Message # 59 | 1 Corinthians 16:5-24 | October 15, 2017 Introduction “Man up and show affection for one another.” Well now, that’s a bit unusual. You’ve probably seen or heard of things that don’t typically go together, fire and water, orange juice and milk, orange juice and oreos ☹, chocolate and mustard, dogs and […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 58 | 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 | October 8, 2017 Introduction “As the offering plates were being passed during worship, a little boy seated with his father whispered loudly: “Don’t pay for me, daddy. I’m under five.” And with that, we enter into the last of Paul’s awkward conversations in this letter to the […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 57 | 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 | October 1, 2017 Introduction Given the miraculous circumstances of Christ’s resurrections, it is not hard to understand why there have always been skeptics who have rejected the resurrection – or any resurrection at all. Some of the most prominent religious leaders of Jesus’ day rejected the idea […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 56 | 1 Corinthians 15:20-34 | September 24, 2017 Introduction This week I found myself deep into the comment sections of a blog post written by Scot McKnight on patheos.com, titled “Women and the Public Reading of Scripture.” McKnight was responding to an article that was written by the popular, theologically conservative blogger, […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 55 | 1 Corinthians 15:5-19 | September 17, 2017 Pre-Sermonette: Paul’s Humility In a few moments, we’ll be looking a little deeper into 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. Last week we stopped in verse 4. I would like to take a moment, separate from the main message to acknowledge and be encouraged by a side […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 53 | 1 Corinthians 14:2-25 | August 27, 2017 Introduction Would you like to know the church’s most sinful blunder for the last 2,000 years? According to the group, Pentecostal Christian Evangelism, the early church’s rejection of tongues being the only evidence of Spirit Baptism “IS WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF CONTRADICTION, THE MOST MONUMENTAL, […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 52 | 1 Corinthians 14:1 | August 20, 2017 Introduction Charlotte’s Web. “With the right words you can change the world.” Profound words for a spider. Many of you likely recall the story of Charlotte’s Web. A runt pig is born and Papa Arable wants to kill it, but eight year old Fern […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 51 | 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 | June 25, 2017 Introduction Duncan McColl. Two towns, Calais, ME and St. Stephen, N.B. share an amazing history. There is one anecdote that most residents will happily share. During the war of 1812 we ran out of gunpowder for the fourth of July. Calais asked St.Stephen and […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 50 | 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 | June 18, 2017 Love rejoices when truth triumphs (13:6). Defining unrighteousness and truth. Unrighteousness is a general “disregard for what is right.” Our specific context establishes that it is a disregard for truth. Paul writes of this in Romans as well, “For the wrath of God […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 49 | 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 | June 11, 2017 Introduction Setting. We come to the seventh of eight anti-characteristics of love. We began by looking at “love is patient and kind” – then began to look at the 8 anti-characteristics of love – love is not arrogant. It is this arrogance that works […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 48 | 1 Corinthians 13:5 | June 4, 2017 Introduction We find ourselves in the midst of eight anti-characteristics of love. Last week we were able to consider envy, pride, and rudeness. Arrogance was that root issue that manifested itself in boasting, envy of others, and shameful behavior towards others. There is […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 47 | 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 | May 28, 2017 | Pastor Sturgill Introduction Definition of love. Love is a willful choice, not based in one’s emotions, the treatment of the one being loved, or the circumstances in which one finds themselves, to sacrifice themselves for the betterment or well-being of the other. Anti-characteristics […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 46 | 1 Corinthians 13:4 | May 21, 2017 Introduction This morning we have the opportunity to take a closer look at two of the characteristics of love – patience and kindness. I want you to know up front that I don’t intend to follow Henry Ward Beecher’s exhortation, “There is no such […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 45 | 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 | May 14, 2017 Tertullian, who was considered to be the father of Latin Christianity declared that the one thing that converted him to Christianity was not the arguments they gave him, because he could find a counterpoint for every argument they would present. “But they demonstrated something […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 43 | 1 Corinthians 12:28 | May 7, 2017 Introduction Last week we took some time to consider a couple of roles or people that were gifts to the church, namely apostles and prophets. This week we will consider, in a broad manner, the miraculous or supernatural gifts given to the church. Any […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 41 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 | April 23, 2017 Introduction Nearly 2,500 years ago, a slave and storyteller by the name of Aesop wrote the following: One fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 40 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 | April 2, 2017 