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Destination: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians
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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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.

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DESTINATION: 1 Corinthians

This Epistle was written at Ephesus while Paul was engaged in his three-year ministry in that city. Corinth was a commercial crossroads and a melting-pot full of devotees of various pagan cults and marked by a measure of moral depravity not unusual in a great seaport. "To live like a Corinthian" meant to live in gross immorality, and the many pagan temples in Corinth encouraged a life of licentiousness through temple prostitution. Corinth was filled with many nationalities, and tens of thousands of slaves.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

c. 35-67 A.D.

Ministry of Paul

c. 53-57 A.D.

Paul's third missionary journey

c. 56 A.D.

Writing of 1 Corinthians

TRIP PLANNER:

1 Corinthians is one of a number of letters Paul sent to the Christians at Corinth. In this letter Paul takes up a series of issues confronting the congregation. Factions in the congregation exhibited arrogance and misplaced confidence, but Paul declares that the message of the Cross makes foolish the wisdom of the world. He calls the Cross a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, yet through it God's power is revealed.

PLACES OF INTEREST:

Corinth – A city located in southern Greece about 50 miles from Athens. It was a major seaport and crossroads in the ancient world.

Ephesus – The chief commercial city of Asia Minor and the fourth greatest city in the ancient world, after Rome, Alexandria and Antioch.

Philippi – Ancient city in northern Greece where Paul preached the Gospel on European soil for the first time.

PEOPLE OF INTEREST:

Paul – A rabbi who studied Jewish Law under Gamaliel. He was present at the death of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Later he was converted on the road to Damascus and thereafter zealously proclaimed that Jesus is the Christ.

Barnabas – The name may be translated "son of exhortation." Barnabas accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey, to Cyprus and Asia Minor (Turkey).

Aquila and Priscilla – Husband and wife in Corinth who were tentmakers like Paul. They may have been Christians when they met Paul, or they might have been converted through his preaching.

FUN FACTS:

Synagogue – A Greek word referring to a gathering of people. It was applied to the local assemblies of Jews who gathered to pray and read from the Scriptures.

Gentiles – The word "Gentiles" means "nations." Israel was called by God to be a people who were set apart from other nations, and to worship the one true God. God promised that He would bless the nations through Abraham and his descendants (Gen 12:3).

Corinth is situated on an isthmus less than four miles wide that separates two major harbors. In ancient days small ships were dragged across the isthmus on a paved road from one harbor to the other.

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We are in Jerusalem the center for so much of the New Testament in the Bible. Let's get this background on the book we are approaching in this flight segment.

Paul invested a great deal in the church of Corinth; residents of this area were known for their carnal ways, and our flight over Corinthians will reveal where sins abounds grace is multiplied.

Let's open our Bibles, to the Book of First Californians -- I mean 1 Corinthians. You know there are some similarities if you think about it.

California is a fashion forward kind of a trendy place. What happens there tends to march its way through the rest of the country, it's a commercial center, people think of it as an athletic place, but there's this seedy side to it as well. When you think of California, you don't think of the bastion of morality. We think of a lot of immorality that has started there. The porn industry as largely 90 percent of it is concentrated there.

Well, Corinth sort of fits that description, and I want to just tell you a little bit about where it was situated and why it became this way. If you had a map, and I know you probably do in the back of your Bible, there's the mainland of Greece called in Paul's time Achaia, but let's just think of it is Greece, there's the mainland and that's where Athens is. And if you go down there's this huge area, that's a peninsula called Peloponnesian Peninsula. Say that 10 times really fast Peloponnesian Peninsula, 10 times I'm just kidding.

So it narrows down to a small little neck called an isthmus remember that in school an isthmus it's about three-and-a-half miles wide. And so all of the traffic from north to south would have to squeeze in this tiny little three-mile bottleneck, this isthmus and then this wide area of land called Southern Achaia or that peninsula.

