Daily Chapel

Daily Chapel – December 2, 2020

Date: 12-02-2020

Scripture Lesson:1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Preacher: Jacob Schmidt

Description: Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 The reason that Paul always gives thanks for the Christians in Corinth has nothing to do with anything that they are in themselves or anything that they can do on their own. Instead, Paul constantly gives thanks to God for them “because of the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus” (v. 4). This grace of God given to the Corinthian Christians in Christ Jesus is the focus of Paul’s words throughout this reading. In fact, God’s grace in Christ is the perfect antidote to one of the problems that was evident in the Corinthian congregation: an unhealthy fixation on one’s own spiritual gifts at the expense of the gifts God gave to others. Paul points out the grace of God in Christ Jesus has enriched the Corinthian Christians in every way, in all speech and all knowledge (v. 6). They also lack no spiritual gift as they eagerly wait for Jesus return (v. 7). In addition to all this, they have God’s promise that he will strengthen them to the end, so that they will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (v. 8). How can the Corinthian Christians be sure that God will do all these things for them? “God is faithful,” Paul says (v. 9). God has never failed to keep a promise. As we wait for Jesus’ return on the Last Day, we have the same promises of God that Paul proclaimed to the Christians in Corinth. He has gifted us to serve him while we wait for him here. And we have his promise that he will strengthen us to the end so that we too will be blameless in Christ Jesus on the day he returns to take us home. Speaker: Jacob Schmidt Hymns: WHP 566 – “Father, God of Grace, You Knew Us” v. 1-3 WHP – “Father, God of Grace, You Knew Us” v. 4-5 Pianist: Dean Otto