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A Few Last Things - 1 Corinthians 16:1-24

How do you end an examination of a NT letter? What do you do when you see bold faced headings in a final chapter that read things like "Plans for Travel," or "Greetings." Do you mentally check out and just go through the motions of reading the words? Do you make the assumption that there won't be anything of great significance which God can use in your own life to challen...

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Resurrection and Transformation Spell Ultimate Defeat - 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

"Powerless" means that one is without any power. It doesn't mean that some of his power is removed or that most of his power is removed, it means that all of his power is removed. Paul had earlier written that death would be the last enemy put under Jesus' feet. But what will that look like? What will it look like when death is rendered completely powerless? Paul answ...

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A Transformation Worth Getting Excited About - 1 Corinthians 15:35-49

Have you ever gotten really excited about a new version of something? Most of us have probably heard of individuals lining up outside of stores to get a newer version of some product which they have enjoyed in the past. For some it's the latest version of the iPhone or the iPad; for some it's the latest version of a gaming system like the XBox or Playstation; and for som...

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Don't Leave Out the Resurrection - 1 Corinthians 15:12-34

In the first eleven verses of chapter 15 we were challenged to remember and reflect on the gospel each day. We made the case that we can't allow the good news of the gospel to only become one bullet on a list of spiritual things to believe which we check off and move on from. The gospel is something that we should be reflecting on each day and allowing to shape our lives...

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Remember the Gospel! Every Day! - 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

We titled this series through the NT letter of 1 Corinthians "Confused?" The reason for this title is because the church at Corinth seemed to be confused about the ways in which God, Jesus, and the gospel were to impact their everyday lives. One of the reasons this may have been the case was because the believers in Corinth were not remembering and reflecting on the gosp...

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Bringing a Habitat for Humanity Mentality to Church - 1 Corinthians 14:1-25

Have you ever attended a church worship service? Most of you who will read this post have. For some of you it is something you do every week. For others of you it is something you have only done once before. But what I really want you to consider this week is what you were thinking about in the hours the preceded your attendance. Many of you were probably thinking lik...

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The Essential Marker - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If you have ever seen one of the episodes of American Idol that shows individuals auditioning to be contestants on the show then you have probably heard the judges ask the individuals the question, "What makes you the next American Idol?" If you think about it, there is really only one acceptable response to that question, "I have the ability to sing extraordinarily well....

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An Unworthy Manner of Eating - 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

There is a good chance that if you are considering reading this post that you have participated in the Lord's Supper before. (It may not be true for all of you, but probably true for most.) And there is also a good chance that you've heard the warning not to participate in the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner. But what does that mean? Many of you probably have an id...

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What I've Been Given and What It's For - 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

Chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians contains one of the most recognizable illustrations in the New Testament. And yet it continues to be one that many believers in Christ refuse to live out. So what's the deal? What is chapter 12 all about? Has the church misunderstood Paul's point in 1 Corinthians 12? Or is our problem one of obedience and faithfulness? This week we'll exam...

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Christ is the Source of our Life so that we can be the Glory of God - 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

This week we take on perhaps the most difficult portion of this letter to the church at Corinth. It addresses a very specific problem in a very specific context and gives almost no supporting details. Yet in the midst of some uncertainty come some profound principles that can certainly be applied to the Church today. Both women AND men need to spend some time giving som...

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Lay Aside My Freedoms for 'Who?' - 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1

Living in America - "the land of the free" - really causes us to value our rights and our freedoms. As a nation it seems like we are always working to protect our rights and freedoms. So the idea of laying our freedoms aside doesn't seem very appealing to most of us. I think many of us would be willing to lay aside our rights and freedoms, IF in the end it worked out fo...

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Life-threatening Idolarty: A Lesson from History - 1 Corinthians 10:1-22

Many of us have heard Edmond Burke's (1729-1797) famous quote, "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." I'm not sure what inspired him to say/write this - if it was an original thought or a concept/idea he picked up on while reading something else. But while the quote (and variations of this quote) seem to go back to Edmond Burke, 1 Corinthians 10 sounds...

