1 Corinthians 14:26-40, Genesis 1
“The women should keep silent in the churches” - thanks for that gem, Paul. How in the world can this text be good news?
But like all texts we struggle to understand, when we get to the heart of it, it is actually very good news; and it all has to do with order & chaos.
Music led by Joel Cumby - starts 55 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 14:1-25, Romans 12
Speaking in tongues to God? Prophetically speaking to each other? Eagerly desire these gifts?!
Help! Dave Witt! Make sense of the text!
Dave looks at the charismatic gifts of the spirit, specifically speaking in tongues and prophecy, and how to God uses them to build up His church, and break the boxes we tend to put Him in.
Music led by Alex Drumm - starts 55 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 13, 1 John 4
In 2006 a study was done to see what non-believers thought of Christians.
91% said that Christian’s were “anti-homosexual”. This was the predominant association in most of their minds. Other associations included “judgmental”, “hypocritical”, and “insensitive to others”.
The climax of 1 Corinthians also points to the engine of the entire Christian faith: love. Have we missed our primary calling?
Music led by Joel Cumby - starts 47 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26, 1 Samuel 17
The body (soma) has been a constant theme through Paul’s letter, but in chapter 12 he brings it into the forefront, working the metaphor to show how all the parts of the body are dependant on one another, and how the smallest things affect the biggest.
Music led by Jeff Wynands and Joel Cumby - starts 46 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
We revisit the table for a third time and final time, as Leanne reflects on what it means to “join the story”, and how the table tells us about God’s relentless love for us.
Music led by Andrew Huang - starts 36 minutes in.
Special music by Derek Zanetti (Homeless Gospel Choir)
1 Corinthians 15:12-28, 58
For our Easter celebration we jump ahead a little bit in 1 Corinthians to chapter 15, where Paul explains why the resurrection changes EVERYTHING!
Music led by Joel Cumby and the Resurrection Band - starts 35 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Paul reminds the Corinthian church that the head of every woman is man, that women should wear a head covering, and that for men to have long hair is a disgrace.
No… this isn’t an April Fools joke.
But there’s always more to the story. Digging into the text we begin to see how Paul’s teachings, which seem so backwards and regressive to us, were actually incredibly relevant and empowering in their time and place.
So how do we honour texts like these? Dr. William Webb, author of “Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals” and “Corporal Punishment in the Bible” walks us through these texts, and explains how they can help us understand the heart of God and worship today.
Music led by Alex Drumm, and a whack of other people - starts 1 hour and 12 minutes in.
Note: due to technical problems, the audio is a little weak until about half and hour into the sermon, where it improves.
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
As Paul closes out a section of his letter he ties together a bunch of the themes that we have covered so far, and captures the spirit of the movement in one simple phrase.
Music led by a whole gang of people - starts 49 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 10:14-22, Ephesians 6, Revelation 2
This has quickly become one of the most debated and controversial topics we’ve ever had as a church!
Paul makes a connection between Corinth’s idols, and demons, which leads us to ask “what are the demons today?” and “how should we engage with the powers?”
There are no simple answers, but it is a conversation we all need to have, and one that will require us to take action!
Additionally, because of all the conversation this sermon started, we’ve added a B-Sides BonusCast to the end of the episode, with some further reflections.
This should be fun…
Music led by Tim Selles and Jeff Wynands - starts 51 minutes in.
B-Sides BonusCast starts 61 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Brian Craig, Leadership Development Guru for CBOQ and all around great guy, looks at what we should do when we get stalled in the wilderness, and helps us on our lenten journey; moving us from lament to trust.
Music led by Joel Cumby - starts 52 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 9, Philippians 2
Sort of a weird chapter this week. Paul starts off by getting all defensive about how pastors should get paid, and goes off on a sort of tangent about vineyards and soldiers and oxen…
And then he flips everything on it’s head and it all makes sense.
A sermon about rights, privileges, freedom, and just how much it costs to really be a Jesus disciple.
1 Corinthians 8
Can Christians: smoke, vote, drink, get tattoos, use facebook, text, watch R rated movies, swear, be cops, or go to porn conventions for Jesus?
Paul’s response? It all comes back to meat sacrificed to idols.
Music led by Alex Drumm and Justine Kormann - starts 52 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 7:25-40, Isaiah 53
Paul writes the Corinthians saying “I want you to be free from anxieties” - yes, we desperately need that word.
(Apologies for the poor audio! The heater in the Sanctuary broke down, so we had to meet downstairs and record the sermon on a cell phone. It ended up being pretty great!)
Music led by Joel Cumby - starts 47 minutes in.
1 Corinthians 7:17-24
Peter Giokas from Little Bethel Community Church is our guest this week as we take part in the TrueCity Pulpit Swap!
He continues our study on 1 Corinthians by looking at Paul’s command that each person should remain as they were when they were called by God.
Music led by Joel Cumby - starts 45 minutes in.