• Tabernacle Baptist Church

A Picture of Faithful Ministry (1 Corinthians 16:5-24) - 11/13/22

INTRO

  • In Paul’s closing words we see a great picture for ministry

  • While we may not be a modern day Paul, we are called to serve the Lord faithfully.

  • Paul gives us a great example to learn from and follow after.

A desire to make a kingdom difference – vv. 5-9


A whatever and whenever attitude

  • The balance between God’s will and our will

  • Our passions

  • His purpose

  • Bloom where you are planted

  • James 4:13-17

Look for Gospel opportunities

  • Wide door for effective work – v. 9a

  • MAKING MEMORIES (For us or for the LORD)

Expect many Challenges – v. 9b

  • Many adversaries2 Cor 1:8-10, 2 Cor 4:7-12

  • John MacArthur –“Consider it a challenge rather than a hinderance.”

  • We should love a challenge!

  • Expect, Embrace, Evolve

A devotedness to people -vv. 12-13


Timothy

  • Worked closely with Paul

  • Pastor at Ephesus

  • Usually served in difficult spots

Paul invested in him

Paul knew he needed encouragement


Apollos

Paul cared for him

  • No competition, no envy

Paul trusted him

  • Working together

  • LIFE IS MESSY

A deep conviction for spiritual growth – vv. 13-14


Paul was always challenging others to GROW! DO SOMETHING GREAT!

Just like a teacher inspires their students


Be watchful

  • Be alert

Stand firm in the faith

Act like men, be strong

  • Strong leadership

  • It is time to be different!

Do all in love

  • Leadership not dictatorship

  • 1 Cor 13

  • Care for others

  • Love for truth

A dependence upon the local church – vv. 15-22

  • Universal and Local

  • He knew they needed each other

  • TIMES ARE TOUGH… WE NEED EACH OTHER

  • We need you… you need the church

  • Be subject -accountability, direction

  • Refreshed out spirits

  • Send their greetings

  • TOGETHER, ALL IN

  • Holy kiss

  • Love, admiration

  • Family

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