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Flight 1COR1
1 Corinthians 1-16
Skip Heitzig

1 Corinthians 1 (NKJV™)
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,
5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,
6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,
7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ."
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15 lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.
16 Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.
17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,
24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.
30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption--
31 that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD."
1 Corinthians 2 (NKJV™)
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
16 For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3 (NKJV™)
1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.
2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
4 For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?
6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building.
10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13 each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.
14 If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
15 If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness";
20 and again, "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."
21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours:
22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come--all are yours.
23 And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
1 Corinthians 4 (NKJV™)
1 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
4 For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God.
6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
8 You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us--and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
13 being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.
15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you.
19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
1 Corinthians 5 (NKJV™)
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles--that a man has his father's wife!
2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.
10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner--not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person."
1 Corinthians 6 (NKJV™)
1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?
8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!
16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh."
17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Corinthians 7 (NKJV™)
1 Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment.
7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am;
9 but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband.
11 But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her.
13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace.
16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
17 But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches.
18 Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.
20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
21 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it.
22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord's freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ's slave.
23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.
25 Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy.
26 I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress--that it is good for a man to remain as he is:
27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
28 But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you.
29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none,
30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess,
31 and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.
32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord--how he may please the Lord.
33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world--how he may please his wife.
34 There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world--how she may please her husband.
35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
36 But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin; let them marry.
37 Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well.
38 So then he who gives her in marriage does well, but he who does not give her in marriage does better.
39 A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
40 But she is happier if she remains as she is, according to my judgment--and I think I also have the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 8 (NKJV™)
1 Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
3 But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
4 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.
5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords),
6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.
7 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
8 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.
9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
11 And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
1 Corinthians 9 (NKJV™)
1 Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
2 If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
3 My defense to those who examine me is this:
4 Do we have no right to eat and drink?
5 Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?
7 Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?
8 Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also?
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it oxen God is concerned about?
10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?
14 Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.
16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
18 What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.
19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;
20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law;
21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;
22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
23 Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1 Corinthians 10 (NKJV™)
1 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,
2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
3 all ate the same spiritual food,
4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.
5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."
8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;
9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;
10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say.
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?
20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons.
22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other's well-being.
25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience' sake;
26 for "the earth is the LORD'S, and all its fullness."
27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience' sake.
28 But if anyone says to you, "This was offered to idols," do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience' sake; for "the earth is the LORD'S, and all its fullness."
29 "Conscience," I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man's conscience?
30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,
33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 11 (NKJV™)
1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.
5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.
6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.
7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.
10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.
12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.
13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper.
21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
33 Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.
1 Corinthians 12 (NKJV™)
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:
2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led.
3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,
24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?
30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV™)
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 14 (NKJV™)
1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
6 But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?
7 Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played?
8 For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?
9 So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance.
11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
12 Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say "Amen" at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?
17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
21 In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me," says the Lord.
22 Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
23 Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.
25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.
30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.
31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
34 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.
35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
36 Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?
37 If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 15 (NKJV™)
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,
2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up--if in fact the dead do not rise.
16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
27 For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
29 Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?
30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"
33 Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
35 But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?"
36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain--perhaps wheat or some other grain.
38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed--
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 16 (NKJV™)
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.
4 But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me.
5 Now I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia (for I am passing through Macedonia).
6 And it may be that I will remain, or even spend the winter with you, that you may send me on my journey, wherever I go.
7 For I do not wish to see you now on the way; but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits.
8 But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost.
9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do.
11 Therefore let no one despise him. But send him on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I am waiting for him with the brethren.
12 Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to come to you with the brethren, but he was quite unwilling to come at this time; however, he will come when he has a convenient time.
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
14 Let all that you do be done with love.
15 I urge you, brethren--you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints--
16 that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us.
17 I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied.
18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.
19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
20 All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21 The salutation with my own hand--Paul's.
22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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1 Corinthians 1-16 - The Bible from 30,000 Feet - Skip Heitzig - Flight 1COR1

The Bible from 30,000 feet-- soaring through the Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.

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Turning your Bibles to the book of 1 Corinthians, also known as 1 Californians by some because there are certain similarities.

You know, I am a Californian. And that is a very populated state, nearly 40 million people. We have under 3 million here. It's not only populated, but there was always the idea that whatever happens on the west coast eventually makes its way east. Although on the east coast, they will dispute that.

Nonetheless, lots of trends happened in California that sort of swept through the country. It is not a bastion and the apotheosis of morality on the west coast. It's got a seedy side to it, more liberal and progressive in ideology. And so there are similarities between that state and the city that bears the name at the top of the letter, Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.

So as we study this book-- just again, a reminder, this is the Bible from 30,000 feet. We're soaring over it. I just have my New Testament here. I'm going to be poking my way through the 16 chapters that is called 1 Corinthians with you to give you sort of a layout of this.

Now, if you remember last week, we said that the book of Romans, which we studied, was written from Corinth. The book of 1 Corinthians was written from-- no, that's a trick question, actually. It was Ephesus. I just wanted to throw that out just to see if any of you knew that.

So, Paul was in Corinth for a while, as we're going to study tonight. He was also in Ephesus longer. And while he was in the city of Ephesus for, well, about three years, he had time not only to preach and to disciple but also to write letters. And one of the letters that was on his heart was a letter to the Church at Corinth.

Now, let me tell you a little bit about Corinth. And if you happen to have a Bible with maps at the back of your Bible, it's good to locate a map, especially the missionary journeys of Paul the Apostle, especially Paul's second missionary journey where they show you the route that he took.

And you will be able to see that he found his way to the European continent by way of Philippi. That's the first city he came to. And then he worked his way down toward Athens and then eventually to Corinth.

Now, if you're looking at that map, you'll notice something about the area of Greece. If you can find Athens and if you can spot Corinth as you're looking at that map-- on one side is the Adriatic Sea, the other side is the Mediterranean. If you can spot Greece, you'll notice that the upper part of Greece-- let's call that north Greece, sort of like North Carolina-- is separated from south Greece by a little neck of land. Do you see that little, tiny-- how it narrows? That's a little isthmus.

Do remember that word that you had to say when you were in school, and you can't do it 10 times really fast? Isthmus is a little neck of land that connects these two sections of Greece. That little neck of land is only about 10 miles long and about 3 and 1/2 miles wide. But to sail around that from one side to the other is 250 miles.

So back in the day when you were in a ship and you were navigating-- you were trading, you were buying and selling, or you're transporting people-- it would be a lot easier, would it not, if you could go across that little neck of land? 3 and 1/2 miles is a lot easier, conceptually, than 250 miles.

Not only is there a distance, but there is a considerable factor in terms of safety. It was dangerous. The old sailors back in that day used to have a saying because that peninsula, south Greece, called the Peloponnesian peninsula, or simply the Peloponnesus, whatever you'd like to call it.

But that peninsula, the Peloponnesian peninsula, at the very bottom tip is a place called Malaya, the Cape of Malaya. And there was a saying in ancient times that if you're going to sail around the Cape of Malaya, you'd better have a will filled out before you go. Because the crosswinds can be killer. The storms can be outrageous. Many a ship has sunk off the Cape of Malaya.

