There are two dangers we face whenever we come to the Lord’s table. There has been a grace of God which for mysterious reasons has led me in the way in which I have walked, and left them in the way in which they have walked. Yet was he, therefore, incapable of grace? "By Thy grace, O God, in the past, I have been what I have been; and by Thy grace I desire, in the future, to be what Thou wilt have me to be. SUN 09/12/2004. More of esprit de corps. Generally speaking, those who are "transformed by the renewing of their minds," perceive nothing which they can distinguish as a special impulse from above; but in the exercise of their rational faculties and in the use of appointed means are eventually brought to "choose that good part which cannot be taken from them." He knew well who was working with him, and understood perfectly the grandeur of the campaign on which he had entered.3. We scarcely know which is the more striking — Paul's individuality or his self-negation. It was melting and subduing light, for, in a moment, all my iron enmities of soul were broken. Peter was fitted to minister to the circumcision and Paul to the Gentiles. And in front of those forces the very condition of our being able to stand up and say "I" is that we learn to say "Not I. This same feeling — "I, yet not I" — will abide with each of the redeemed in heaven. III. It may be so stated as to be offensive, but when it is rightfully stated it is as sweet as the doctrine of love between a child and a parent. The lyrics of David differ from the proverbs of Solomon. In the Church to-day one is fitted for Sunday-school teaching and another for mission work. III. Its very first call addresses him as a sinner, and summons him to repentance. Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. This education God carries on throughout our whole life. 2. WHAT THE GRACE OF GOD IS. He knew well who was working with him, and understood perfectly the grandeur of the campaign on which he had entered. "Necessity was laid upon me," etc. "Self-will," "self-seeking," "self-indulgence" we regard as the essence of vice, and "self-sacrifice" as the climax of virtue; yet we commend "self-reliance." WHAT IS THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS? )The privilege of workingH. No. "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. Six Gifts of the Resurrection Easter Sunday. This education God carries on throughout our whole life. He was a pardoned and recovered sinner. (1) Here, e.g., is a man whose individuality is clearly enough marked; he thinks for himself, but he may pride himself on his position or his attainments instead of recognising his "stewardship" and using his gifts for the benefit of his brethren. Some say that this is an intuition, and others say that it is a conviction which comes with experience. This education God carries on throughout our whole life. The value and worth of the immortal soul is then correctly understood, and the mind is alive to its chief and most important interests (Psalm 4:6). Do we habitually ascribe every good thought, word, and deed to the grace of God? "(3) God carries on this same process of education through the medium of His providence. Mar 31, 1991. And every Christian is taught by the gospel to recognise his individual responsibility and privileges, and thus he may well feel and say "I." They are Divinely inspired, and yet the human and Divine elements are mingled. 2. Now that word "grace" has got to be worn threadbare, and to mean next to nothing in the minds of many. 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. 2. And can you say anything like that? WE’RE GLAD YOU JOINED US 3. And the gospel leads him into Christian fellowship, and summons him to the help of the brethren. First clause suggests question, "Can I say?" 2. True conversion extends to the whole character. C. Finlayson, D.D.I. PAUL WAS WHAT HE NEVER EXPECTED TO BE. The "I" within him was regenerated.I. Let your humble and hearty utterance ever be, "Not unto us, not unto us," etc. You cannot force a man to do right by brandishing before him the whip that punishes doing wrong. David well says, "His word was in my tongue." M. Taylor, D.D.) Its word is, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters Beginning a series in this remarkable epistle, full of doctrinal, devotional and practical issues. Paul deferred from speaking in his own excellent speech of wisdom. He is modest, but sometimes he is too modest even to do his duty. and yet it is to feel the preciousness of my own being as I never felt it before. And although we commonly speak of "self-consciousness" as a fault, yet we feel that a certain consciousness of self is inseparable from all true greatness.3. Let us now, then, consider the duties which are incumbent on all who happily enjoy this Divine aid. And in like manner should we look for the evidence of the spiritual change in improved moral character. That is to say, opportunities, advantages, endowments, had all been used in such a manner as that they had been continued and increased. It usually begins by alarming the conscience and bringing us to a proper view of our danger. Each child has a "place prepared" for him.(T. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DIVINE LIFE IN THE SOUL. PREACHING PATTERN . 1 Corinthians, Sermons 2008, Sermons by Book, Spiritual Warfare, True Spirituality. 