Date: July 30, 2017 Text: 1 Cor. 8 Speaker: Clint Nelson Christ surrendered His rights so that we might see His love. Christians do the same.
Date: July 23, 2017 Text: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 Speaker: Isaac Dagneau Should Christians file lawsuits against other Christians? Paul addresses this issue to the ancient church in Corinth in his first letter - a letter that encourages unity all throughout. However, 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 is not primarily about "lawsuits," but more about the character of the body of Christ. The church, ancient and present, ought to be team members who appropriately confront and take confrontation. Why? Because the church is washed, sanctified, and justified in Christ and by the Spirit of our God. We are not promoters of individualism or autonomy, but promoters of unity within the body of Christ.
Date: July 16, 2017 Text: 1 Cor. 6:9-11 Speaker: Clint Nelson The Bible tells us that no one is born straight, yet through faith in Christ, we can let go of our broken lives in exchange for His righteousness. To add to our brokenness, we have both the world and much of the church sending out the wrong message - that sex, marriage and family are the ultimate human experience, when they aren't. Oneness with God is the ultimate human experience. As we elevate certain human experiences, we elevate the horror of their perversion. Sexual sins become worse than gossip or materialism. Paul seeks for the church to be balanced - to see that the ultimate human experience is to be one with God; to see that all sins are equal yet uniquely damaging; and to see that [...]
In preparation for Sunday's message, here are some of the resources I found helpful: Is God Anti-Gay?: and other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction by Sam Allberry "Updated and revised edition 2015 It's the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view to the culture's. So is God homophobic? And how do we relate to both Christians and non-Christians who experience same-sex attraction? In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures. Drawing on his own experience, he offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate. This revised and updated version includes [...]
1 Corinthians 7 is written as a response to some of the questions/views the church had about sex. Some thought sex was dirty (v.1); while others believed that because it's a sacred act, they shouldn’t stay married (‘one flesh’) with an unbelieving spouse (vv.10-16). Paul’s response is revolutionary for their day and ours as well. First, he says, sex in the context of a Biblical marriage isn’t dirty (vv.2-5). After all, if we remember from chapter six, sex is a gift from God designed to bring us closer to God and our spouse; as well as to show us that oneness with God and our spouse produces life. The Christian view of sex isn’t that it’s dirty, but that it’s sacred. No one on the planet has a higher view of sex than the Christian. We’re not narrow-minded, [...]
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Date: July 9, 2017 Text: 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 Speaker: Clint Nelson No one has a higher view of sex than Christians and yet no one needs it less than Christians. That is the message and power of the Gospel as it relates to sex and our relational status.
Let's talk about sex. There are tools and then there are power tools. A power tool, unlike a hand tool, can do a lot of good or a lot of bad in a short amount of time. Take a chainsaw, it can cut a tree in a matter of seconds, but bring it into the kitchen and it's nothing but a mess. Casual sex is like a chainsaw in the kitchen. Sex is a power tool that in a matter of moments can do lots of good or a lot of bad. As humans, we were designed by God, just like a chainsaw was designed by its creator, for certain purposes. To use our bodies, brains and other components in ways other than our Creator intended causes all kinds of damage (to ourselves and others). A chainsaw used [...]
Date: July 2, 2017 Text: 1 Cor. 6:12-20 Speaker: Clint Nelson The number one reason to flee sexual immorality is because we’re married to Christ.