So because of that problem-- and because the trade routes would be great if you could just sail across the land, but you can't because there's a landmass there-- they tried to figure out a way to connect one side to the other side, 3 and 1/2 miles, by way of a canal.

They thought, if we could just dig out a river, a canal, to connect these two bodies of water together, we would have it made. Now, they were never able to do that. Alexander the Great thought about doing it. Julius Caesar thought about doing it. Caesar Nero, in AD 67, actually attempted it. None of them succeeded.

And it wasn't until the year 1893 that the Corinthian canal was completed. Today, you can sail right across in a little narrow strait, as they've carved those cliffs out. And you can go by sea from one side to the other, 3 and 1/2 miles-- a quick journey.

So what they did in those days is come up with something rather ingenious. They developed a cart with wheels where you could lift a ship up on top of the wheels and cart it by land 3 and 1/2 miles.

And it was important for them to do that because, again, if you're in business, if you want to make some bank, set up a shop in Corinth-- man, it is at the crossroads of north, and south, and east, and west. And now that they have a contraption to haul ships from east to west, all the better. Corinth was, therefore, a very wealthy city. And that's the city that Paul addresses.

Not only was it wealthy because of the trade routes. It was an entertainment capital-- in a good and a bad way. You've heard about the Corinthians. Most of you know they had a bad reputation. But let me tell you the good side first.

You've heard of the Olympic games. The second most popular games in the ancient world-- the first was the Olympics, it goes way back. But the second were called the Isthmian Games. They took place at Corinth. So if you were a competitive athlete, you want to hang around between north and south Greece, between Athens and Corinth. You're going to be doing paces, running your marathons. A lot of the athletic competition took place in and around Corinth.

But then there was that dark underbelly side of entertainment as well. For in Corinth-- and those of you who've been with us to the city of Corinth-- as you approach Corinth, as you approach it from the road and you go up on a little plateau, just to the back of it as you are entering it, you notice it continues to rise and there's a hill in the back.

That hill was called the acropolis, or the Acrocorinth, a rock jutting up out of the city of Corinth. And atop of that hill, the Acrocorinth or the acropolis, was a temple to the goddess of love, Aphrodite. 1,000 priestesses lived on top of that hill and, nightly, would come down into the city of Corinth to ply their trade. These prostitutes with the men of the city, the travelers of the city-- it didn't matter the gender. It was sex for sale to keep the temple of Aphrodite going.

Because of that and many other things, Corinth developed a dismal reputation. There were sayings like, not every man can afford a trip to Corinth, meaning you couldn't afford the prostitutes at the temple of Aphrodite.

There was even a word coined in the ancient world. And it is the Greek word [GREEK] I don't expect you to know that word or memorize that word. It's a hard word. [GREEK] means to play the Corinthian, or to live like a Corinthian. It meant if you were a debauched, amoral, or immoral person, you're a Corinthian. Whenever the Corinthians were played in the Greek plays onstage, they were always depicted as a drunk.

So this city had everything except a church. And this city, wouldn't you agree, desperately needed a church. But as much as it needed a church, and needed a witness, and needed to hear the gospel of Christ, I think you would agree in a city like that it would be difficult to live out your Christian faith with that kind of pressure in the ancient world-- very real, as much as in the modern world. Because of that reality, that church faced all sorts of struggles, as you can see by this first letter to the Corinthians.

Now, let's sort of retrace Paul's steps. Paul was in Troas. The Holy Spirit kept shutting doors for him. You remember the story in Acts 16.

And so in Troas, he gets a vision of a man from Macedonia saying, come over to Macedonia and help us. Most of our ancestors come from Europe. And so we are thankful today that Paul the Apostle heeded the call of God upon his life to go to the continent of Europe and be the first gospel witness there. It would be in Philippi. But then it would spread westward throughout all of Europe eventually.

So he goes from Troas over to the shores of Europe. Officially, that is the European continent. He goes to Neapolis. But the first city he goes to to really preach the gospel is the city of Philippi.

There's not a whole lot of success. A woman at the river named Lydia-- the Lord opens her heart to the things spoken by Paul. Paul gets thrown in jail. You know the story, the Philippian jail.

They're in chains. But at midnight because of an earthquake, they're singing praises to God. The Philippian jailer comes to know Christ. He and his whole family get baptized. So a church starts in Philippi.

Then he goes and works his way down from Philippi down to Thessalonica, from Thessalonica down to Berea, from Berea down to Athens. He preaches the gospel in Athens. Not a whole lot of fruit there, but a few people believed.

Then he goes to Corinth. He doesn't pass through Corinth. He spends the longest time that he spent in any city-- except for one, the longest stint was in Ephesus, three years. The second-longest time he spent in a city of any repute was in Corinth. He spent 18 months in that city. He spent 18 months cultivating disciples, sharing the gospel.

And I mentioned about the seedy background of that culture. I'm going to take you-- first, before we even look at some versus in chapter 1, go over to chapter 6 in your Bibles. And look at verse 9. Let's begin the book there.

He's writing to the church, do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revivals, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God. And here's the phrase-- and such were some of you.

Man, that was you. I'm describing you guys, the church, at Corinth. That was your background. That's the city you live in. Such were some of you. But you were justified. Or you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the spirit of God.

So Paul goes to Corinth, lives with a couple who had the same profession as Paul, the same work profession-- that is, being a tent maker. So he lived with a couple named-- cute names, Aquila and his wife Priscilla. So their names rhymed. And I could just picture them as just this cute couple together. I have my own little picture in my mind.

He lives with this wonderful couple for a period of time. Then he moved from that setting into another house, all written about in the book of Acts. And from there, his ministry developed.

Now, 1 Corinthians alludes to-- this is all introductory-- another letter written previous to this that Paul wrote them. I just want you to see it because we're not going to be going back over it. So go over to chapter 5. You were just in chapter 6. Look at chapter 5.

Now, again, this is called 1 Corinthians, right? The first letter of Paul, it says, at the top of my Bible-- the first epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. Actually, that's inaccurate. It is not the first. Because if you look at chapter 5 verse 9, he says, I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.

So there was a letter prior to 1 Corinthians that he speaks of here. What that means is, 1 Corinthians is actually 2 Corinthians. And 2 Corinthians is actually 3 Corinthians.

But we don't have the first letter he mentions here. We only have this one. So we naturally call it 1 Corinthians and the other one 2 Corinthians. Do you follow?

Why did he write this letter? Why the second letter? Here's why. One of the church leaders or prominent people who were believers in Corinth, by the name of Chloe-- we don't know if that's a male or a female. It's an ancient name. It could be either/or.

Chloe writes to Paul and says, Paul, we've got problems here. There's divisions in the church that you started. There's people who are polarized around earthly leaders. And we have disunity that's eating away at the fabric of our church. We have a lot of weird questions about things you never talked about, weird doctrines developing.

And so she writes, or he writes, a letter to Paul with these issues, with these questions, and mentions several problems that are going on in the church of Corinth.

