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September 5, 2021 Sermon Notes

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Our Rock of Ages

(Does Your Walk Match Your Talk?)

Sunday, September 5, 2021

“For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. 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 10:1–13).

Main Point: Jesus Christ is our Rock of Ages. Our words and actions will reveal if we are genuine Christians.


Personal Questions: Are you a true believer? If so, do your words and actions show that Christ is in you?


I. The Israelites experienced God’s protection, baptism in the Red Sea, and spiritual food. “Our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food….”

II. Jesus Christ was the Rock that accompanied them in the wilderness. “For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.”

III. Despite God's blessings many Jews were not true believers. “Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things took place as examples to us, that we might not desire evil as they did.”

IV. If a person is an unbeliever, their actions will show it. “Do not be idolaters as some of them were’ as it is written, ‘The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.’”

V. God destroyed the people who continued to live in their sin. “We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.”

VI. Genuine Christians will take heed to God’s warning. “We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer…. Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.”


Genuine believers will resist temptation and ultimately escape. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. 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.”


Challenge: Do your actions indicate that you are a true believer, or do they reveal that you are not really saved?


Invitation: Make sure that you are saved. Surrender your life to Christ, repent of your sins, and make a commitment to serve Him every day.

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