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1 Corinthians   1 comment

1 Corinthians

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/building-the-kingdom/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-enrichment-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-fellowship-of-jesus-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/life-from-the-dead-or-the-valley-of-dry-bones/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/pauls-preaching-at-corinth/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/ye-are-christs/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/gods-fellow-workers/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/the-churchs-one-foundation/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/saved-for-good-works/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-only-sure-foundation/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/christ-is-all-to-believers/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/we-belong-to-god/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/john-3-16/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/my-brothers-keeper/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/questioned-things/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/redemption-through-his-blood/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/intemperance-a-sin/

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-promises-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/my-brothers-keeper/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/take-heed-lest-you-fall/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/intemperance-a-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/peter-followed-afar-off/

Chapter 11:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/the-lords-supper/

Chapter 13:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/love-the-all-important-thing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/gods-hostility-to-all-sin/

Chapter 15:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/christ-abolishing-all-enemies/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-resurrection-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-hurt-of-evil-associations/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/gods-hostility-to-all-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/christs-victory-and-ours/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/evil-associates/

Chapter 16:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/rejecting-gods-overtures/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/responsibility-equals-opportunity/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/mans-duty-to-love-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/the-great-and-effectual-door/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/the-open-door/

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Spiritual Religion and Ritualism   8 comments

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Above:  Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather was an old-style Methodist.  I, on the other hand, am an unapologetic and ritualistic Episcopalian.  I have found that

emphasizing…the manner of religious ceremony

creates a holy environment inside which

genuine religious experience

finds a natural home.  In fact, all who adopt a particular pattern of regular worship–liturgy–emphasize the manner of religious ceremony.  My great-grandfather adopted a particular pattern of regular worship–one simpler than mine–but he did adopt a liturgy.  So, even if he did not recognize the fact that he was doing so, he was, so he was guilty of transgressing his own statement at the end of this post.

I have had some negative encounters with people–very conservative Southern Baptists, mainly–who mistake the simplicity of worship for the purity thereof.  But I agree with a Presbyterian college professor who wrote an article about worship in Presbyterian Survey magazine in the 1920s.  Mustiness, he wrote, is not the odor of sanctity.  (If I could find the precise citation on that!)

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 30, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF APOLO KIVEBULAYA, ANGLICAN EVANGELIST

THE FEAST OF JOACHIM NEANDER, GERMAN REFORMED MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOSEPHINE BUTLER, WORKER AMONG WOMEN

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Rom. 14, 17

1.  Difficult to appreciate small duties and still give proper emphasis to supreme questions.  Ritualism has attracted far too much attention.

2.  Christ’s kingdom is not eating and drinking–externals.  Man’s trouble first of all is an evil heart.  Jesus emphasized the need of the heart above conduct.  (Matt. 15, 8)  By birth & ritualism the Pharisees were the very best.  But He said:  “Ye are of the your father the devil.”  They made a fetish of externals.  Ritualism cannot change the heart; only the blood can.

3.  His kingdom is spiritual–within.

(a)  Righteousness–conformity to heart & life to the law of God–the heart rightly disposes toward God and man.

(b)  Peace with God & man and joy–a positive experience of heart-felt religion.

4.  How are these things realized, by eating and drinking?  Paul says:  In the Holy Spirit.”  The only divine agent used in the salvation of the lost.

5.  Hence appears the folly of emphasizing as some do the manner of religious ceremony, even baptism, and virtually saying only those are Christians who observe certain customs.  See 1 Cor. 13, 1-3 & 1 Jno. 3, 18.

The greatest thing is to have a genuine religious experience.  Walk by this rule.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Love, the All-Important Thing   3 comments

1 Cor. 13, 13

I.  The importance of love (vs. 1-3)

Nothing avails if divorced from love.  It is the sine qua non of Christianity.  Who fails here fails utterly & fatally.  Nothing can take its place.

II.  What love can do

It meets every demand of law and gospel.  Is equal to any demand of life.  Love seeks the good–the very best.  Love never fails though we live in a world of change.

III.  “Now abideth faith, hope, love.”

Faith–confidence in God.

Hope–anticipation of the future.

Love–devotion to God and the right.

These change not, and will not pass away.  Being eternal in their nature, they abide.

IV.  How great is love!

There is no Christianity without it and no holiness beyond it.  In time and eternity it abideth the same change less passion.  It is the “perfect bond” holding together all the graces of the heart.–Col. 3, 14

How we ought to strive to love more and more–1 Thes. 3, 12 & 4, 10.  We should seek to grow in this grace everyday.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

God’s Hostility to All Sin   3 comments

NOTE:

Typing the posts in this series of sermon outlines by my great-grandfather does function as a series of lessons in reading his handwriting.  I have endeavored to reproduce his notes accurately, with a minimum of editorial changes, most of which are in the realms of correcting spelling or adding punctuation marks where they are absent and needed.  Whether I agree with any given point is irrelevant; reproducing his thoughts is paramount.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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1 Cor. 15, 25; 1 Jno. 3,8

1.  Jesus Christ reigns over all things by the Father’s purpose and authority.  (Matthew 28, 18)  He reigns in righteousness , and is set to defend and preserve all that is good.  He loves the good and will enthrone it.

2.  Conversely he hates every evil thing.  He is not so good-natured as to hate nothing.  Sin is extremely ugly in his sight and should be in ours too.

3.  Sin is the work of the devil.  “An enemy hath done this.”  God’s enemy and man’s one great foe & despoiler.  But our Lord will destroy both.

(1)  His blood cleanses the heart from sin–washes it white as snow.

(2)  He will loose the power or bands of sin and set us free.  We shall “stand fast in the liberty wherewith the Christ” shall “make” us “free.”

(3)  Death shall at last be destroyed.  The general resurrection will remove us beyond the reach of death.  Through Christ we shall have victory over it.  (1 Cor 13, 55-57)

4.  Satan shall finally be shut up in the bottomless pit utterly vanquished and Christ shall stand the undisputed conqueror of every evil will work, having destroyed every work of the devil.  Why cling to our sin & go down with it?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT