on him.

Come, O Lord! ... My love to all of you in Christ Jesus." (1 Cor.16:13,14, 22, 24).

 

 

 

1. Connection: From Resurrection to Collection. 1 Cor.15:58 to 16:1. NIV = .......................

 

2. Collection for the Jerusalem Church (1-4).

Lessons in Stewardship: set aside, save, share, send. (More in 2 Cor.8 & 9).

John Wesley: "Earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can".

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3. "Come", "Stay" and "Go" (5-12)

3.1. Paul at Ephesus (5-9). Opportunities, yet Opposition.

3.2. Timothy (10-11). Welcoming the Lord's servants.

3.3. Apollos (12). Encouraging fellowship.

3.4. Key principle: "if the Lord permits" (7; compare James 4:15).

 

4. Commands (13-14)

4.1. To Christian soldiers: be watchful, stand firm, be courageous, be strong (remember Joshua 1).

4.2. To Christian saints: "Do everything in love" (defined in 1 Cor.13).

Leon Morris: "Love is more than an accompaniment of Christian actions. It is the very atmosphere in which the Christian

lives and moves and has his being."

 

5. Companions of Service and Respect (15-18)

5.1. Stephanas' service to the saints and to Paul.

5.2. Submitting to those who serve the Lord and us.

 

6. Concluding Greetings and Blessings (19-24)

6.1. From the Asia-Minor churches, from Aquila & Priscilla, & others.

6.2. "Anathema" (= .........................) and "Maran-Atha" (=...........................) (22)

6.3. Paul's last word in this Letter is: ________________(24)

"From life's first breath to final cry, J___________ commands my destiny!"

["In Christ Alone", by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend]

 

Questions

1. What kind of work will not be in vain? (1 Cor.3:10-15; 15:58; 16:14,16).

2. Consider how we can "do everything in love" and show that love to everyone (1 Cor.16:14, 24; and 10:31-32).

3. Who really has the last word in your decisions and your life? (1 Cor.16:7, 24).