From 1 Corinthians 1:18 to Chapter 2:16, Paul points out that the Corinthians were divided because of worldliness; primarily because they had an insatiable appetite for worldly thinking. In 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, the apostle Paul shows the Corinthians that they also were divided because of their carnality, as it was evident that they were ruled by, and subject to, and under the influence of, fleshly passions, sensual appetites, and worldly desires. Our ultimate triumph over carnality and the world is certain, but our continue struggle with both in this life is also certain. We will win the ultimate battle, but we can and often do lose a lot of skirmishes along the way.
07 - Carnal Christians
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
March 14, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
28 - Communion: Sanctity vs. Sacrilege
October 17, 2021 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • 1 Corinthians 11:17–34
The church in Corinth followed the custom of having love feasts. But after an hour or two of eating and drinking, what was supposed to be a spiritual, godly, fellowship meal would turn into a party of alcoholism and excess. This was sacrilegious; an outrageous violation of something sacred. And when it comes to the God of the Bible, He takes a very, very, very, dim view of sacrilege. So much so, in fact, that it’s not beneath Him to actually take the life of a person who commits it—be it a believer or an unbeliever. Sadly, this was something that the Corinthians learned firsthand.
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.