Summary: Paul in writing to the Christians at Corinth encourages them to learn lessons, not only from their own mistakes but also from the mistakes of their forefathers.
“Let That Be A Lesson To You”
Often while growing up (and even still today) when I would make a mistake my dad was always there to encourage me not to make the same mistake twice. His encouragement came in the form of his sage wisdom, “Let that be a lesson to you!” Paul in writing to the Christians at Corinth encourages them to learn lessons, not only from their own mistakes but also from the mistakes of their forefathers.
I. God’s Covenant Protection is Conditional. 1 Cor. 10:1–5
A. Similarities between Israel and Christians
B. Most of God’s chosen people (Israel) were lost. Heb. 3:17–19
LESSON TO LEARN: Just “going to church” won’t get you to Heaven. Revelation 3:15–16
II. Some Examples to be Avoided. 1 Cor. 10:6–10
A. Idolatry–Anything standing between you and God.
B. Sexual Immorality–Any sexual behavior outside of marriage.
C. Testing God–Not trusting God to look out for your best interest.
D. Grumbling–Rebelling against the Lord’s Church and God’s authority in your life.
LESSON TO LEARN: Flee from such things. I Cor. 6:18–20
III. Overcoming Temptation. 1 Cor. 10:11–13
A. No one is ever totally safe from falling to temptation. James 1:13–15
B. You are never alone in your temptation.
C. God helps when you are tempted.
LESSON TO LEARN: You can’t stop the birds from flying over you head but you can stop them from building a nest in your hair. James 1:12
Mitchell Skelton, Minister-Midway church of Christ