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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 question of “what does it mean to be spiritual? What does a truly spiritual person look like?” That was a…
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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,...
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In an obviously divided world, one of the most striking elements of the church is not what we look like, what we sound like, how we dress, or anything else external. One of the most radically, counter-cultural elements of a healthy church is its unity. It is the peace that is shared between people who...
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We have finally reached the text which has long puzzled many theologians and churchgoers. I’ve had my eye on this text ever since we started this letter, and I am not exaggerating when I say I have read and studied more for this sermon than for any previous one. In fact, the first four commentaries...
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As we continue to make our way through Paul’s letter to the church of Christ in Corinth, we’re turning another corner. Paul has just finished addressing problems and abuses related to the pagan temples, and related participation in the wicked ceremonies. Now, Paul is changing his aim. In the coming chapters of this book, Paul...
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We’re moving on to the concluding section of Paul’s extended exhortations against idolatry. Specifically, if you will recall, Paul has been addressing the question that was raised in chapter 8 about whether Christians can eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols. Pagans would sacrifice meat and dedicate it to pagan gods during their celebrations...