So 1 Corinthians is largely a corrective letter. It's a polemic. It is written to correct behavior, correct weird doctrine, and to get the church back on track.

So I have outlined 1 Corinthians by its problems. Now, here's why I like 1 Corinthians. I'm glad it's about problems. Because every single church I have ever seen has problems. And yet people are looking for the perfect church. And we always tell them, if you find one, please never join it. Because you will ruin it.

Churches are made of church people. And church people are saved, redeemed sinners. So we come with our own problems, do we not?

So it is really a book that really showcases the problems going on in the early church. And I love it because I hear this romantic sentiment so often by people-- we need to get back and be like the early church! And I say, be careful. Which early church do you mean, exactly? Because Corinth was an early church. Surely you don't want to be just like them.

So with that in mind, we have the problems. That I've outlined seven of them in this book. The first one, beginning in chapters 1 and 2, is congregational disunity. There were divisions, as we'll see early on in this book.

Now, remember-- unity among believers was high on the priority list of our savior, Jesus. He prayed a personal prayer to his father in John chapter 17. And when he was praying that long prayer, he said, Father, I do not pray for these disciples only, but also all those who will believe in me through their word. I pray that they may be one even as we are one, that the world may know that you sent me.

Jesus knew that unity was to be a top priority. It doesn't mean we'll agree on everything. But there's a wholesome way to express disagreement. And disagreement is different than dissension or contention.

And what was going on in the church at Corinth were dissensions and contentions, not just disagreements. So they're addressed. And if you go down to verse 10, you'll see where it is.

"Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.

Now I say this. That each of you says, I am of Paul, or I am of Apollos, or I am of Cephas"-- that means the apostle Peter-- "or I am of Christ."

Paul asked them, is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

There were four leaders that the Corinthian Christians were kind of siding with in four different groups. One group said, oh, we just love Paul. He's the founder of our church. There's nobody like Paul. Man, he was a Jewish rabbi. He was a Pharisee but the Lord delivered him. He comes from a traditional background but he's free in Christ. And since he's the founder, man, we relate with Paul.

But the second pastor at Corinth was a guy mentioned here by the name of Apollos. Apollos came from Alexandria, Egypt, was saved in Ephesus, was sent down to Corinth by Paul. And he was very intelligent, very eloquent, very learned. His Greek-- some people believe that it was Apollos that wrote the Book of Hebrews. If that is the case, the Book of Hebrews is written, stylistically, in a Greek that is vastly different from the common Galilean Greek as like in the Gospel of John, and even the writings of Paul, even though Paul's are much headier and harder.

The Greek that is given to us in the Book of Hebrews is difficult, classic, erudite, educated. And many believe it was Apollos who wrote it. So there's people who go, oh man, I can relate to Apollos. He thinks. He's a thinking preacher.

The third group loved Peter. Peter's a blue collar worker, a fisherman, a man of working with his hands. And he's one of the original 12. You know, Paul is an apostle. But Peter's one of the original 12. He actually was with Jesus. Apollos wasn't, Paul wasn't. Peter was.

But then there was a fourth group. That was the worst group of snobs out of all of them. They were the kind who said, we don't identify with any earthly leader. We only follow Christ. You've heard that before.

We don't believe that earthly leaders are all that important. And so we're non-denominational. We just follow Jesus.

I find that these same groups, this same behavior, happens all the time even today. People rally around their favorite radio preacher. Well, you know, Dr. So-and-So or that preacher doesn't agree. He says this. So?

What does the Bible say? He may be right. He may be right. Why polarize over people? Did any of them die for you? Were you baptized in their name? That's the kind of questioning Paul asks.

Every now and then, I'll get very well-meaning but-- well, folks who love to identify with one of two big theological camps, Calvinism or Arminianism. Not Armenians, by the way-- Armenian is a people group. Arminian is a follower of Jacobus Arminius, who had a different theological take on scripture than John Calvin.

But they rally around either Arminianism or Calvinism. And you know, John Calvin-- who cares? They're both dead. I don't care what John Calvin said. I respect him. I've read him. I love reading him-- brilliant. I don't care much about him, though. He's dead. Or Arminius. He's dead. Jesus is alive.

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So, I don't want to sound like a fourth group too much, but-- what's the remedy for that? The remedy for that kind of polarization is to realize who God uses. Go down to verse 26. "For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called."

There are some. There are a few, but not many. "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise"-- this is my life verse. "And God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame those things that are mighty and the base things of the world, and the things which are despised, God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are"-- and here's why. "That no flesh should glory in his presence."

God uses ordinary people with an extraordinary message to do his work. You don't have to be special. You just have to be faithful. God will give you gifts for whatever display he wants in the body of Christ as well as your witness in the world.

But if you look back to the kind of people Jesus picked, he didn't go say, OK, I've got to go to Athens and get the smartest philosopher. I have to go to Rome and get the mightiest general. He goes, that loud-mouthed fisherman named Peter, I'm going to bring him on. That guy named Judas, John, I'm going to get these fishermen, these Galileean peasants, that tax collector-- you guys want to join my team?

The foolish things of this world, those are the ones that are on his team. If you think about it, think, in one sense, of the disadvantage God is at. We're all he's got.

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This is it. This is it. Saved people-- just look around. You see your calling brother-- not many mighty, not many-- this is all he's got. And he likes it that way. He's chosen it that way.

And do you know why that is? Well, think of a brilliant workman, or tradesman, or physician who is brilliant in what he or she can do but is confined to using very poor tools. It adds to the drama of the work that is done when somebody is confined to using poor tools but does an incredible job.

So for a surgeon to have a modern medical suite in Boston General or Mayo Clinic-- yeah, OK. I want a good job. I expect that.

But give a guy a Swiss army knife, and take him to the jungles of Africa, and have him perform the same surgery. If he could do it, he's brilliant.

A mechanic, if he has all the pneumatic tools-- well, give him a crescent wrench. My brother's a golf pro. I hate playing golf with him. I take a bag with all of the clubs. He walks out there barefoot on the course, takes a couple of irons, maybe three clubs in one hand, and walks out.

He's a PGA pro. So he just putts by turning the club backwards and beats everybody. So he's confined to less tools and he does an incredible job.

So this is all God has. And when God does his work, we don't go, wow, that guy's amazing! Because if you do, you got the wrong message. You should go, wow, God's amazing-- he used even him, even them, even her-- that no flesh could glory in his presence.

So that's the first section-- congregational disunity. I want to speed this up.

Also, in chapters 2 through 4, we now address the second problem, or Paul does, and that is spiritual immaturity.

As soon as you come to Christ, Jesus said a man must be born again. You're born again, right? You have a spiritual birth.

Now, I don't remember my birth. But when I was born, I was normal. I didn't stay that way. But I was born a normal baby, 7 and 1/2 pounds, right around there. It was a normal birth. And they said I was a normal child.

That's normal, to be born at seven and a half pounds. But if, 15 years later, I can't show much progress from babyhood, Houston, we have a problem.

So if I'm 15 years of age or 16 years of age and I come home to my parents and go, ma-ma, da-da, they're going to take me to a specialist. They're going to go, uh-oh.

So we are born again. It's a normal birth. It's by the spirit of God. But there needs to be a discipleship, a maturity. One of the saddest things is a Christian who has been a Christian for years, but you get talking to them and you realize, man, they have about as much depth as somebody who's been saved for a couple weeks or a few months. You want to grow.

So in this section, Paul talks about spiritual maturity and immaturity. And he mentions three classes of people. First of all is the unsaved person, or the natural man. Verse 13 of chapter 2-- "these things, we also speak not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches"-- comparing spiritual things with spiritual-- "but the natural man"-- that's the unsaved person, the person by nature. We are, by nature, the children of wrath, the unsaved person.

"The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him. Nor can we know them because they are spiritually discerned." The unbeliever is governed by the appetites of the flesh. That's all he or she knows.

And they don't get spiritual things. Have you had the frustration of witnessing to an unbeliever, and you're pulling out every argument? And finally, you get frustrated and you say, don't you see? Don't you get it?

And of course, the logical answer is, of course not. Could you expect a person who's blind to enjoy the sunset? Or a deaf person-- would you put a nice record on of Tchaikovsky or Beethoven and go, hey, do you like that? Like what? I lack the faculties to appreciate it. A natural person lacks the spiritual capacity to understand.

So that brings us to the second person. Verse 15, after the natural man, the supernatural man. That's the saved person. But he was spiritual, judges-- better translation, discerned-- all things, understands. He gets it. She gets it.

Yet he, himself, is rightly judged by no one. Nobody gets him or her. They don't understand this crazy-- why do you want to go to church so much? Why do you read that book so much? Why do you hang out with those people? They don't understand you.

For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. The third person after the natural and supernatural-- let's call him the unnatural man. That's the carnal Christian. "And I, brethren"-- he's speaking to believers-- "could not speak to as spiritual people--" You're not growing, "--but as to carnal. Two babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food. For until now, you were not able to receive it. And even now, you are still not able."

Oh, they're born again. They're saved. But they're stunted. It's a foreshortened growth. They're not maturing like they should. They don't know much. In fact, they can't digest much. You can give them the basic things of Christianity. But you go just a little bit deeper, and they go, oh, you lost me. And they don't even care to understand it.

I love evangelism. But if somebody were to ask me, Skip, what brings you the greatest joy? I would have to echo what John said in his little epistle. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth. I want them to grow.

And so Paul is addressing-- you can be saved. You can be unsaved. Or you can be saved but stunted. And that is the carnal Christian. So he deals with spiritual immaturity.

Now, chapters 5 and 6-- he deals with a problem very prevalent in Corinth, and that is sexual immorality. I told you a little bit about what was going on in the city over there in 1 California or Corinth. And so those problems made their way into the church. That's chapters 5 and 6.

Look at chapter 5 verse 1, how it begins. "It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you." He's talking to the church.

You church folks, you Christian believers who gather together and worship the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit, I hear-- I've heard-- it's been told to me that there's sexual immorality among you. "And such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles." Even pagans don't do this.

And that is-- it says that a man has his father's wife. Evidently, it's a case of incest where one of the church members is having a physical, sexual relationship with his stepmother. And verse 2 is key to understanding-- and you are puffed up and have not, rather, mourned that he who has done this deed might be taken away from you. That is, excommunicated.

"For I, indeed, as absent in the body but present in the spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, him who has so done this deed. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."

Paul hits it head-on. There's sexual immorality. Pagans don't do this. Cicero wrote that incest was strictly forbidden by Roman law. And Paul says-- I mean, this is so bad they don't do it. And it's going on in your midst. And you're puffed up. You're patting yourselves on the back because you're so tolerant.

Boy, we love-- we almost worship at the altar of tolerance. If you tolerate, oh, yeah, everybody's doing it. I'm very open-minded, I tolerate any kind of sin. That doesn't speak well of you.

Paul says, shame on you. You should kick this person out unless there's repentance. You should put him away from you. So he instructs them to do that. Go down to chapter 6 verse 18 where he sort of sums this notion up after writing extensively about it.

Flee-- run away from-- sexual immorality. "Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

This chapter and the next few chapters, he's going to talk about relationships-- if you're single or if you're married. So here's basically God's ideal. Stay pure until you're married. And then stay married until you're dead. That sort of sums it up. That just sums up the whole, in a nutshell, God's ideal of marital relationships. Stay pure until you're married. And then stay married until you're dead.

Now, I understand that ideal is not always reached. We live in a sinful world. You can't account for others in the relationship. You might have a spouse that says, I'm done with you. I don't want to work conflict out. I'm just bailing on the relationship. Or they commit adultery and they sever the marriage relationship. And so there is a freedom for remarriage. I understand that. Or the unbeliever departs. All that's spoken about here.

So we can't always bank on the ideal. Because we are married to imperfect people who also make choices like we do.

Having said that, the trend today-- I think you'll agree. You know this. This is axiomatic. As the years go on, our country gets looser, morally, than the previous generation, more tolerant of all types of behavior. You're told not to say anything about it, judge it, et cetera.

And the trend today is not to commit to a long-term relationship but rather test-drive that person. Take it out for a spin. Live together for a while. See if you're compatible sexually and intellectually, and if he can pick his socks up or not. And then just live together a while. Then you'll know if you can be married or not.

The problem with that is several-fold. But purely from a secular viewpoint, I was looking through several studies this week again, to make sure that it's still the case, but several studies bear out that people living together first before marriage are more apt to fail in their marriage than those who don't test-drive first but make a commitment first.

In fact, according to one article, studies show, based on 50 years of data, that couples who live together before marriage have a 50% greater chance of divorce than those who don't.

Those who cohabit also have less satisfying and more unstable marriages. Why? The researchers have found that those who had lived together later regretted having violated their moral standards and, quote, felt a loss of personal freedom to exit out the back door, closed quote.

Furthermore-- same study-- and in keeping with the theme of marital bonding, they have stolen a level of intimacy that is not warranted at that point, nor has it been validated by the degree of commitment to one another.

Simply put, research shows that when you test-drive the vehicle first, you end up trading it in later. You don't stick with it. Whereas if you understand what this covenant is and you make a commitment, you're apt to stick with it, purely by statistics.

Now, chapter 7 takes us to the third problem addressed by Paul. And that is marital infidelity. He's going to speak to single people as well as married people. Go down to verse 8.

"But I say to the unmarried and to the widows it is good for them to remain even as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion."

And it's rare. But if-- some can do it. But if you can live your life without needing the distractions that will naturally come-- maybe that's too strong of a word-- the responsibilities that marriage will bring your way, if you can be content without needing that and you can serve the Lord as a single person, do that. Now, that's a gift.

One time, the disciples said to Jesus after hearing his teaching on divorce, well, maybe it's better for a man not to marry. And Jesus said, well, only those to whom it has been given can do that. And if you have that gift, don't let anybody pressure-- why aren't you married yet? Man, you're 25, you're 35, you're whatever age-- you should be married. No, maybe not.

