Sin is a voracious, bloodthirsty, corroding force – never satisfied until it has parasitically sucked the life out of a person, family, community, or even a church. Therefore, the most hateful thing we can do is turn a blind eye to sin, in our own lives and in the lives our loved ones. In the church, we are called by God to humbly, lovingly, and graciously confront our brothers and sisters about their sin (and invite correction from them about our own), for we are our brother's and sister's keepers.
1 Corinthians 5
May 19, 2019 • Jan Vezikov
"Fight for your Right": America's Blight
1 Corinthians 9:1-23 • June 23, 2019 • Jan Vezikov
To say we have a problem with entitlement in our culture is the understatement of the century. You're special, I'm special, everyone's special. This entitlement ethos has crept into American churches. We're taught that everything is a good gift from God. Once we have it good, however, we expect to maintain the goodness status quo. Now the gift morphs from grace to entitlement. We expect the same level of grace on a daily basis. God teaches us: don't fight for your right to be served; fight for your right to serve.
The Heart and Mind Paradox
1 Corinthians 8 • June 16, 2019 • Jan Vezikov
The most important piece of real estate in the totality of your life is the 18 inches between your mind and your heart. God knows us in such a way that we can't BUT love Him. His knowledge of us generates love in our hearts for Him. In turn, God calls us to know people in such a way, they can't but love us.
Eternal Perspective on Singleness & Marriage
1 Corinthians 7 • June 9, 2019 • Jan Vezikov
We live in a world that tends to idolize both singleness and marriage, and at the same time treat them like a curse. Scripture is honest about the difficulty of life in a fallen world. Singleness and marriage both come with many challenges and difficulties, but Paul reminds us they are, nevertheless, both gifts from God. When properly used, each gift can point to Jesus and the Gospel in a unique way.