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 […]
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, […]
Culture is formed into the likeness of its leaders. And as we have heard, the Corinthian leaders were caught up in power struggles amongst one another. So it shouldn’t surprise us that members of the Corinthian church were struggling against one another. Paul highlights this problem and why it is so destructive in the church.
Paul’s fatherly love and concern for the Corinthian church leads him to uncover a heinous sin that is flourishing in the life of one of their members. But Paul will spend most of his time not berating the sinner, but challenging the church’s response to him. In this message we examine how the church needs […]
Everyone loves to win. Everyone loves a winner. So in the church, we generally want to think that we are winning in the world. And we want our leaders to win in the world as well, to gain influence and respect. But Paul challenges this ideal as he unpacks what the life of the Apostles […]
Pride has a way of making us think we are better than we are. This also impacts the way we view our faith… we all tend to think we are more mature or spiritual than others. This was certainly the case in Corinth, as the various factions each believed they were better Christians than the […]
It is hard for us to imagine the message of Jesus being considered as weak and foolish… but that is exactly how people received it in the city of Corinth. How can anybody worship a crucified leader? But Paul never departed from this foolish message, and he calls us to cling to it as well.
Today we begin a new series in the book of 1 Corinthians. We start by looking at Paul’s joy concerning the conversion of the Corinthian believers, but also his sorrow at divisions that had appeared between them.