Introduction According to the Pew Research Center, over a quarter of Christianity consists of Pentecostals and Charismatics. Let me briefly make a distinction between Pentecostals and Charismatics. Pentecostals believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is always manifested by speaking in tongues. The […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 39 | 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 | March 26, 2017 Introduction When we come to the end of an all church fellowship and people begin to clean up, what is your natural inclination, help clean up or continue the conversation in which you are immersed? For those of you who tend to get up […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 38 | 1 Corinthians 11:27-34 | March 19, 2017 Introduction Believers dare not come to the table except with a repentant heart. “Whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner,” as Paul puts it, “drinks judgment to himself.” That should be a sobering warning, especially when […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 37 | 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 | March 12, 2017 Purpose Statement. Last week we were able to consider the fact that the proper observance of the Lord’s Supper promotes unity within the body of Christ, and next week we will look more closely at how the proper observance of the Lord’s Supper protects […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 36 | 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 | March 5, 2017 Purpose Statement. The ground at the foot of the cross is flat. It tolerates no socio-economic hierarchy or division in the family of God. [Everyone’s equal at the foot of the cross. Don’t get a big head!] The Lord’s Supper: A Fulfillment of the […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 34 | 1 Corinthians 11:4-16 | February 19, 2017 Purpose Statement. Beloved, don’t draw attention to yourself in church, instead promote unity and appropriateness in worship. Men, Be Appropriate in Church. Too often this passage becomes almost entirely about women and whether they should wear a head covering or not. One significant problem […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 33 | 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1 | February 12, 2017 Introduction This morning, let’s start near the end. 1 Corinthians 10:31 outlines for us the primary goal. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This establishes our primary purpose at any point in our […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 32 | 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 | February 5, 2017 This Sunday we come to the third question of a series of three questions we’ve asked of this text. (1) What are we commanded to do? Flee. We are to continually, aggressively, and dramatically flee. (2) What are we to flee from? Idolatry. While […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 31 | 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 | January 29, 2017 Nearly 2 ½ months ago we set aside our study in Corinthians to look at the Five Solas of the Reformation and then celebrate the Incarnation. We now make our way back to this insightful and convicting letter from Paul. To catch us back […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 30 | 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 | October 23, 2016 Introduction We are a blessed people. Wouldn’t you agree? I’m sure many of us would admit to hardships in our lives, yet we would probably say that God has blessed us in a wonderful manner. Let’s continue with this line of thought. How […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
The Christian Race (9:24-27) Message # 29 | 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 | October 16, 2016 The Olympic Games in Ancient Greece.  The Olympic Games as we know them today have a long history which goes back to ancient times. Everything started in the Peloponnese, in Greece, some 3,000 years ago. Sports competitions were organized […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 28 | 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 | October 9, 2016 Abraham Bininger, a Swiss boy from Zurich, came with his parents to this country on the same ship that brought John Wesley. The father and mother of the lad both died on the voyage and were buried at sea, and he stepped alone […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 27 | 1 Corinthians 9:1-18 | October 2, 2016 Introduction Surrender your rights. That sounds counter-cultural. As we flip the page from 1 Corinthians chapter eight to chapter nine, we find the same dynamic that is true of any other page of Scripture. On each page of Scripture, we are called to live […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 26 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | September 25, 2016 Introduction Gray areas in the Christian life. There are a lot of commandments in Scripture that are very clear. You probably never had to argue with someone over whether or not lying, stealing, cheating, or murder are wrong. In fact, even most unbelievers would […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 25 | 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 | September 18, 2016 Divorce is painful. It has often been said that a divorce is more emotionally painful than the death of a spouse. It often takes years to ever come and the divorce process can take years to settle. Everyone’s life is completely upset. There is […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 24 | 1 Corinthians 7:1-9, 17-40 | September 11, 2016 Celibacy is not spiritually superior (vs 1). The deliberate abstinence from marital or sexual intimacy. CELIBACY Abstention by vow from marriage. The practice of abstaining from marriage may be alluded to twice in the NT. Jesus said that some have made themselves eunuchs […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 23 | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 | September 4, 2016 Introduction: Principle