28 - Communion: Sanctity vs. Sacrilege

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

October 17, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • 1 Corinthians 11:17–34

The church in Corinth followed the custom of having love feasts. But after an hour or two of eating and drinking, what was supposed to be a spiritual, godly, fellowship meal would turn into a party of alcoholism and excess. This was sacrilegious; an outrageous violation of something sacred. And when it comes to the God of the Bible, He takes a very, very, very, dim view of sacrilege. So much so, in fact, that it’s not beneath Him to actually take the life of a person who commits it—be it a believer or an unbeliever. Sadly, this was something that the Corinthians learned firsthand.

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35 - Tongues & Prophecy in the Church (Part 1)

January 23, 2022 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • 1 Corinthians 14:1–19

There is nothing wrong in praying repetitively with purpose, heart, and meaning. In fact, Jesus told two different parables about the value of persistent repetition in approaching God with our requests. Rather, what is wrong is the mindless, indifferent recital of spiritual-sounding incantations and babble masked as prayer (Matt. 6:5-15). In 1 Corinthians 14:1-19, the apostle Paul once again confronts the Corinthians in regard to their lack of love for each other and their misunderstanding and misusing of the gift of tongues. At issue was the the priority of mindless tongue-talking in the church service compared to other mindful gifts, such as prophecy and preaching. While a good gift from God, Paul admonishes the Corinthians to put the legitimate expression of tongues in its rightful place on their list of priorities.

01 - Introduction: Pitfalls Of An Imperfect Church

January 31, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann

The one theme that drives everything Paul writes in 1 CORINTHIANS is the gospel. One way to define the gospel is that Jesus lived, died, and rose again for sinners and that, through Jesus Christ, God saves those who come to Him in repentance and faith. That's the gospel. That's the good news. And it permeates the entire letter. Christ crucified. Christ risen. Sinners forgiven. The gospel solves every issue Paul addresses in 1 CORINTHIANS.

02 - The Sainthood Of Believers

February 7, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann

As Christians, we are no longer condemned by God as sinners but are declared holy by God as saints. And since our new nature in Christ is holy, Scripture teaches, our living should be also be holy. That Paul referred to the carnal believers at Corinth as saints gives us hope (since they were anything but saintly in their conduct). It tells us that the title saint has nothing whatsoever to do with one’s spiritual maturity or deeds. Paul called them saints because that’s who the Corinthians were (as well as all believers) by calling and position.