Setting our Hope (1 Corinthians 1:8-24)
Part of the Day by Day – Empowered By His Favor series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
1 Corinthians 1:8–24 (Listen)
8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless 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.
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
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?