If you wanted to go from east to west, you had to sail around that huge peninsula; it was 200 miles, it was not an easy journey, it was very dangerous. In fact, that little cape at the bottom, the Cape of Maleia was where a lot of winds and currents were, and ships were overturned and so there was a saying couple of thousand years ago, "Whoever wants to sail around the Cape of Maleia, let him first make out his will, because it was so dangerous."

So they developed a system, instead of making a ship go around this 200 mile body of land, they thought what would happen if we lifted the boat out of the water, put it on rollers and moved it just three-and-a-half miles. Now, you think about it, would you rather go 200 miles by ship or 3 miles by land? Well, the answer is easy, you go by land.

So they actually developed a roadway wide enough to put these contractions with rollers on them, hoist the boats out of the water and move it from one shore three-and-a-half miles to the other shore by land, because of that Corinth situated right in the middle of the cross roads north to south and now east to west because if you would take your ship out of the water on land, you would go right through Corinth. It was at the bullseye, it was at the cross roads.

So all of the traffic, all of the trade traffic, all of the knowledge and ideas from north to south and from east to west ended up in Corinth, because of that reason it was a great commercial city, had a lot of money coming in and out of it. Had a lot of ideas, it was the fashion forward industry, trends were set in Corinth, but it also had a seemy underside.

It was a place because of its population and because of its prosperity, had not only a lot of luxury, but a lot of immorality because people would gather there, and take advantage of what was going on in Corinth. Now, what was going on in Corinth? As you saw on this little video clip, just behind the city is a hill called the Acrocorinth. And atop that hill, if you are standing in Corinth today you can see it right in front of you, was the temple to Aphrodite, and a 1000, they called them priestesses of the temple; they were professional prostitutes. They would come down every evening and take the men of the city, or the travelers, the ship men and the seafarers, and they would ply their trade on them. And so it became known as a very debauched, immoral city.

In fact, in the Greek plays when anyone played the role of a Corinthian, he was always a drunk in the Greek plays. There was even a phrase that was coined, korinthiasesthai, which meant to play the Corinthian to act like a Corinthian which was a drunk or an immoral person. And because of the prostitution being so heavy in that city, there was a saying among the men, not everyone can afford a trip to Corinth. And that's a place where God did a great work. In fact Paul spent a year-and-a-half in Corinth, 18 months.

Now, there is a hint of this, in First Corinthians chapter 6, I'm going to read it to you, you can turn to it if you can find it quickly verse 9, he says, "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 revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God." Why such an extensive list? The next verse tells you. And such were some of you, that's your background Corinth. But you are washed, you are sanctified, you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the spirit of God.

Now that Paul get to Corinth, and why did he spend so long a time there? Well, if you remember in the book of Acts, Paul is traveling on a second missionary journey from the east moving toward the west. And he gets to a road block.

The Bible says, "He went through the area of Bithynia and through the area of Galatia and the Holy Spirit forbade him to preach the word of the Lord in Asia. So he went to Mysia and the Holy Spirit closed the door there. So he ends up in a place called Troas, he sees a vision of a man from Macedonia who said "Come over to Macedonia and help us!"

So he goes over the Macedonia ends up and in Philippi, after Philippi goes down to Thessalonica, after Thessalonica goes down to Berea ,after Berea, he goes to Athens, so far so good. Gets into a lot of trouble, but the word of the Lord is spreading in all places except in Athens. There he shares the Gospel, the philosophers were present, he is not really well received; at least the scripture indicates that, and so he goes 45 miles to the south-west to the place of Corinth. And he's probably thinking. Why am I going here, I'm not going to stay here long, because nothing really is going to happen?

But while he's there the Lord speaks to him in a vision saying, Paul, "Don't be afraid, don't hold your peace, speak, nobody is going to harm you, for I have many people in this city." He is speaking prophetically; God wanted to do a work with people in Corinth. So he stayed and while he stayed he did what he always did.

