Bible study taught by Pastor Don Moore on 12/9/11
1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,
Can you perform and have the certification of the Holy Spirit on your spiritual gifting? Yes. It has nothing to do with degrees.
Many pastors are illusionists pretending to work in the power of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is not in effect, these pastors lead people but, by about seven years of this effort, they have dropped out of ministry because they tried to do in their own strength what can only be done with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Paul was dealing with home churches in Corinth and bishops were the overseers of these home churches. Apostles were to operate in all the gifts given by the Holy Spirit. Apostles of that day would visit churches and ask where are the people of the way? (The term Christian was not in use at this time, Christians were called people of the way.)
In Paul’s travels, the Holy Spirit led him to the people of the way. They would receive and accept him, taking care of him in the Middle Eastern way. If you were an apostle, you didn’t stay in a house unless the Holy Spirit let you know that the hearts of the people were knitted to the apostle.
The Church in Corinth was visited by visiting pastors, evangelists, teachers, and Apostle Paul. Apollos was his minister.
There were no denominations at this time, just people of the Way, one Body of Christ, so apostles, pastors, evangelists, and teachers could stay and share their knowledge in many places. Today, this practice has been destroyed by denominationalism. We are missing out on people’s gifts and testimonies by staying within a particular denomination. There are many denominations that do not recognize the use of the gifts of the Spirit. Because of that, there is a divide on who is an apostle and who has influence on the house (denomination).
This is why Paul wrote the Corinthians – he is an apostle gifted as a teacher. Apollos is an apostle gifted as a prophet. People were influenced by Apollos’ charisma. Paul wrote a letter to help the Corinthians discern the way gifts worked and how the congregation should receive the gifts for the sake of the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:4-6 (see 4 above) that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,
The testimony of Christ was confirmed in the congregation, a supernatural confirmation of what Jesus did by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 1:7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The Corinthians were not short any gift.
1 Corinthians 1:8-10 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Paul is begging. His prayer is that there would be no divisions, that the people would be perfectly joined together with the same mind and the same judgment.
This joined together in one mind and judgment would hold for sixty years in the Church in Macedonia, and then there is a great breakup where the church becomes divided by doctrine and theology. The church took out the power of God and divisions set in.
In the last days verse 10 – (about being perfectly joined together and of the same judgment) will be set on its heel by present day theology where some churches claim, in error, that we are all perfected and there is no judgment. There are different minds and judgments, but we say we are one even though we differ in doctrine and theology.
The longer we hang out with believers, the more we begin to believe the same things those we hang out with believe, and accept some false theology and traditions. But we don’t want to be pulled in by the lies of the new age. We need to be clear on what are the principles of faith. To find what the elementary principles of faith are, we go to Hebrews Chapter 6 to see the elements of perfect theology.
Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.
We want to practice the elementary principles of faith and not go back to the practice of dead works that don’t produce right repentance. FAITH IN GOD IS THE RIGHT WORK. Here are the ELEMANTARY principles:
1) Faith – based on repentance for bad things and faith toward God.
2) Baptisms – there are four baptisms
1) water – outward act of inward reconciliation, publically displaying love and commitment, and the Holy Spirit
2) Into the Body – immersed in the Body of Christ, shown by the love you have for the brethren.
3) Into Christ – immerse and commit self to Christ as our CEO
4) Holy Spirit – inward witness and anointing by the Holy Spirit as teacher, comforter, leader.
By His Power (the Holy Spirit) we have a baptism into the supernatural. Christ is our Hope of Glory. Jesus did not do anything unless His Father told Him to.
Many churches only recognize the baptism of reconciliation. They feel that all the Holy Spirit we will receive is in the person with salvation, but that is not shown in Scripture. Besides receiving the Holy Spirit with salvation there is also a baptism of the Holy Spirit which endows the believer with power and Spiritual gifts.
We can be saved, but without the Baptism into Christ, we may not obey Him.
