The Corinthians have been dragging elements and attitudes of the their broken culture into the church in order to create division. This week we see how they were elevating some gifts of the Spirit over others in order to gain ascendancy and esteem. Pastor Joe unpacks how the church is called to participate together in […]
Paul continues to address the way in which the Corinthian church gathered together. In this section of the letter he uncovers a worrying attitude with the way they shared the Lord’s Supper. It seems the Lord’s supper had become nothing more than another cause of division. Pastor Ben unpacks Paul’s challenge for us.
Many modern thinkers see passages like 1 Corinthians 11 as evidence of the archaic misogyny of the Bible and Christianity. So many of us within the church probably wish these verses weren’t in our Bibles. But let’s be brave together and wrestle with this passage because it is actually nothing like the misogyny we fear… […]
Right throughout this letter, Paul has been challenging the Corinthian propensity to chase after the ideals of their city rather than clinging to Christ alone. Well in chapter 10 Paul uncovers the worrying reality that their attraction to the city was more than surface level; it was idolatry. pastor Joe unpacks Paul’s warning against idols.
Pastor Joe picks up our 1 Corinthians series after the Easter break by examining Paul’s passionate defence of his ministry. In this defence, Paul shows himself, and the gospel, to be radically different from the way things are done in Corinth. This message will challenge the way we think about our engagement with our world […]
The joy of Easter is not merely that our God died for us on Good Friday, but that He rose from the dead on Sunday morning. Pastor Ben unpacks the glorious implications of Jesus’ resurrection for those who put their faith in Him.
As Christians we know the ultimate truth. There is one God, revealed to us in Jesus Christ, and besides Him there is no other. Knowing this truth however, can make us arrogant to the point where we treat others with less knowledge with contempt… this is never the point of Christian knowledge. Pastor Ben unpacks […]
Pastor Joe continues to unpack 1 Corinthians 7 and Paul’s teaching around our most intimate relationships and how we are to view them in light of our conversion to Christ.
The arrival of the gospel in Corinth didn’t make everything suddenly rosy… in fact it created messy situations where new believers found themselves with new ethics, new desires and new freedom and yet they were still in the midst of their old city, culture and relationships. This is especially true in the areas of sex, […]
The sexual ethic of the city of Corinth was not dissimilar to our sexualised world today. So it was vital that the new church didn’t let the sins of the city frame the way they thought about sex. Pastor Ben unpacks the way the gospel both calls us to, and fuels, sexual purity.