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Monday, 26 August 2013

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Worthy

In chapter 11 of his letter to Corinth, the Apostle Paul writes to the church about various aspects of worship.  Last week The Holy Spirit addressed the personal freedoms and corporate responsibilities of individual worshipers, through the pen of Paul.

This week we look at the 'Lord's Table' or 'communion'.

Paul speaks about unity and division in the church. There is simple instruction on sharing and courtesy. Also we address how one can become worthy to enter into fellowship with God. (Hint: we cant do it, so God did it for us) The cross of Christ removes the barrier between us, and the God who is perfect and loving and will not compromise.

He is going to deal fairly with every injustice.  We know that our selfish or fearful actions won't stand before an honest judge who is holy and just.  We have all sinned and if we got only what we deserved, it wouldn't be much.  But God wants more for the humanity He created.  And He made the way simple and easy, by doing the hard work Himself; through the Life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Give a listen:
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Seriously, Should Women Wear Hats in Church?!!!

When we stop to consider some of the comments about gender and authority and propriety in chapter 11 of Paul's first Letter to the Church in Corinth (I Corinthians), it may seem very peculiar.  Some of the ideas draw upon first century Roman culture.  Some of the ideas draw from an order established at the creation of man, in the beginning described in Genesis.

At any rate, there are some useful principles which we can apply today; and still other standards  which it would be foolish to try and apply to 21st Century Western Society.

Paul speaks to responsibility and accountability in the context of leadership and also propriety in the context of worship.  He does this in ways that can get our hackles up if we are not careful to trust God for fair and just treatment as men and women of God.

God is not some chauvinist, oppressive monster that wants women to grovel before lame men who are unworthy of respect.  This chapter speaks to religiously emancipated women about propriety in worship in ways which echo the instructions found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 8 or Romans Chapter 14.

Give a listen to the sermon this Sunday by clicking on the podcast below:
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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

1 Corinthians 11 Being an Example

In his letter to Corinth, inspired by the Holy Spirit, Paul says : " Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
We are called to be an example worth imitating.
Our lives can affect the people who are watching.
This week we look at the impact of the life of the Prophet Daniel.

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Thursday, 1 August 2013

The Basic Good News

Despite all the information offered in the previous podcast, one thing was lacking: the simple gospel message that leads to salvation.  Jesus, a sinless man, died.  His death paid the debt for all sin.  If you agree that you have sinned, and believe God's word, that Jesus died for you, His death covers you too.

Faith in the finished work of Christ, saves from the endless consequence of our sin: separation from God.
Paul wrote to the believers in Rome "...the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord"

This is the meaning of the most popular verse in all scripture:
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
(found in the Gospel of John, chapter 3 verse 16)

This always gets shared every Sunday at the Communion table, but doesn't always make it into the podcast.
The Gospel