He went first of all to the synagogue of the Jews. Things got heated up, he got kick out of the synagogue and he ended up in a private home. But in that private home, the seeds of a great work were beginning. People started receiving the message and being converted and loving one another, and Crispus and Gaius and Stephanus, people who are mentioned in this book come to know the Lord and Paul baptizes them, and so a work begins.

Now, First Corinthians; I'm going to throw a little snag in this for you, is actually Second Corinthians, and Second Corinthians is actually Third Corinthians. You go, oh that's heresy. How can you say that? Simply because in First Corinthians he refers to a letter that he wrote to them already, and he says in chapter 5, verse 9, "I have written to you in my letter, not to associate with sexually immoral people." And then he explains what I meant by that was this, not the sexually immoral people of this world but people who call themselves believers and are sexually immoral. So Paul had written that already.

Now, he clarifies it in the second letter and then there will be Second Corinthians which is probably Third Corinthians. We don't have that first letter. Some think it's wrapped up into First and Second Corinthians. The ones that we have or the ones with the Holy Spirit wanted to have in the text, it could have been just a simple note that he wrote to them before. And now here is the full-fledged letter.

So what's this book all about? Well, there's a family in Corinth called Chloe's household. We don't know whole lot about her or them and they are telling Paul, the problems that are going on in Corinth, and so he hears about it. Like there's divisions in the church, and there's immorality among the believers, and there's divorce that is rampant, and there's this whole issue of personal liberty, I can do anything I want, I'm free and Christ.

Then there's the problem of public worship; the use of spiritual gifts in the church in a wrong manner, in a non-edifying manner. Then there's doctornal problems about the resurrection and essentially the whole book of First Corinthians, though there is some doctrine in it, it's not really a doctornal book, it's a practical book, on how to solve problems within the church. In fact, I did a Sunday Morning series some years back using 1 Corinthians called "Solving Problems within the Church," and Paul goes from one problem to another problem, to another problem.

The whole book is Paul writing about problems that were already inexistent in this new church. Doesn't that encourage you? I hope it does. I hope it actually encourages you to hear that, because if you ever think oh! The New Testament church was like the perfect church, and I hear people say, "We got to get back to the New Testament church." Hey! Corinth was the first century church. It was an early church, it wasn't perfect. And you read every single church in the New Testament had some flaws, had some problems. I take that to be a comforting truth.

You've heard it before, you'll never find a perfect church, if you do, don't join it, you'll spoil it because the church the body of Christ is filled with us, people; saved sinners all with our issues.

Chapters 1 and 2 is the first problem. And I'm not going to give you all the little verse divisions, but I'm just going to sort of sum it up by chapters. Chapter 1 and 2 deals with the problem of disunity. Disunity, already even though Paul had spent 18 months there, by the time he left and wrote this letter and he wrote it from Ephesus. There was a problem with people siding with different teachers that were in that assembly, or had been in that assembly. They were not in unity.

Now, if you know anything about the prayers of Jesus you know that high on His list is that he prayed for the unity of his future church. In John chapter 17, "The shadow of the Cross was falling upon Him and yet He's thinking of the church, that He's come to established. And so He prays and He says, "Father, I don't just pray for these, [that is these disciples] but I pray for all of those who will believe in me because of their word." That's us; that's the future church he's writing about.

And here's, here's His prayer request, "that they maybe one as You Father are in Me and I in You, that they maybe one in Us that the world may know that You have sent Me." So he wanted and prayed for unity and Paul writes about it. Here is something that wasn't being achieved in Corinth.

So in chapter 1 verse 10, "I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our 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 is been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you." This is more than a disagreement. This is a contention or a dissension; it's, it's dividing the church already.

Now, this I say or now I say this, that each of you says, "I'm of Paul," or "I'm of Apollos," or "I'm of Cephas," or "I'm of Christ." Four people are mentioned, four great leaders. None of whom created the problem. None of whom rallied and said, "Hey! Come over here, let's start our own little group, let's divide from the others, and let's start a superior, elite click. They didn't do that, but the people started rallying themselves around four teachers.

