Keep An Open Mind


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January 22, 2017
Sermon Notes— Keep An Open Mind
"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ."
Colossians 1:28 (NIV84)

Lesson Text
1Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere human beings? 5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building. 10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.

22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
1 Corinthians 3:1-10, 22–23 (NIV)

1. Paul considered this group Christians.

  1. Paul is addressing CHRISTIANS thinking and acting like CHILDREN.

  2. Choosing one MINISTER over the other is a sign of an immature Christian.

  3. Recognizing people sent by God requires spiritual discernment.

  4. Spiritual discernment is the ability to tell the difference between truth and error.

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1 (NIV)

2. All of God's servants are EQUAL.

  1. We have DIFFERENT GIFTS but the same GOAL. (expanding the Kingdom)

  2. God is responsible for the RESULTS and He gets the GLORY.

  3. Everyone that GOD sends to you is for your benefit

    1. Kingdom Life is growing and God is using new people in every ministry.
  4. If you can have an open mind about God using different people; you can have an open mind about God using you.

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