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HOLD THE LINE. A study in. I Corinthians. 1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013.

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HOLDTHELINE

A study in

I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

“I didn't understand this idea of a God who says, 'You have to acknowledge me. You have to say that I'm the best, and then I'll give you eternal happiness. If you won't, then you don't get it!' It seemed to be about ego. I can't see God operating from ego, so it made no sense to me.”

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

“I didn't understand this idea of a God who says, 'You have to acknowledge me. You have to say that I'm the best, and then I'll give you eternal happiness. If you won't, then you don't get it!' It seemed to be about ego. I can't see God operating from ego, so it made no sense to me.”

Group time!

If Brad Pitt said this to you, how might you respond?

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

1 Cor. 16:5-24…

The entire 16th chapter has a tone

of entering a battlefield, together.

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

1 Cor. 16:13-14:

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men,

be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

These are all characteristics of Christ Jesus.

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful:
    • grēgoreuō (gray-gor-yoo'-o) = to keep awake; watch; be vigilant

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful:
    • grēgoreuō (gray-gor-yoo'-o) = to keep awake; watch; be vigilant

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful:
    • grēgoreuō (gray-gor-yoo'-o) = to keep awake; watch; be vigilant

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful:
    • grēgoreuō (gray-gor-yoo'-o) = to keep awake; watch; be vigilant

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful:
    • grēgoreuō (gray-gor-yoo'-o) = to keep awake; watch; be vigilant
        • for Satan and his demons
        • for the return of Christ

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful…
  • Stand firm in the faith:
    • Stand firm = stēkō = to be stationary; to persevere; to stand; be not moved
    • Faith = pistis = persuasion; moral conviction

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful…
  • Stand firm in the faith:

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful…
  • Stand firm in the faith:
  • We ARE in a war.
  • And our enemy is Satan and his demons.

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful…
  • Stand firm in the faith:
  • If there were many paths to heaven,
  • who in their right mind would endure the cross just to provide one more?

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful…
  • Stand firm in the faith…
  • Act like men:
    • andrizomai= to act manly, “be a man!”, be courageous
    • “Courage is ______________________.”

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

  • Be Watchful…
  • Stand firm in the faith…
  • Act like men…
  • Be strong:
    • krataioō (krat-ah-yo'-o) = to empower; increase in vigor; be strengthened
  • The active word here is INCREASE.

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

Be Watchful…

Stand firm in the faith…

Act like men…

Be strong…

Let all that you do be done in LOVE.

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

WATCH

STAND

LOVE

BE STRONG

BE COURAGEOUS

HOLD

THE LINE!

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

Brad Pitt: “It seems about ego.”

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

If one misses the motivation,

one misses everything.

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

1Co 1:18:

The cross is folly to those who are perishing,

but to us who are being saved

it is the power of God.

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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1 Cor. 16:5-24 “Hold the Line in LOVE” Dec. 1, 2013

WATCH

STAND

LOVE

BE STRONG

BE COURAGEOUS

HOLD

THE LINE!

HOLD THE LINE I Corinthians

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HOLDTHELINE

A study in

I Corinthians