Setting our Hope (1 Corinthians 1:8-24)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, October 27, 2019
Part of the Day by Day – Empowered By His Favor series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

1 Corinthians 1:8-24

8Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (KJV)

Sermon Notes

Empowered by His Favor
Setting our Hope
II Corinthians 1:8-24

What do you set your sights on?

*…. He on whom we have set our hope…. v.10b

*For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience,
That in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but the grace of God…v.12a

*…. was not yes and no but is yes in Him. v.19b

*Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with your joy; for in your faith
We are standing firm. v. 20

Three keys to consider:
*Focus was not centered in fear

*Obedience was not connected to obstacles

*Hope was not set on sufferings

I. Despair drives us beyond ourselves—v.8-11
A. Trust beyond self sufficiency
B. Hope set on Jesus
C. Guarantee that comes from prayer

II. Confidence directs us to His grace—v.12-16
A. Conduct becoming of a Christian
B. Opportunity to come face to face with Jesus

III. Bold declaration—-YES—Key to our hope—v.17-24
A. God is faithful
B. Promises are true
C. God seals our relationship

*But thanks be to God, who always leads us to triumph in Christ, and manifests
Through us a sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 2:14

Will you adjust your focus?

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