Quit trying to play matchmaker and cupid. I know, it's fun. I've done it too. But it doesn't work out well.

OK. Here's the problem. And I'm going to sum this up. At the time Paul wrote this, the Roman Empire was seeing an increase in immorality. It was also seeing an increase in the divorce rate. It was seeing a large feminist movement at the time. You can read the records of women deciding to go into the arena and wrestle wild boars, and all sorts of stories about this feminist movement that started in Rome and was spreading around the world.

So the backlash of those trends in the church at Corinth was this. People were saying, well, maybe it's better to be celibate. Let's tell these people you can't get married. Or let's tell them you'll be more spiritual if you stay single.

Or let's tell believers who are married to unbelievers, man, dump your unbelieving spouse. You're unequally yoked. Just dump that unbeliever and marry somebody else who's a believer like you. That was the backlash. That was one of the problems that Paul addresses here in this section.

Now, I'll take you to chapter 8. Chapter 8 begins yet another problem in the early church of Corinth. And that is a problem with personal liberty.

In verse 8, he says, "now concerning things offered to idols: we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up." But love builds up, or edifies. "And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by God."

Chapters 8, 9, and 10 deal with issues of personal liberty. OK. Jesus set us free. He's given us liberty. Whoever the sun sets free is free, indeed.

But in Corinth, there were issues that people were dealing with that Jesus never really talked about. He never addressed, can you eat a burger if it comes from an animal that was killed, and was butchered, and cooked in a pagan temple? It's been sacrificed to an idol. But now they're selling the meat. You buy a Buddha burger or whatever, out on the street, a pagan burger. And you're out there with a little green chili on it to spice things up. And you're just-- oh, man, the best pagan burger in Corinth is right over there at that altar.

So Jesus never addressed that issue. So they bring this up to Paul. Can we do that?

So there are several issues in this section that we would call gray areas-- not black and white, sort of gray. So Paul is asked the questions. He addresses them. Just like today, we have certain issues that we have to apply biblical principles to because they're not written about even in the letters to Paul.

Can Christians go to a movie? They didn't have movies back then. What kind of music can a Christian listen to? What kind of freedoms do we have? Can a Christian dance?

I get asked that, can Christians dance? And my answer is, well, some can and some can't.

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I'm one who can't. That's why I played in the bands in high school.

It's interesting, though, the things that divide us. So you've heard me quote Charles Haddon Spurgeon, yes, many times. Charles Spurgeon, a great preacher in the Victorian era in London, England.

Down the street from Spurgeon was another preacher by the name of JW Packer. They were brothers. He was a great preacher. They loved each other. They even exchanged pulpits on a couple of occasions.

However, Spurgeon believed JW Packer was worldly. Because he would go to the theater and see plays. He went to the theater, and that's un-spiritual.

What's funny about that is Spurgeon smoked cigars. He aw no problem with that at all. In fact, there's a funny story of DL Moody who came to meet Spurgeon, had heard about him, wanted to meet him, found him in London, knocked on the door. And Spurgeon answered the door with a big stogie.

You know, picture Winston Churchill. And Moody sees that. And he drops his jaw. He's shocked. This great, revered preacher smoking a cigar!

Now, DL Moody was quite a large guy, an XXL, a rotund fellow. He was large. And so he's standing on the step of Spurgeon's flat or house. Spurgeon opens the door to the parsonage. And he sees Spurgeon smoking a cigar. And he points at the cigars says, how can you, as a man of God, do that?

And Spurgeon smiled and pointed to the large belly of DL Moody and said, the same way that you, as a man of God, can do that. You don't see that as a sin. You see this as a sin.

So we get funny about worldly things, do we not? So Paul addresses some of these things in this book-- personal liberty in chapters 8, 9, and 10, and gives some really good guidance about that.

Verse 9 of chapter 8, he says, "but beware, lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an Idol's temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge, shall the weak brother perish for whom Christ died?"

Now, this is a reason I don't-- you'll never see me at a restaurant having a drink. I don't care if you have a drink, if you have a glass of wine or a beer, whatever you have. That's up to you. I won't do it.

If I'm out at a restaurant, or you see me at the bar hammering down a few beers or glasses of wine, and you go, um, honey, isn't that Pastor Skip?

But that's one thing. What if you had a parent who struggled with alcohol? Or what if you, yourself, has struggled with alcohol? And you see that. Now you're emboldened. Well, I can do that. No, you can't.

So we have liberty. But we have to be very careful how we exercise it. So I want to sort of see how that's summed up. Go to chapter 10 verse 23.

Now, this will answer for you-- here's some principles that govern gray areas in your life and what kind of personal liberty you can exercise. Verse 23, "all things are lawful for me but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me but not all things edify"-- or build up-- "so let no one seek his own but let each other's well-being. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience sake. For the earth is the Lord's and all its fullness."

You can do whatever you want. But there are limitations. And he outlines them here.

When people say, Skip, do you drink? I drink as much as I want. I don't want it. And why? What are the parameters?

Verse 23, "all things are lawful for me". I can do anything. "But not all things are helpful". Now, that's the test of utility. Can I use this activity? Is this going to expedite? That's the word. Will this expedite? Will this speed me along my spiritual growth route? Is it helpful? Is this something that's going to be helpful to me? Or is it just going to be a weight? If it's going to weigh me down, I don't need it. It's extra.

I'm an athlete. I'm running the race. I don't need extra stuff. Is this helpful? Is this going to expedite it or not? So it's the test of utility.

Second is the test of charity-- all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. OK. They don't build up. Somebody sees me doing it or hears that I do this a lot. Is that going to cause them to stumble? Am I going to have to explain that? Better to not do it for the sake of mutual edification.

There is a third test. But that's found a couple of chapters back in chapter 6 verse 12 where he says, all things are lawful for me but not all things are helpful. Here's the second part of that. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

That's the third test, the test of authority. So the first is utility, the second is charity, and the third is authority, to not be brought under the power of any. You know what I mean by that.

Do you become addicted to it? Do you have to do it? You can't live without it? Is it controlling you or are you controlling it? Is it kind of pushing you around? So now it really does become a weight. It's calling the shots. It's the authority. So that is sort of the summary filter of gray areas.

The sixth problem that he deals with is the problem of imbalanced community, chapters 11, 12, 13, and 14. So in chapter 11, he's going to deal all about gender, male and female, behavioral patterns in the public assembly of worship. What is OK to do given the city that they live in, Corinth? Given the culture they live in? Given the mores and all? He's going to give that kind of balance in chapter '11.

Also in chapter 11, the conduct of the Lord's Supper. They were trying to get there and eat all the food at the love feast before the Lord's table. And so they were selfish about getting together at their potlucks. Some say, you can't say potluck. You have to say pot faith. Potluck! I just want to do that if that ticks you off. I kind of want to do that. Because that's just stupid-- pot faith, whatever.

OK. So at the common meal, OK? People were getting there to hoard it for themselves and eat it for themselves. That goes against the concept of unity. It's the antithesis of unity, selfishness. So he writes about the Lord's Supper and behavior there.

