Audio
Delivered By
Phillip Rainwater
Delivered On
January 6, 2019
Central Passage
I Corinthians 9:19-27
Subject
PM Sermon
Description

JANUARY 6, 2019 P.M. SERVICE

MATURING IN CHRIST

I CORINTHIANS 9:19-27

INTRODUCTION:

  A.  The Christian life has been described:

        1.  As a race to be run; Hebrews 12:1

        2.  As a battle to be fought; I Timothy 6:12

        3.  A life of discipline; I Corinthians 9:27

  B.  One cannot mature, in Christ, unless he is on the right path; Proverbs 14:12

  C.  Jesus is the only way; John 14:6

  D.  Our study, “Maturing In Christ”

 I.  THE WAY TO THE FATHER IS THROUGH JESUS:

      A.  He leads us to the Father; John 14:6

            1.  He came to do the Father’s will; Hebrews 10:7

            2.  He expects man to follow His example; Romans 1:16; Matthew 7:21

     B.   One cannot grow in Christ before obedience; Hebrews 5:9

            1.  The hearing of the faith; Galatians 3:2

            2.  Belief and repentance; Mark 1:15

            3.  Confession of faith in Christ; Romans 10:10

            4.  One must be baptized into Christ; Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4;

                 I Corinthians 12:13

             5.  Christ will save the faithful; Hebrews 7:25; II Peter 3:18

 II.  TIMOTHY WAS TOLD TO FLEE, FOLLOW, AND FIGHT: I Timothy 6:11-12

       A.  Context involves worldly living; I Timothy 6:9-10

       B.  Flee and follow; II Timothy 2:22

            1.  Submit to God, resist evil (the devil); James 4:7

            2.  The statement of Jesus; Matthew 6:33

       C.  Fight with certainty; I Corinthians 9:24-26

III.  THE WAY TO MATURE IN CHRIST:

       A.  The way of self-discipline; I Corinthians 9:27

             1.  “Hupōpiazō” = “to beat; to buffet; to beat black and blue; to subdue; to keep under”

             2.  “Doulagogo” = “to enslave; to buffet; to bring into subjection”

      B.  The way to peace and contentment; John 14:13; Philippians 4:11

      C.  The way to eternal joy and rest; John 14:1-3; Revelation 14:13

CONCLUSION:

A.  The Lord did not promise an easy journey; Matthew 5:10-11

B.  He did promise a great reward; Matthew 5:12

C.  Will your journey here on earth lead you to eternal joy?