Sunday morning sermon preached on June 14, 2015 by Pastor Brian McLaughlin.
The church of Corinth was a church that found itself in a terribly pagan and corrupt city. Unfortunately, this corruption influenced the church to the point that there were all kinds of sin found within the body of believers to differing degrees. The question was, how would God address this church through the letter that Paul was sending to this congregation. How would the sin best be confronted and combated so that the church could see cleansing and restoration? And for that matter, what is the hope and remedy for indwelling sin in our lives? Because if we are honest, we find a lot of “corinth” in us as well.
The epistle to the Corinthians is a fascinating study because of how the book starts and where it starts from. If it were me, I would dive right in to trying to “fix the bad behaviors” of the church and “call people on the carpet” immediately. And often, that’s how we approach the problem of sin both personally and corporately. But does that really work? Or is God telling us through this letter a “better way” to handle sin when we see it in our lives?
Main Truth: Only the gospel gives to me the hope, assurance, power, and motivation that I need for facing the reality of continuing indwelling sin in my daily life and seeing it’s dominating grip lose it’s hold in my life.
How the Gospel Equips Us to Confront Indwelling Sin
- A Total ___________________________.
- An Inward __________________________.
- A Secured & Set Apart _________________________.
- A Continuing ___________________.
The remedy for our sin is the gospel in it’s widest scope. What I mean is that the gospel is not only Christ’s work “for us” but it is also Christ’s work “in us.” He saves us not only from the penalty of sin, but also from it’s dominion and reigning power in our lives. This beautiful truth is captured poignantly in the old hymn “Rock of Ages” when Augustus Toplady says, “Be of sin the double cure, cleanse me from its guilt and power.” The gospel is the “double cure” for our sin and by starting and building from the right foundation, we can see a wonderful transformation in our lives because of His grace and glory!