Then in chapter 12, it's all about spiritual gifts, which is part of that same issue. So verse 1, chapter 12-- "concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant." Stop.

Every time in the New Testament Paul says, I'm going to tell you something because I don't want you to be ignorant about it, know that that is at the precise point most people are ignorant about it.

One of the most controversial points in the church has been-- for a long time, still is-- spiritual gifts. Many of us are ignorant about the proper use of spiritual gifts. I don't want you to be ignorant.

Another time Paul said that is in 1 Thessalonians 4. "Concerning the coming of the Lord, brothers, I don't want you to be ignorant." There's so much controversy about the coming of the Lord, the rapture of the church, the second coming, et cetera.

So when Paul writes that, it's because he knows these are points of conflict. And spiritual gifts is one of them.

There are two, basically, extreme views concerning spiritual gifts. I've talked about it at length. So I'll just touch on it. There are secessionists that simply believe gifts have ceased, hence the word cessation. They've ceased. They've stopped. They were for the early church. We don't need them anymore. The scripture's complete. Spiritual gifts are passe, old hat. They're not practiced anymore. That's one extreme.

The other extreme isn't sensationalism but sensationalism. There are some people who think if you're not speaking in tongues every service and seeing a miracle every day, and slapping somebody on the head and having them fall over and get healed from diseases they may or may not have-- if you don't see that all the time, the Holy Spirit is gone. He's not there, man. And so they just are in it for the sensational aspect of it.

The key word when it comes to spiritual gifts is balance. I believe all of the spiritual gifts are for today. I believe that. I believe all of them are for today. But I also believe in the balance that all things must be done decently and in order, a phrase that comes right out of Corinthians.

People ask me, are you a fundamentalist? Or are you a charismatic? And sometimes I say, I'm a fundamatic. And that'll bother some people. They go, well, you can't be. You have to be in this camp or this camp. Because I've read about both camps and you have to fit in one.

Well, I don't fit in either one of those. There's certain aspects of both that I think are good and others that are a little bit too narrow.

Anyway, verse 4. "There are diversities of gifts but the same spirit. There are differences of ministries but the same Lord. There are diversities of activities but it's the same God who works in all. But the manifestation of the spirit is given to each one for the profit of all."

Don't you love the fact that God loves variety? He didn't give the same gifts in the body of Christ. Wouldn't you hate the same gift-- this Christmas, what if everybody in your life gave you the same exact gift? T-shirts and underwear, socks and underwear-- thanks. That would be so boring, wouldn't it? Wouldn't you love a variety of gifts?

Just like there's variety of terrain. God loves variety. And God has made us different. And he has given us different gifts. And when we're all working together, it's awesome.

Chapter 15-- let's go over there. The seventh and final issue he deals with is the problem of doctrinal perplexity.

If you were to list the 10 greatest chapters in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 15 has to be in it. It is the most complete, definition slash description slash explanation of Resurrection that exists in the Bible, both Jesus' Resurrection and our resurrection.

And so he writes in detail about that. Because though they believed in Jesus' physical Resurrection-- otherwise they couldn't be a Christian. You can't be a Christian unless you believe in the bodily Resurrection of Christ.

They believed that. They were having trouble with believing in their own future physical resurrection. And you say, why would they have a problem with that? Because they come from a Greek background. They believed in Greek dualism.

Among Greek ideology, the body, anything physical, was considered inferior and bad. And so why would you ever have a physical flesh resurrected?

So he talks about that, chapter 15 verse 12. "If Christ is preached, that he has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not risen. If Christ has not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is empty.

Yes, we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up-- if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ has not risen. And if Christ has not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

Then also those who have fallen asleep"-- or died-- "in Christ have perished." Here's the summary verse of that. "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most pitiable."

If there is no resurrection from the dead, then Jesus is still dead, number one. Number two, Jesus is a liar because he kept saying he's going to get killed but rise again from the dead.

Number three, your preaching is useless because it's based on the Resurrection from the dead. Number four, we're stupid to spend our life being beaten up and chased by people for this gospel message if all we do is live, and then die, and never see anything after this. We're just wasting our lives. So he just kind of goes through all those different arguments.

Verse 35-- I'll make this quick. "Some will say, 'how are the dead raised? And with what body do they come?"

Let me give you the short answer. The short answer-- your body, when it's resurrected, is going to be like Jesus' body when it was resurrected.

Think about what Jesus was able to do. He was able to, like, go through walls, show up at one place and then, like, immediately, miles away-- [WOOSHING SOUND]. You get teleported there to that next place. So you're going to have those same capacities.

I did an entire message called getting the body you always wanted. That's the name of the message-- getting the body you always wanted. And I go into depth and in detail in this chapter of what happens to your resurrected body when that happens.

Chapter 16 closes the book. It is the practical chapter. And what he's ending with is an offering. Paul is taking an offering. He is banking on the generosity of the Corinthian church, the wealthy church, to help support those in Jerusalem who are struggling.

Verse 1-- "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galitia, so you must do also: on the first day of the week, let each of you lay up something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem. But if it is fitting that I go also, then they will go with me." OK?

A couple the things you'll notice real quick. They're meeting on the first day of the week. By this point, there's no Sabbath.

I know, I've heard people say, Sunday is the Christian Sabbath, right? Wrong. It's not the Christian Sabbath. Sabbath is Saturday. Sunday is the first day of the week. Christians stopped worshipping on the Sabbath and started worshipping on Sunday not because it's the mark of the beast, like the Seventh Day Adventist Church says we're guilty of doing. They did it because Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. They're celebrating the Resurrection every single week.

Now, if you're going, oh no, I come to Saturday night service! You're off the hook. You're off the hook based on Romans chapter 15, which says, one man esteems one day of the week over all the others. Another man esteems all the days alike. Let each be persuaded in his own mind.

Are you persuaded that you should go to Saturday night service to clear your schedule on Sunday? Good. Then you're persuaded in your own mind. That's good for you. Do it.

If you go, oh, no, I must do it on Sunday. OK. See you Sunday. I'm glad we have both.

So, the book ends-- verse 22. "If any one does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!"

If you have the old version, it says, "if anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema"-- followed by the word maranatha. Anathema is a Greek word, maranatha an Aramaic word.

Anathema means cursed, pushed aside, rejected. Maranatha means "come Lord." The early church used to say to one another, maranatha. The Lord's coming-- maranatha. The Lord's coming.

It's a great word. We used to say it a lot in the early days of the Jesus movement. Maranatha-- we all knew what it meant. Now you know what it means. Let's use it. Maranatha-- the Lord is coming.

"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen."

Notice how the book closes-- with love. Paul gives a polemic. Paul gives a corrective. Paul addresses issues. All of it's based on his love for them.

Thank you, Father, for your love for us. We have celebrated that in the Lord's Supper. We have celebrated your love as we've looked at this very crucial letter, very, very germane to our current situation in churches today, the book of 1 Corinthians.

