In 1 Corinthians 4:14-21, the apostle Paul used a term of endearment to refer to his relationship with the Corinthians. In the first 3 chapters of the epistle, Paul had described himself, in particular, and all spiritual leaders in general, as a servant/table-waiter (3:5), a farmer (3:6), a builder (3:10), a servant/galley slave (4:1), and a steward (4:1). Now, in vv. 14-21, Paul adds the title of "father" to the list. And like a natural parent with a natural child, Paul (and all those who raise and disciple others) lovingly admonished, parentally tutored, and lovingly disciplined his spiritual progeny.
12 - Spiritual Fathership
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
May 2, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
29 - Spiritual Gifts
October 24, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • 1 Corinthians 12:1–11
All Christians, without exception or distinction, have an important role to play in the church; a role in which only they can fulfill. A person's natural talents and spiritual gifting may serve them well in their secular pursuits. But those must be secondary to their involvement in God’s work. It is God’s will for believers to exercise their spiritual gifts—invest their talents rather than bury them—for the common good of God's people. Do you know what your spiritual gift is? And are you using it for the glory of God?
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.