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Act Like Men

A Charge to Struggling Churches (4)


VPBe watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men... 1 Corinthians 16:13

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Babes still
The believers in Corinth in the days of the Apostle Paul were not acting like mature adults in the Lord. Rather, they were acting like children. Paul chided them as “infants in Christ” who hadn’t matured in the Lord one whit since his visit (1 Cor. 3:1). By the time he wrote his letter, Paul reasoned that the Corinthians should have been showing more marks of maturity – holiness, purity, generosity, forbearance, and dignity in worship.

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Stand Firm in the Faith

A Charge to Struggling Churches (3)


VPBe watchful, stand firm in the faith... 1 Corinthians 16:13

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All talk, no life?
You could hardly say the Corinthians were standing firm in the faith.

Oh, undoubtedly they all professed faith in Jesus. They surely sang whatever Christian songs were current at the time when they gathered for worship, and they no doubt looked, for all appearances, like most churches of their day.

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Be Watchful

A Charge to Struggling Churches (2)


VPBe watchful... 1 Corinthians 16:13

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Watch your walk!
The Scriptures frequently exhort believers to pay attention to what’s going on in their lives. Paul’s command to the Ephesians to be very careful how they walk (Eph. 5:15-17) echoes similar exhortations from Solomon, the prophets, Jesus, and other apostles. It’s when we stop paying attention to our lives – and our churches – that problems can begin to appear.

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A Struggling Church

A Charge to Struggling Churches (1)


VPBe watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13, 14

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Two problems
The Church in Corinth in the days of the Apostle Paul was a struggling church. Paul’s first letter to the believers there was intended to address problems that were threatening to tear the church apart and bring disgrace on the Gospel.

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This Way to the Fear of God

The Fear of God (7)


VP...then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:5

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Called to fear God
We have been discussing the much-neglected doctrine of the fear of God. We have seen that God commands us to fear Him, and that fear and love, rather than being opposed, actually create a harmonic tension in our souls which leads to knowledge and wisdom, and out of which righteousness and good works resound.

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Reasons to Fear God

The Fear of God (6)


VPThe fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm. Proverbs 19:23

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God’s desire for us
God’s desire for His people is that they should know full and abundant life in Jesus Christ (Jn. 10:10; 14:6). This is the good life, life as God intended it, the kind of life in which human beings know their greatest joy and flourish in love.

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