Jason brings a critical teaching to the Body of Christ focussing on the cross of Jesus Christ. May you be mightily blessed in understanding more about this foundational doctrine that can never be exhausted.
Stephen Riddell is an elder at The Lifeboat Fellowship, Dungannon, N. Ireland.
Stephen challenges believers of the critical need to know God in these Last Days. I trust that the Lord shall minister to your heart through this word given in season.
1 Corinthians 13
Of all the passages in the New Testament Scriptures, none are more sublime in poetical beauty that the words found in the thirteenth chapter of Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. Hebrews the seventh chapter is known for its great typology; Romans the third chapter for its brilliance in logical reasoning. The second chapter of the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians is known for its rich eschatology and the eleventh chapter of Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians for its moving biographical content. I could go on...the sheer genius of the Holy Bible is a wonder too great to fully comprehend. Is it any wonder that the best-selling book of all time is THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE!! Not Charles Dickens nor William Shakespeare; not Agatha Christie nor Enid Blyton. To this day, the Bible still holds the Guinness Book of Records for the best-selling book of all time at a whopping 5 billion and counting!!
In this sermon, we explore the great commandment given us by our Lord to love one another. It is easy for a man to say, “I love you”, but on what grounds does he assume this to be the case? Let us examine the characteristics of love as outlined in the thirteenth chapter of Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians and we shall see whether the love we have is the agape love of God.
As Christians, we are not always wise in the way that we walk — we live in the land of hindsight — always picking up the broken pieces! We naively walk into many landmines; we allow ourselves to be found in compromising situations because of a lack of foresight!!
“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” (Prov. 23:3)
This sermon is an exhortation to the Christian to walk circumspectly, as wise and not as fools; redeeming the time for the days are evil.
I fear that in our present day, we have lost the cutting edge of Christianity. The Kingdom of God no longer stands in juxtaposition to the Kingdom of Darkness — the contrasting properties of black and white have been fused into a murky grey — light and darkness into a twilight blue — we’ve lost the radical nature of conversion. I want to say without apology, when light meets with darkness, there can only be one winner, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (Jn. 1:5).
One of the radical elements of true conversion when set in contrast with a false convert is that as it relates to the human will. Pre-Christ I lived for ME. Post-Christ I now live for HIM! Still one will, but a 180-degree shift in orientation! We have a dilemma in modern-day Christianity which goes something like this; “I can live for me and for Thee”, and I want TO SAY on the authority of God’s Word, YOU CAN’T!!!! Tell me, can you say as our Lord said, “...My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (Jn. 4:34)?