Resources on 1 Corinthians

Chapter 2

The simple way to win others to faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 28, 2019

I once heard Billy Graham speak to a group of about 100 very affluent men and women at a dinner party. These were some of the smartest, wealthiest, and most successful people in America. Yet Billy Graham spoke to them like they were children: lovingly, tenderly, and simply. 

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Chapter 13

The one thing that will change the world
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 14, 2019

Years ago, there was a lady in our church who was frustrated with her marriage. She was absolutely miserable. Her relationship with her husband was essentially non-existent, and she constantly found herself bursting out with anger against her children. She didn’t know what to do.

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Chapter 1

A clarion call for Christian unity
By | October 10, 2019

I heard about a lady who was a die-hard Southern Baptist. She was Baptist and three-fourths! So when her grandson decided he was going to join the First Presbyterian Church down the road, she was dismayed, to say the least.

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Chapter 6

Confronting Sin
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 3, 2019

I have a responsibility to speak to the issues and the events of our times. It is my prayer that I will present biblical truth and not personal ideology, or philosophy, or simply cultural truth, which is changeable; but rather biblical and scriptural truth, which is unchangeable.

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Chapter 15

The Good News
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 15, 2019

Doesn’t it seem that bad news is all around us? It’s not only the top story on the news or the main headline in the paper…it seems to fill our day.

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Chapter 9

Discipline over Temptation
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 12, 2018

We know that we are living in a sex-crazed culture and a sex-saturated society. We can see the cracking of the foundations. “And if the foundation be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” We know that there is a sexual sickness in America that is devouring the very soul of this nation.

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How God can use you to change eternity.
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 31, 2018

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
Don’t you hate that feeling you get when you realize you’ve been completely wrong in your estimation of people? It can be so easy to make snap judgments on character, ability, attitude, or personality, only to realize later you were totally wrong in you first impression of someone!
Now, this tendency can go two ways. You can underestimate someone by thinking they’re unqualified or incompetent when they’re actually quite intelligent. Or you can overestimate someone by immediately seeing them as skilled and able when, in fact, they’re completely unable to do anything right!
The same is true when it comes to looking for gifts among Christians. Often, people like to pick the attractive, seemingly-gifted individuals to work with them, but end up disappointed when they realize their lack of spiritual depth and commitment. All the while, the person they never would have picked is on fire for Jesus Christ and faithfully serving Him!
When God chooses to build a servant, He uses different timber. God delights to use the nobodies! So if you feel like you’re not the smartest or most gifted, remember that God wants to use the faithful who seemingly have nothing to make an...

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Chapter 10

The key to finding financial freedom.
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 30, 2018

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

You might be shocked to know that the average American family owes about $16,000 in credit card debt. That’s astounding. And you would think that this amount among Christians would be significantly lower, but it isn’t!
The truth is that countless Christians today are in financial bondage. It’s so bad that many are unable to freely give to the Lord as God would have them. And as you’re thinking about the upcoming Christmas season, maybe you’re really considering doing a little “plastic surgery” by cutting up some of those credit cards.
It saddens me when I look at the financial state of many in the American church. They spend so much on temporary pleasures and forget that every penny they have is really God’s.
Financial stewardship is about more than simply giving to the church, as you’re able. It’s about spending every penny you have to the glory of God. I’m not saying you can’t have fun or buy nice things, but you should always ask with every purchase, “Is God getting the glory here, or am I?”
Do you want to have financial freedom? Then discover what stewardship really is by spending every penny you have for God’s glory.

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Wrestling with sin.
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 17, 2018

Remember when you were a kid and would wrestle with your brother or sister? And once you got them down on the ground, you’d hold them there until they cried “uncle”? You wanted them to stop resisting and give up.

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Make your calling count.
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 15, 2018

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
—1 Corinthians 9:27

Did you know that the apostle Paul lived with a deep concern? You could even call it a fear. It’s true. As a devoted soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul feared that he might do something that would keep him out of the great spiritual battle he had been called to fight.
Well, you and I might look at Paul and think that sounds crazy coming from this great man of God. But that’s how seriously Paul took being a servant of Jesus, and it’s how seriously he took fighting the good fight of faith.
In fact, Paul chose to discipline his own body and keep it under control rather than allow it to dictate his life and jeopardize his place in the battle. And with fierce determination, Paul threw himself into the heat of battle without reservation. He let nothing stand in his way when it came to pleasing the Lord and sharing the Gospel.
So let me ask you something. How important is your calling to you? Is it everything? You might not be called to preach the Gospel like Paul, but you are called to share Christ Jesus with your world.
If you belong to him, then make your calling count. Let nothing stand in your way of doing what he has called you to do.


