1 Corinthians 12 reveals to us that those in the church confess Christ, use their gifts for Christ, and belong to the greater body of Christ. (Please note there is a one minute break in the recording at 17:00.)
I Corinthians 8 Paul begins to explain that by understanding that the love found in the gospel is the foundation of our community, we can seek to be faithful to the message of the cross by abandoning our own desires and seeking the building up of others.
Pastor Hamilton explains how Paul’s moral order in 1 Cor. 6b – 7 has its foundation in the original created order and if we are bring God glory we must bring our bodies in alignment with God’s order.
A great riddle of the Bible is that God is both perfectly just and compassionate and merciful. 1 Corinthians 5 speaks to how God has called his church to reflect his mercy and justice by members helping each other serve Christ.
Paul spends much of his time in the first four chapters of 1 Corinthians explaining and defending his role as a teacher/servant among to the church. This week we learn how to evaluate the teacher and how we all should imitate Paul’s example that is based on Christ’s example of servanthood.