The Splendor of Holiness

Holiness, Self, and Other pt2

I Corinthians 14.1-12

1. Increase Your Ability to Love (14.1a)
     How can I increase my ability to be a loving person?
2. Seek Spiritual Focus (14.1b)

     Why do I want to be more spiritually focused?
3. Pour God’s Word into People’s Lives (14.1c) (Prophesy!)
     What is at the heart of prophecy?
4. Cultivate Silence (14.26-40)
     Why Do I Feel Such a Need to Be Heard?

Holiness, Self, and Other

I Corinthians 12.31-13.13

1. Start from Our One Foundation (12.12-13; 27-30)
2. Direct Your Passions Accordingly (12.31) (see also 14.1)
3. Examine Your Motives, not Your Doings (13.1-3)
4. Define Success Correctly (13.4-8, especially 8b)
5. Practice Humility by Accepting Uncertainty (13.9-12)
6. Emulate God’s Heart (13.13)

In the Church we still gravitate to the “gifted person.”  We should notice the faithful, hopeful, loving one.

Self, Spirit, Speaking, & Silence

1 Corinthians 12.1-13

  1. Gain Self Understanding (1 Cor. 2.14-3.3)
  2. Develop Your Spiritual Walk in Community (12.1-13)
    1. Maintain Basic Discernment (Who is your brother or sister?) (1-3)
    2. Focus on the Giver, not the Gift (4-6)
    3. Seek the Good of Others, not Yourself (7-10)
    4. Emphasize Unity (11-13)
  3. Application

Symbolism, Christianity, and Culture

1 Corinthians 11.1-16

"I become all things to all men, so that I might win some"

  1. Affirm the Symbol of Male Headship
  2. Promote Equality within God’s Symbolic Design
    1. Dispel Some Christian Myths
    2. Reject Chauvinism
    3. Gain a Proper View of Authority
  3. Embrace Cultural Practices When They Support God’s Design
  4. Trust the Holy Spirit to Work through Believers within Cultures