God has not redeemed us just for Himself but for each other. He redeemed us so that we would be joyfully and mutually dependent on each other as a family of faith who “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2). Continuing with his metaphor of the human body, Paul explains that spiritual gifts should not be the basis for valuing a person or considering one believer as more honorable than another. Christians need each other. Neither the individualism of supposed inferiority nor the individualism of proud independence is biblical or pleasing to God.
31 - Interdependence vs. Independence
1 Corinthians 12:21-31
November 14, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • 1 Corinthians 12:21–31
34 - The Excellency Of Love (Part 3)
January 16, 2022 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • 1 Corinthians 13:8–13
In 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, Paul proves that, because of its enduring, eternal quality, love is God’s greatest gift, His gift above all gifts. There is no greater gift. All other spiritual gifts, to include speaking in tongues, miracle-working, and prophesying, are temporary gifts at best (reserved primarily for the apostles in the first century). Moreover, because love is eternal (and the sign gifts are not) love is to be sought after and emphasized. All others gifts that God grants to His people will one day become extinct (for lack of necessity). But love will last forever.
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.