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Summary: Simple Duties of the Christian

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1. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SERVICE?

• Being a True Christian

• VS 2 Paul stated that he didn’t pretend to know anything except the fact that Christ was crucified

• Paul expresses that he experiences the same fears as the other Christians at Corinth

a. Weakness

b. Fear

c. Trembling

Romans 12:1 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think: but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

• We must be humble in our service and not boast about the work we are called to do

I Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt (Use) you in due time:”

• We must be:

a. Usable

b. Teachable

c. Trainable

d. Moldable

2. WISDOM; (needed or not?)

• Paul stated that he did not use “fancy words”

• VS 4

• Enticing Words or ‘Persuasive’ Words

• Paul didn’t try to ‘talk’ or persuade people into salvation

• Didn’t use Influence but facts of the Word

• VS 5 Faith not in the wisdom of Men

• One must be in tune with the Spirit of God

Exodus 4:10 “And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.”

• Excuses don’t cut it with God

• God will make provision for us when he calls to work

I Corinthians 3:19 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”

• It is not worldly wisdom which we need but the wisdom of God

• “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk.”

3. OUR ABILITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL COMES FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT

• VS 10

• VS 12 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

• “Moody was to have a campaign in England. An elderly pastor protested, "Why do we need this ’Mr. Moody’? He’s uneducated, inexperienced, etc. Who does he think he is anyway? Does he think he has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?" A younger, wiser pastor rose and responded, "No, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on Mr. Moody.”

II Corinthians 5:18 “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”

• Our ministry is one of reconciliation; bringing others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and helping to keep those who have it close to it

4. THE REVEALED THINGS ARE TAUGHT IN WORDS GIVEN BY THE SPIRIT

• VS 13 “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

• “In The Last Days Newsletter, Leonard Ravenhill tells about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village who walked by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked, "Were any great men born in this village?" The old man replied, "Nope, only babies." A frothy question brought a profound answer. There are no instant heroes--whether in this world or in the kingdom of God. Growth takes time, and as I Timothy 3:6 and 5:22 point out, even spiritual leadership must be earned.”


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