The gospel message is the good news that God justifies guilty sinners through faith in the sacrifcial work of Jesus Christ, reconciling us to Himself, while still being just and the Justifier at the same time (Rom. 3:25-26). And so important was this gospel message to the apostle Paul that it meant if he, as a Jew, would have to walk and talk like a Gentile in order to win Gentiles to Christ, he’d do it. It meant if he, as a strong-minded academic, would have to walk and talk like a weak-minded imbecile to win the weak to Christ, he’d do it. It meant if he, as a Christian apostle, would have to walk and talk like a ceremonial Jew to win the Jews to Christ, he’d do it. That’s how important the gospel message was to the apostle Paul. That’s how important the gospel message should be to us; to share it with to our friends and family, our colleagues and coworkers, and our relatives and relationships.
23 - The Pastor & The Gospel
1 Corinthians 9:15-27
September 12, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • 1 Corinthians 9:15–27
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.