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The Church, Culture & Rights | 1 Corinthians 9:1-27

(1) Pastors Have The Right To Live A Normal Life What exactly does it mean for a pastor to live a normal life? Paul answers that question from three angles logic, Scripture, Jesus. This says somethingit says that this is really important, and that he doesn't want us to miss this. (1) What LOGIC says about a normal life for a pastor: Paul asks a series of rhetorical q...

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The Church, Culture & Marriage And Singleness

The Church, Culture, Marriage and Singleness | 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 Have you ever noticed that we can tend to over-spiritualize certain things?One of the things we can tend to over-spiritualize the most in Christian circles is marriage and singleness. Maybe you've been part of a church where being married, and especially being married and having kids, felt or even was c...

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The Church, Culture, & Sex: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 6:12-20

In a 2014 study conducted by, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, "Would you have sex before marriage?" 63% of the single Christian respondents said 'yes'. What this survey, and others like it tell us, is that we have a kind of "sexual atheism" that is beginning to pervade the Church. Men and women alike will say that they belie...

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The Church, Culture, & Conflict: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 (Pastor Dave Kraft)

Imagine what it could look like in your world if you and other Christians dealt with conflict in healthy, biblical ways as we are all led empowered by God. This section of scripture is not about lawsuits per se, but how to resolve conflicts. There are healthy ways to settle disputes, disagreements conflicts among Christians; filing lawsuits is not one of them. It's "La...

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The Church, Culture & Leadership

This morning, as we continue our series Church Culture and talk about The Church, Culture Leadership, I thought it would be interesting to ask this question: Is the term "servant leadership" an oxymoron?" The Corinthian Christians have lived under largely selfish, self-seeking leadership models in their culture, and despite what they saw in Paul's servant leadership amo...

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The Church, Culture & Wisdom 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

Have you ever had the opportunity to get some kind of inside knowledge about something .. OR .. had some kind of inside experience? One of the deepest human desires is the desire to be on the insidethe desire to be in the know, to know something that other people don't know. C.S. Lewis called this "The Inner Ring." In reference to this "inner ring," Lewis said: Unless y...

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The Church, Culture, and the Cross: 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

Question: If you could give God one piece of corrective wisdom, what would it be? This is our tendency: to assume that we have a similar kind of wisdom as God and begin to question His wisdom on things when we don't seem to think things are working. This is where the Corinthian Christians are. They've been questioning God and His wisdom by rhetorically asking at least th...

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The Church Called Out of and Into Culture: 1 Cor. 1:1-9

We started a new sermon series this week: The Church & Culture...

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