of the Dynamic Heart How many of you have ever changed what you believe to fit how you feel or what you want to do? Have you ever changed your actions or how you feel about something because you came to think […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 22 | 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 | August 28, 2016 Introduction What are we as Americans afraid of? Alexandra Sifferlin of Time Magazine offers us a list which comes from a recent survey by researchers at Chapman University. The researchers asked a random sample of 1,541 adults to rate the level of fear in […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 21 | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 | August 21, 2016 Introduction John Wesley declared that the world would be Christian were it not for the Christians! Purpose Statement: Believers should not take each other to court; it underestimates the transforming work of Christ in their lives. Message Outline The Criticism (6:1) Does he dare! […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 20 | 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 | June 19, 2016 Introduction 1 Corinthians 5:9–13 (ESV) 9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 19 | 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 | June 12, 2016 Introduction We all sin – regularly. Sometimes those sins are, from our perspective, quite dramatic and carry severe consequences. This reality shouldn’t shock us. After all, we realize that while we are believers we, we still have the flesh present within us and we […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 18 | 1 Corinthians 4:16-21 | June 5, 2016 Purpose Statement: Our care of others should reflect God’s care for us. A Spiritual Father Offers a Model to Follow First, Let’s wrestle with the fact that Paul tells people to imitate him. He exhorts the believers to imitate him. How arrogant of him!? […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 15 | 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 | May 8, 2016 1 Corinthians 4:1–5 (ESV) 1 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 14 | 1 Corinthians 3:18-23 | May 1, 2016 Having been 8 weeks since our last message in 1 Corinthians, it is providential and appropriate that we land upon a passage that is a summary of the first three chapters. Paul, in similar fashion to many authors, offers a “chapter summary” at the […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 13 | 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 | March 6, 2016 First, thank you for allowing me the great privilege of studying God’s Word. I have had great joy in studying 1 Corinthians the past few months. An example of this is seen in these past three messages. A few weeks ago I intended to […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 12 | 1 Corinthians 3:9c-17 | February 28, 2016 Purpose Statement: Be motivated to good works by rewards given at a future judgment. Fallen Condition Focus: There are a couple challenges we can have with this purpose statement (1) Our focus is too often temporal, and we are more focused on temporal rewards […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 11 | 1 Corinthians 3:9c-13 | February 21, 2016 Introduction Do you believe that what we do in church and as a church has any eternal value? Do you think the work you’ve done within the church will amount to anything in eternity? I would sure imagine you’re all thinking, “Well, I would […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 10 | 1 Corinthians 3:3-9 | February 14, 2016 Purpose Statement: God is the source of our spiritual growth, so hold fast to Him instead of other people and other things. Fallen Condition Focus: It comes very natural to us to want to cling to the people who have been instrumental in our […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 9 | 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 | January 31, 2016 We look forward to the day that a baby or a child can feed themselves. It’s true, for the most part, that we find baby’s adorable, but there is a certain measure of expectation that they will become less and less dependent on us […]CONTINUE READING
1 Corinthians 2:6-10 | January 17, 2016 Introduction 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 discusses the worlds view of God’s wisdom. The world’s wisdom views God’s wisdom (or the Gospel) as foolish. The recipients of the Gospel are considered to be foolish, and the proclaimers of the Gospel are considered foolish and inadequate. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 outlines for […]CONTINUE READING
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 | January 10, 2016 Purpose Statement: Depend on God’s transformative power and not your own ability to persuade as you simply and actively share the gospel with others. “Those who preach the gospel are called to proclamation, not rhetorical persuasion.” Pursue Redemptive Relationship (vs. 1). 1 Corinthians 2:1(ESV) And I, when I […]CONTINUE READING
1 Corinthians 1:17-25 | November 15, 2015 Purpose Statement: The message of the cross is foolishness to unbelievers and wisdom and power to believers. Fallen Condition Focus: While many (hopefully most) of us are believers and view the cross with a great deal of appreciation, we still have our sinful flesh that so often distorts […]CONTINUE READING
1 Corinthians 1:10-16 | November 8, 2015 Purpose Statement: I appeal to you, dear church, that you be united. Fallen Condition Focus: Everything within our flesh fights against an appeal for unity. It is our pride that drives us to want to be noticed apart from others. It is our fleshly independence that wants us […]CONTINUE READING
Rejoice! You’ve been called to serve saints. Is it not true though that we have a tendency to write off believers that don’t fit the mold we expect. Consider Paul’s relationship with the church in Corinth. One Challenging Relationship: Paul and the Corinthians Paul: Called An Apostle of Jesus Christ by the Will of God […]CONTINUE READING