Scripture: 1 Corinthians

People of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5
In 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5, Paul reminds the church at Corinth, which was living in a culture of hero-worship of the famous, influential, and powerful, that we are called to be people of the cross. The cross of Christ reveals God’s wisdom, which is salvation through Christ’s suffering and death, and releases the power of God to those who are called to follow in the way of the cross, which has the power to transform lives and enable us to live in the realm of God’s everlasting kingdom.

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Baptism

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

The Bible makes is clear that baptism is important, and a right view on baptism is also important. This raises, therefore several pertinent questions. Why do Christians baptize? Why do Christians get baptized? And why baptism specifically? Why, of all things, did the Lord mandate this particular activity as his chosen way for Christians to welcome new Christians into the church? In this sermon, given for a baptismal service, we examine the answers to these questions, and draw out the impact and implications of this basic practice of Christ’s people.

That I Might Save Some

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

One of the most basic communication maxims is, “It’s impossible not to communicate.” We’re always communicating something to people around us, whether intentional or not. Communication is vital to the gospel. After all, Paul wrote “How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard” (Rom.10:14)? The question is, “Are we communicating the gospel?” In this passage we’ll see how Paul went above and beyond to ensure that what he was communicating was actually the gospel.