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*Below is the manuscript of a Sermon from 1 Corinthians 1:8-9.* Paul has spent 5 verses of this letter encouraging the Corinthians believers in various ways, and also subtly, but deliberately I believe, shifting the focus away from a self-impressed church back onto God. They were proud of their gifts, their strength, their skills, their rhetorical ability, and had forgotten who they were before Christ, and who they are in Christ. They forgot the past…
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Good Evening. The text to which I would like to turn our attention this evening is 1 Corinthians 1:6-7. Verses 6-7 of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. We’re continuing our study of this letter, and so far have been impressed by Paul’s concern for the primacy of Christ. He’s writing this letter to a...
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Good evening, please turn with me in your bibles to 1 Corinthians. The text to which I would like to turn our attention this evening is 1 Corinthians 1. We began a few weeks ago studying this wonderful and profound letter that the apostle Paul wrote to the church of God in Corinth. And we...
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The text to which we will turn our attention tonight is 1 Corinthians 1:4-5. Last week we began our study of this letter by noting some very encouraging things that Paul said to the church in Corinth. We saw how Paul reminded them of their divine calling, how they are sanctified in Christ Jesus, which means...
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I believe this study of 1 Corinthians will be valuable for us because this letter shows how an Apostle deals with a church that has major problems, and is in the midst of a sexualized culture. Corinth is a major metropolitan city with much commercial influx and many cultural influences. It is also a city...
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We will continue our study through this rich book of practical wisdom by jumping into a topic that we teach our children very early in life, an action that we expect of others towards us, but that we often struggle with even more as we age: the topic of forgiveness. Forgiveness. Our relationships in this...
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We live in a hyper-sexualized cultural moment, a moment in which sexual temptation has been weaponized. You no longer have to go visit dark, seedy buildings to find it. Temptation will seek you out. It’s on TV, it pops up un-prompted online, it’s in movies, it’s in songs, it’s in novels. But as much as...
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Caring for Christ’s flock is a weighty task, much harder than flying over the pacific and eating rice for weeks on end. Being a shepherd is a calling that nothing short of Christ’s grace and His Holy Spirit are necessary to keep us faithful. To that end, I’d like to take a look at a...
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The text to which I’d like to turn our attention is the final two verses of Psalm 23. Tonight, we will, Lord willing, finish up this Psalm, perhaps the most well-known chapter in all of the bible. It’s not really any wonder why this is one of the most beloved passages in scripture; it’s relevant...