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]

 

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“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

 

 

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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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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Titus 3:15 – No One Excluded

 

 

This is the 42nd and final video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus.

I was interested to notice that Paul tells Titus that Christians need to learn to be kind. We had better get into training for it is one of the ways that the world will see what God is really like.

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Titus 3:14 – A Course in Kindness

 

 

This is the 41st video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

I was interested to notice that Paul tells Titus that Christians need to learn to be kind. We had better get into training for it is one of the ways that the world will see what God is really like.

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Titus 3:13 – The Lawyer and The Preachers

 

 

This is the 40th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

God saved all kinds of people, even intelligent people!

The world thinks that Christianity is for the simple minded; this theory is blown out of the water by Dr. Luke, the most excellent Theophilus and various others in the New Testament. However, God needs all types and we do as well as we serve God.

Watch and discover how Paul values the company of the eloquent preacher Apollos and the legal brain of Zenas.

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Titus 3:12 – We All Need Each Other

 

 

This is the 39th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

A touching request from Paul to Titus. Paul would like his company. We all need friends, even the Apostle Paul!

Are you a friend who others long to see?

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Titus 3:9 – Focus on Truth

 

 

This is the 36th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

I love a good argument. Anything to get people wound up and debating! Is that the way you are? Is it a good way to be? The Apostle Paul teaches in this verse that what we discuss should be based on scripture, meaningful and up-building to our faith.

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Titus 3:5a – Saved By Grace

This is the 30th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

Thankfully salvation is in God’s hands not mine or I would never be saved. Paul explains to Titus how salvation becomes possible. Trust you can rejoice with me in a merciful God.

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