When Peter asked Jesus in Matthew 18 how often he should forgive a brother who sinned against him, the Lord replied, “seventy times seven” (vv.21-22), a figure that represented and unlimited amount. Then, to illustrate the principle, Jesus told the parable of the unmerciful servant. The point is self-evident. Because God in Christ has forgiven each of us for ours sins (for which restitution on our part was unpayable), no Christian has he right to be unforgiving, especially of fellow Christians. Even when we are clearly in the legal right, we do not have the moral and spiritual right to insist on our legal right in a public court against another believer. If the brother has wronged us in any way, our response should be to forgive him (seventy times seven) and leave the outcome of the matter to royal court in heaven.
14 - Suing Saints
1 Corinthians 6:1-8
May 16, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
27 - Saintly Subordination
October 10, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • 1 Corinthians 11:2–16
In Christ, all believers—male and female—are in the Lord and are alike under the Lord. In doing the Lord’s work, women are every bit as important as men are (and vice versa). But in terms of their gender roles and functions, like the Godhead, men and women are different. And God, for the sake of order, doesn’t want us to blur those lines. In first century Corinthian culture, the subordinate role of women in the home and church was symbolized by the wearing of a headdress. It's a principle that still stands today, biblically speaking, but looks different in practice, culturally speaking.
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.