I pray, Lord, that we would continue to glorify you as we grow in you. May we be not captivated by carnality. But may we grow as spiritual men and women, plugged in, abiding in Christ, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Let's all stand. Forgive me for stealing six more minutes of your time. Let's close in worship together.

We hope you enjoyed this message from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Church. For more resources, visit CalvaryNM.church.

Thank you for joining us for this teaching from the Bible from 30,000 feet.

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Genesis 1-11
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We're going back to the beginning in this first flight. Written by Moses and inspired by God Himself, Genesis means origin. From the formation of all created things and the fall of man to the flood and the fallout of man's rebellion, Genesis 1-11 chronicles the beginning of everything. It all starts here.
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Genesis 12-50
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This flight takes us through the biographical part of Genesis and God's response to man's rebellion. Four men are prominent in the formation of the nation of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Through this lineage, God would fulfill His promise of salvation for humanity.
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Exodus 1-18
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The central event in this flight through Exodus is the redemption of God's people, the Israelites, from their bondage in Egypt. We fly over Egypt and the wilderness where Israel wandered for forty years. The plight of the Israelites, their disobedience, and God's deliverance all foreshadow Jesus Christ.
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Exodus 19-40
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The Sinai Peninsula is the backdrop for this flight to Exodus, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments along with detailed instructions for how He was to be worshiped. Miraculous signs of God's absolute power abound, along with the revelation from God that would define Israel's national identity.
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Leviticus 1-27
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Leviticus describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. We discover how the Israelites were instructed to make atonement for their sin through sacrifice. The overarching theme of this book can be summed up in one word: holiness. After centuries of captivity in Egypt, the Israelites needed a reminder of who God is, His absolute holiness, and how they were to live set apart for Him.
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Numbers 1-36
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Numbers contains two censuses of the Hebrew people. The first is of the generation that left Egypt, including how they were organized, their journey in the wilderness, and their refusal to enter the Promised Land. Due to their disobedience, the first generation of Israelites failed to enter the land God had promised; however, God remained faithful by leading a new generation into the Promised Land.
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Deuteronomy 1-34
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After forty years of wandering, the Israelites were finally ready to enter the Promised Land. The book of Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages Moses gave while the Israelites waited to enter the land. With the key word of this book being covenant, Deuteronomy speaks of the special relationship God established with His people.
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Joshua 1-24
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In this flight over the book of Joshua, we get to know its namesake, who shared in all the events since Exodus and held the place of military commander under Moses' leadership. We'll also get a tour of the Promised Land and follow Israel's conquest of Canaan, after which Joshua divided the land among the twelve tribes.
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Judges 1-21
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The Israelites experienced a period of victorious conquests in Canaan after Joshua's death. But as their obedience to God's laws and their faith in God's promises diminished, Israel became entrenched in the sin cycle. God divinely appointed Judges to provide leadership and deliverance during this chaotic time. Sadly, God's people repeatedly did what was right in their own eyes.
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Ruth 1-4
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In this flight, we'll see the godly love and courage of two very different women from very different backgrounds. And we'll meet Boaz, who became Ruth's kinsman-redeemer, a type of Christ. Although the book of Ruth is short, it is prophetically important in terms of the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Ruth's story of romantic grace places love at the center of each of its four chapters.
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1 Samuel 1-31
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In this flight, we find the nation of Israel in desperate need of direction and leadership. We will meet the man whose good looks, physical stature, and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but Israel's first king had a tragic flaw: pride. From the ashes of King Saul's calamitous reign, God raised up an unlikely man who would become Israel's next king, a man after His own heart.
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2 Samuel 1-24
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David went from shepherding livestock to serving as God's sovereign king in Israel. His faith and obedience assured him military and political victory as one by one he defeated Israel's enemies. In this flight, we both celebrate David's successes and identify with his failures as we get to know this man whom God called, "a man after My own heart."
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1 Kings 1-22
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After years of being a powerful unified nation under King David, Israel, because of their disobedience, became a divided nation under many different kings. This book reveals a story of good kings and bad kings, true prophets and false prophets, and faithfulness and disobedience to God.
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2 Kings 1-25
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Despite the many kings who took control of Israel, the nation still lacked true leadership. Second Kings continues the history of a divided Israel, and we see what happens when a nation passes from affluence and influence to poverty and paralysis.
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1 Chronicles 1-29
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The book of 1 Chronicles recounts the lineage of King David as well as God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through this man after His own heart. As we see how God fulfilled His promises to David, we discover how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us today.
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2 Chronicles 1-36
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After King Solomon's reign and death, the nation of Israel went on a spiritual roller coaster ride that ended with the division of the kingdom and the people's exile. From the temple's building to its decline and destruction, we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint.
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Ezra 1-10
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The book of Ezra begins with King Cyrus' decree for the children of Israel to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. Ezra tells of two different returns: the first led by Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple, and the second by Ezra to bring reformation to the people. In this flight, we see God's faithfulness in keeping His promise to return His people to their homeland.
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Nehemiah 1-13
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At the end of Ezra, the temple in Jerusalem had been rebuilt and dedicated, but the city walls were still in ruins. After gaining permission from the king of Persia, Nehemiah led a group to repair and rebuild the walls. Though he was met with hostility and conflict, we see how Nehemiah gathered his spiritual strength from God during trialing times.
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Esther 1-10
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Esther reads almost like a fairy tale: A Jewish maiden becomes queen of Persia. The villain launches an attack to destroy the Jews. In the end, his plot is thwarted by the hero and the brave maiden, who risks her life to save her people. Though the name of God isn't mentioned once in this short book, we clearly see God's providence and faithfulness in dealing with His people.
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Job 1-42
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The book of Job opens in the throne room of heaven with a conversation between God and Satan regarding the faithfulness of a man named Job. God allowed Satan to test Job, and Satan caused Job to lose his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. But in the midst of Job's tragic circumstances, God revealed His sovereignty and faithfulness, and Job's steadfast faith prevailed.
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Psalms 1-150
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The book of Psalms is a collection of songs, prayers, and poetry that express the deepest of human emotions. These artistic masterpieces were compiled over a period of roughly 1,000 years from the time of Moses to the time of Ezra and the return from the Babylonian exile. As we fly over the Psalms, we'll see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship—all with one overarching theme: a complete dependence on the love and power of God.
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Proverbs 1-31
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Known for the wisdom it contains, the book of Proverbs reveals how to deal with everyday situations. But more than just good advice, it is God's words of wisdom, which we need in order to live righteously. These proverbs are universal principles that apply to all people for all times, because they speak of the character of God and the nature of man—both of which remain constant.
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Ecclesiastes 1- 12
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The book of Ecclesiastes records King Solomon's intense search to find meaning and fulfillment in life. In this flight, we discover some significant truths—namely, that all worldly things are empty and that life's pursuits only lead to frustration. After tasting all that this world has to offer, Solomon ultimately concluded that life without God is meaningless.
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Song of Solomon 1-8
