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12 - Spiritual Fathership

1 Corinthians 4:14-21

May 2, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann

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.

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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.