2. We see the positive and negative poles of the same attractive nobleness in Christ Himself. Buy: Play: 01-23-94 I Am What I Am 1 Corinthians 15:10. (2) It is our duty to work as long as there is work, and we have strength to do it.(H. Study 1 Corinthians 15 with ... J. Vernon McGee . And we should have been but for the grace of God. It is a law of all worlds that, in the way of anything good in His creatures, God alone maketh us to differ. The man of the world who sometimes excuses his frailties, saying, "I did not make myself. He is an inner fountain, and He will evoke your life as a productive and perennial stream. It is God that worketh in us both the willing and the doing. (1) It may have been a brother, a sister, or an aunt who was more than father or mother to you. Close. Try searching again but this time broaden the search. his own soul makes answer, "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Moore, M.A. 2. THE CARE WHICH THE APOSTLE TAKES TO GIVE ALL THE GLORY OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LABOURS TO GOD AND HIS GRACE. If cheerful, you are still cheerful; and if born with tendencies to melancholy, you will still contend with the temptation to despondency. Such a man may truly say, "By the grace of God I, of all men, am what I am.". If I had not been taken out of Boston at one time, I do not see what would have prevented me from going to destruction. Let your humble and hearty utterance ever be, "Not unto us, not unto us," etc.(W. I. PAUL WAS NOT WHAT HE HAD BEEN. In our estimates of men we pronounce that character defective which lacks either individuality or self-negation. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN HIS WORK IN A MAN USES THIS INDIVIDUALITY. It was convincing light, for I was made to perceive it was the Lord which spake to me out of the fire. He knew himself. "My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me." 1. (2) God has also brought man into such relations with the material world as to give him a feeling at once of greatness and of nothingness. We admire "self-possession," but laugh at "self-complacency"; and, whilst disgusted by "self-righteousness," we honour "self-respect." Paul yielded himself to. W. Let us see that we open our hearts to the reception of these quickening and cleansing influences, for it is possible for us to cover ourselves over with such an impenetrable covering that that grace cannot pass through it. He ascribes them to the same grace of God by which he was made a Christian and an apostle. "I laboured more abundantly than they all." Yet heaven is not "absorption into the Divine essence." We may be uttering either the highest praise or the severest censure. "I can of Mine own self do nothing."II. Check Out Our Latest Sermon Outlines and Their Related Backgrounds Below. Live your own life, and do not fancy that your experience is to be like your neighbour's. Yet has God’s grace made me what I am. And self-sacrifice is lofty in proportion to the greatness and worth of that "self" which is sacrificed.4. "And such were some of us, but we are washed," etc. 1 Corinthians 15:10, NASB: "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me." All whose hearts are changed, whose sins are forgiven, whose souls are redeemed, who are children of God, are great debtors to grace. 1 Corinthians 15:10: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. Being Loving – 1 Corinthians 13. Whosoever is absorbed with cares, etc., of world, or is addicted to uncleanness, Sabbath-breaking, or intemperance, cannot say, By the grace of God, etc. W. Look at the proof of this in Paul. III. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: So What? We see the positive and negative poles of the same attractive nobleness in Christ Himself. That same hand that has taken care of you; that same power that has taken the obstacles out of your way, or marvellously put them in your way; that same Providence that has conducted you thus far through life, yet exists, and rules over the affairs of men. He is an inner fountain, and He will evoke your life as a productive and perennial stream.3. Peter was Peter to the last. In another view it was a self-negation. We may be uttering either the highest praise or the severest censure. The more "self" and the less "self" there is in any man the nobler he is. Hence we have a Shakespeare and Milton, a Bacon and a Butler.II. (1) Here, e.g., is a man whose individuality is clearly enough marked; he thinks for himself, but he may pride himself on his position or his attainments instead of recognising his "stewardship" and using his gifts for the benefit of his brethren. Notice the lesson we get here AS TO HOW WE SHOULD THINK OF OUR OWN ATTAINMENTS. 3. there is no power known, either to thinkers, or philanthropists, or doctrinaires, or strivers after excellence in the world, which will lift a life to such heights of beauty and self-sacrificing nobility as will the power that comes to us by communication of the grace that is in Jesus Christ. 