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He was steadfast and immovable

Because of his training and stance he had taken

He was abounding in size

Which led to all the training to not be in vain

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Historical context is important to know to help us understand how to interpret this book

Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthian church

It was a church that he founded

He was deeply and emotionally involved in the growth of this church

He kept in close contact with them

Most of this letter is a letter of correction

Paul saw things that weren’t lining up so he needed to address them

The Corinthian church wasn’t that old and was in a place of corruption

The church was allowing culture to infiltrate which led to questionable doctrines

Corinth was a port city which led to many different ethnicities and religions to be prevalent

It was a very perverse city with a lot of evil influence

Which led to the church to begin to compromise

One of the most significant factors which was compromising the church in Corinth was the unashamed sexual immorality that was normal to the city

The city was known for its sexual immorality and was even praised by many

The most prominent site was Acrocorinth

It was a mountain that rose to 1800 feet

On the summit of this mountain was the temple of Aphrodite

This was a symbol of sexual perversion

The temple was said to have maintained 1000 prostitutes

People could go there at anytime

It was considered worship to Aphrodite

Which was idolatry, another big problem in Corinth

But there were numerous other temples where people worshiped false Gods

There were animal sacrifices being made in these temples to the false Gods

All of these problems and more is what made paul address the Corinthian church as they allowed the culture to move into the church

The church had written paul a letter to ask advice on things that were being taught

Here are things that paul addressed in this letter

He corrected them on being divided between different church leaders

Some Christians were tolerating incest

They were bringing up lawsuits against one another

They were excusing sexual immorality 

They were misguided about marriage

Eating foods sacrificed to idols

What women should wear

The way they partake in the lords supper

Prioritizing spiritual gifts

And denying that God will bodily resurrect believers

Which brings us to the scripture we are at

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Maybe you are thinking, what does all the cultural context have to do with the sermon

And I will answer with this

Have you seen what happening in the global church right now?

Its bad, and its only going to get worse

Like the Corinthian church, many churches and believers are falling victim to the culture of our society

Praise God that’s not us, we have sound biblical pastors that preach the whole counsel of God

But many others aren’t so blessed

They have been enduring false doctrines

A feel good message

No repentance of sin

Afraid to offend and they even pervert the word of God based on their own self gratification

There are “pastors” that are directly deceiving the congregations and they believe them

I will give you some examples that I’ve seen just in the last couple months alone

I’m not going to say any of their names because I don’t think the deserve even the slightest mention 

They are ungodly and have done a disservice to Christs church

This one guy, I wont even call him a pastor, more like a deceiver, who is also a homosexual

Is using scripture to say that sex between 2 consenting adults is acceptable before marriage

Scripture doesn’t prohibit it

The reason? They transcribers wrongly interpreted words like fornicators

It doesn’t mean between to consenting adults

He says that referred to sexual exploitations and abuse

So all of these people over thousands of years all got it wrong, but you’re the guy that figured it out

I saw another guy in front of his church that was having a drag queen speak in front of the church and asking questions 

Which the guy obviously tried to back by scripture using

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

He said see he is being transformed and disregarding the rest of the scriptures

We live in a very liberal area and I have even seen many pastors in our area that preached sound doctrine 

Become ok with certain sin in the church, the biggest one is that homosexuality is ok

People, it doesn’t usually happen to believers overnight

What happens is they begin to compromise in their walk with the Lord and allow the world to dictate what the word of God says

Instead of allowing the word of God to dictate what culture is

This is why Christians must be steadfast and immovable

When paul wrote this he said brethren

He was talking to the church, to the believers

Being steadfast and immovable is how we protect not only our own spiritual life but the church as well

Do you remember pastor matts sermon titled The church is an ark?

That sermon has had the most impact in my life than any other sermon I’ve heard

Other than the Gospel message that led me to give my life to Christ

I’ve always loved the church, the body of Christ

But when he preached that message it stirred in my spirit

I wept 3 different times during his sermon

It imparted a love for the church that I never thought possible

And the setting was perfect

Even though the power went out it was like a word perfect word picture to me

As Noah and his family entering the ark, Noah the spiritual head

Having limited lighting, but was safe in the ark from the coming storm

It changed the way I feel about the body, I pray differently

I write every sermon through the thought of how it will affect the church

It is an unexplainable and overwhelming feeling that is difficult to explain

How much more does Christ love His church!

Husbands, do you love your wife?

Wives, do you love your husband?

