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1 Corinthians; Chapter 10 Part I, Gospel Power

1 Corinthians; Chapter 10 Part I, Gospel Power

September 21, 2013
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Following are the sermon notes. 


  • Concerning How Christians should live in their community. 
  • True Freedom in Christ, 
  • Use your Freedom to edify others and proclaim the Gospel 
  • The Drive: to love Jesus Christ and Love our neighbor. 


[1Cr 10:1 ESV] For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,
[1Cr 10:2 ESV] and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
[1Cr 10:3 ESV] and all ate the same spiritual food,
[1Cr 10:4 ESV] and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

Cloud, Sea, Food, Water. Physically Real or Spiritual? YES!

Cloud:
[Exd 13:21 ESV] And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

Red Sea Event
[Exd 14:27 ESV] So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the LORD threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea.
[Exd 14:28 ESV] The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained.
[Exd 14:29 ESV] But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
[Exd 14:30 ESV] Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
[Exd 14:31 ESV] Israel saw the great power that the LORD used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.

[1Cr 10:3 ESV] and all ate the same spiritual food,

  • Manna
  • I. manna
  • A. the bread from Heaven that fed the Israelites for 40 years of wilderness wanderings
  • B. means 'What is it?'


[Exd 16:13 ESV] In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp.
[Exd 16:14 ESV] And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground.
[Exd 16:15 ESV] When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.

[1Cr 10:4 ESV] and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
Water from rock 1 Exodus 17
Location: Outside of Egypt, the tract of wilderness between Elim and Sinai

[Exd 17:2 ESV] Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?"
[Exd 17:3 ESV] But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?"
[Exd 17:4 ESV] So Moses cried to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me."
[Exd 17:5 ESV] And the LORD said to Moses, "Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.
[Exd 17:6 ESV] Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink." And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
[Exd 17:7 ESV] And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"

Water from rock 2 Numbers 20
Location: the wilderness of Zin, name given to a portion of the desert tract between the Dead Sea and Arabah on the east in which Kadesh-barnea was located

[Num 20:2 ESV] Now there was no water for the congregation. And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.
[Num 20:3 ESV] And the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD!
[Num 20:4 ESV] Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle?
[Num 20:5 ESV] And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink."
[Num 20:6 ESV] Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them,
[Num 20:7 ESV] and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
[Num 20:9 ESV] And Moses took the staff from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
[Num 20:10 ESV] Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, "Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?"
[Num 20:11 ESV] And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.
[Num 20:12 ESV] And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them."
[Num 20:13 ESV] These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarreled with the LORD, and through them He showed himself holy.

  • Cloud, Sea, Food, Water. Physically Real or Spiritual? YES! 
  • Physical Manifestations of God, His Power and His Provision. 


Rock & Roll!

The Rock: A description of God. 5xs in Deut 32.
[Deu 32:3 ESV] For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God!
[Deu 32:4 ESV] "The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.

[1Sa 2:2 ESV] "There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

[2Sa 22:2 ESV] He said, "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
[2Sa 22:3 ESV] my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.

[2Sa 22:32 ESV] "For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?

[2Sa 22:47 ESV] "The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,
[2Sa 23:3 ESV] The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God,

[Psa 18:2 ESV] The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

[Psa 19:14 ESV] Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

[Psa 28:1 ESV] Of David. To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
[Psa 31:2 ESV] Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!

[Psa 42:9 ESV] I say to God, my rock: "Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"

[Psa 62:2 ESV] He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

[Psa 78:35 ESV] They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer.




Back to 1 Cor. [1Cr 10:4 ESV] and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

Jesus is God. The 2nd member of the Trinity.

I AM
[Jhn 8:57 ESV] So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"
[Jhn 8:58 ESV] Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."
[Jhn 8:59 ESV] So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

Image of the Invisible God.
[Col 1:15 ESV] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
[Col 1:16 ESV] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through him and for him.
[Col 1:17 ESV] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
[Col 1:18 ESV] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
[Col 1:19 ESV] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
[Col 1:20 ESV] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
[Col 1:21 ESV] And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
[Col 1:22 ESV] he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

What happens to people without an Advocate before A Holy God.
Keep in mind: They had an atonement system to avert the Wrath of God but not remove it.
[Hbr 10:1 ESV] For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.
[Hbr 10:2 ESV] Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?


