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Going...Going...Gone

08/25/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Paul concludes his letter to the Corinthians (I Corinthians 16) with words of encouragement, admonishment, warning and grace. All are as applicable to the church in the 21st century as they were to those in Corinth in the first century.

Resurrection: A Theology of Hope (TEXT ONLY)

08/18/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: What will a future resurrection look like? When will it take place? These were questions that puzzled the believers in the church at Corinth. They are also relevant questions for every Christian today. Paul explains the nature and timing of our resurrection in the last half of First Corinthians 15. This message deals with the implications of our resurrection; it really is a theology of hope.

If Christ Has Not Been Raised...

08/11/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: What does the future hold? Is there life after death? If so, on what basis? The Apostle Paul deals with these questions in First Corinthians, chapter fifteen. Do you want certainty about your future destiny beyond the grave. This message deals squarely with Paul’s teaching that provides answers to questions people have today.

Tongue In Check

08/04/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In chapter one of First Corinthians, the Apostle Paul stated that the church was not lacking in any spiritual gift. Unfortunately, it seems that some in the church were misusing these gifts of the Spirit. So Paul deals with this in chapters 12-14. When he comes to chapter 14, he focuses on two of the more public gifts: prophesying and speaking in tongues. Paul sets forth his desire that the church would most value prophesying while putting restrictions on the exercise of both gifts in the public worship service.

What's Love Got To Do With It

07/21/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: First Corinthians, chapter thirteen, may be the most quoted description of love. But, why does Paul place this marvelous discourse on love in this section of his letter? Some believe it is out of place. On the contrary, Paul was very deliberate in its placement. The Apostle is dealing with another problem in the Corinthian church: misuse of spiritual gifts, in particular, some of the more spectacular, public gifts: tongues, prophesying and knowledge. But Paul says that because of their lack of love shown towards other believers, there was little value to the exercise of their gifts. This teaching is an indictment against any group of Christians who are more focused on spiritual gifts than spiritual graces.

I'm Better Than You...and I Can Prove It

07/07/13

Speaker: Chris Mendez

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Status can be a big deal for a lot of people. Many work hard to control how they're perceived by others which can sometimes lead to problems. The church in Corinth was not immune to this. The search of some for status was ruining their practice of the Lord's Supper and causing problems in the church. In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul deals with this destructive issue head-on. This message will look at Paul's instructions to the Corinthians and discuss what Christians today can learn about remembering what Jesus has done and being a family.

Gotcha Covered

06/30/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Paul moves on from the subject of idolatry (Chapters 8-10) to address issues related to public worship. He begins this section dealing with the question of whether or not it was proper for women to pray and prophesy in the public worship service with their heads uncovered. While the application is different today in most American churches, Paul’s teaching goes deeper to the subject of God’s creation order and the corresponding implications. This is one of those passages that causes you to come in humility and submission to God’s wisdom and work, and wrestle to understand the text in its original context.

Pay Attention

06/23/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Paul concludes this lengthy section on the subject of idolatry by pointing back to the experiences of the people of Israel. He shows that, though they were blessed by God, they were not spared God’s judgment and discipline when they sinned. This is a warning to the Corinthian believers to be careful not to fall back into idolatry. The issue then was eating meat sacrificed to idols. We probably cannot relate to that today in the 21st century, but idolatry is still a danger even for believers in our time and in our culture.

Liberty & Responsibility - Paul's Example

06/16/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In chapter 8, Paul addresses those who were exercising their Christian liberty to the detriment of other believers weaker or newer in faith. He exhorts them to choose the greater good of their brothers and sisters by refraining from eating meat sacrificed to idols and to exercise responsibility in considering the spiritual welfare of others. In this chapter, Paul presents his life and ministry as an example of what he is calling his fellow Christians to do. He explains his rights as an apostle and then offers three reasons why he has not exercised those rights among the Corinthian believers.

Liberty & Responsibility

06/09/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: One of the vexing issues facing Christians in Corinth was whether or not it was permissible to eat meat that had been sacrificed to idols. To understand the seriousness of the matter, we need to look at the cultural setting and why this was a question at all. Having done that and understanding the way Paul answers the Corinthians, we can draw out a principle for application in the 21st century.