I love my wife

She is perfect for me, she is a godly wife and mother that always puts Christ first

She is grounded in the word

She has more biblical knowledge and understanding than she even realizes

God knew what He was doing when he gave her to me

Picture this for a moment

A husband and wife have been married for many years

Their relationship was great, but something began to change

It was noticeable

So the husband approaches the wife and questions her

I’ve noticed that you’ve been distant lately

You’ve become selfish and doing what is pleasing to you

I cant seem to understand why now you have been twisting my words to your friends

What is happening

The wife replies

You know after all these years of marriage my view on it has changed

It’s a different time now

I took care of you for awhile but now I must care for myself

Don’t feel bad about me using your words differently then you said them

It makes me feel better about myself, also I look good to my friends

As the tears begin to well up in the eyes of the husband the wife says

I know when we were at the alter getting married that I said you were my one true love 

But my view of love has changed, it’s a different time, things changed

I’ve broadened my view, now I understand what true love is

Its for everyone

And since I know that now, I’m ready to tell you, that’s why I have been sleeping around with all these other people

I’m not sure why you are upset

Its for you look how much love I’m giving, look how many people I’m drawing into your house

And as the husband stands weeping and pleading with his wife saying repent, please, turn back to me

The wife has made up her mind

And soon those tears of sadness from the husband will turn to judgment

We are the bride of Christ

He is coming back for a church that is Holy and set apart, above reproach, a virgin that is pure

Not a church that is self gratifying full of spiritual fornication

This is why we must be steadfast and immovable

We must protect our own spiritual life as well as protecting the church 

Do not think that you are immune from the attacks of the enemy

Or that he cant deceive you, because he can

1 Corinthians 15:33-34

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

Paul is speaking to believers

He’s letting them know that the evil company they keep will be to their detriment 

We must safeguard ourselves against any perversion of Gods Holy Scriptures

Be careful of who you allow into your life

Or people that speak into your life

There are many people that love to distort the truth of Gods word

And to protect ourselves we remain steadfast and immovable

So what does it look like to be steadfast?

How do we become immovable?

By holding on to the truth of Gods word

Do not read the bible based on what the culture is around you

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Since He is the same, that means that His word remains the same

His word is relevant

Its all relevant, from genesis to revelation

Its not going to change with the times or generations

Its not based on how we perceive it according to culture

His word is pure and Holy

And we must take it as it is

2 timothy 3:12-17

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for [a]instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

All scripture is given by the inspiration of God

We must thoroughly read and study His word

He has given it to us for a reason

Staying in the word helps us to remain steadfast and immovable

It will guard your mind and your heart

It will correct every wrong thought that you have if you allow it to do so

It protects us and equips us 

We live in a culture that is easy to be swayed any direction if you are not true to the Word of God

If you don’t know what it says you cant protect yourself

It allows us to see Gods true character and righteousness

Without it you can fall victim to any doctrine that is going around

and is profitable for doctrine

There are so many doctrines in the world

You may think that they cant get to you but they can

Look at the Corinthian church

This church was founded by Paul himself

And yet he is having to correct them on things being taught

They are all choosing different people as leaders and all sorts of doctrines were being taught

2 timothy 4:1-5

I charge you [a]therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead [b]at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

We must not be people that give into any doctrine that speaks to itching ears

Love only doctrines, do what you like doctrines, be you doctrines

Doctrines that make you always feel good about your self

And doctrines that have no correction

We are the church so I don’t need to go to church doctrines

If you listen to them it will get into your heart

I’ve seen many people be swayed by doctrines of demons and eventually leave the church

Because they haven’t been staying in the word and enduring sound biblical doctrine 

You must protect your spiritual life and the church

Then you can be abounding in your work for the Lord

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Your work for the Lord is not in vain

If you are anything like me

There have been times where I think does any of what I’m doing matter

In your jobs and in your life 

Do people even notice what I do for the Lord

I want you to hear this

It doesn’t matter if anyone notices

Because the Lord does

Its not in vain, He knows the work you do for Him

It glorifies and honors Him and that’s what matters

On the other side of that I will let you know, people do notice

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Her work is not in vain

People that enter her shop are going to see an open bible always

They will hear worship music

If they aren’t believers they hear the gospel

And if they are Christians even a pastor, you will leave encouraged

Her work is not in vain If you are living a life set apart for Christ

Then neither is yours

Keep being considerate to coworkers

Keep inviting them to church

Continue to speak the word of God 

Believe me they notice, and it could only be a matter of time when the Lord reaches the ones you are working on

I will close with the scripture 

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

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