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Make your calling count
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 30, 2018

Did you know that the apostle Paul lived with a deep concern? You could even call it a fear. It’s true. As a devoted soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul feared that he might do something that would keep him out of the great spiritual battle he had been called to fight.

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Victory is on its way
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 19, 2018

There is so much that you and I can learn from the failures and victories of athletic champions. And not too long ago I learned one of these lessons by reading about legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

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Experiencing God's delight
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 18, 2018

As you might imagine, I have many people who ask, “Jack, what should I do with my life? How do I please God with my life?”  It’s an important question, because not everyone knows how to live a life that has meaning… that brings pleasure to God.

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December 22nd's Advent Devotional
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 22, 2017

Our world has spent the past month going through a whirlwind of consumerism mixed with religion and a dash of spirituality when appropriate. Now that we’re just a few days from December 25th , let’s try to answer this question: What is the meaning of the Christmas season? 

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Tough Love
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 25, 2017

Are you smarter than God?
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 25, 2017

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise….

—1 Corinthians 1:27

Sometimes we think we’re smarter than God. But imagine what would happen if people really trusted God with every detail of their lives. Imagine the heartache that could be saved! 

For instance, what does the Scripture says about sex and marriage? God says, “If you will just trust me and keep your heart and life pure, I will bring someone into your life in my own way and timing.”  

But some singles are impatient and don’t wait on God or trust him in the area of sexual purity. And their choices lead to a world of hurt.

Another area that some people fail to trust God in is the area of finances. God asks you to trust him by giving 10% of your income as a tithe. And yet, this scares some people. They’re afraid they can’t afford it. But the truth is, you will be better off with a blessed 90% of your income than with 100% of your income that you’ve kept to yourself!

You see, God’s way may look illogical to the world, but God isn’t looking for your logic. He’s looking for your trust. And when you trust God, he can bless you.


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Chapter 14

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

1 Corinthians 14:33


The history of mankind can be thought of in terms of power. In the beginning of our history, we had manpower, the ability to do things for ourselves. Then, we had horsepower, the ability to use animals to do work for us. After that came machine power as we found the ability to make complex devices to accomplish difficult tasks.


Each step in the development of power has enriched mankind, both financially and materially. And yet, while we’ve slowly learned how to exhibit control and power over the world around us, we’ve also learned each step of the way that there’s much more we don’t control than we realize.


So what does this leave us? Well for one, we’re now in a place where we can firmly say we’re not in control of most things. Even when we take into account those things we do control, they pale in comparison to the number of things we don’t.


Our only options then are either to surrender to chaos and believe whatever happens has no ultimate purpose, or we believe that God is ultimately in control and has a purpose for everything. But the Bible is clear – God works everything out for the good of those who love Him. Everything has a purpose.


Don’t let the chaos of life distress you. Trust in the goodness of God and believe that in Christ, He’ll work everything out for your good!


In the seeming chaos of life, trust God to use everything for your...

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Victory is on its way!
By | May 11, 2017

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

—1 Corinthians 15:57


There is so much that you and I can learn from the failures and victories of athletic champions. I learned one of these lessons by reading about legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.


This great coach began his career at UCLA in 1948 at the age of 37. But it took him 16 years to win his first national championship! After his team had lost in the first round of the championships in 1950, 1952, and 1956, he read something that changed his thinking. It said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts!”


You see, Wooden thought he knew everything about basketball, but he didn’t. So he invited other coaches to evaluate his players in practice. He hired assistants who would challenge his thinking. He re-evaluated everything. And eventually, UCLA became one of the great powerhouses of NCAA basketball!


And from his experiences, Wooden gave us one of the great quotes about life. He said, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”


Let me ask you something. Have you learned from your failures or have you let your failures defeat you?   


Listen! We all experience failure, but God wants you to trust him and keep going. Stay in the Scripture. Learn from other followers. Don’t stop now, your victory will come!