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Self Disciplined for Running Purposefully - 1 Corinthians 9:1-27

Races make sense when the runners in the race are all running towards the same finish line. But that takes great self-discipline. The runners have to train hard; they have to know where the finish line is; and they have to stain within their lanes. When runners practice self-discipline then one is able to watch a race and understand what the runners are running after. ...

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Full of Knowledge But Empty of Love - 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

I'm going to make a big assumption! I'm going to guess that none of you have eaten a meal at the temple of an idol in the last 6 months. So you're probably thinking that you can find something much more productive to do with your time than to work through 1 Corinthians 8, in which Paul addresses some in the church at Corinth who were regularly involved in the practice of...

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Relationship Status: Fully Devoted to Jesus - 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Those who are engaged to be married will sometimes get anxious or nervous about their engagement. Usually it's because there is a lot of uncertainty about what the future will look like and what life will be like when one's relationship status changes from 'single' to 'married.' However, for many of the single and engaged believers in Corinth, they were anxious and nervo...

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Living by Gospel Rule Rather than Exceptions - 1 Corinthians 7:8-24

Do you ever get the feeling that everyone around you is trying to be the exception, or that people in our culture have presumed that the rules are for everyone else and that they can do as they would like to? That mindset is rampant in America today. But this isn't just a modern day problem. In fact there is evidence that people were struggling with this mindset long be...

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Seeking Clarity on Intercourse - 1 Corinthians 7:1-7

The title "Confused?" really is an appropriate one for this sermon series. The believers who made up the church at Corinth were really working hard to understand exactly how God, Jesus, and the Gospel impacted different aspects of our everyday lives. Throw into the confusion a culture that emphasized things like worldly wisdom and people's proneness to wander into sin an...

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On Account of Your Body, RUN! - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Worldly wisdom wasn't the only thing that confused the believers who made up the Corinthian church. Many of these individuals also wrestled with issues regarding personal freedom and authority. Their limited scope of what Jesus accomplished in His death, burial, and resurrection combined with popular slogans of the time had led many believers to pursue what they consider...

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Do I Really Need to Get Mine Now? - 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

Have you ever heard someone say, "Just live for the moment?" My guess is that you probably have. In fact some of you may actually try to live your lives by that motto. But have you ever given any consideration to the mindset behind that way of thinking and living? One who thinks that way and lives that way has placed an incredibly high value on the present. And it's a...

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Become What You Are! - 1 Corinthians 5:1-13

In a Nike commercial several years ago, then star NBA player, Charles Barkley responded to criticism that he had started receiving from NBA front office executives and other concerned citizens. In the commercial Charles stated that he was not a role model and that he was not paid to be a role model. He stated that he was a basketball player paid to play basketball. Char...

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Ready for the Test? - 1 Corinthians 4:1-21

Can you remember the last test that you took? (For some it hasn't been very long. For other's we have to think back quite a ways.) Do you remember how you felt before the test? Perhaps you experienced an anxiousness that made you wonder if you were really ready for the test. But while most of us probably didn't like taking tests, they were good ways of measuring how mu...

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Gospel Building or Cultural Building - 1 Corinthians 3:1-23

I think that there is evidence to suggest that our perspective towards building things changes over time. When we are young we find enjoyment and satisfaction in the building process. We are eager to build and have little to no care for titles and positions. But as we become adults our perspective towards building changes. Titles and positions are significant; we have ...

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Revealing a Plan That No One Would Otherwise Ever Know - 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

In the last passage we noted that Paul de-emphasized worldly wisdom because it isn't something that helps us to understand the Gospel better. Instead it actual hinders us from accepting and believing the good news of salvation that comes through faith in Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. As we continue in our examination of Paul's letter to the church at Corinth thi...

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Who Did This to Me? - 1 Corinthians 1:10-2:5

Last week we noted that those who had heard the good news of Jesus and believed in Him as Savior and Lord had been "sanctified" (i.e. their identity had changed - they went from evil, sinful individuals living for their own purposes to cleansed and forgiven individuals set apart for God's purposes). But in a culture that placed great value on 'wisdom' some began to be con...

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The Asset Identity - 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

The apostle Paul had proclaimed the good news of Jesus during his second missionary journey in the influential city of Corinth. Initially there were people who responded to the good news by placing their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord, so Paul planted a church there to continue the work of proclaiming the message of salvation through Jesus. But after Paul left it appe...

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