Some said, "I'm of Paul." Now, Paul was the founder of the church. He's a guy that started it, his labor, his sweat, and he was a contemporary preacher. He preached the grace of Jesus Christ, he obviously took a break from Judaism, showed that Jesus fulfilled scripture but just by his very message, he was a little more cutting edge being willing to break from Jewish tradition, and a lot of people love that maverick spirit about him.


Others said, "I'm of Apollos," now, Apollos was the second pastor who came to Corinth after Paul left. The Bible says in Acts chapter 18, he was eloquent in scripture, he was an educated man, he had a golden tongue and a way of expressing truth and there was a group of people who thought, I like that Apollos, you know Paul, he's cool. But he's just sort of too in your face. When Apollos speaks, I'm warmed, because he just let's a roll off his tongue. A third group said "I'm of Cephas," that would he Peter. Now there's no record of Peter coming but they gravitated toward the teaching of Peter. And here's my thinking,"Peter was, he was a fisherman, he was a little more earthy, he was blue collar, he was one of us. You know bumbling; fumbling Peter. I like that guy. They identified with him.

There was a forth group; they were the worst of all. They were the elitist. They said something like this, "Well I don't need to follow any human leader, I'm of Christ." Sounds really cool right, real spiritual, but just snobs they were. They were like the non-denominational denomination. We don't follow any leader, we follow just Jesus Christ. Now what happened in Corinth still happens today. People rally around their favorite radio teacher and everything in life is measured by. "Do you agree with this person, who taught teachers this? Well so and so on radio teaches that." So what does Bible say? Not only that but we're a non-denominational church. We can become prideful in our non-denominationalism and that's dangerous.

You're saying, I really don't want to attach myself to anything or anyone because, what, you're special. I mean, we're all people we're called to gather to something but that detachment; I do fear that, that has been the call of many parachurch organization. I've heard it before; something like this, "Well the church hasn't done its job in this area, so God raise us up to do that job." Great! Now integrated in to the church and help the church do that. And every parachurch organization, I believe should work itself out of the job. It's success is when the local body of Christ takes up the mantle and does the work. That seemed to be Paul's philosophy anyway. Well one of the cures for that disunity, go down to verse 26. One of the cures is this, let's look inside God's tool box. Let's look at the kind of people that God historically has chosen and even in Corinth, "For you see, your calling brethren, there's not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble who are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of this world, to put to shame the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty and the base things of the world and the things that are despised God has chosen and the things which are not to bring the nothing, the things that are." And here's why. "That no flesh should glory in His presence." Here's the principle. God uses common men with an uncommon message, I mean men generically. Men, mankind, men and women, common men and women with the uncommon message of the Gospel, to do His work.

Look at the 12 apostles, who would want to hire them in any corporate setting today? You've got a bunch fishermen, you've got a bunch of Galilean hicks, you've got a tax collector, you've got a zealot, who hate each other, they want to kill each other all the time. They're always arguing. Jesus chose them and get this, He choose them after a night of prayer. He really made the right choice; this was God's preference to choose the common, the foolish not the high, not the mighty, so you get the point of Paul. Let's not divide because all of us are simple vessels used by God, the foolish things of this world. Now here's, here's another truth I want you to walk away with. God Almighty in Heaven, who is all powerful can do anything, has chosen to limit Himself to using imperfect human beings; to pastor, churches, to evangelize, to exhort, to do the work of the ministry. Imperfect flawed, and in my view, the imperfection adds to the mystery. It doesn't take away from it, adds to the mystery because when you see a flawed vessel and you see God mightily using that vessel. God's glory is more obvious, right? That no flesh it says would glory in His presence. The analogy I always referred to is you put a doctor in a modern operating room suite with all of the latest gadgets, for that doctor to perform a successful operation, well, you would, you would expect that. In fact if they didn't you probably sue. At least most people in our culture seem to do that. But you take that same doctor out of a modern operating room, put him in a jungle, and give him a swiss army knife or her a Swiss army knife for them to do the same operation with limited tools, yarn and a Swiss army knife, if they could pull that off, that attests to them being amazing even greater.

