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As their spiritual father in the faith, Paul calls a "family meeting" for the church in Corinth.  

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Paul rebukes the Corinthian church for attempting to adopt worldly wisdom in building the church.  God's work is to be done in and by God's wisdom.  The means given for the building of the church is the faithful proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

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In the eyes of the world, this is a really foolish sermon!

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Paul moves from reminding the church in Corinth in whom they stand and all the gifts and graces they've been given to now calling them to live in a manner in accord with whose they are.  

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Paul begins his letter to a messy church by giving thanks for God's grace given to them, he reminds them of the gifts God has given to them, and he encourages them in the standing they have in Christ Jesus, and that in Christ Jesus they are guiltless in the day of the Lord.  

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Paul writes to a church in a city much like ours.  With all the woes of the world, Paul doesn't speak to the city but to the church in the world.  

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The church has been given the wonderful privilege of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost, needy, and dying world.

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God calls us to love one another in a radically different way than the world.  We are called to love one another, serve one another, show hospitality to one another all to the glory of Christ!  We do so, because He has first loved us.  

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The church has a government for the honor of Christ and the good of His people.  Major issues are at stake like the core doctrine of justification through faith in Christ alone.  Trusting in anything, or finding one's identity in anything other than Christ, has eternal conseqences.  Jesus is sufficient.  

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We are called to practice hospitality as a way of loving our neighbors.  This call is rooted in the wonderful truth that the Lord has practiced this with us in that while we were sinners, Chirst died for us.  We were strangers, and He brought us near.

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