A soldier, an athlete and a hardworking farmer were the metaphors that Paul used to describe to Timothy how he should suffer for the gospel. All of these illustrations exemplify disciplined perseverance, even in the face of setbacks, defeats and disappointments. Paul encouraged Timothy to be “strong in grace,” so that these metaphors might characterize his Christian life, and the lives of those in the Ephesian church. This week, we will be listening in on Paul’s correspondence with the Corinthians, as he seeks to encourage them to persevere until the end.
This week at Redeemer, we are honored to have Dr. Denny Burk, the Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, to preach for us. He will be considering The Gospel as the Power of God for Perseverance, from 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. Paul seems to be arguing that the Gospel is much more than an entrance into the Christian life. It seems to be much more than a one-time commitment to follow Christ. Paul must see this differently because he instructs the Corinthians to “hold fast to the word,” so they might be saved! Do you view the Gospel this way?
Paul also warns the Corinthians about some who have “believed in vain.” Apparently there are those who have made some sort of profession to follow Christ, only to let go of the Gospel! How can we stay true until the end? What happens when others walk away from the faith? Are you being hard hearted right now in some area of your life? How are you constantly reflecting on the power of the Gospel? Does a lifestyle of exulting in the Gospel tend to make you more proud or more humble? Are you living a life void of this power all together? Join us this week as we seek to hold fast to the good news of Jesus Christ until the end!