So the glory shines when the instruments are limited, but no flesh would glory in His presence. So Paul says, "Knock it off!" We're a bunch of flawed instruments, the God has chosen. Chapters two, three and four tackle the second problem in the book, its called immaturity. Or I'll give it another title stunted, spiritual, growth. Now, I was born normal. Notice I said I'm referring past tense; I was born relatively the normal size, maybe on the low end of normal; just around seven pounds. I didn't stay seven pounds as you can see. Can you imagine, if at say age 15, I hadn't progressed much. If at age 15, I were to go to my parents and go, "Dadda." It wouldn't sound cute anymore like it did at age one. When I first said, "Dadda, Momma." Everybody got so stoked. They took pictures, they remembered the time where they were; was that cool, but when you 15 years later don't have any growth beyond that, it's not exciting any more. It's really sad. And so it is with those who are born again, it's great to see spiritual, life happen, love evangelism. But a pastor and a teacher loves to see growth and when Paul didn't see growth in a Corinthian church, no maturity, stunted growth, it broke his heart.

Chapter 2 verse 13; "These things we also speak not in words which man's wisdom teaches, which the Holy Spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual." Now, in the next few verses, you're going to be introduced to three people; the natural man, the supernatural man and the unnatural man; three types of people.

Verse 14: "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, they're foolishness to him, nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned." This is the unbeliever; he doesn't care about the things of the spirit, he's not interested. You tell him, "I don't want to hear it." Could care less, this is the natural man, the Greek word psychikos, soulish, governed by his only fleshly appetites and desires. That's how he or she lives. Just what I want, when I want, it's all about my pleasure, my appetites. I feel the air drive, the water drive, the food drive, the sex drive. It's all about fulfillment, self pleasure. That's the natural person. Here's the thing about the natural man or the natural person. They can be smart, well-dressed, charming and even religious and unsaved. Who were all of that stuff still be governed by the flesh, the appetites of the flesh. And so you're witnessing to them and you're going, you're thinking, "Can't you see this, don't, don't you get it?" No they can't. It's like asking a blind man, "Can't you see that sunset?" Or somebody deaf "Isn't that a great concert?" They lack the facilities to appreciate it. So it is with the unregenerate, the natural man or woman. They don't care about the things of the spirit, its foolishness; he cannot know them because they're spiritually discerned.

Let's look at the second type of person, "But he who is spiritual, [this is the super natural man or woman], judges all things that he himself is rightly judged by no one, for who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ." This is the spiritual man or let's call it the super natural. The Greek word is Pneumatikos, inclined toward the things of the spirit, loving God, loving spiritual truth, loving Jesus Christ, loving the Bible, loving fellowship, loving church. Now, when a person goes from natural to supernatural, you can see it. It's pretty evident change. It's pretty dramatic. I remember the things when this happened in my life that I used to crave, there were certain areas that I still had to fight and still do. There was just a lot of stuff that I just really had no desire to do anymore. They lost their punch to me, they lost their attraction and there were certain things that I swore, I would never do or be like those born-again Christians, I would tell my friends, never going to do that, ever. It's not attractive to me, I don't like them carrying their Bibles and giving the one-way sign and smiling all the time and saying, praise the Lord.

Isn't it amazing what salvation can do? You move from natural to supernatural and you start having an appetite for new things all of a sudden, and notice it says, "He judges all things." It means he discerns it. He, he penetrates beyond the visible fleshly veil and we would say, in our modern vernacular, he gets it. He understands it, he's enlightened now and he or she realizes how blind they were.

