DEVOTIONS AND SERMONS

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Discipling And Being Discipled
 

1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5
26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are,
29 so that no one may boast before him.
30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
1 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,
5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.


a. We are not wise, influential or noble even by human standards. God has chosen us to be wise, influential and noble by God's standard. For this we need not have eloquence or superior wisdom or persuasive words, but to know Jesus Christ and him crucified and by the demonstration of the spirit's power, so that we may not rest on man's wisdom.

a. To attain maturity, wisdom and perfection, we need to be made presentable to Christ.

Colossians 1:28
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

Colossians 2:1
I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.

b. Sinful nature to be destroyed. To get rid of old yeast and to have tread without yeast and to have bread without yeast that is to have sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 2:15
The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:

c. We are to judge the world and angels.

1 Corinthians 6:2-3
2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?
3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!


d. To keep God's commands.

1 Corinthians 7:19
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.

e. To became all things to all men.

1 Corinthians 9:22
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.

f. Training.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.
27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.


2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


g. To qualify to teach others.

2 Timothy 2:2
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.

h. To keep reminding of the Jesus teaching.

2 Timothy 2:14
Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.

i. To be prepared to help others. To teach sound doctrine.

2 Timothy 4:2-5
2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.
3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.


j. We need to take advice. To have a great life.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 14:1-2
1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
2 He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him.


Proverbs 28:26
He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.

k. We cannot depend on ourselves.

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Conclusion

To be aware of various other teaching. Obedience is important.

Galatians 1:6-9
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--
7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!