April 6, 2014

“Grievances in the Church” (1 Cor. 6:1-11)

Paul is responding in this first section of the letter to reports he has heard about the church.  At the end of chapter 5, these church members were urged to judge the right people, meaning those inside the church, rather than those outside.  Now, he urges them to choose the right judges when they have […]

March 30, 2014

“Judging the Right People” (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

In the church, are we supposed to judge anyone? If so, who are we supposed to judge? Beginning in chapter 5, Paul addresses a particular situation about the importance of removing impurity from Church. Apparently Paul had already written to them about this topic, and they had misunderstood. He now seeks to clear it up their misunderstanding…

March 23, 2014

“Dealing with Immorality in the Church” (1 Cor. 5:1-8)

Until this point, Paul has been dealing with the problem of divisions in the church. Now he moves on to a second problem, which also threatens to infect the entire body…

March 9, 2014

“Children in the Faith” (1 Corinthians 4:14-21)

Paul’s opening concern has been the divisions in the church over their allegiance to various teachers. Paul challenged their immaturity and arrogance and in 4:8-13 used sarcasm to shake them out of their smugness. Now he assures them that his words to them are not an attempt to beat them down in shame, but to build them up, because he has a special relationship to them, and a great responsibility for them.

March 2, 2014

“What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:6-13)

Since the 5th verse of chapter 3, Paul has been talking about himself and Apollos – what their roles in ministry were, how they were different, how they were alike, how neither of them were worthy of glory because it is God that produces the results in ministry, and how no one is really qualified to judge His ministers except for God. Now Paul assures the Corinthians that he has been going through all this because there is something he wants them to “get”…

February 23, 2014

“The Time for Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:18 – 4:5)

Paul rebukes the immaturity of the Corinthians in Chapter 3. Now he continues with the themes of wisdom and judgment and becomes more direct in asking them to act…

February 9, 2014

“Building with Care”

There were divisions in the Corinthian church because people were claiming loyalty to certain teachers against others instead of being united in Christ. Paul rebukes their immaturity in Chapter 3 and emphasizes that he and the other teachers God has used are only instruments in God’s hands. They are God’s “fellow workers,” Paul says in v. 9. He compares the church in which they work to God’s field or God’s building. Now Paul continues with the building analogy as he addresses how God deals with those who seek to build His Church…

January 19, 2014

“Spiritual Maturity” (1 Corinthians 3:1-9)

At the end of chapter 2, Paul defended his simple style of preaching, saying that he did speak a message of wisdom to those who were mature and spiritual, but that his message must be spiritually discerned. As we move into chapter 3, Paul continues his defense by saying that he taught the Corinthians exactly what they needed to know, because they were not mature enough to receive anything beyond it…

January 12, 2014

The Source of True Wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:6-16)

Paul began chapter 2 by explaining that He did not come with excellence of speech or worldly wisdom because he wanted the faith of his hearers to depend upon the power of God. As he continues, he maintains that worldly wisdom is useless in grasping the gospel. For that, he says, we need God’s Spirit.

January 5, 2014

“All Glory to God Alone”

Paul shows in this passage that God’s glory is displayed in our salvation because He has chosen to work through what is lowly, weak, and even foolish in the eyes of the world.

December 29, 2013

“A Call to Unity”

Paul reminds us that as the Church, we exist in Christ. Since the Church exists in Christ, we must express our unity in Christ

October 20, 2013

Revelation 21:22 – 22:5

October 13, 2013

Revelation 21:9-21 The Church Glorified

October 6, 2013

Revelation 21:1-8 God with Us

September 29, 2013

Revelation 20:11-15 The King Sits in Judgement

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