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As Sure As Day Follows Night
Is the resurrection just a bonus at the end of life for believers? Paul argues that the certainty of the resurrection is actually the culmination of Christ's finished work for the New Creation.
Hope in the Resurrection
If Christ was not resurrected than we have no good news and Christianity falls apart, all we’re left with is idolatry. The Resurrection is central to the gospel which produces resurrection hope.
The Gospel: The Reality of Resurrection Hope
What is our future hope based on? The Gospel is the foundational, historical reality of Christ’s death and resurrection that enables sure faith for our own future resurrection.
Order for the Common Good
What do you value most when you attend a church meeting? If you highly value freedom of expression, then Paul has a word of caution for you to consider your fellow believer's edification.
Do Not Be Children In Your Thinking
As we continue in our "Grow Up" series through 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul instructs the church in Corinth to be mature in its thinking. We learn about how the church should behave concerning the gifts of speaking in tongues and prophecy.
Speaking Considerate Language (Principles for use of Spiritual Gifts pt 6)
In this section we learn from Paul to pursue love and use the gift of speaking a tongue appropriately. We all need to know and cooperate with the Spirit of God as He works His gifts in and through each of us to benefit all and Christ's work on earth.
The Challenge of Love
Paul challenges the Corinthians’ presumed spirituality and behaviour, calling them to a greater way, the way of love.
Unity in Diversity
The Church is the body of Christ which is a unity in diversity. United together by the Spirit, yet diverse in gifts and roles.
Spiritual Gifts for the Common Good
Who has the spiritual gifts and why? The Holy Spirit gives diverse gifts to all believers, for the common good.
The Lord's Supper - What are You Bringing to the Table?
What are you bringing to the table? The Lord's supper is a place where we commune with our Saviour. It's a call to love Christ and to love His Church and about checking our hearts before we come to the Lord's table, just as Paul instructed the believers in Corinth.
Gender Equal Public Worship
Is there place for male and female to vocally worship God in the same gathering? While different and equally made in God's image each must worship in a manner that glorifies God and honours His order in the church.
Idolatry & God’s Glory
How do we live God glorifying lives in a society that is so steeped in idolatry? Paul reminds us that we are to flee idolatry, and follow Christ in seeking the good of our neighbour over our own freedom.
Be Grateful, Focused & Encouraged
Can a person be strong and yet weak at the same time? Old Testament history teaches us that an arrogant stance can quickly turn into an embarrassing fall, but God.
Liberty to Serve for Eternal Reward
Will God reward those who fulfil His work on earth? if you receive God's Word with the right heart; the right focus will enable you to serve faithfully and accumulate God's eternal rewards.
I Know My Rights, But...
Is it always right to exercise your rights? Like the Corinthians we live in a very individualistic society with the common tendency to put self first, is this always Christ honouring?
Knowledge Versus Love
How do you best preserve the unity of the gospel community? You might be forgiven if you believe that just telling fellow believers the truth is enough. Paul remind us that we need love as well as truth.
Singleness & Pre-Marriage Counselling
Should you get married, and if so, to who? The massive decision to tie the knot will either be influenced by the surrounding culture or scripture.
Stay In Your Calling In Christ
How does being born again affect our, where we find ourselves in life? Drastic dissociation and social change or confident trust of God’s sovereignty in our life and relationships?
Marriage and Divorce
Paul was aware of the problem of divorce within the Corinthian church. It was the notion that one could divorce their spouse for any reason. This practice had crept in from the culture around them. As Christians, we too can fall into the trap of letting the 21st century culture influence our thinking when it comes to the subject of marriage and divorce. Let's look at some practical advice on the subject.