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Made for More

1 Corinthians

God's Blueprint for Marriage (And the Single Life)

November 11, 2018 • November 11, 2018 • Pastor Peter Van Dyke

The institution of marriage is something no one should take lightly. In the Corinthian congregation there were questions asked by the congregants about specific issues that pertained to marriage and the single life. In answering the questions, the Apostle Paul, as in other epistles, provides God's blueprint as to His plans for men and women whether married or single. The most important thing is to...

True Freedom

November 4, 2018 • November 4, 2018 • Pastor Dave Dick

When it comes to sexuality, many today are asking the question, what is the big deal? Why are Christians so uptight about our bodies? Don’t we have the right to do as we see fit with our own bodies? This week as we continue in chapter 6 of 1 Corinthians Paul reminds the church that they have been called to honor their bodies. He reminds them to “glorify God in your body.” Join us Sunday as we continue in our series “Made for More” and as we join together as the church to celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Legally Speaking

October 28, 2018 • October 28, 2018 • Pastor Dave Dick

In our society disputes are often settled in court. In fact, it is often the first threat uttered after a car accident, as a business partnership is dissolved, or when a husband and wife end a promise to one another. As a society we are trained to protect our rights and capitalize on the legal process. This week the apostle Paul addresses disputes and grievances within the church. What steps should we take when we have disagreements among believers?

A Disciplined Approach

October 21, 2018 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Dave Dick

“The goal of discipline is restoration, and in that we see grace. We see it too, even when it excludes, because it’s protecting us from danger when our spirit has grown stubborn. But we see grace most clearly in the body of Christ broken for us and in the blood of Christ shed for us – not only to wake us up or protect us, but ultimately to save us and change us because we can’t do that for ourselves. There’s grace in discipline in every way.” Stephen T. Um

By Whose Authority?

October 14, 2018 • October 14, 2018 • Pastor Dave Dick

As we come to chapter four, Paul is dealing with the importance of spiritual leadership. He addresses a complicated relationship that he has with the Church in Corinth as their spiritual mentor. Paul is not afraid to address the difficult truths that they need to hear, but he speaks to them in love. He comes with authority – an authority that is laced with gentleness and compassion.

Building a Community

October 7, 2018 • October 7, 2018 • Pastor Dave Dick

Paul has reminded the Church of the true wisdom that comes from God. This week we are reminded as the Church of our identity in Christ and how that identity should shape every aspect of our Christian ministry, a ministry that we accomplish together. Join us for worship Sunday as we celebrate Holy Communion together.

Wisdom and the Spirit

September 30, 2018 • September 30, 2018 • Pastor Dave Dick

This week we continue our look at the wisdom of God as Paul uses the nature of his own ministry with the Corinthians as an example of how to bring the truth to the world. It turns out that it is God’s Spirit and not the intellect of man that reveals the wisdom of God. An important reminder for us today as we seek to be on mission with the Gospel.

Wisdom and the Cross

September 23, 2018 • September 23, 2018 • Pastor Dave Dick

We see crosses everywhere today. You may see them on a necklace, a t-shirt, on a church or placed on top of a hill like the one above the church. The responses to the cross are varied, for a believer it is a reminder of God’s love for us, a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice, a reminder that we are forgiven, a reminder that we have a future and a hope. But, for many today the cross elicits anger and frustration, to these individuals it is simply a symbol of a specific religious belief and for others it produces no response at all, they are simply indifferent to it. The men and women of Corinth were responding to the cross. Paul lists 3 specific responses to the cross as we close chapter 1 in the book of 1 Corinthians this week and we are left with the question how are we responding to the cross? Join us Sunday as we continue in our study “Made for More.”

Lest the Cross of Christ Be Emptied of Its Power

September 16, 2018 • September 16, 2018 • Pastor Peter Van Dyke

Are you finding yourself challenged to live as a Christian in an increasingly secular world? Is it easier for you to turn your back or say nothing when things happen that are contrary to what you believe? Do you see the role of the church as the place to be encouraged and strengthened in your faith? Does your identity with Christ play an important role in your identity with the church? What is the "staying power" in the church for you? Is there something you would like to see the church do in the name of Christ that it has never done before? There is one key element that speaks to each one of these questions and that's what we will be looking at this Sunday. Read I Corinthians 1: 10-18 in preparation for worship.

A True Identity

September 9, 2018 • September 9, 2018 • Pastor Dave Dick

This Sunday we begin our new series “Made for More” as we study the letter that Paul wrote to the Corinthian church around 55 AD. Paul begins this letter as he does many of his letters with encouraging reminders to the church of who we are in Christ. The church in Corinth was far from perfect and Paul will address many concerns and issues in this letter, but this is not just a letter about setting them straight. This is a letter that reminds each of us of our identity, our opportunity and our calling to be the church. It is a letter that reminds us we were “Made for More.”