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Summary: First person narrative; Be an encouragement to each other.

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I CORINTHIANS 16

FINAL WORDS

I Corinthians 16:5-24

S: Encouragement

C: Paul’s final words to the Corinthians

Pr: BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO EACH OTHER.

Type: First person

Context: Paul is writing out is final words to the Corinthians. Doing this method adds interest to a somewhat choppy ending.

Setting: Desk, chair, scroll, stylus

PA: How is the change to be observed?

Version: ESV

RMBC 29 May 05 AM

Sosthenes! Sosthenes! Where are you?

Let’s see…we have to finish this letter up.

I think I have covered everything they asked abut.

We just finished the resurrection.

We did marriage, food sacrificed to idols, the lawsuit, the Lord’s Supper, spiritual gifts, the Jerusalem relief fund.

I think we got it all.

Good thing too, since we are at the end of this scroll.

It is now time for the final words.

Where did Sosthenes go?

My name is Paul.

I have been described as a man with a large nose that is short, bow-legged, and bald.

So I am not much to look at – what can I say?

Anyway, Sosthenes is my writer of sorts.

I dictate, and he writes.

I have been writing a letter to the church in Corinth.

You could say I am their spiritual father.

When I came to Corinth to share the good news about Jesus, it would hardly be considered a fruitful place to start a church.

Prosperity, luxury, idolatry, sexual laxity – this was truly a cosmopolitan place.

And it is in this crazy place that the church explodes.

I have never seen such growth.

After I left, this church became a proud, self-sufficient and strong-willed people – with a lot of personal and spiritual problems.

They are believers, even though sometimes they don’t act like it.

Deep down, most of them love God and want to serve Him.

I guess Sosthenes is not coming today.

Well, I want to get this letter off, so I guess I will have to do it, even though Sosthenes’ handwriting is much better than my own.

Eleúsomai dé prós humás hótan Makedonían diélthoo Makedonían gár diérchomai prós humás dé tuchón paramenoó eé kaí paracheimásoo hína humeís me propémpseete hoú eán poreúoomai. Ou théloo gár humás árti en paródoo ideín elpízoo gár chrónon tiná epimeínai prós humás eán ho Kúrios epitrépsee

Oh, is that all Greek to you?

Don’t worry!

It’s all Greek to me as well!

I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.

I want to get back to Corinth.

But I know a quick visit won’t do.

I have to spend significant time with them.

So we will see how the Lord unfolds it.

I think it is important to keep looking and planning ahead.

But plans are not perfect.

They are always subject to the Lord’s revision.

So you have to remain flexible.

You have to keep in step with what the Lord desires.

Epimenoó dé en Efésoo héoos teés Penteekosteés thúra gár moi anéoogen megálee kaí energeés kaí antikeímenoi polloí

But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.


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