3. We are taught that no trust is to be reposed in any impressions, however serious, or in any resolutions, however sincere, at the moment, which do not issue in a life of uniform virtue and godliness. So grand and magnificent a sense of the final outcome of God's moral government over this world as he. The pungency of James and the weird magnificence of Revelation again show the "I and yet not I."2. He can say "I," but he has yet to learn to say "Not I." Galatians 1:15. χάριτι] has the principal emphasis, hence again ἡ χάρις αὐτοῦ ὅ εἰμι] In this is comprehended the whole sum of his present being and character, … And now, if that be true, what follows? The Rev. Be sure that Christ is in you and in your work. The other apostles were all unspeakably indebted to the grace of Christ, but none so much as Saul the persecutor; and never in any man was that observation of our Lord more remarkably verified, "To whom much is forgiven, the same loveth much" (2 Corinthians 11:23, etc.). THE BENEFITS WHICH HAVE UNIFORMLY ARISEN FROM THE DIVINE ASSISTANCE, AND THE DUTIES INCUMBENT ON ALL WHO HAPPILY ENJOY IT. Nothing will truly re-form humanity, society, the nation, the city, except that which re-creates the individual; "the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ" entering into their midst. Submit. Perhaps some of us have lost sight of this doctrine. His original temperament was not one to fall in easily with the meekness and gentleness of the gospel character. The same vehemency that Paul the persecutor exhibited was shown in Paul the apostle. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. If Christ be in you, you are "a new creature." In a factory the machinery does variety of work, but derives all its motive power from the engine. The basic one, stated twice (1 Cor 15:13, 16), is that if there is no such thing as (bodily) resurrection, then it has not taken place even in Christ’s case. "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me."5. He is modest, but sometimes he is too modest even to do his duty. He did not expect to, be converted to Christ on his way to Damascus; and so "men who have come to scoff have remained to pray." His needs, desires, pleasures, pains, and, alas! 1 Corinthians 1:2-3 - Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: [3] Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Everybody can remember scenes in his early life which threatened his destruction, and many, when reflecting upon these things, are constrained to say, "I never could understand why I was not crushed." His ardent temperament, his burning love to his Lord, his grateful and consecrated disposition, led him to undertake and to perform more than had been undertaken and performed by others. An honour like this, functions such as it involved, authority such as was connected with it, could come only from God. Sunday Sermon. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:12–20. He is conscious of his own unworthiness, and also of the high honour which God has put upon him. and yet it is to feel the preciousness of my own being as I never felt it before. Yet heaven is not "absorption into the Divine essence." It can hardly be otherwise, at least, with such as are virtuously educated. Beecher. https://www.lifeway.com/en/articles/sermon-body-building-1-corinthians-12 That God was the Author of it. This sounds paradoxical, but man himself is a paradox. We scarcely know which is the more striking — Paul's individuality or his self-negation. As in an orchestra each instrument has its place, and its absence cannot be filled by a different instrument, so there is a place and work for each in the Church. On the other hand the gospel also cultivates the spirit which leads a man to say "Not I." But Paul had a very definite idea of what he meant by it; and what he meant by it was a very large thing, as being the only thing which will transform character and produce fruit that a man need not be ashamed of. Some say that this is an intuition, and others say that it is a conviction which comes with experience. Sermons on 1 Corinthians. DIVINE GRACE BEGETS IN THE GENUINE SUBJECT OF IT AN ACTUAL AND FELT CHANGE OF VIEWS AND PRACTICES: "By the grace of God I am what I am. Desire to promote spiritual welfare of others. See it —(1) In the illumination of his mind. His "gentleness makes us great" — evoking our powers, whilst the awfulness of His mysterious visitations humbles us to the dust. II. He is also perpetually reminded that he is "not his own," and that he is bound to present his whole nature as a "living sacrifice" to God. In Paul's conversion "Jesus Christ shows forth all longsuffering for a pattern to them which shall hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting." 10 But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. The same vehemency that Paul the persecutor exhibited was shown in Paul the apostle. This distinctive personality God seeks to fill out of His own fulness with a rich and noble life.2. We say of a man that he "quite lost himself" — "quite forgot himself." Each child has a "place prepared" for him.