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Living a Cross Shaped Life (1 Corinthians 4:1-21) | Imperfect

In this chapter, Paul asks the Corinthians, “What do you have that you did not receive?” This question encapsulates Paul’s theology of grace, which holds that everything we have is a gift from God. In order to encourage the Corinthians to live a life shaped by God’s grace, and the sacrifice and surrender the cross calls us to, Paul employs a combination of irony, sarcasm, and tender love to guide them. However, he recognizes that mere teachings are not enough; the Corinthians need an embodied example to follow. As such, he sends them Timothy, a living embodiment of humility and grace, to model for them what it means to live a life in accordance with the gospel.

Sermon Notes:

  • How we view influence matters.
  • Who is influencing you?
  • Is scripture your standard?
  • Gospel centred influencers don’t reach for power.
  • Instead gospel-centred influencers humbly serve.
  • Gospel centred influencers don’t strike back.
  • Instead, gospel centred influencers surrender.
  • Gospel centred influencers doesn’t shame.
  • Instead gospel centred influence care.
  • Are we are following whose lives reflect the way of Jesus? 

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