1 Cor. Chapter 10 A




1 Corinthians; Chapter 9,  Speak The Gospel

1 Corinthians; Chapter 9, Speak The Gospel

September 14, 2013


Context: Food offered to idols, 8,9,10.
The Big Idea: The Gospel with no barriers for brothers & the lost.

Use your freedom to proclaim the Gospel

Am I not an Apostle?
[1Cr 9:1 ESV] Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord?
[1Cr 9:2 ESV] If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
[1Cr 9:3 ESV] This is my defense to those who would examine me.

Don’t I have rights also?
[1Cr 9:4 ESV] Do we not have the right to eat and drink?
[1Cr 9:5 ESV] Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?
[1Cr 9:6 ESV] Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?
[1Cr 9:7 ESV] Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?

The Bible commands you compensate your workers.
[1Cr 9:8 ESV] Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same?
[1Cr 9:9 ESV] For it is written in the Law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain." Is it for oxen that God is concerned?
[1Cr 9:10 ESV] Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.


Shouldn’t an Apostle be remunerated?
[1Cr 9:11 ESV] If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
[1Cr 9:12 ESV] If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

The Temple Economy
[1Cr 9:13 ESV] Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?
[1Cr 9:14 ESV] In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

I Must Share The Gospel!
[1Cr 9:15 ESV] But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting.
[1Cr 9:16 ESV] For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
[1Cr 9:17 ESV] For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship.

Paul’s Reward; Sharing the Gospel Free of Charge
[1Cr 9:18 ESV] What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

Why: That he might win some.
[1Cr 9:19 ESV] For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.

His Strategy
[1Cr 9:20 ESV] To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.
[1Cr 9:21 ESV] To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.
[1Cr 9:22 ESV] To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

“I do it all for the sake of the Gospel”
[1Cr 9:23 ESV] I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

Why the Gospel?
Means Good News. What is the good news?
The ABC, The Romans Road, The Color Book/Bracelet.
The reason Jesus Christ went to the cross.
If that does not move you, you don’t belong to God.

The story about Jesus Christ, the Cross, The resurrection, the atonement from God,
The only way for a human to make it to Heaven.
The only way for a human to be forgiven for being evil.
The only way for God declare a human “not guilty”.
The only way for satisfy the God’s 10 commandments.
The only way to have a relationship with God

Yet, when was the last time you told anybody about the work of Jesus Christ?
Think about why you are silent.

Why we want to be Disciples: To respond to God’s love through the Gospel
Why we want to Worship: To respond to God’s Love through the Gospel
Why we Fellowship: To respond to God’s Love through the Gospel
Why we Minister: To respond to God’s Love through the Gospel
Why we Evangelize: To respond to God’s Love through the Gospel

The Gospel is the reason we Exist!

Are you in it to win it?
[1Cr 9:24 ESV] Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
[1Cr 9:25 ESV] Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
[1Cr 9:26 ESV] So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.

Discipline your life, so you can share the Gospel
[1Cr 9:27 ESV] But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.


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Freedom = Personal Responsibility
You are responsible for the other Christians in this church.

Food offered to idols. 8:1-2
Knowledge without love. 8:3
Be Gospel Driven: Gal 3:11-14.
Admit, Believe, Confess

Concerning Idols
Empty; 8:4-5
God really really hates idols Lev. 19:4, 26:30.
Idols prove how evil we really are. Isaiah 43:9-22

Christians know God creates it all. 8:6
Young Christians still struggle with superstition. 8:7-8

It’s not abut you smarty-pants, it’s about the other Christians.
8:9-11.

All sin is against God. 8:12-13.

A prayer of David: Psa 51:1-5. 

1 Corinthians, Chapter 8


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