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Summary: A sermon based on the temple of God (adapted from an outline by Croft Pentz and a few Sermon Central sermons)

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1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Temples of God

6/2/2002

Introduction:

Billy Graham in his book, World Aflame, tells a story about Dwight Eisenhower. During his term as president, he was vacationing in Denver. It came to his attention that a six-year old boy named Paul Haley was dying of an incurable cancer. He had one dream and that was someday to meet the president.

Eisenhower said to one of his aides, "Let’s go see Paul Haley." They got into the presidential limousine and they drove over one August Sunday morning to the home of Paul Haley who had no ideal that he was coming. Flags on the fenders were flying as this black limousine drove up. Doors flew open, and out walked the president, who knocked on the door.

Donald Haley, the father, wearing blue jeans, an old dirty shirt, and a day’s growth of beard, opened the door. He said, "Yes, can I help ya?" The president said, "Is Paul here? Tell him the president would like to see him."

And little Paul, to his amazement, walked around his father’s legs and stood and looked at into the face of the man he admired most. Eisenhower kneeled down, shook his hand, and took him out to see the presidential limousine. Before he said good-bye, he hugged little Paul Haley. They shook hands again and he left.

It was an exciting time for everyone, except Donald Haley, the father. He said, "How can I ever forget standing there dressed like I was in those jeans and an old, dirty shirt and an unshaven face to meet the president of the United States."

2. One of these days we will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ. How tragic it would be to meet the Lord and be ashamed.

WBTU:

A. In our series of the 3:16’s of the Bible we come to the first letter to the Corinthians.

B. Last week we talked about 2 Corinthians. It was written mainly to defend Paul’s apostleship.

C. While Paul was in Ephesus just a few years after he founded the Church in Corinth, a delegation of leaders of the Corinthian church were sent to consult Paul about some very serious problems and disorders that had arisen in the Church. Paul wrote this letter to the church to address these problems.

D. What problems did they have? Many.

1. Factions- some follow this teacher, some follow another teacher

2. Immorality- a man had relations with his father’s wife.

3. Lawsuits- Christians were brining lawsuits against other Christians to the pagan courts.

4. Meat offered to idols- some were doing this and injuring the weak faith of some Christians.

5. Abuses of the Lord’s Supper- some were getting drunk at the Love feast.

6. Problems about marriage- which is better to be married or unmarried?

7. Disorderly conducts in the assemblies- people were talking all at once.

8. Woman’s part in the church- women were being rebellious against the men

9. Heresies about the resurrection- some teachers were saying that the resurrection had already happened, or Christ’s resurrection never occurred.

E. Very few churches have all of these problems at once. The Corinthian church did. Very troubled.

F. Chapter 3

1. Vs. 1-4 discuss how Paul is not going to give them meat but only the milk of the Word because most of them were still babies in Christ.


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