This sermon was based on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.
1Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,
2To 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:
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Many of us struggle with the idea of how God thinks about us.
- Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about three years after starting that church.
- The Corinthian church was very immature and had many issues – and yet as Paul addresses them and prays for them it is centred on love and grace.
- All of us have both ‘dirt’ and ‘gold’ – and what we see in a person will be shaped by what we look for.
- When Paul looked at the Corinthians he saw the gold, and this is how God looks at us too – we are the treasure in the field.
- Paul speaks an offer that any may come to God.
- Whatever issues and struggles the Corinthians have, they are welcome. So are we.
- Grace meets us where we are but it doesn’t leave us there.
- It puts us back together and makes us new.
- We are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called as saints.