When you go from natural to supernatural or spiritual, you write songs like John Newton did, "Amazing Grace," how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I'm found. I was blind but now I see. Let's look at the third one, chapter 3, verse 1, "And I brethren could not speak to you as spiritual people but as to [here's the third] carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not solid food, for until now you were not able to receive it and even now, you are still not able."

Now it is the unnatural. Let me describe that. The Greek word is sarkikas. Those are the words here, psychikos, pneumatikos and the third one, sarkikas, sarks means the flesh. Here's a person who is in between the flesh and the spirit; it's unnatural. The fleshly nature that we have all had and still have, and the spiritual nature that comes with the new birth is pulling and pulling and this person hasn't really landed. He's between two kingdoms, between the flesh and the spirit.

Notice, these are Christians because he says, "And I brethren," he calls them brothers in Christ, they're brethren. So, they're born-again, and they're just not living spiritually inclined lives. Notice what he calls them, your babes in Christ. You've been born-again but your growth is stunted. Here you are, you're just like, you should grow up. You're still saying at 15 years of age, dada and that's sad. He, he sees the unnaturalness of it.

This type of person has enough of the spirit to be saved but enough of the world to be miserable while being saved. They're fence-sitters; they're not really full on for the Holy Spirit, full on for Christ, or even full on as a pagan for the world, they're in between losing the battle as they go. Now, as I said, I love to see evangelism, I love when people come to Christ, but if you were to say Skip, what is your greatest joy? I don't know that I would say when a person walks forward to receive Christ. So, that ranks up there pretty high.

I would go with what the apostle John, who was also a pastor said, "I have no greater joy than to know that my children are walking in the truth." To see somebody go from being born-again to maturity is the payoff because the mantle is passed and they become pastors and they become evangelists and they become lay leaders and they lead their families in godliness and in truth.

Now, what are the characteristics of this unnatural person or what he calls carnal is their diet, what they eat. He says, "I fed you with milk and not with solid food, for you weren't able to receive it." The Corinthians, a lot of them are still on baby food, which is basic stuff, easily digestible doctrines. You move into anything other than just the basics of it, it's like, Oh dude, you lost me. You know they just want to be exhorted, encouraged, have a pep rally but never really go into the meat of the word, in the solid truths of it.

You can tell them by their diet, you can also tell them by their activity. Verse 4, on where it talks about their division, "I'm of Paul, I'm of Apollos." Paul says, "You're carnal?" Because your activity, you're not well fed and so your activity is you're very divisive. Let's look at the third problem mentioned in First Corinthians. The first is disunity, the second is immaturity, the third problem addressed in chapter 5 and 6 is the problem of impurity, impurity. Now, you can understand that, right? Corinth was the Las Vegas of the ancient world and it was debauch and what happens in Corinth stays in Corinth and that is what the Corinthians thought.

It was a very sexually permissive city and look at verse 1. You want to see how bad it was in the church. Chapter 5, verse 1, "It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, [here it is], that a man has his father's wife!" It is a case of a certain kind of incest where there is a man who is going to the church assembly, living with his stepmother, cohabiting with her, having relationships with her.

And Paul says, you know what, pagans don't even do that, and you know what, in his day, he was right. There was a Roman law, Cicero said, the great orator and historian Cicero said, "It is illegal for any Roman citizen to engage in this kind of activity." And it was punishable, by sometimes death. So, you see what Paul is saying? Look at heathens won't even do this and you guys in the church are tolerating it and it is funny how the whole issue of tolerance is like the virtue above all other virtues.

If you ask people that what is the most important virtue today? You'll have 90 plus percent say, tolerance. In other words, let anyone do whatever they want; anytime they want because it's really up to you, it is the whole Pythagoras idea, man is the measure of all things, that's Ancient Greece and we can't judge them. So, Paul says, you know what, I'm not even in Corinth, I'm in Ephesians in chapter 5 and 6 and I've already judged them, kick them out of the church, now, get them out. A little leaven will leaven the whole lump. Church discipline must be enacted. They were tolerating it.

