1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Holding Fast to the Gospel

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Thanks to Tim Stanton for preaching this morning; he was back home during his Christmas break from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is currently earning a Master of Divinity.

Outline

  • The Gospel Paul Preached
  • The Gospel We Received
  • The Gospel that Enables Us to Stand
  • The Gospel that Saves Us

Introduction

About a month ago, I was with the youth group and we played a game of tug of war. Unfortunately, we lost. Three times. The objective of a game of tug of war as I am sure you know is to pull harder than the opposing team and to get the middle of the rope past a certain point. If you loosen your grip on the rope you give up ground and will ultimately lose. Having a tight, firm, grip on the rope is vital.

And that is Paul’s concern in our passage as well. The Corinthian church was on the verge loosening their grip on the gospel. There were those of them who had loosened their grip morally and they had begun to tolerate all kinds of immoral practices to the point that they even approved of one who was sleeping with his father’s wife. And doctrinally there were also some in the middle of the church that were pushing the church not to cling so tightly to the doctrine of the resurrection. In the midst of this Paul is urging the Corinthians in his letter to hold fast to the gospel. He says in verses one and two, the section that we will focus on this morning, “I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you.”

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