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LOVE THAT NEVER GIVES UP

August 20, 2023

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT). Paul’s love chapter (1 Cor. 13) is one of the most wonderful descriptions of “agape” love found in any literature in human history. Yet, love’s lofty attributes are beyond mortal humanity absent the Spirit which inspired

HAS GOD GIVEN THE LOCAL CHURCH ALL IT NEEDS?

August 19, 2023

“But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body” (1 Corinthians 12:18-20 NLT). It is the Lord that gives out spiritual gifts to those who have

PASSING ON THE BATON OF FAITH 

August 18, 2023

“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself…” (1 Corinthians 11:23 NLT). The apostle Paul’s teaching concerning the Lord’s Supper was faithfully passed on from the Lord to the church at Corinth. Paul reminded them that his authority as an apostle came from the Lord, as did his message. Having

ONE BREAD, ONE BODY

August 16, 2023

“When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.” (1 Corinthians 10:16-17 NLT). The

SEEKING COMMON GROUND

August 15, 2023

“Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23 NLT). The apostle Paul described his approach to sharing the gospel as becoming “a slave to everyone, in order to win more people”

OUR FREEDOM TO LIVE IS LIMITED BY OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LOVE

August 13, 2023

“Be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble” (1 Corinthians 8:9 NLT). Our freedom in Christ does not relieve us of our responsibility to lovingly consider others, especially new believers. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he was concerned about those who felt free to eat meat

LIVING OUT YOUR NEW IDENTITY IN CHRIST 

August 10, 2023

“Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11 NLT). After admonishing believers in Corinth for suing other brothers in court, rather than

FAITHFULNESS IS SUCCESS

August 8, 2023

“Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2 NLT). Paul called himself a servant of Christ and a steward of God’s mysteries. A steward is a manager who serves on behalf of the owner. Managers in business are judged by their success. But Paul said that

UNDERSTANDING OUR PLACE IN WITNESSING

August 7, 2023

“After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:5-6 NLT). Paul wrote

SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING REQUIRES SPIRITUAL REBIRTH

August 6, 2023

“But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NLT). The one who has not been spiritually born again cannot understand spiritual things. They are still