So, verse 2; "And you are puffed up, [you're proud about this] and you have not rather mourned that he who has done this deed might be taken away from you." And then look at chapter 6, verse 18, sort of a summary verse that he says to them, "Flee, [run away from], sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits, [porneia is the word], sexual immorality." Porneia is any kind of illicit sexual behavior. Adultery, sex before marriage, homosexuality, bestiality, any thing that is illicit outside of what God ordained is under the category Biblically speaking of porneia and is translated here by two English words, sexual immorality, it says, run away from it. "He who commits sexual immortality sins against his own body."

So, that was a real problem in Corinth and here's a book. It is 2000 years old, city of Corinth really don't exist anymore. You go over there and you go, how could this document have anything to do with us today? Boy, it is contemporary, isn't it? Because I find this to be a problem even today within the church; people are fuzzy when it comes to moral issues, even though the Bible is clear and basically, here's the Biblical mandate that would take us into chapter 5, 6, and 7. Here it is.

It's going to be so out of context for this culture. Stay pure until you're married and stay married until you're dead. That's, that's basically the Biblical mandate, stay pure till you're married, stay married till you're dead. Now I realize there are certain circumstances that mitigate against that ideal and it's not always possible. You might have a spouse that commits adultery and the marriage is broken up and so you're left without that spouse, without that relationship. Spouse could leave another one like an unbelieving spouse could leave the believing spouse.

But the real trend today, that is worrisome and is rampant, really rampant is cohabitation, is living together before marriage. It's the, I don't want to really commit yet because I don't know but I want to test drive the model. I want to kick the tires. I want to drive the car around a little bit and then maybe see if that's the one for me. Whereas the Biblical mandate is you make a commitment before God and you make a commitment to each other and that commitment, by God's grace, will carry you through.

You see all that is so old-fashioned. Skip, people have been living together for years and it works, really? Well, it says, here I'm going to read to you what two sociologists said in a recent study quote, "People living together first before marriage are more apt to fail in their marriage than couples who move in together after they have said their vows." An article that I found said quote, "Study show based on 50 years of data, that couples who live together before marriage have a 50 percent greater chance of divorce than those who don't." I wonder if that accounts for the high divorce rate today.

"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 felt a loss of personal freedom to exit out the back door. Furthermore, 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."

I found that an interesting phrase, they've stolen a level of intimacy that should be afforded after the commitment, 50 percent greater chance of not having a relationship to last. So, when Paul writes these problems and deals with the immorality, he's doing it because he loves the Corinthians. He knows what God's standards are and he wants their lives to be fulfilling and so he gives, sound counsel.

Chapter 5 and 6; now, chapter 7 is the fourth problem he attacks. It's the problem with marital fidelity and he addresses here both single and married and sort of a long and complicated set of directives but look at chapter 7, verse 8, "I say to the unmarried and to the widows, it's good for them if they remain even as I." He's single. "But if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion." Now, here's what Paul is saying.

We live in a day and age where there's a lot of persecution, a lot of instability in the Roman government. We don't know the future of this thing; lot of our brethren already are being killed. So, if you get married, your freedoms are going to be curtailed. There's going to be a lot of pain if you get arrested or you get killed, so if you can, stay like I am, but if you can't, I understand, God has made us that way and we have a longing to be together and even to be fulfilled sexually, God invented that too. So, it is better to marry and be together than to burn with lust or passion.

Chapters 8 through 10 is the fifth problem he attacks and that is the problem with personal liberty. Now, let me explain and I think you will get why this is contemporary; the problem with personal liberty. There are certain; we can just call them gray areas really, they're not really black, they're not really white, but there are certain gray areas where we have to take principles and bring them to bear so that we know what we're supposed to do.

Okay, so we know for example, that we're not under human law anymore, human regulations anymore and that we have been set free and we have a freedom in Christ and we live under grace, it's a whole different paradigm than the Old Testament law under Judaism. It doesn't mean it is immoral however, in fact, it is very moral but it is a very different motivation. But what do you do with a hamburger that has been cooked at a pagan temple? Now, I'm contemporizing a problem that has actually happened in Corinth.

