Instructions for Converts (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
1. This morning we presented some information about conversion from the Corinthians. 2. This evening we are covering 5 instructions for converts found in these verses.
I. FIRST, "WATCH YE"
A. Watch: to be cautious, to be alert (1 Thessalonians 5:6) B. All Christians are to be alert concerning: 1. the Lord's return (Matthew 25:13) 2. the activities of the devil (1 Peter 5:8).
II. SECOND, "STAND FAST IN THE FAITH"
A. Stand fast: to persevere, to stand firm in maintaining one's relationship with the Lord (Galatians 5:1) B. Christians are to be united in standing fast in the faith (Philippians 1:27-28a).
III. THIRD, "QUIT YOU LIKE MEN"
A. This is an admonition for Christians to be brave (2 Timothy 1:7). B. To be victorious we must be brave (1 Samuel 4:9-10a).
IV. FOURTH, "BE STRONG"
A. This is another admonition for Christians to demonstrate bravery. B. See Ephesians 6:10-13.
V. FIFTH, "LET ALL YOUR THINGS BE DONE WITH CHARITY"
A. A failure to do everything with love had gotten the Corinthians into trouble. B. (1 Corinthians 13) We must do everything with love because: 1. without love we are nothing (vs.1-3) 2. love conducts itself properly (vs.4-7) 3. love never fails (vs.8a). C. We must do everything with love to show others that we are the Lord's true disciples (John 13:34-35).
1. As converted people, it is essential for us to practice these instructions. 2. These important instructions are designed to help us: a. stay on guard against our enemy, Satan b. remain faithful to Christ, our Savior. 3. Are you practicing these instructions?