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Introduction
Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-58
Imagine a life in which you had absolutely nothing to look forward to.
Some in Corinth were teaching that Christians had nothing to look forward to, no resurrection.
In our passage, Paul corrected them, telling them that when Jesus comes, we will receive a body just like His: one that is spiritual, powerful, incorruptible and immortal.
Focus verse:
1 Corinthians 15:58
Sometimes, we can feel that the sacrifices we make for the Lord are a waste of time.
But our future participation in the resurrection will make all our labour for the Lord more than worth it!
Note: We can only look forward to the resurrection if we are labouring!
What is labour?
It is hard work.
It is the opposite of laziness.
God’s grace doesn’t produce laziness, it produces hard workers:
Grace doesn’t produce laziness, it produces hard workers:
We are not saved by our works, but true faith is always accompanied by works:
We are not saved by our works, but true faith is always accompanied by works:
This presents us with the question: are you labouring for the Lord?
There are different types of labour...
Labour of love
Labour of Love
The labour of love is when we minister to one another.
Notice what we do to each other we do to His name (“you have shown toward His name”).
Whilst we are called to love all people, we are especially called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ:
Labour of giving
This labour of giving also extends to giving to God’s house - the church.
In the days of Haggai the prophet, the temple needed to be worked on...
The lesson was simple: God wasn’t blessing the labour of their hands, because they lacked in the labour of giving to Him!
Giving to God is an essential part of our labour.
He has given so much to us, we should be more than happy to give back to Him.
Giving to God is an essential part of our labour.
He has given so much to us, we should be more than happy to give back to Him.
God commanded His people that they were to support His work by giving a tithe (i.e.
tenth) so that His house could be looked after.
Jesus commanded that the tithe must not be neglected:
Matthew 23
Note: tithing must not be left “undone” according to Jesus.
If we claim to follow Jesus, we must take these words seriously and get involved in the labour of giving by tithing to the church we are part of.
Labour of
Labour of service
Labour of witness
The task of showing Jesus to people wherever we go...
Labour of prayer
Note: “laboring fervently for you”.
Prayer is hard work!
When Elijah prayed for the 3.5 year drought to end...
1 Kings 18:
Note his posture: he bowed down to the ground and put his face between his knees.
We are not told why, but to me it seems that he meant business!
Note: seven times.
Sometimes God answers prayer immediately… at other times He doesn’t.
But God’s timing is best.
We need to persist in prayer.
We must labour in persistent prayer for each other
We must partner with God in praying for His will to be done on earth...
We must persistently pray for our nation’s leaders to rule with wisdom and righteousness...
1 tim 2:
We must partner with God in persistently praying for His will to be done on earth...
We must partner with God in praying for His will to be done on earth...
Conclusion
Let us ensure that we continue to labour in love, giving, service, witness and prayer.
Amen.
Discussion / Prayer
What stuck out to you from today’s message?
In groups of 4-5, discuss: what stuck out to you from today’s message?
Listen to each other’s prayer requests, and spend some time praying for each other.
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