The Holy Spirit baptism is given by the laying on of hands. There are three types of anointings passed by the laying on of hands. 1) to put in office, 2) transference of the anointing (spiritual gifts by the leading of the Holy Spirit, transference of power), 3 The healing of the sick.
God may give a leading or power that prompts us to go in a particular direction or to exhibit a certain gift of the Spirit for a particular circumstance. When He does, we need to obey. If we disobey and get afraid, we can open the door to the devil for the devil hears our fear.
If God gives us a gift of discerning of spirits it isn’t for our private edification. When God gives us a gift it is because He wants us to do something.
Daniel prayed for prophecy. And that gift of prophecy showed up for Daniel to use for ministry purposes.
Don’t battle demons unless the Holy Spirit tells us to do it.
The Holy Spirit can say stop and talk. Before you lay hands on a person, ask the Holy Spirit how to pray. Don’t be quick to lay hands on a person. Assess their faith. Church people know about the prayer of faith and the anointing of oil. But we don’t want to indiscriminately lay hands on people, for we open ourselves to transference. The enemy, satan, also knows of this power.
James 5 speaks of the elders praying and laying on of hands. Elders should have a level of faith higher than those of less mature Christians.
John 2:23-25 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
Jesus had the ability to discern spirits – both positive and negative ones.
Pastor Don said that discernment is a sensation that clues you into the source, if it is God or demonic.
There are both positive and negative spirits, and a “spiritual highway”. We need the maturity to discern the spirits. It is an error to think that because I’m a good person that nothing evil can come on or through us. If you hold that wrong belief, you open yourself up to any spirit. God is not the only being on the spiritual highway. Opening up to spiritual things without discernment means opening up to whatever is out there, good or evil.
We are keepers of the castle, the watchtower. We need to test the spirits, holding them up to the Word and the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit and the Word agree.
Sometimes the realization of a spiritual attack doesn’t dawn on us until after the meeting. Job’s friends were accusing Job of things, not having the full picture of what was going on in the spiritual realm.
God is saying that He’s made us armed and dangerous. The Holy Spirit has warned us, and we are to keep the wall up and defend ourselves. The battle is ours. Jesus won it on the Cross, we don’t want to give place to the enemy.
Another basic tenant of the faith is the Resurrection of the Dead. We need to be unified in this belief. There is no such thing as universal salvation. There is eternal judgment.
God says, if you love Me, do what I command. Don’t just agree on the love of Jesus, but also apply the principles in John Chapters 15, 16, and 17.
We need to believe in this, even though our methods may be different. Love covers a multitude of sins, but not bad doctrine.
1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Paul pleads that there is no division among them, same mind, same judgment. The five-fold ministry transcends more than denominations. The Holy Spirit is the seal of guarantee.
1 Corinthians 1:11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.
There were house churches and contentions among them. This occurs even today, for we don’t know how to run a church today without contention.
1 Corinthians 1:12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”
This is terrible. We still have that with denominations – Presbyterian, Baptist, Evangelical. People follow church leaders for charisma and theology. Christ didn’t die for us to be deceived.
1 Corinthians 1:13-16 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.
Not pay attention to baptisms. Baptisms were not meant to establish followers and church membership.
1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
Paul knew his purpose – to preach the Gospel – not wisdom of words, doctrine, etc. For if one only teaches words, not the Gospel, the cross of Christ is made no effect. It is not the doctrines of Apolos or Cephas, but it is the Gospel that matters.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
The Gospel, the message of the cross is the power of God. That is the crux of the matter.
Christ is always at the center. Make sure that’s what we do, get people back to the truth, the Gospel, says the Lord. It has nothing to do with robes, badges of office, strength in argument. Keep it Christ centered. Christ is first and foremost.
If anyone raises up anything other than Christ, ask who are you raising up? Get so sound in true doctrine to speak in articulate and loving way to those who take culture in the place of the Cross. Without Christ there is no cross. Without the Cross there is no salvation.
God will love you if you reject His doctrine, but if you reject His doctrine He will reject you, not hate you.