Dave Williams speaking on 1st Corinthians 3:1. He reminded us that our sin is equal and that we are still brothers and sisters in our sin. He than asked us if we consider ourselves to be technically Christians or practically Christians? If we are living out what God has called us to do or if we are ignoring him? Encouraging us to spend time with God daily to know him more.
- Two things I want to make sure that we remember from last week: You have been set apart by God and he wants you to love Him in return. Second, is that we are called to the places in our lives and that word means a privileged invite. We need to walk like that.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3
1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
We are still believers
“But I brothers . . .
- Notice the word he used to describe the people he was talking too. “Brothers.”
- It first off is a recognition of love. He used the word brother. Which means that they were a part of the same family.
- Even though they were sinning in horrible ways—they were sexually immoral, they were egotistical, they were talking behind Paul’s back—they were still brothers.
- Sin doesn’t make a non-Christian. A lack of belief in Jesus Christ does that.
- We are seeing some pretty serious sins being discussed in this book however, I think there are the same serious sins happening here in Eugene, in our Christian community as well.
- We rebel against God every single day, that does not mean we are not saved, it means that God loves us and we need to be confident in that and address our sin.
- That is why encourage you to be transparent with God, with your small group leaders. Church should looked messed up because we are sharing our sins with one another, remembering that we are all still brothers in Christ regardless of our sin.
- Sin wants to teach us that we are not equals. But we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. If I see sin in your life I will call it out and I expect you to do the same with me.
- We have to talk about them and perhaps one of the reasons why we don’t is because we think that sin equals a disbelief in God. It just isn’t the truth.
- Now, in that we can’t be okay with sinning. We can’t be content where we are at. That is not God’s plan.
- In Fact. D. Bonhoffer defined this way of living this way:
- Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.
- Cheap Grace is also cheapening the price that was paid so we could receive it. It cheapens the Cross.
- And that is why Paul had to address them again not as Spiritual people but as earthly ones—brand new to the faith.
Could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
- Spiritual people are people who have a relationship with God. Which means he is saying that he wants to talk to them as one who is connected to God but instead I have to speak to you as if you are not.
- It’s important to note that because he is not saying again that they aren’t saved but are acting as though they aren’t.
- Another way of looking at it is that they were technically spiritual but practically not.
- Think about that. I am a huge Gonzaga fan and have been forever. So this year was legit for me. We went to the National Championship game and lost but it was respectable. It has been years of watching my team underperform when it came to March Madness.
- One of those times was back when they played UCLA in the Sweet 16. We were up on them by 20 with just a few minutes to go. And we choked. Our key guy was Adam Morrison and he went on to be the third pick in the draft that year. He quickly was seen as a bust because he too just wasn’t good enough to play in the league. However, the Lakers took a chance on him and he actually one two NBA Championships with that team.
- You know how many games he played in the playoffs over the course of those two years: two. Two games out of 46. He only scored 4 points. He has the rings because technically he was on the team. But practically speaking he really wasn’t.
- So, are you technically a Christian because you have put your faith in Christ or our you practically living it out for Him?
- That is what Paul is getting at here. Sure you are saved because God saved you but how is your life resembling that act?
- Paul wrote that he had to address them as people of the flesh. Another way of putting that would be to say people belonging to the flesh.
- What Paul was suggesting is that they were governed more by what their flesh wanted then what God wanted. They weren’t as interested in learning about what it meant to follow Christ.
- They didn’t care as much about digging deeper into who Christ is but instead wanted to sort out their life and be governed by their own desires.
- So, where do you land, you technically a Christian or practically one?
Paul says this in Romans 8:5-6,
“5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
- In order to be practically Christian we need to be practicing Christianity.
- If you are not practicing the things God lays out for us we tend to let our flesh take control.
- How often are you in the Word, praying to God, spring time with him?
- It is going to take time. To tae practice. We will not all of the sudden be closer to God after a week of spending more time with him but 2 months down the road I bet you will feel closer to him.
- Until you are willing to put to practice spring time with God, things will not change.
- Where are you at with God? Are you technically a Christian or are you practically one? Are you on the bench or in the game?
- If you are on the bench, confess that. Confess to your brothers and sisters. God wants to meet with you and spend time with you right now. Let him.