25 - Idolatry Of The Heart

1 Corinthians 10:14-22

September 26, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • 1 Corinthians 10:14–22

Like Solomon, who worshipped the idols of his many wives but simultaneously praised the God of his fathers, some in the church in Corinth had a divided heart. Their syncretism (mixing two religions into one) threatened their spiritual viability. To the Corinthians, Paul warns that true believers cannot, and should not, worship the God of the Scripture and, at the same time, choose to make their bed with idols. What fellowship does light have with darkness? Or, as he would later write, "What agreement has the temple of God with idols?" (2 Corinthians 6:16). God expects whole-hearted allegiance from those who bear His name.

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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.