Sinners and Saints
Paul and the Gift of Tongues
February 24, 2024 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 14
The gift of tongues has been the source of a lot of confusion, disagreement, division and hurt among Christians. There are some who view tongues as the ultimate sign of one’s spirituality, while there are others who believe that it is a form of paganism that has crept back into the church. Given the massive gap between these two positions, what are we supposed to do? Are there things that we can all agree on? Are there ways that we can seek to understand those that we don’t agree with? And what might it look like to love one another across some of our differences? These are some of the things we will address in this message.
The New Testament Gift of Prophecy: Two Views
February 17, 2024 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 14:1–5
In I Corinthians 14 Paul commands the Corinthians to “Earnestly desire the Spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” But what exactly does that mean? Is this something we should still be doing today or was this just for the early church? Christians have answered these questions differently throughout the years and in this sermon, we will take a look at what both Cessationists and Continuationists have to say on this topic. After considering some of the common ground we will talk about what it might look like for all of us to grow in our awareness and dependence upon the Holy Spirit.
Heaven and the Love that Never Ends
February 10, 2024 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 13:8–13
What do you think Heaven will be like? How will love be different there then it is here on earth? What impact should the fact that the other gifts will pass away while love will never end have on the things we prioritize here on earth? These are just a few of the questions we will be discussing in this sermon.
Love Bears All Things
February 3, 2024 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 13:7
How does love respond to all of the obstacles that come against it? Here in I Corinthians 13:7 we see that love "bears all things" in order to keep on loving. That means that love knows no excuses? But how can love keep loving in really difficult situations? And what does that even look like? These are some of the questions we will consider in this message on I Corinthians 13:7.
Love Does Not Rejoice at Wrongdoing, but Rejoices with the Truth
January 27, 2024 • Joshua Moffit • 1 Corinthians 13:6
Rejoicing at wrongdoing is the opposite of love and it robs us of true joy – a joy that is found in the love of God for sinners and a love that rejoices with the truth. Jesus embodied this perfect love and truth for us so that we might be forgiven, healed, and empowered to love others with the love that God has shown to us at the cross of Jesus Christ.
Love, Anger, and Forgiveness.
January 20, 2024 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 13:4–7
How do you respond when people sin against you? For most of us our first response to being sinned against is anger. But Paul tells us that love is not easily angered. And how do we keep people who have hurt us from hurting us again. Well for most of us we keep track of what they have done in order to protect ourselves from being hurt. But Paul tells us that love keeps no record of wrong. In this sermon we will consider what love does with our anger and how it is possible to truly forgive those who have hurt us deeply.
Love Does Not Insist on its Own Way
January 13, 2024 • Wes Van Fleet • 1 Corinthians 13:5
As Paul continues his description of what love is and is not, he comes to this little phrase, "love does not insist on its own way." In a world where we are constantly making decisions, how do we live in a way that considers more significant than ourselves? Listen and hear how the gospel fixes our eyes on the God who didn't insist on his own way for his own glory and our good.
Love is Humble not Proud
November 18, 2023 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 13:4–5
G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “Your life would be so much bigger if your self was smaller in it.” Here in I Corinthians 13 Paul beckons us to leave our own little worlds behind and embrace a life that desires and delights in the good of others. In this message we will consider the dangers of pride and all that our God has done to rescue us from it and set us free to enjoy a life of humble love.
Love Does Not Envy
November 11, 2023 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 13:4
Have you ever had someone tell you about something really good in their life, but for some reason you didn’t feel very happy about it? Envy is the distress that we feel over someone else’s success and it is something that all of us deal with. However, most of us are better at seeing envy in others than we are in ourselves. In this message we will look at the ways that envy often disguises itself as a desire for justice and we will consider some helpful ways to fight against it.
Love is Patient and Kind
November 4, 2023 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 13:4
What is Love? In this message we will consider two attributes that Paul believes are absolutely vital to love. Love is patient and love is kind. While all of us are familiar with these words, we will be taking a closer look at what they really mean as well as considering why we sometimes find them so difficult to live out. We will also consider some of the ways that our God has been patient and kind to us.
The Necessity of Love and Sacrifice
October 28, 2023 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 13:3
How do love and sacrifice go together? Is it possible to love without sacrifice? What about sacrificing without love? If sacrifice is necessary to love, then how can we know for certain that it will be worth it? These are a few of the questions we will address in I Corinthians 13:3.
Love and our Search for Significance
October 21, 2023 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 13:1–2
As hard as you and I may try to use our unique giftedness in order to find our significance, the reality is that no one has ever truly found the significance they craved through the exercise of their gifts. No one, ever. In I Corinthians 13:1-2 Paul tells us why it is that we will never find the significance we crave through the exercise of our gifts but he also goes on to tell us the surprising place that it can be found. That is what this message is about.
The Body: Unity in Diversity Part 2
October 14, 2023 • Wes Van Fleet • 1 Corinthians 12:27–31
As we look deeper into this reality that we are all given individual gifts but function as one body, we must figure out how to avoid pride and envy, boasting and jealousy as we live together as the family of God. Listen and hear how the cost to Christ to give us these gifts actually unifies us in his own goal and purpose of giving his body these gifts.
The Body: Unity in our Diversity
October 7, 2023 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 12:12–26
As a church how are we supposed to view those who are different from us? Do we conform in order to try and fit in? Do we divide in order to find people who are more like us? Do we compare and compete or do we simply try and ignore our differences in order to avoid conflict? In I Corinthians 12 Paul uses the analogy of the body to show us a better way to deal with our differences.
Discerning True Manifestations of the Holy Spirit
September 30, 2023 • Tim Cain • 1 Corinthians 12:1–7
How can you tell if the Holy Spirit is present at a gathering or even in your own life? Are there certain spiritual gifts that prove the presence of the Spirit? Are there things that should cause us to wonder if he is present? In I Corinthians 12:1-7 Paul lays out some criteria for discerning a true manifestation of the Holy Spirit. He also lays out a few basic truths about the Spiritual gifts that he doesn’t want the Corinthians to be confused about. While there are still a lot of things that Paul has yet to explain in this message we will try and lay out a few of the things that Paul wants to make very clear about the gifts of the Spirit.