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Holiness: Be What You Were Declared to Be

January 19, 2014 Speaker: The Very Rev. Dr. Henry Baldwin Series: Real People - Real Problems - Real Church

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:1–1:9

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Real People – Real Problems – Real Church


Who were they?

 • Cosmopolitan

 • Culturally Diverse

 • Broadly Informed

 • Worldly-wise

 • “Red-State” Independent

 How did they come to Christ?

 • Second Missionary Journey (Acts 16:10–18:18)

 • Salvation orchestrated by God (Acts 18:9-11)

 • Mostly from paganism

 • Some from proselytes (Acts 18:7)

 • A few from the Jews (Acts 18:8)

 What was their walk like?

 • Full of Spiritual life! (1:5-7)

 • Lots of miraculous activities (see Chapters 12-14)

 • Blotted with blind-spots (see the whole letter!)

 What were their major malfunctions?

 • Factionalism (1-3)

 • Incest (5)

 • Litigation (6)

 • Sexual Immorality (6)

 • Wrong view of Marriage (7)

 • Idolatry (8-10)

 • Disorder in Public Worship (11-14)

 • Bad Doctrine of the Future (15)


1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Holiness: Be What You Were Declared to Be

Vs. 2b “… to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours…”

A. Who are “the called”?


B. Why not “the elect” or “the chosen”?


C. How were they “sanctified”?


D. Why bother at all?


E. What’s love got to do with it?


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