Sermon Series(Archived series are below)
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 One: A Beautiful Mess
|June 18-20||A 21st Century Church||1 Corinthians 1:1-9|
|This week we’ll begin our series with an introduction and background to 1 Corinthians. It’s amazing how similar the culture of the first century church is to ours. Not only that, the same struggles and obstacles to advancing the gospel still exist. There is nothing new under the sun!|
|June 25-27||A Church of Nobodies||1 Corinthians 1:10—2:16|
|The world thinks that what we in the church have isn’t worth anything. In the eyes of many, in fact, we’re nothing but a bunch of nobodies. But the truth is, we have this awesome message to share that makes us somebodies.|
|July 2-4||A Bunch of Babies||1 Corinthians 3|
|Ministry in the church is not about one pastor over another. It’s goes way beyond the pastor. Ministry is about God using every member of his church to help people on their journey from spiritual darkness to spiritual maturity.|
|July 9-11||Led By Fools||1 Corinthians 4|
|How do we regard those who give their lives in service to God’s church? They are mere men and women to be sure. Yet, they have been entrusted with the task of speaking God’s truth into our lives. How can we best support and encourage them?|
|July 16-18||My Way or the Highway||1 Corinthians 8:1-13|
|People within the church have very different ideas about ministry, what can and cannot be done. As sinful humans we often want to make it a matter of right and wrong. But more often than not, it’s a matter of Christian freedom. That doesn’t mean we should trample over others and their consciences. We need always to seek to understand how others are feeling and deal with them in patience and love.|
|July 23-25||Giving Up Our Rights||1 Corinthians 9:1-27|
|The church joyfully gives up its preferences if that will allow us to meet the perceived needs of those outside the church because God’s greatest desire is that all people come to know Jesus as we know him.|
|July 30-August 1||Not As Strong As We Think (Picnic Sunday)||1 Corinthians 10:1-13|
|Pride comes before the fall. How important it is that we have a sober view of ourselves, especially when it comes to those areas where we are most susceptible to temptation. The scriptures contain countless stories of those who have gone before us and have stumbled along the way. Let’s learn from them.|
|August 6-8||Doing It All to the Glory of God||1 Corinthians 10:1-13|
|We are called to do everything to the glory of God. Yet, how difficult that is when we live in a world that constantly distracts us from that mission. How do we keep on course? And, practically speaking, what does “doing everything to the glory of God” look like?|
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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