Jun 16, 2019
On Not Being a Pharisee
Keeping our balance as Christians is difficult.  We are prone to extremes!  Today we consider a balance that must be kept if we are to be strong Christians and, yet, avoid the errors of the Pharisees.  
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  • Jun 16, 2019On Not Being a Pharisee
    Jun 16, 2019
    On Not Being a Pharisee
    Keeping our balance as Christians is difficult.  We are prone to extremes!  Today we consider a balance that must be kept if we are to be strong Christians and, yet, avoid the errors of the Pharisees.  
  • Jun 9, 2019Seeing God’s Work
    Jun 9, 2019
    Seeing God’s Work
    It is sometimes said that the church has been a trainwreck since the time of the apostles.  Is this true?  Today we look to see if we can spot God at work in the church.  
  • Jun 2, 2019Transformation
    Jun 2, 2019
    Transformation
    Benjamin Franklin said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes.  According to 1 Corinthians 15, he was wrong!  Death is not certain.
  • May 26, 2019Resurrection
    May 26, 2019
    Resurrection
    What comes after this life?  Will we be angels on clouds?  Will we be ghosts?  Today we take a look at the final end of Christians as presented in 1 Corinthians 15.  
  • May 19, 2019The End
    May 19, 2019
    The End
    One day all our desires will be fulfilled.  We consider what that means from 1 Corinthians 15.  
  • May 5, 2019Basics
    May 5, 2019
    Basics
    We have all need a reminder of the basics from time to time.  In 1 Corinthians 15 the church Paul labored at for 2 years is given a reminder of the basics of the faith.  We join them in hearing this reminder and remembering the hope which we have been given.  
  • Apr 28, 2019Humble Community
    Apr 28, 2019
    Humble Community
    While we all hate hypocrisy, the temptation to use spiritual gifts to make much of our selves or to seek our own private good before that of others is always present.  In 1 Corinthians 14 we see a snapshot of a church that has surrendered to this temptation along with three questions useful for pursuing true godliness in the community of the church.  
  • 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?