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.
  • 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.  
  • Nov 19, 2018Danger
    Nov 19, 2018
    What does the Old Testament have to do with Christians?  In 1 Corinthians 10 we find one connection given which points us to a source of courage and strength to live for the Lord.
  • Nov 11, 2018Caution Required
    Nov 11, 2018
    Caution Required
    Individuals and congregations are not all tempted in the same way but are inclined toward one or another sin based on personal history and personality.  As we come to 1 Corinthians 8 we find an important caution for truth loving churches.  
  • Nov 4, 2018Assigned
    Nov 4, 2018
    Theology is the very practical work of understanding God's revelation of himself and it quickly impacts how we live.  In 1 Corinthians 7 we find a big theological idea tied to two very practical instructions regarding how we live our lives.  
  • Oct 28, 2018Undivided
    Oct 28, 2018
    Having considered marriage we now turn to singleness in 1 Corinthians 7.  Before we can look at singleness, however, we have to consider two rival visions of reality.  
  • Oct 21, 2018Christian Marriages
    Oct 21, 2018
    Christian Marriages
    To many people today, divorce is a quaint thing to be concerned about given the great battles over marriage.  However, as we look at 1 Corinthians 7 we find that God has very specific instructions for his people regarding divorce.