Mar 31, 2019
The Better Way
1 Corinthians 13 calls God's people to be marked by a love that is unusual and unending.  This love glorifies God and demonstrates the reality of the new birth.  
  • Mar 31, 2019The Better Way
    Mar 31, 2019
    The Better Way
    1 Corinthians 13 calls God's people to be marked by a love that is unusual and unending.  This love glorifies God and demonstrates the reality of the new birth.  
  • Mar 24, 2019A Diagnostic Test
    Mar 24, 2019
    A Diagnostic Test
    1 Corinthians 13 describes love using more negative terms than positive.  Today we look at those negative terms and draw conclusions from them based on how prevalent they are in our lives.
  • Mar 17, 2019Christian Love
    Mar 17, 2019
    Christian Love
    1 Corinthians 13 exhorts Christians to love each other genuinely.  In our modern context, however, love is thought to be expressed either as passionate romance or as an act of pure will.  Is there another way?  Can Christians love in such a way that they are recognizable as disciples of Jesus?  We consider these questions as we look at 1 Corinthians 13.
  • Feb 24, 2019Spiritual Greatness
    Feb 24, 2019
    Spiritual Greatness
    It is easy to get into a mindset of seeking to be spiritually great.  Sometimes we are even competitive about it!  In the scriptures we don't find this forbidden but are warned to pursue spiritual greatness in the right way.  1 Corinthians 12 and 13 points us in the right direction.  
  • Feb 11, 2019Genuine Works of the Spirit
    Feb 11, 2019
    Genuine Works of the Spirit
    Many practices are justified by saying that they are "The  Spirit" who cannot be boxed in or predicted.  Some even claim to speak by the Spirit to direct God's people.  How can we discern real works of the Spirit so that we are not fooled by false spirits?  1 Corinthians 12:1-11 lays down three principles.  
  • Feb 3, 2019The Lord’s Discipline
    Feb 3, 2019
    The Lord’s Discipline
    In 1 Corinthians 11 we find the shocking statement that God had killed people in that church.  How does this fit with God's revelation of himself in other places?  Why would God do this?  Is God capricious or are there good reasons for him to act this way?  
  • Jan 27, 2019Unity and the Lord’s Supper
    Jan 27, 2019
    Unity and the Lord’s Supper
    We find it shocking when churches voluntarily close on a Sunday.  One time, though, the Spirit told a church it was worse for them to meet than to stay at home!  What offense was so terrible that they were told to stay at home?  We find the answer in 1 Corinthians 11. 
  • Jan 20, 2019Delight in God’s Design
    Jan 20, 2019
    Delight in God’s Design
    Today we come to one of the most contentious passages in the New Testament and attempt to work through it.  Must women wear head coverings?  
  • Jan 13, 2019Billboards
    Jan 13, 2019
    As we resume the book of 1 Corinthians we are challenged to live our lives as billboards, always pointing beyond ourselves to the greatness and goodness of God.
  • Jan 6, 2019Steady
    Jan 6, 2019
    As we go into 2019 our world tells us there is every reason to panic.  The scriptures, however, invite us to be steady as we hold tightly to the truth of Jesus' work.  We turn to 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5 for hope encouragement as we begin a new year.  
  • Dec 23, 2018The Love of God
    Dec 23, 2018
    The Love of God
    Many people believe Christmas to be a time of love but fail to understand why.  Among those who know something about God's love expressed at Christmas, we tend to default to the romantic love of a new relationship.  In this sermon we attempt to turn our gaze higher in the consideration of God's incredible love.
  • Dec 16, 2018Joy
    Dec 16, 2018
    In Christian Europe a tradition called, "The Truce of God" forbid warfare during certain seasons such as Christmas.  Today, we talk about joy as if life observes the Truce of God during the month of December.  The reality we all know is that life does no such thing!  This being the case, how can we find joy?  We consider the examples of the wisemen and shepherds who found joy at Jesus' birth even though Rome still ruled and all they saw was a baby.  
  • Dec 9, 2018Advent 2 – Peace
    Dec 9, 2018
    Advent 2 – Peace
    Series: Advent 2015
    The angels declared that the coming of Jesus meant peace on earth.  Where is that peace and may we have it?  We consider the birth of Jesus from a non-traditional passage of scripture and see six ways it brings us peace. 
  • Dec 2, 2018Hope – Advent Week 1
    Dec 2, 2018
    Hope – Advent Week 1
    The events we celebrate at Christmas are a part of a story that has inspired courageous missionaries to risk everything for 2000 years.  It is news worth sharing and news worth believing.  As we begin Advent, we reflect on the account of Jesus' birth in the gospel of Matthew and remember what a great and powerful work of God we celebrate.  
  • Nov 25, 2018Driven
    Nov 25, 2018
    1 Corinthians 11:1 exhorts us to imitate Paul.  His life is a model of the Christian life.  In 1 Corinthians 9 we find that Paul is a driven man.  We consider what this means for our lives as Christians.