(T. The faith which "justifies" "excludes boasting." And every Christian is taught by the gospel to recognise his individual responsibility and privileges, and thus he may well feel and say "I." It supplies motives. This proposition maybe proved, as well as illustrated, by some individual instances from Scripture. In fact, many times, we as Christians have more problems than those… Sermon Outlines. Rich Voortman Funeral Topic: Heaven Subtopic: Glory of Index: Date: 11/1998.101 Title: The Fork There was a woman who had been diagnosed with cancer and had been given 3 months to live. "(2) And to the same Divine influence would the apostle refer the change of. Yet it is observable that he no sooner claimed to be first in toil, than he reminded himself that what he did was not his doing, but the fruit of God's grace towards him. The human creature is at first thrown entirely upon the care of others, and yet from the first also he has a body distinctively his own. Every man in the world knows enough of duty and of right to be a far nobler man than any man in the world is. (4) The gospel of Christ is fitted to develop this same composite character. And God is faithful and will not stop blessing us. Why then dost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it?" The faith which "justifies" "excludes boasting." 1. And every Christian is taught by the gospel to recognise his individual responsibility and privileges, and thus he may well feel and say "I." He says that he is "the least of all the apostles," and then that he is "not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles." 2. And although we commonly speak of "self-consciousness" as a fault, yet we feel that a certain consciousness of self is inseparable from all true greatness.3. 3. The Son attracts the penitent soul to the Father, and the Father gives the pardoned soul to the Son. If the grace of God were more fully believed in and better understood, and the necessity for it more deeply felt by men, their works of merit Would not be set up in the place of the Saviour, as is too often the case. And where a child's parents exert all their power upon him for evil, and he nevertheless grows up to honour and piety, I think he is a miracle. Or I might go to one who, through fourscore years of temptation and trail, had ever walked with God; or to one whose unselfish Christianity had prompted him to spend and be spent in his Master's service; or to one laid low by suffering; yet if I should say, "There must be a claim to moral worthiness here," again the response would be, "By the grace of God I am what I am.". Love and duty call upon us to sacrifice self for the good of our brethren, and yet they sometimes call us to stand upon our rights. WE ARE BOUND GRATEFULLY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE INFLUENCE OF DIVINE GRACE, BOTH IN DIRECTING OUR ATTENTION TO "THE THINGS WHICH BELONG TO OUR PEACE," AND IN AIDING OUR EXERTIONS OF OBEDIENCE TO THE WILL OF GOD. THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN HIS WORK IN A MAN USES THIS INDIVIDUALITY. Christian Privileges 1 Corinthians 1.1-9. He does not say this in a way of boasting, but merely to show the powerful effects of Divine grace, and to silence the objections of those who could not allow that he was an apostle at all, and who he elsewhere says, had compelled him to glory. II. The man of God is justified in the profession, "By the grace of God I am what I am." 1 Corinthians 10:16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN HIS WORK IN A MAN USES THIS INDIVIDUALITY. Moses was wise in the wisdom of Egypt, and shows it in his writings. But when, on the contrary, a scheme of salvation is offered, what a wickedness to say that God has done nothing for us, and therefore we are at liberty to retaliate and do nothing for God! A.The Jewish scriptures say, "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquities of … The "faithful servant" enters into "the joy of his Lord." mute. Humility is most divine when it is the lowliness of a great soul. See how it appears in the writing of the Scriptures. | More: Today's Featured | more. David Mathis Apr 15, 2020 3.1K Shares Sermon. 2. 1 Corinthians - Chapter 9-10 Handout 1 Corinthians 9:1-33. Let your humble and hearty utterance ever be, "Not unto us, not unto us," etc.(W. Browse Sermons on 1 Corinthians 15:10. The text is well illustrated by the character of the apostle. (3) But can every one say, By the grace of God I am what I am — a Christian? We see the positive and negative poles of the same attractive nobleness in Christ Himself. Love and duty call upon us to sacrifice self for the good of our brethren, and yet they sometimes call us to stand upon our rights. Some say that this is an intuition, and others say that it is a conviction which comes with experience. He knew well who was working with him, and understood perfectly the grandeur of the campaign on which he had entered.3. "I am the Light of the world," etc. 1 Corinthians 15:10 Sermons; 1 Corinthians 15:10 Prayers; 1 Corinthians 15:10 Images; 1 Corinthians 15:10 Devotionals; Choose Chapter. Oh, let us cultivate the sense of our need of this Divine help, for it does not come where men do not know how weak they are, and how much they want it. I. (2) On the other hand, does there not rise up before every one's memory some malign influence of associate, schoolmate, shopmate, whose shadow darkened the prospect of the soul? Its word is, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." II. , Luther, Wesley, Whitfield, etc., reveal the same principle. The grandeur of Isaiah contrasts with the homely verse of the rude herdsman Amos. (1) He brings us into circumstances when we must think and act for ourselves, but He likewise so binds us together that we are often impelled to yield up our own will to the will of others. W. Beecher.No one ever had —1. Learn more. 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