Sermons on “1 Corinthians”

Thou Shalt Not Other

For many, the George Floyd video finally and irrefutably revealed the ugly face of anti-black racism. And it’s not just a US issue. What is a biblically-appropriate response? In this message Pastor Michael begins to answer that question.

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Why the Resurrection Matters

God has raised Jesus from the dead. This is the bedrock statement of our faith and its a promise. Because Jesus is raised from the dead we know that God is renewing his whole creation through Jesus and that includes us. We will be raised too. The resurrection is God’s offer to us of life!

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We Will Be Changed

With the arrival of the Wise Men Jesus is revealed as king. And, as Jesus is revealed through the resurrection, we receive the revelation that we too will be changed to be like him. The corruptible will be swallowed up by the incorruptible.

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All in All

What are we waiting for? We are waiting for God’s plan of salvation to be completed through Jesus Christ. At Christmas, we are declaring that the king has come and is coming again to put the world right and to put it under God who will then be all in all.

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Love Never Fails

There are things that are a part of our lives while we wait for the completion of our salvation. Some of those seem really dynamic and important right now. In fact, some of those things can have all of our attention. What should be our priority is love. With love those other things will have their proper place in our lives.

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A Person for Others

As we wait, Jesus doesn’t call us to a cloistered life. We are a people on mission, so we are to have a posture of seeking the good of all people, even over our own rights. In this way we are to imitate Jesus who gave up equality with God.

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Fools for Christ

At a time of year when we can purchase and possess anything we want, which promises at least temporary happiness, aren’t we foolish to be a people who wait? Yes, we are. We are fools for Christ because He alone is the wisdom of God. In this way we are a signpost to our neighbours. The tools we need for waiting are patience and humility.

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We Are…Spiritually Equipped

We believe that God has gifted his body of believers, men and women equally, for the work of discipling and mission. Every believer has been equipped by God’s Spirit to build up the body and/or to do works of service for the world. Everyone is encouraged to discover their gifts and share them to the best of their ability (Romans 12:4–8; 1 Corinthians 12:1–11; Ephesians 4:11–13).
Am I aware of what my gifts are and am I sharing them for the building up of the body or the mission of the church?

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Things that Prevent Healing

Divine healing isn’t magic. We do not wield Jesus’s name like an incantation, guaranteeing a prescribed result. Healing is a part of our relationship, rooted in the grand story of God. As a result there are things in our lives that will block healing. In fact, God may be using our suffering to get our attention. The believer must examine themselves in the areas of unbelief, disobedience, unforgiveness, and sin not to make God heal, but to be in right relationship with the healer.

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It Actually is a New World

Jesus has been raised from the dead so everything is changed. The old rules no longer apply—a whole new world has begun.

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