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Please turn with me in your copies of holy scripture to 1 Corinthians 13. 1 Corinthians 13. We’ve been working our way through this well-known text on Sunday evenings, and today we will continue with the next descriptor of love: it does not envy. Love is not envious. Paul wrote this passage write in the middle of an extended rebuke of the Corinthian believers. The Corinthian Christians were divided, disunified, and causing all sorts of…
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We’re continuing our long journey through Paul’s profound epistle to the struggling church in Corinth, the ancient Greek city. Paul is in the middle of an extended rebuke of the Corinthian church in chapters 12-14, where he is showing them like a patient father how they have been misbehaving. They had been ordering themselves in...
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We’ve finally reached the chapter of this letter that is undoubtedly the most prominent in our memories. Even those outside this church have surely heard this passage read at a wedding, or on the cover of a funeral bulletin, or on a plaque in someone’s home. This chapter is everywhere. And in one sense it...
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The last time I preached to you, we began a section of this letter in which Paul is using an extended metaphor in order to make a theological and practical point. The metaphor is a well-known one, and it is the image of the church of God as the body of Christ. The body of...
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On Sunday nights we have been slowly making our way through this letter from the Apostle Paul to a divided little church in the ancient Greek city of Corinth. More specifically, we have been lately discussing the spiritual gifts, which Paul addresses in chapters 12-14, and we have been trying to ask and answer the...
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Please turn with me in your copies of the scriptures to 1 Corinthians chapter 12. We’re continuing our series of sermons on the spiritual gifts, examining verse by verse what Paul wrote to the divided church in the ancient Greek city of Corinth. I’ve got a lot of ground to cover tonight, so let’s just...
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Please turn with me in your bibles to 1 Corinthians 12. We are continuing to look at the Apostle Paul’s instructions to the disorderly church in the ancient Greek city of Corinth. Last time we began this section of text by asking a question that seems to be present in the minds of the squabbling believers...
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Let me begin with a question: what does it mean to be “spiritual”? What do we mean when we say that someone is “really spiritual?” Do we mean somebody who has a lot of bible verses memorized? Do we mean by spiritual, that they seem to be especially wise or discerning? Maybe we equate being spiritual...
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We started last week this section in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, where he is addressing the topic of the Lord’s Supper. If you’ll remember, the Corinthian church had been making a real hash of things. Apparently there were some in the congregation who would come in and rush to the table meal,...