Resources from 1 Corinthians

The One Foundation

Sep 14 UPBUILDING is very important, but the first question must always concern the foundation. However quickly, however cleverly a man may build, if the foundation be unsound he is a foolish builder; and however slowly, however laboriously a man may proceed, his building will not put him to shame if he has set his walls erect upon a firm basis. This is emphatically true in spiritual things, for there the foundation...

1 Corinthians 3:11

A Catechism for the Proud

Jan 6 THE Corinthian church was exceedingly gifted. Perhaps no other church of the period had in it so many persons of education and talent. The apostle says of them, “In everything ye are enriched, in all utterance and in all knowledge, so that ye come behind in no gift.” Alas, its grace was not in proportion to its gifts, and consequently a proud spirit was developed in the church, which manifested...

1 Corinthians 4:7

Christ the Destroyer of Death

Dec 17 DURING four previous Sabbaths we have been following our Lord and Master through his great achievements: we have seen him as the end of the law, as the conqueror of Satan, as the overcomer of the world, as the creator of all things new, and now we behold him as the destroyer of death. In this and in all his other glorious deeds let us worship him with all our...

1 Corinthians 15:26

Pride Catechized and Condemned

Jan 2 Pride grows apace like other ill weeds. It will live on any soil. In the natural heart it flourishes, springing up without sowing, and growing without watering; and even in the renewed heart it all too readily takes root when Satan casts abroad a handful of its seed. Of all creatures in the world the Christian is the last man who ought to be proud; and yet, alas, we have...

1 Corinthians 4:7

The Man of One Subject

Oct 31 PAUL was a very determined man, and whatever he undertook he carried out with all his heart. Once let him say “I determined,” and you might be sure of a vigorous course of action. “This one thing I do” was always his motto. The unity of his soul and its mighty resoluteness were the main features of his character. He had once been a great opposer of Christ and his...

1 Corinthians 2:2

By All Means Save Some

Apr 26 THE apostle speaks very broadly, and talks about saving men. Some of our extremely orthodox brethren would say at once, “You save men? How can man do that? The expression is inaccurate in the extreme. Is not salvation of the Lord from first to last? How can you, Paul, dare to speak of saving some?” Yet Peter had spoken very like this when he said, “Save yourselves from this untoward...

1 Corinthians 9:22

Redemption and its Claims

Mar 8 THE same words are found in each place, though a different inference is drawn from them. “Ye are bought with a price.” This morning’s text was “Without money and without price,” and to the best of my ability I tried to show how freely the blessings of the gospel are bestowed upon the sons of men. But though they cost us nothing, they cost the Saviour dear. They are without...

1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23

Glorifying in the Lord

Jan 1 THERE is an irresistible tendency in ns to glory in something or other. All classes of men glory, the highest and the lowest, the richest and the poorest, the best educated and the most illiterate. Solomon glories, and so does the fool; Goliath glories, and so does David; Pharaoh glories, and so does his slave. Even in the most modest the tendency to boast is present, only its nakedness is...

1 Corinthians 1:31

Motives for Steadfastness

May 10 THE apostle had been putting forth all his strength to prove the doctrine of the resurrection, yet he was not diverted from his habitual custom of making practical use of the doctrine which he established. He proves his point, and then he goes on to his “therefore,” which is always an inference of godliness. He is the great master of doctrine: if you want the Christian creed elaborated, and its...

1 Corinthians 15:58

"Bought with a Price"

Aug 6      Our beloved brother, Thomas Cook, who has for so long a time served this church as an honored deacon, has fallen asleep in Christ. We have laid his earthly remains in the tomb: his spirit rejoices before the throne of God. This day we thank God for his useful life, and ask for grace to imitate it. Before he closed his eyes in death he left a text...

1 Corinthians 6:19-20