Sermon Series(Archived series are below)
A 21st Century Church
It seems as though a church 2000 years old wouldn’t have a lot to say to us today. Yet, in so many ways the church in Corinth could have been a 21st century church. The culture in which the Corinthians Christians lived, the issues the church was dealing with, their joys and their struggles—it’s a snapshot of our world and our church today.
Without doubt, 1 Corinthians is controversial for the leader, pastor, and preacher. The letter is quite practical as Paul applies the gospel to daily life in the church. Ironically, a letter written to unify the church has proven to be a source of great division historically. Controversy abounds, it seems, when discussing sex, divorce, spiritual gifts, women speaking in church, church discipline, and Christian liberty.
In this series we’ll plumb the depths of how broken the church is, explore the lessons and warnings for ourselves, and see how even in our own brokenness the gospel of Jesus shines through.
Over the course of this series we’ll be looking at 1 Corinthians in three parts. Part 1 will focus on the sections of Corinthians that deal with matters specifically related to the church. We’ll see that the church is a Beautiful Mess. In part 2 we spend some time in chapters 5-7 which talk about God’s will for sex and marriage. This will be a very timely, challenging and practical study under the title: Intimacy and Purity. The final section will take a look at spiritual gifts and God’s plan to mobilize his people under the theme Fully Equipped.
“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:4-9).
Part Two: Intimacy and Purity
|August 13-15||We Need to Talk||1 Corinthians 5|
|There are so many issues in our culture and in the church revolving around God’s design for sexuality and the reality of how we choose to live our lives. These are matters that in many respects God meant to be private. Yet, because of what’s going on in our world today, we need to talk-openly and honestly about these topics.|
|August 20-22||Our Struggle With Temptation||1 Corinthians 6|
|In the church we may feel that it’s mainly the people “out there” (i.e. outside the church) that have the real problems with intimacy and purity. Yet, every one of us struggles with temptation and the solution can only be found in God’s message of grace.|
|August 27-29||The Married Couple||1 Corinthians 7:1-24|
|Having spent some time looking at the root of the problem, we’re going to look more specifically at what God says about intimacy and purity and God’s design within the marriage relationship.|
|September 3-5||The Single Individual||1 Corinthians 7:24-40|
|We close this section of the series by talking about the issues related to intimacy and purity that single and re-singled individuals deal with and share God’s counsel to them.|
Sermon Series Archive
Each sermon series below includes a “Big Idea” overview and a weekly breakdown of Scripture references and points of emphasis. Go here if you are looking for the actual sermon documents.
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