vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:11 – Quote Your Sources

 

 

For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 1 Corinthians 1:11 KJV

 

Undercurrents in church fellowships are so destructive. It shouldn’t be like this. Listen to the simple lesson that can be learned from the House of Chloe.

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:9-10 – The Fellowship of His Son

 

 

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:9-10 KJV

God has called us unto the fellowship of his Son! Absolutely Amazing… thrilling and exciting. How does this wonderful truth impact our day to day life as individual believers? This video begins to explore that very question.

Trust you are blessed as you consider these truths.

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:8 – Blameless!

 

 

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:8 KJV

Blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The preserving and protecting work of Christ in the believer is an amazing truth. Yet, what does it mean to be blameless before God? What exactly IS the day of our Lord Jesus and when will that day be?

Trust you are blessed as you consider these truths.

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:4-7 of Gift & Grace

 

 

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge – even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you – so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 1:4-7 KJV

We often forget how blessed and gifted every local church really is. God has showered his blessings on His people; His grace and kindness is unsurpassed. People often say it is ‘indescribable”! In addition to this God has equipped His people to serve Him.

Listen to the opening remarks of Paul the Apostle as he writes to the church in Corinth. To read it you would never imagine the problems that they were facing or the wrongs things that were going on. The truth is that God’s blessing and equipping is despite us not because of us.

Trust you are blessed as you consider these truths.

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NT Tuesday: The Church, The Body of Christ [part 2]

 

dont go to church - be the church

 

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-28

 

Last Week I began a new series of posts to take a closer look at what the Bible teaches us about the Church. After all, if “Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her” then this must be an important subject to Him! Therefore we must focus our thoughts on His Word to gain an accurate understanding of what the Church is.

In his book, Christ Loved the Church, William MacDonald listed many ways in which the Church is referenced in Scripture. For the careful reader, each of these references provides a different vantage point of God’s manifold love for His church.

Let’s take a look at a few of these.

In John 10:16, the Lord refers to the church as a flock. The term “flock” brings before us a sense of care, feeding, protection, and guidance! And our Father certainly performs many shepherd like functions for His flock.

We are also referred to as His husbandry (1 Corinthians 3:9 KJV). He expects fruit from us! Are we a fruitful garden/field/orchard? Or are we dead, fallow ground? God expects fruit from us – let’s work to meet His expectations.

Paul uses the term “building” to describe the church (1 Corinthians 3:9 KJV). This provides us with two view points as to God’s love. The first is ownership – God owns us. He created us, He purchased us. He owns us.

Secondly, sticking with the building theme, we are also referred to as the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV). This implies worship. As a corporate body we worship the Living God. The Holy Spirit is the one and only Worship Leader – there are no others. Just as we would never tolerate a man/woman filling the role of Head of the Church, we should be equally diligent in preserving the role of the Holy Spirit, as well.

We are the Body of Christ (Ephesians 5:23). This has a ton of implications, but the most significant implication is that Christ (the Head) uses the Church (the Body) to express His thoughts and intentions via our actions. What we do reflects on the Lord Jesus Christ. Every action we take, or every failure to act is perceived by others as a manifestation of the expression of the Head.

Is it any wonder why so few people are attracted to Christianity? We, as a church, have failed in properly expressing Christ to those watching. We have failed to be His hands and feet. We have failed to be His voice and His heart. But, the end has not yet been written! As we grasp this truth, we can, by God’s grace and help, die to self and seek to manifest the life of the Lord Jesus through our actions. The church ought to be His hands and feet! Let’s get busy, folks.

There are several more terms that we will review next week. Until then, let’s be the Church!

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

 

 

Paul, a called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 KJV

How to blow away your audience! Tell them how God sees them and what He has called them.

I think if it was me I would be a bit apprehensive! Imagine the delight of discovering that God sees you as a saint, all Christians are, no exceptions! Wow.

Watch and discover more of this exciting and thrilling truth.

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:1

 

 

Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother 1 Corinthians 1:1 KJV

Paul is writing to people whose lives are very complex. Intelligent and yet morally freewheeling. Worldly wise but spiritually immature.

Under God’s guidance Paul’s response is to write what turns out to be a fascinating and bang up to date letter.

Join us in our second excursion into history that relates directly to the modern world.

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Jottings – Better To Suffer Wrong Than To Inflict Wrong

Jottings

“The Christian is the man who reasons that it is far better to suffer wrong than to inflict wrong (1 Corinthians 6:7). Sweet reasonableness is an essential ingredient of true happiness. Now such big-heartedness, such forbearance, the patient willingness to yield wherever yielding is possible without violating any real principle, must be shown to all, not only to fellow-believers.”

William Hendriksen, Exposition of Philippians. New Testament Commentary, Vol. 5. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1962, p. 193.

 

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Introduction to First Corinthians

 

 

Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 KJV

First it’s all going well but after a while problems crop up. It’s like this in every day life and it’s certainly true in church life. How do you deal with these problems? How do you make sure people get on? Is it right to take a fellow Christian to court? Are there any sins that bar you from church fellowship? Are my motives right and does it matter?

All of these questions and many more are dealt with in this letter to an new church in the ancient city of Corinth. The answers are timeless and relevant to 21st Century Christians.

Join us on this journey through the First Epistle to the Corinthians.

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NT Tuesday: Secular vs. Sacred

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One of the New Testament principles is that there ought not to be a distinction between sacred and secular.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” With this declaration of truth, much has changed.

I was having a conversation recently with a younger brother, via Skype. He was in Texas and I was in Man O War Cay, Bahamas. Our conversation was partly centered on the “frustration” associated with all the “stuff” we have to do in our lives. For him it was studying, etc. and for me it was work, etc. After the conversation, I continued reading A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God.

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