To Marry or Not To Marry

06/02/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: From answering a question about marriage from members of the Church in Corinth, Paul moves on to address the status of those not married. Before giving his guidance on whether or not they should marry, he talks about the key which connects both groups. That is, one should be content in whatever state they are in when God calls them in salvation whether single or married. He uses two examples to drive his point home: circumcision or uncircumcision and slave or free. One of the great needs in our lives as believers is to learn contentment �

Dear Abby (aka Paul)

05/26/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In First Corinthians, chapter seven, Paul shifts from dealing with issues brought to his attention through various reports, and turns to answering questions contained in a letter written to him by believers in Corinth. This is not a theological treatise on marriage and sexuality, but does address specific questions that dealt with those subjects. Paul presents right up front the obligation of sexual relations between husbands and wives while, at the same time, encouraging those who are single to remain single and celibate if God has given them the gift of self-control.

Your Body, God's Temple

05/19/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In First Corinthians, chapter six, Paul returns again to the topic of sexual immorality. This topic needed to be addressed in first century Corinth and is greatly needed in 21st century America. Given our culture where

Order In The Court

05/12/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Paul continues to appeal to the believers in Corinth to deal with problems in their midst. This message addresses the situation of one brother suing another brother in a secular court. Paul’s concerns, as it is with all of the problems in the church, are the unity of the body, their witness to the world, and practicing their position in Christ.

Stepping Up to the Plate

05/05/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: What do you do if there is a member of the church who is living a clearly sinful lifestyle. The Apostle Paul deals with just such a situation in the church of Corinth. From this passage we can draw some principles that apply to the need for and the process of church discipline today.

Lucy, Harpo and Paul

04/28/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In First Corinthians, chapter four, Paul presents four pictures of how he, Apollos and other apostles should be viewed by the believers in Corinth. They are: servants, stewards, a spectacle and a father. This message examines the latter two. Paul contrasts the “superior” view the Corinthians held about themselves with that of the apostles, whom God called to a life of suffering, deprivation and death. Then he appeals to them as their “spiritual father” in the faith, that they would imitate his life as a means of knowing the way of Christ.

Measuring Up

04/21/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: How should we measure ourselves? How should we measure those who minister among us? These are the questions Paul addresses in this passage. Measuring correctly means applying God’s terms, his standards, in order to make correct assessments. When done properly and when we measure up to God’s qualifications, we receive our commendation from him in the final judgment.

Farmers & Builders

04/14/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Within this larger section of First Corinthians dealing with the problem of disunity, Paul paints a number of pictures. He speaks of the Corinthian believers as “infants in Christ,” as “God’s field” and “God’s building,” and finally as “God’s temple.” These are very descriptive of the conduct and identity of the Corinthians. Then Paul describes how those in the church should view his and Apollos’ ministry: as servants, as farmers and builders. This also gives us some insight as to how we should view our ministry.

Wisdom & The Word

04/07/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In this passage, Paul explains that it is the Spirit of God who reveals the wisdom of God. This Spirit-revealed truth is viewed as folly by those who do not know God and do not have the Spirit of God. The contrast is the person who is “spiritual,” that is, the person who lives in the realm of the Spirit. If you are a believer in Jesus, the Spirit lives within you and he illuminates your understanding of God’s truths.

Wisdom & Power

03/24/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: The Apostle Paul deals with the deficiencies of human wisdom and human power to comprehend God’s purpose of redemption. The cross - God’s method to provide the basis of forgiveness and reconciliation - is seen to be foolish and weak in the world’s eyes. “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” The message and meaning of the cross is the same today as it was in Paul’s day: “to those who are called…Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Unity of the Body

03/17/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Cliques, Sticks, Picks, Ticks. These four words capture what was going on in the church at Corinth. After reminding these believers of their identity in Christ, he takes them to task for the disunity that had infected their relationships with one another. Disunity, to a great extent, was the root of the other problems Paul will discuss in this letter. Paul appeals to them to be united in mind and judgment. This would be his counsel to churches today who are manifesting many of the characteristics present in the Corinthian church.

Called To Fellowship

03/10/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: The Apostle Paul begins his letter to the Corinthians by reminding them of their position and identity in Christ. Before he ever lowers the boom on how they were behaving (and Paul will not hold back), he reminds them that they belong to God, have been set apart for God, and were called to be holy. This is your identity if you are a follower of Jesus Christ. And even though we don’t always live as we ought, we should be certain of our position in Christ. That remains unchanged even when God disciplines us as his children.

Corinth: A Flyover

03/03/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In early A.D. 50, the Apostle Paul arrived in the city of Corinth (See Acts 18) with the Good News of Jesus Christ. When he left eighteen months later, he left behind a church of growing believers. What kind of city was Corinth? What was its culture like? This message introduces a new study in the book of First Corinthians.