Sermon September 13 – “Giving back to our Church”

Parts taken from various Pastors Sermon Central”  

Pastor Randy Breedlove

This morning we are talking about what Christ has done for us. Paul is continuing to be so concerned for the church in Corinth. He continues to write letters to the church. 

First Corinth was an important and wealthy city on the isthmus (narrow strip of land) separating Northern and Southern Greece. The Apostle Paul spent eighteen months there on his Second Missionary Journey and established a church there. Acts 18 gives us considerable detail about Paul’s work in Corinth during that time.

At the conclusion of his visit to Corinth, Paul left to visit Ephesus, Jerusalem, Antioch, and Galatia (Acts 18:18-23). After leaving Corinth, Paul wrote a letter to the Christians at Corinth warning them “to have no company with sexual sinners” (5:9), but that letter has been lost to us.

These were (apart from questions regarding Paul’s authority) moral and ethical issues –– issues related to how the Corinthian Christians behave. However, now in chapter 15, Paul begins to deal with a doctrinal issue –– and issue related to what these Corinthian Christians believe. The doctrinal issue is the resurrection of Christ –– and how that belief undergirds the belief in the resurrection of deceased believers.

In chapter 2, Paul dealt with Christ’s crucifixion. Now, in chapter 15, he deals with the resurrection, both Christ’s resurrection (15:1-11) and our own (15:12-58). Chapters 2 and 15, then, serve as bookends around the parts of this letter that deal with ethical issues.

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So why are we talking about stewardship and reading about Paul’s directions and letters to a Greek church 2000 years ago? 

Bottom line here is the justification Jesus provides is our only hope against sin, death, and the law’s condemnation. 

LAST WEEK WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP THAT EACH OF US HAS WITH JESUS. What each of us really believes Jesus is to you personally.  What Jesus thinks of you and how this very fact will determine your Stewardship as well as your daily walk. 

Jesus delivers us from death’s jaws. he now equips us to serve in his church and to live eternally in his kingdom. His nail pierced hand drew us safely out of sin; your pierced foot snapped shut the jaws of death.  

We have victory in Christ! Live from the position Christ won for you. Be fixed in your faith and God will use you mightily!

  • Jesus gives us Life
  • Jesus gives each of us Safe Harbor in our storms
  • Jesus gives us Peace / Love / Forgiveness. 

1. We fight from victory; not for victory. 1 Corinthians 15:57; Romans 8:1

2. Be immovable in your faith in 2020.

3. Give your best to Kingdom work. 

Key words: victory, work, firm, kingdom

Key verse: ‘there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus...’ -Romans 8:1a

 

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BURN THE SHIPS - Have you ever heard that term?

Burn the Ship was born from an idea that originated in 1519. That year, Hernán Cortés set sail to Veracruz, Mexico with his crew. Upon arrival, Cortés' men became weary and scared, with hopes of turning back home to their old life. 

As legend has it, Cortez had the men burn their ships, leaving no option but to press on! Their ability to retreat to their previous way of life was gone; their safety net had been removed.

The burning of those ships represented much more than a separation from old ways. The same fire that set the ships ablaze also allowed Cortés men to complete their mission and be a part of something greater than themselves.

Burning our ships means there is no turning back to old habits and ways. In this world we wrestle with all kinds of different physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual battles. To allow great change in our lives, we must find the root of those struggles - our own ships that can be so tempting to sail back on - and burn them. 

So what does this have to do with our own Stewardship? We each must look at what we can leave behind? Can we change? Our own attitudes, to give up control and turn this over to God.

1. We fight from victory; not for victory.

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Cor. 15:57, Rom. 8:1,

Phil. 1:6, ‘He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’

1 John 5:4-‘For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.’

‘I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.’ -Phil. 4:13

‘Little children you are from God and have overcome them. for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.’1 John 4:4

Warren Wiersbe quote, ‘Outlook determines outcome.’

“Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that nothing can ever change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated, but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.”

-Identity quote from Tullian Tchividjian

“Your identity is firmly anchored in Christ’s accomplishment, not yours; his strength, not yours; his performance, not yours; his victory, not yours.”

-R.C. Sproul quote on victory

“By his life, death and resurrection, our Savior has conquered our enemies and by His Spirit he has granted us to share in the victory.”

All these authors are saying this - ‘The Victory is won!’ Christ did it. It is finished.

-You don’t have to get on a Cross. Jesus did that.

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Let us finish this talk closer to home our home here at Risen Christ. Let us take a new look at our church, this place is our refuge our safe harbor a place where you can burn our ships of burden that we each try to sail on our own. To give God our lives to trust him with everything. To truly know from your own heart that God loves and does not judge.

We have that here as a family at Risen Christ we can turn to Gods people we need each other to lean on to talk to know that we all have so much in common with our God! 

So, in closing now is the time to give and receive.

To give to Risen Christ what you can! If anything? It is not always the Dollars and cents here. It can be your time and your own efforts towards giving a bit extra of your own time.

On Council and being an elder? Step up and help us!

Being a Sunday school teacher.

Being young leader.

Greeter/ Usher / Coffee Bar Barista.

There are no little jobs only big blessings! 

To receive his blessings for going forward and burning the past vices, habits, and lukewarm faith! Burn that heavy laden ship and turn to a new day in Jesus.

 

Make this the day of change for you !

 

In Jesus Name Amen!