Sin City (1) - Notes
DO IT SCARED!
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
WHY WAS PAUL SCARED?
1. Corinth’s Reputation
Intellectually alert, materially prosperous, but morally corrupt.
All of this evidence together suggests that Paul’s Corinth was at once the New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas of the ancient world.
2. Paul’s Experiences
According to Acts 16-17, Paul had just been in Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea and Athens
3. Paul’s Weaknesses
A man of middling size, and his hair was scanty, and his legs were a little crooked, and his knees were far apart; he had large eyes, and his eyebrows met, and his nose was somewhat long.
2 Corinthians 10:10
His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive.
Paul was almost bald and nearly blind. He was unattractive and unconvincing.
BUT PAUL DOES IT SCARED!
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.
1. He shows up
80% of success is just showing up
2. He speaks up
3. He keeps it simple
1 Corinthians 2:2
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
WHAT WERE THE RESULTs OF PAUL DOING IT SCARED?
1. Opposition from Jews and Gentiles
2. Paul’s weakness became God’s strength
3. Demonstrations of the Spirit’s power
4. People came to Christ and a church was planted
1 Corinthians 2:3-4
I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
How could PAUL do IT SCARED?
1. God's Call
1 Corinthians 1:1
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.
2. The Lord’s Personal Encouragement
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.