The Gospel Centered Life

THE GOSPEL-CENTERED LIFE
The Story of Scripture
1 Corinthians 1:1 - 9, ESV
 
Mike Kelsey, Montgomery County Campus Pastor | October 6, 2019
 
1 CORINTHIANS 1:1 – 9
Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge – even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you – so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
The Dark night of the soul.  You question if your even saved.
 
The currency of the Christian Life is Grace.  The gospel is the ground of the Christian Life.
The true measure of Christianity, is what you do when you sin.  Do you find yourself running from God or to God?
 
Does God really love me?
Does God use me?
Will God abandon me?
 
1 CORINTHIANS 1:4
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.
 
Before coming to faith, we build up a rebellion.
 
ROMANS 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
 
GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU IS DEPENDENT ON HIS GRACE, NOT YOUR PERFORMANCE.
 
1 CORINTHIANS 1:2
. . . To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints . . .
 
EPHESIANS 1:3 – 6
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
 
1 THESSALONIANS 1:4 – 5
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,  because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.
 
EPHESIANS 2:8 – 9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
 
Calling you is when God places in your heart to bring you to full surrender.  When he calls you, things start changing in your heart.
 
1 CORINTHIANS 6:9 – 12
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
 
Can God still use me?
 
1 CORINTHIANS 1:4 – 7
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge – even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you – so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus
Christ.”
 
The thing that motivates our gifts is the love for people.
 
1 CORINTHIANS 13:1 – 3
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
 
1 CORINTHIANS 12:7
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
 
To each is given.  Not the collective is given, but to each is given.  To each is given for the common good.
 
GOD’S WORK THROUGH YOU IS DEPENDENT ON HIS POWER, NOT YOUR RESOURCES.
 
1 CORINTHIANS 12:7
(Message) “Each person is given something to do that shows who God is.”
 
1 CORINTHIANS 15:9 – 10
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
 
God calls us into his family, but he gifts is for his work.
 
Sometimes we think God can't use us because we compare ourselves to other people.  
 
God draws straight lines with crooked sticks.
 
Will God ever abandon me?
 
Waiting for the revealing of Jesus Christ.
 
ROMANS 7:15 – 25
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate . . . For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing . . . Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
 
1 CORINTHIANS 1:7
. . . as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .
 
1 CORINTHIANS 1:8
. . . who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
2 CORINTHIANS 7:8 – 10
For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it – though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
 
Worldly grief produces death. Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation.
 
God will sustain you and strengthen you from the inside out.
 
PHILIPPIANS 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
 
1 JOHN 3:2
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
 
GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU IS DEPENDENT ON HIS FAITHFULNESS, NOT YOUR STRENGTH.
 
1 CORINTHIANS 1:9
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Your sin does not change your status before God.  Rest in him.  Receive his grace.  Receive his strength.
 
Take a moment and tell someone how God is working in their life.