Sermons on “1 Corinthians”

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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Healing is the Work of the Church

If we’ve put divine healing in it’s proper context, then it is clear that divine healing isn’t not just an internal blessing for God’s people. Rather, healing is a gift given to the church for the sake of the world. To use older biblical language for the healing of the nations. The church is meant to be the conduit of God’s blessing to the world. Healing is a part of our witness about Jesus.

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Evangelism and the Holy Spirit

We can get caught up in methods and strategies of how to make people believe us and become like us. And, if we’re honest, we have used some methods that have been just plain bad. Instead of these, we should be trusting the Holy Spirit to empower our witness and reveal God to those we are sharing with.

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Evangelism and the Gospel

When we use the language of evangelism, we know that we are called to share the good news (gospel). But, what is the good news? Many have been taught that the good news is that we were sinners condemned until Jesus came, now we can have our sin forgiven so we can go to heaven instead (getting saved). While forgiveness and salvation both come through Christ, this is not what the apostles described as the good news. If our evangelism is going to have the power of God, then we need to make sure we preach the gospel alone!

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The Gift and Gifts of the Spirit

When we give each other gifts it is usually to express love to another person. That is certainly an element of receiving gifts from the Spirit, but these gifts are not aimed at the individual. Instead, the intent of giving gifts to each individual of the church is to use those gifts to build each other up.

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Marriage Workout

Marriage is a small, more intimate community rooted in the Spirit. This makes it good, but like all communities, it cannot be taken for granted. We must be intentional to cultivate our marriages to be obedient to the Spirit and bear the image of Christ — which is love itself.

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

As we begin a new series designed to examine what God says about Christian marriage, it is important we begin by recognizing not everyone is called to be married. Some people are called to be single and they are a gift to the church too.

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Changing Our Focus

Our culture has become obsessed with sex with the overarching message that if you’re not having regular, exciting, and fulfilling sex then you’re missing out and there may be something wrong with you. While Scripture affirms sex as a good, it is a lesser good and is not the end all and be all of human existence. This is why we are called — in whatever status we are in — to practice chastity as a part of our worship to God.

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