“HAVE I BEGOTTEN YOU?”
1A. First, THE MEANING OF THE RELATIONSHIP
1B. There is a definite human relationship between a Christian and the man of God instrumental in bringing him to Christ
2B. As well, Paul meant by this term “begotten” that there was a definite spiritual relationship between a Christian and the preacher who is instrumental in bringing him to Christ
2A. Second, THE METHOD BY WHICH THIS RELATIONSHIP WAS ESTABLISHED
That is, what did Paul do to “beget” those who had come to Christ under his ministry? And what have I done to “beget” those who have come to Christ under my ministry?
1B. First, I have prayed
2B. Next, I have prepared
3B. Then, of course, I have preached
4B. Finally, I proof my work
3A. Finally, THE MOTIVE FOR WHICH THIS RELATIONSHIP IS RECALLED
Why did Paul make mention to Philemon that he had begotten Onesimus? And why did Paul remind the Corinthians that he had begotten them through the Gospel? To move them. It’s a spiritual leader’s job to move people to action, and that’s what Paul was doing when he recalled this relationship. He moved people.
1B. He recalled his relationship to Onesimus to move Philemon
2B. But He recalled his relationship with the Corinthians to move the Corinthians
Those “begotten” by
Paul were very simply the men and women and boys and girls
whose sins were forgiven when they were overwhelmed by their
sinfulness and guilt, by the emptiness and meaninglessness of
their lives, and at Paul’s urging they found
forgiveness and cleansing, life and liberty, by believing in
1A. First, I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER
1B. Consider, first, your own life
2B. Then, consider The Lord Jesus Christ
2A. I WANT YOU TO COME TO CHRIST
1B. But why should you come to Christ?
2B. But how can you come to Christ?