Summary: This sermon is about sharing the Gospel. Kathie Lee Gifford's testimony on TV is included.
20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
23But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
24Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
25For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
26The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
27For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
28Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
29Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?
30And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
31I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
32If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"
33Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
34Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
This Bible passage ends with "...I speak this to your shame."
Who was the Apostle Paul writing to in these words?
He was writing to the Christians in the church at Corinth.
I doubt the Corinthian Christians liked those words.
Look now what he said to them in chapter 11 verse 17.
Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
Now look back in 1 Corinthians 6:5.
Paul says, I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
he was ashamed at their behavior at the Lord's table.
In 1 Corinthians 6:5, he was ashamed
at their taking other Christians in the church to court.
In 1 Corinthians 15:34 he was ashamed
that there were still many who did not know about the Lord.
He was not praising them!
He was speaking this to their shame!
Do Christians have any excuse
for not sharing the Gospel with the rest of the world?
I'm convinced that the saved are held accountable without excuse
for not spreading the Gospel message!
Point #1. Jesus gave all of us a clear command.
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Could Jesus have made it any clearer that that?
Even though this command was given to the disciples
it is also meant for to us.
Jesus made another clear statement in Matthew 28:19-20,
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
Jesus has told us to teach those who come to faith in Christ
to tell others how to come to faith in Christ.
Unfortunately, many people believe this command
is for others besides themselves.
They expect the preacher to do that!
They expect the Sunday School teachers to do it,
but most Christians are content to sit in church on Sundays
and keep their faith to themselves the rest of the week.
This command by Jesus is for all the saved,
not only a few.
Point #2. There is a desperate need today to spread the Gospel.
Look again at 1 Corinthians 15:34.
34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
Paul tells these Corinthian Christians it is time to wake up.
There are still many without the knowledge of God.
It is time to get the job done!
Jesus is still the Answer to all the problems of life.
The world is lost.
Those who claim to be Christians have a responsibility.