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The Song of Solomon portrays a moving love story between King Solomon and a shepherdess. The story reveals the intimacy, love, and passion that a bridegroom and his bride share in a marriage relationship. Even more than the fulfillment found in the love between a husband and wife, we'll discover that the spiritual life finds its greatest joy in the love God has for His people and Christ has for His church.
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Isaiah 1-27
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The prophet Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years and spanned the reigns of four kings in Judah. His prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other prophet's. In this first flight over Isaiah, we focus on his prophecies of condemnation that pulled no punches and pointed out Israel's need for God.
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Isaiah 28-66
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Of all the Old Testament prophets, Isaiah is thought by many to be the greatest, in part because of his clear prophecies about the Messiah. In this second flight over his book, we see his continued work and how God used his prophecies of both condemnation and comfort to generate change in the individuals he encountered.
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The book of Jeremiah is a series of oracles written in the southern kingdom of Judah over a period of fifty-plus years. It speaks of judgment, the promise of restoration, and the protective hand of God over those He loves. In this flight, we catch a glimpse of the man behind the prophecies as he allowed God to speak through him in unusual ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel.
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Jeremiah 21-52; Lamentations 1-5
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The prophet Jeremiah allowed God to speak through him in unusual ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. As we complete our flight over his book, we find the prophet reinvigorated by God's promises as he continued to prophesy Babylon's impending invasions and, ultimately, Judah's captivity. Then our flight continues over the poetic book of Lamentations, which Jeremiah wrote as he wept and grieved over Jerusalem's destruction, ending the book with a prayer for Israel's restoration from captivity.
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Ezekiel 1-48
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Written by Ezekiel the priest, this book takes place during the second Babylonian captivity and documents the fulfillment of several prophecies from previous Old Testament books. In this flight, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through Ezekiel, bringing the nation hope despite their tribulations.
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Chronologically, the book of Daniel links the time of the kings in 2 Chronicles to the restoration of Jerusalem in the book of Ezra. It begins with the first Babylonian captivity and ends with Daniel's vision of seventy weeks. In it, we witness both prophetic history and the four prophetic visions of Daniel, as well as powerful stories that reveal a faithful man of God who was unwilling to compromise his beliefs.
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Daniel 9-12
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Midway through the book of Daniel, the focus shifts from the historic to the prophetic. Daniel's four prophetic visions reveal the stunning accuracy of biblical prophecy, as well as Daniel's uncompromising faith in God's fulfillment. From the rise and fall of human kingdoms to the Messiah and the day of judgment, Daniel's visions drove him to his knees in fervent prayer for the people of Israel.
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Hosea 1-14
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Hosea prophesied to the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam II, and he had a clear message to deliver: Israel had rejected God, so they would be sent into exile and become wanderers in other nations. On this flight, we see a clear parallel between Hosea's adulterous wife—whom God had instructed Hosea to marry—and Israel's unfaithfulness. But even as Hosea endured a rocky marriage, he continued to share God's plan that He would bring His people back to Himself.
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Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Through three ordinary men—Joel, Amos, and Obadiah—God delivered extraordinary messages to His people, warning them against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. On this flight, we witness God's patience and love for Israel, and we see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin.
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Rather than focusing on prophecy, the book of Jonah narrates a prophet's story. Jonah was blatantly disobedient to God's call, but despite his defiance, God redirected his path through a unique situation. The resulting revival in Nineveh shows us that God's grace reaches beyond the boundaries of Israel to embrace all nations.
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8/28/2019
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Micah 1-7; Nahum 1-3; Habakkuk 1-3
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God used three prophets—Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk—to criticize, comfort, and inspire: Micah encouraged social justice and the authentic worship of God. Nahum prophesied against the Assyrians for returning to their evil practices. And though Habakkuk didn't address Israel directly, his message assured them that evil does not endure forever. Through these prophets, God's people confessed their sins and grew confident in His salvation.
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9/4/2019
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Zephaniah 1-3; Haggai 1-2
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The prophet Zephaniah addressed the social injustice and moral decay of Judah and her neighbors, proclaiming the coming day of the Lord and His wrath upon the nations—both an immediate judgment and a future end-times judgment. God sent Haggai the prophet to preach to the restored community of Jews in Jerusalem after their return from exile in Babylonia. Haggai encouraged the nation to set aside their selfishness and finish rebuilding the temple, an act of obedience that would align their desire with God's desire.
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9/18/2019
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Zechariah 1-14; Malachi 1-4
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As we fly over the last books of the Old Testament, we first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple when Zechariah encouraged Israel to anticipate their ultimate deliverance and the Messiah's future reign. One hundred years after the temple was rebuilt, the book of Malachi revealed that God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. Malachi declared God's promise of a coming messenger, John the Baptist, and a coming Messiah.
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10/2/2019
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Intertestamental Period
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In between the Old and New Testaments lies 400 years of history. During this intertestamental period, God chose not to speak to His people through prophets as He orchestrated people, politics, and events in preparation of the coming Messiah. Scholars have come to call these four centuries the silent years. Remarkably, the silence would be broken by a newborn baby's cry in Bethlehem.
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10/9/2019
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Matthew 1-28; Mark 1-16; Luke 1-24
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These three Synoptic Gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. Matthew, Mark, and Luke present Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, and the Son of Man, respectively. On this flight, we'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of Jesus as we witness the fulfillment of many Old Testament prophecies.
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10/16/2019
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John 1-21
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The spiritual depth of John sets it apart from the other Gospels, with one-third of its content dedicated to the last week of Jesus' life. Rather than focusing on what Jesus did, John focused on who Jesus is, presenting Him as God incarnate and highlighting His deity. On this flight, we'll see seven miraculous signs of Jesus, as well as seven statements that He used to identify Himself as God.
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10/23/2019
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Acts 1-28
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The book of Acts presents the history of a dynamic, growing community of believers that started in Jerusalem and went on to spread the gospel throughout the known world. In this book, the gospel writer Luke also recorded how the early church received the Holy Spirit, who enabled them to witness, love, and serve with boldness and courage, even when faced with persecution.
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10/30/2019
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Romans 1-16
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The book of Romans is the apostle Paul's letter to the church in Rome, and it focuses on God's plan of salvation for all humankind. Romans is the most systematic of Paul's letters, reading more like an elaborate theological essay rather than a letter. On this flight, we look at Paul's strong emphasis on Christian doctrine as well as his concern for Israel.
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11/20/2019
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2 Corinthians 1-13
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After Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, false teachers began spreading opposition to him in the Corinthian church. Paul sent Titus as his representative to deal with them, and most of the church repented. Paul wrote this epistle to express his joy at the turnaround and to appeal to them to accept his authority, which was confirmed by the many hardships he suffered for the gospel. On this flight, we find beautiful truths to carry with us through our own times of suffering.
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12/4/2019
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Galatians 1-6
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Galatians is a firm statement of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith. When Paul wrote this letter, the false doctrine of legalism and faith by works had infiltrated the church throughout Galatia. As a result, believers had traded their freedom in Christ for bondage to the old Jewish law that had been fulfilled by Jesus. On this flight, we discover the differences between law and grace as well as the practical application and results of the proper doctrine of grace.
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There are 44 additional messages in this series.