There are Christians in the Corinthian church taking legal action against other Christians. This raises some important questions. Is it ever acceptable for Christians to use the legal system to solve disputes with each other? What about using the legal system in general? In this week's sermon we look at 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 and wrestle with these questions.
In this week's sermon from Mark 16:1-8 we looked at the grim reality of fear and death and the hopeful reality of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus challenges us to not fear but to believe in Jesus.
When Jesus died on the cross we are told in Mark's Gospel that the temple curtain was torn in two and a Roman centurion said, "truly this man was the Son of God!" Find out why these two events are full of good news for you.
Paul's instruction in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 is backwards from the way most Christians think. Paul tells us not to judge the world or even to avoid the world. Instead, he tells us to judge and avoid immoral Christians. This should free us to go to the world with the good news that Jesus died for sinners rather than forming a Christian ghetto where we avoid the world.
In 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 the Apostle Paul labels the Corinthian Christians as a new lump of unleavened dough. That may sound strange to our ears but it is meant to be encouraging. In Christ the believer is clean and pure. This not only encourages us but it should lead us to take sin seriously in our own lives as well as in the church.
How serious is sin? How should Christians respond to sin? Should a church ever excommunicate a person? These are some of the questions we wrestle with in this week's sermon from 1 Corinthians 5 (Part I).