I Corinthians 1:1-9Greetings and Thanksgiving
I Corinthians 1:10-17Divisions in the Church
I Corinthians 1:18-25The Message of the Cross
I Corinthians 1:26-31Glory Only in the Lord
I Corinthians 2:1-5Sharing the Gospel
I Corinthians 2:6-9How to Have Spiritual Wisdom
I Corinthians 2:10-16Bible Doctrine Steers the Spiritual Ship
I Corinthians 3:1-9The Diet of a Growing Christian
I Corinthians 3:10-15The Foundation of a Christian Life
I Corinthians 3:16-23Avoid Worldly Wisdom
I Corinthians 4:1-5Whose opinion really matters?
I Corinthians 4:6-13God is looking for genuine humility
I Corinthians 4:14-21Discipline in Love
I Corinthians 5:1-13Immorality Must Be judged
I Corinthians 6:1-11Don’t Sue the Brethren
I Corinthians 6:12-20Stay Sexually Pure
I Corinthians 7:1-11Counsel for Christians married to Christians
I Corinthians 7:12-24Counsel for Christians married to non-Christians
I Corinthians 7:25-40Counsel for the Christians who are not married
St Augustine wroteWhere your pleasure is, there is your treasure.Where your treasure is, there is your heart.Where you heart is, there is your happiness.(In Who Said That by George Sweeting) … More
In this chapter, Paul presents three characteristics of a true minister of Jesus Christ:
A steward is one who takes care of another person’s affairs but owns nothing himself. In today’s world he might be called a manager. It is not my money (He is letting me handle it for a while), my church (He is just giving me a place to serve Him), or my children (They are on loan to us for a few years so that we can train them). A true minister is to be one who shares God’s wealth with the family of God. He may not please the members of his household. His responsibility is to be faithful to his master. He is to do what his master tells him to do. Paul brings to our attention three judgments in the life of a steward.
It is very tempting for me to judge fellow Christians by evaluating whether or not they are good followers of Christ. I must remember that it is only God who knows a person’s heart, and He is the only one who has the right to judge.
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
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