The first fruits of the resurrection, the kingdom of God, and made alive in Christ

This is the second in a series of lessons I taught in Adult Sunday on 1 Corinthians chapter 15.  Paul begins by using the analogy of the first fruits to teach us further about how Christ fulfilled this in His resurrection, with the purpose that we to should be confident about our own future resurrection … More The first fruits of the resurrection, the kingdom of God, and made alive in Christ

Performance review for Christian ministers and exposing pride and self sufficiency.

Paul once again brings up God’s servants because the Corinthians did not view them properly.  In Chapter 3, he said that Paul and Apollos were simply God’s servants, they were instruments in the hand of God, one planted, and the other watered, but God gave the growth.   They were “plow-boys” and “water-boys, ” therefore, … More Performance review for Christian ministers and exposing pride and self sufficiency.

Building the church God’s way, the temple of God, and all things are yours.

In the previous lesson in 1 Corinthians we began to examine Paul’s analogy of the church being a building, and that the apostle laid the True Foundation, Jesus Christ.  He then warns them to be careful of how they build.  In this section we are going to see the rewards and responsibilities of Christians, particularly … More Building the church God’s way, the temple of God, and all things are yours.

Factionalism, servants of Christ, and the One Foundation

The Corinthians had become followers of men, and needed to repent of their personality cults and view ministry properly.  Before Paul could correct their sectarianism he had to address the root cause of their worldliness, arrogance, and immaturity. In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul taught them that true wisdom was based on Jesus Christ and Him … More Factionalism, servants of Christ, and the One Foundation

Cross-centered ministry, the wisdom of God, and the work of the Holy Spirit

At our church we began a study of Paul’s first letter the Corinthians, a church that was gifted, yet immature.  Paul’s letter to them is designed to correct their understanding.  The verses I taught on were 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority … More Cross-centered ministry, the wisdom of God, and the work of the Holy Spirit

Christ Crucified: The Crown of Thorns and the Crown of Life

Matthew 27:28-31 They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 They spat on Him, and … More Christ Crucified: The Crown of Thorns and the Crown of Life