Give God everything and he will bring the victory!




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Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.  

-1 Corinthians 10:12

Remember when you were a kid and would wrestle with your brother or sister? And once you got them down on the ground, you’d hold them there until they cried “uncle”? You wanted them to stop resisting and give up.

Well, temptation is tenacious like that, but far more vicious and unrelenting. If you or I even entertain the idea of sin, we can soon find ourselves in its grip struggling to escape.

You see, Satan can manipulate our minds and seduce us so that we’ll disobey God. He’ll take a natural, God-given, wholesome desire and twist it so that we will desire to use it in God-forbidden ways. He tempts us with the promise of some reward for our disobedience…. it might be pleasure, power, or profit.

And Satan will stop at nothing to make you give in to him. I know people who never dreamed they could be unfaithful to their partner, but then Satan brought the temptation.

Now you might think, “I would never let that happen!” But listen. It’s a huge mistake to think you’re not vulnerable to temptation. You must realize your own weakness and prepare yourself. This is why Jesus taught us to pray, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil….” 

Be proactive in your prayer life. Prize obedience to God more than temptation’s rewards.


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No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man….

-1 Corinthians 10:13

There are some people today who think that being a Christ follower means they should live free from temptation. But that’s just not true.

You see, before we came to faith, we didn’t feel the struggle of sin’s temptation. We gave in to it. But now that you and I are in Christ, we feel the pull between the old life and our new life him. It’s precisely because we are in Christ that we should expect to face temptation and struggles. After all, Jesus himself faced temptation. Remember?

At the very outset of his ministry, Jesus went alone into the wilderness to pray. While he was isolated, Satan came and tempted him in three areas: his physical appetite, earthly ambition, and spiritual allegiance. And Satan attacks us in these same ways.

But listen! Jesus has shown us that we can overcome temptation’s pull. Now you may say, “Hold on! That was Jesus. I can’t do that.”  But you can!

Jesus endured temptation as a human being just like you and me. Look at today’s verse of Scripture. Temptation is nothing new. Jesus felt the same temptations you feel today, and he resisted!

Are you struggling with the temptation of sin? This is your call to battle!

Don’t give in! Jesus is with you and he has overcome!


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Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

—1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)


I’d like to draw your attention to the phrase thinks no evil in today’s passage. What does it really mean when Paul says that love “thinks no evil”?


In the Greek of the New Testament, the word thinks is actually a bookkeeping term. It’s a word that means “to take into account” or “to write down as a permanent record.” Which is exactly what a good bookkeeper or accountant does. They write things down as a permanent record.


In accounting, keeping permanent records is vital. But in relationships, it’s deadly! If we’re going to know the love of Christ and live in the fullness of that love and grace, we need to delete those negative relational files we’ve collected over the years! Because after all, this is what Christ has done for us (Romans 5:13).


The Scripture says that God has not imputed sin to us. Aren’t you glad? When it came to settling the score, Jesus took the sin that was written down against us upon the cross. He died and rose again on the third day and because of what Christ has done for us God has forgiven and forgotten our sin. It is deleted…forever gone.


Yet how many of us are unwilling to delete the files? If...

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God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

—1 Corinthians 10:13

Over the years, as I have read Genesis 3, I have often asked myself a very obvious question. Why was Eve just hanging around and talking to the serpent? I’m not really sure why she was there, but hanging out by the forbidden tree was not the place to be that day!

When Satan tempts you and me, the Bible is very clear as to what we are supposed to do:  Run!  The Bible says to flee the devil and his temptations. We shouldn’t try to debate him. We just need to get out of there!

Getting into a debate or discussion with Satan is a losing proposition. We aren’t smart enough or powerful enough to outwit him. And Eve learned that the hard way!

It really comes down to personal choice. The devil will always come at us with the same lies. And God knows that we are weaker than Satan, and that’s why He gives us a “back door” of escape in every temptation.  And it’s our choice whether we resist him or engage him.

But unfortunately, we can sometimes let our pride get the better of us and we end up doing things our way. I encourage you today, when Satan throws temptation your way, turn to God and ask Him to show you that way of escape.  And when He does, take it and run as fast as you can from that enemy of your soul!

Don’t try to outwit Satan because...

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