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1 Corinthians 4 - NIV

The Nature of True Apostleship

1 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.

2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.

4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.

5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you!

9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.

10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!

11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.

12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.

Paul’s Appeal and Warning

14 I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children.

15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.

18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.

19 But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.

20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?




Sermons on 1 Corinthians 4 More sermons: 1 Corinthians 4

Sam McCormick avatar
The god of this World
Shared by: Sam McCormick on Dec, 2016
Summary: Who - or what - is the “god of this world?” (1 Cor 4:3-4) Is he a living character, or an evil force within ourselves? In what way is the “god of this world” a fitting description? Is God in control, or is Satan the ruler of the realm we live in? •Are we
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Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Aug, 2016
Summary: Did Jesus promise His ministers great wealth?
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STEWARDS OF THE MYSTERIES
Shared by: Charles Scott on Aug, 2016
Summary: Paul doesn’t describe himself as a clergyman. He describes himself as servant and steward. The servant role indicated hard lowly work. The steward role was carefully administering the Gospel mystery: God in Christ reconciling the world to Himself
Michael Luke avatar
Let Your Conscience be Your Guide
Shared by: Michael Luke on Jul, 2016
Summary: My conscience isn't a reliable guide in determining the difference between right and wrong
Series: Mythbusters
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:3-4
Views: 908
William R. Nabaza avatar
Serving the LORD JESUS
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jun, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD, the LORD JESUS looks upon us differently from how the world looks at us. We will never receive honor from men but from GOD alone.
Paul Evans avatar
Like Father, Like Son
Shared by: Paul Evans on Apr, 2016
Summary: Charge to fathers... Our children naturally imitate us, so let's imitate Christ... Imitate Christ's love for God, His Bride, and others, and imitate His selflessness
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Denomination: Baptist
Views: 653
Michael Stark avatar
A Trustworthy Administrator
Shared by: Michael Stark on Mar, 2016
Summary: As Christians, we are called to administer the grace of God in a wise manner. The message explores the scope of our assigned responsibilities.
Series: Stewardship
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 207
Dave McFadden avatar
Give Faithfully
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Feb, 2016
Summary: God is the owner and we are the managers.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 276
Archie Norman avatar
The Minister
Shared by: Archie Norman on Nov, 2015
Summary: The minister
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 529
Andrew Drury avatar
Having the right attitude
Shared by: Andrew Drury on Nov, 2015
Summary: Seeing the Church through grace and peace
Byron Sherman avatar
JUSTIFIED FOOLS For CHRIST-8
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Oct, 2015
Summary: 8 of 8. Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry. The church must regard apostles rightly...as those who are fools for Christ! But How/When are these Justified? Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
Byron Sherman avatar
JUSTIFIED FOOLS For CHRIST-7
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Sep, 2015
Summary: 7 of 8. Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry. The church must regard apostles rightly...as those who are fools for Christ! But How/When are these Justified? Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 112
Byron Sherman avatar
JUSTIFIED FOOLS For CHRIST-6
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Sep, 2015
Summary: 6 of 8. Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry. The church must regard apostles rightly...as those who are fools for Christ! But How/When are these Justified? Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
Byron Sherman avatar
JUSTIFIED FOOLS For CHRIST-5
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Aug, 2015
Summary: 5 of 8. Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry. The church must regard apostles rightly...as those who are fools for Christ! But How/When are these Justified? Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 956
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Answer Eleven: Understanding the Spirit of God's Minister
Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Aug, 2015
Summary: This 11th answer to division is the need to see and understand the spirit of God’s minister.
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Measuring Success
Shared by: Horace Wimpey on Aug, 2015
Summary: Paul tells us that our success as ministers for Christ will be judged by our faithfulness, Not by man or even ourselves but by God. God will look into our hearts and examine our motives and we will receive our praise from him.
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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 342
Byron Sherman avatar
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Shared by: Byron Sherman on Jul, 2015
Summary: 4 of 8. Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry. The church must regard apostles rightly...as those who are fools for Christ! But How/When are these Justified? Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 599
Jerry Cosper avatar
Answer Nine: Let God Judge the Ministers
Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jul, 2015
Summary: One of the serious problems in the Corinthian church concerned former ministers. Some of the church members were esteeming one minister above the other ministers and it caused severe problems.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 170
Jerry Cosper avatar
Answer Ten: Don't Judge or Compare Ministers
Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jul, 2015
Summary: Some in the Corinthian church were judging the gifts of believers and preachers. This answer takes off from Paul’s ninth answer about letting God be the judge of ministers.
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 268
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
NOT MANY FATHERS
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Jun, 2015
Summary: This is a FATHER'S DAY LESSON, but can be used any time... It is an illustrated lesson and will need some preparation.
Greg Gordon avatar
Not Judging Others Motives
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God. - 1 Corinthians 4:5 Judging is the easiest thi ..
Byron Sherman avatar
JUSTIFIED FOOLS For CHRIST-3
Shared by: Byron Sherman on May, 2015
Summary: 3 of 8. Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry. The church must regard apostles rightly...as those who are fools for Christ! But How/When are these Justified? Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
Byron Sherman avatar
JUSTIFIED FOOLS For CHRIST-2
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Apr, 2015
Summary: 2 of 8. Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry. The church must regard apostles rightly...as those who are fools for Christ! But How/When are these Justified? Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
Byron Sherman avatar
JUSTIFIED FOOLS For CHRIST-1
Shared by: Byron Sherman on Feb, 2015
Summary: 1 of 8. Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry. The church must regard apostles rightly...as those who are fools for Christ! But How/When are these Justified? Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
Ed Sasnett avatar
The Role of Christian Leaders
Shared by: Ed Sasnett on Oct, 2014
Summary: The role of Christian leaders is to attract the church to Christ.
Matthew Kratz avatar
Judge Nothing before it's Time
Shared by: Matthew Kratz on Oct, 2014
Summary: 1) How one should Judge (1 Corinthians 4:1), 2) What is Required to Judge (1 Corinthians 4:2), and 3) Who should Pass Judgment (1 Corinthians 4:3-4)
Tim Richards avatar
God and His Power in Us
Shared by: Tim Richards on Sep, 2014
Summary: We all ultimately rely upon God and need Him if we are to fulfill His will in our lives. This message deals with those priorities.
Rick Crandall avatar
How Can We Be More Faithful to God?
Shared by: Rick Crandall on May, 2014
Summary: 1. Pay attention to the warnings in God's Word (vs. 14). 2. Set new goals for Godly living (vs. 15-17). 3. Get a hunger for humility (vs. 18-21).
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 728
Bobby Stults avatar
Make a Choice! Embrace Who You Are!
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Apr, 2014
Summary: Paul wanted the Corinthian church to embrace who they were in Christ. We must make a choice and embrace our identity in Christ, and understand that we must express our faith because the message we have is of eternal importance!
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 534
Philip Harrelson avatar
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Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Apr, 2014
Summary: The world won't have a very high regard or value placed on what God values.
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Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 956