13 The Demand for Discipline

September 24, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: I Corinthians 5:1-13

I Corinthians Series

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As we open chapter 5 this week Paul begins to get personal with the Corinthians. There has been a build up to this. He has reminded them who they are; those sanctified in Christ, His called ones. He has proclaimed to them the truth that he brought them, that is Christ and Him crucified, he has questioned the divisions within the church, when they are all Christ's, He has reminded them of who he is, a servant and steward of God, their father in the faith, and they are his beloved children. All of this was for their benefit, he wants them to understand his motive and his heart. Now he challenges them on the fact that immorality is in the church and they are sitting by either ignoring it or justifying it, instead of confronting the wayward brother, and removing him from among them. There is a call for discipline. We will look at four factors to discipline in this passage for us to understand and apply to our own lives. I Corinthians 5:1-13

11 Knowing God

September 10, 2017

Andrew Esping

Text: I Corinthians 4:6-13

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This week we will build upon last week's discussion of God's teachers in the Corinthian community as we follow Paul's chastisement of the Corinthian church. The Corinthian church seemed to consider themselves lowly in the eyes of the world and feared persecution. We will examine how Paul deals with the fears of the Corinthians as he compares the position held by the apostles to that of the Corinthian Christians. I Corinthians 4:6-13

10 Evaluation of a Minister

September 3, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

I Corinthians Series

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1 Corinthians 4:1-5 focuses on the true nature and marks of God's minister. Paul wants to establish some basic guidelines and standards by which we evaluate those who preach and teach. He deals with the congregation's attitudes, the Corinthians are putting one minister above another; which is causing division and is destroying God's church. We will also look at how ministers are to evaluate themselves. Three points this week: 1. The Identity of a minister 2. The Requirements of a minister 3. The Evaluation of a minister 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

9 Do You Know You’re The Temple?

August 27, 2017

Andrew Wong

Text: I Corinthians 3:16-23

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From considering the external construction of God’s church, Paul now interrogates the contents of the believers. Sin and pride can deceive us into propping ourselves as the arbiters of wisdom. However, God’s omniscience permeates our own facades and conjectures to reveal the fallibility of the human wisdom that we want to boast in. Sin and pride also cheat us out of the wisdom that God would give to us through His means. I Corinthians 3:16-23

8 The Foundation of the Church

August 20, 2017

Andrew Esping

Text: I Corinthians 3:1-15

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As we begin our examination of chapter 3 the issue of unity will remain front and center. But in this study, we will take special note of how God works through men in order to save His people. We rightly place significance upon great men and women of God; which is fine as long as we don't lose sight of the one who gifted and molded them. In addition, we will take some time to discuss the importance of inward-focused ministry and how God uses the different gifts of Christians to create a community of workers focused on bringing the light of the gospel into a dark world. I Corinthians 3:1-15

7 The True Wisdom of God

August 13, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: I Corinthians 2:6-16

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As we bring 1 Corinthians chapter 2 to a close let us see two key points. First, man cannot discover true wisdom through his means; study, experience, observation, reason, may pursue wisdom but will never find the wisdom of God. Second, Paul teaches us in verses 10-16 true wisdom only comes from God. We don't discover wisdom, wisdom is revealed to us through the Spirit, by revelation, inspiration, and illumination. Our search for wisdom is really a search for eternity, let us look to God for wisdom, as the Psalmist wrote: "Open my eyes that I may behold the wonderful things in thy law." I Corinthians 2:6-16

6 Preaching Christ Crucified

August 6, 2017

Andrew Wong

Text: I Corinthians 2:1-5

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In Andrew Wong's sermon this week we’ll see Paul sharing his personal experience in preaching what the world considers foolish, in a way that’s considered weak. But though the message of “Christ crucified” may lack persuasiveness or popularity, it has its own power. The hope in this week’s sermon is that we would grow in our determination to be faithful to the message of “Christ crucified,” and that even in our own weakness, we would grow in our faith in and reliance upon the power of God. I Corinthians 2:1-5

5 Who We are in Christ

July 30, 2017

Andrew Esping

Text: I Corinthians 1:26-31

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Last week we began this section of 1st Corinthians by characterizing those who reject Christianity and see the cross as foolishness. This week we will focus on the outward characteristics of true followers of Christ, specifically how the world views Christians. Needless to say God chooses His people not based upon any earthly standard. In fact, God's people often tend to be those who are considered low in society. Hopefully our amazement factor will be off the chart as we consider that our God requires no earthly status or condition for salvation. Outside of His Sovereign will, there is nothing man can do to attain salvation, it is a free gift from God given to those He desires to be merciful to. All for His glory not ours. God is the one who boasts of infinite mercy and love. Christians also boast, but not in themselves. Instead they boast in the God who saved them because of who He is, not because of who the they are. I Corinthians 1:26-31

4 Preaching Christ Crucified

July 23, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: I Corinthians 1:18-25

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1st Corinthians 1:18-25 continues to deal with the problem of division. There is a contrast between the foolishness of men, which they think is wisdom and the wisdom of God, which they think is foolishness. Paul is going to demonstrate a great reversal in these verses; verses 18-21 mans wisdom is truly foolish, and in verses 22-25 God's foolishness is truly wisdom. Despite being a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Greeks, Paul simply and truthfully preached Christ crucified, because Christ is the power and wisdom of God. Man cannot climb the ladder of salvation with signs and wisdom but only through Christ and Him crucified. We must look at our own circumstances and understand this message of Christ crucified being the power and wisdom of God is for us, in a culture as pagan as Corinth. The Cross of Jesus Christ is the sum and focus of the Gospel according to Paul. "We preach Christ crucified. God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." How vital is that! How crucial for the messenger to stay on point. I Corinthians 1:18-25

3 Unified by Grace

July 16, 2017

Andrew Wong

Text: I Corinthians 1:10-17

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Paul continues his letter to the church in Corinthian with a plea for unity amidst a congregation full of sectarian schisms and political power plays. Of the many issues within the Corinthian church, it's significant that their divisiveness was the first to be addressed. When we focus on the good things of God's grace - including good men and teachers - we can lose sight of the greatest of God's graces, the person, and work of Jesus Christ. Through the humiliation of the cross, Christ's sacrificial love purchased peace for sinners with God and with one another. In this weeks sermon, we'll look at the context of the letter and the Corinthian culture to build principles on the primacy of peace that will help us apply Paul's exhortation to our own church body. I Corinthians 1:10-17

2 Built Up in Christ

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July 9, 2017

Andrew Esping

Text: I Corinthians 1:4-9

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If you were to skip Paul's introduction to 1st Corinthians and move on to the meat of the book, you would rightfully suspect that his introduction would be full of harsh words and disappointment. However, after the greeting in verses 1-3, Paul seeks to encourage the church at Corinth by reminding them where their true strength lies, which is of course in Christ. This week's sermon is focused on how Paul seeks to encourage his audience. We will specifically note how Paul seeks to build the Corinthians up in Christ before he seeks to break down their flesh. I Corinthians 1:4-9