They would offer animals in pagan temples around Corinth. The meat that they couldn't eat themselves, they would sell in the marketplace with or without the information of what the animal was up to before it was killed and sold, like it could have been offered in a pagan temple. And so what Paul says is look, "When it comes to eating with brothers and sisters in Christ, don't throw up the flag of, I can do anything I want and eat anything I want and drink anything I want, because I am a Christian, I have liberty."

Paul says, you do whatever you want at home. You want to eat meat sacrificed to an idol, that barbecue beef, that was bought at the Temple of Apollo, great, you do it at home, but don't do it in the assembly or in the love feast because people with weak consciouses are going to get offended. There is a law of love that is at stake and at issue here.

I just want to talk briefly a little about gray issues, gray areas. It's obvious that we're confronted today with certain problems Paul was not. Is it okay to go to movies? And if so, which movies? And then how far do you take it and when do you stop? Would you allow yourself to see or hear? What about listening to music? You know Paul didn't have radio stations or CDs or MP3 players back then. He may have walked by and heard some music; I don't know what he did with that. But we're confronted with different things and we each will develop certain standards of right and wrong that must be, if we're healthy, governed by certain Biblical principles, what is right and what is wrong.

Now, sometimes it get sticky; it's fascinating; 100 years ago, there was a guy, you have heard me quote him, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, he fellowshipped with another preacher in London called J. W. Packer. They spoke in each other's pulpits, they loved each other, until Spurgeon found out that Packer went to the theater and was entertained by the plays of the world and he deemed him as carnal and unspiritual. He had no fellowship with him after that, which is really interesting because Spurgeon was an avid cigar smoker, saw nothing wrong with smoking cigars but saw something wrong with going to the theater.

Okay here is another story back then; Charles Spurgeon and Dwight L. Moody. Dwight L. Moody couldn't wait to meet Charles Spurgeon, he lived in Chicago, took a boat all the way to London to see Spurgeon, knocked on the door. Spurgeon opened the door, the big stogy, and Dwight L. Moody, his face dropped. He didn't know this. He couldn't believe that a man of God, a preacher would smoke a cigar because in Chicago, in America, that was like so uncool and unholy.

Well, Moody was a little bit, let's say rotund, overweight, he was a fat man. So he knocked on the door and he looked at Charles Spurgeon smoking a cigar and Moody said, "How can you as a man of God do that?" And Spurgeon walked over to him and patted his belly and said, "The same way that you as a man of God can do that." Ain't that interesting? Moody would say, smoking is wrong, but gluttony, nothing wrong with that. And so we have culturally established what is sometimes worldly and spiritual and that has to fall under a Biblical set of principles as well as the highest principle, which is love.

So look at chapter 8, couple of verses together, and then chapter 10. Chapter 8, verse 9, "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." You get the point, you have knowledge, you know an idol is fake it's not a real god, they don't really exist. There's only one true God who cares at the animal sacrifice. I have the knowledge that it's just a piece of meat that looks really good right now to eat. And he says, "if you have knowledge you are eating in an idol's temple will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat the things offered to idols?"

Verse 11, "And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?" Now, go to chapter 10, and here's the principles to go by, verse 23 and 24; "All thing are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but not all things edify." And please understand the principle, I'm free in Christ, I have knowledge of what is right and wrong and meat sacrificed to idols, whatever, but there are limitations to my liberty. First limitation, let's call it utility, the second one, let's call it charity. Look at the first one, utility. All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful or beneficial or you would translate it, not everything I might choose will help me reach my goal quicker. That's the idea of it, expedient or helpful or beneficial. It's not going to speed me along in making progress toward my goal.

Okay, let's say, I want to go from here to New York. I can walk or get on my bicycle, because that's going to be more helpful for me to get there quicker, that's my goal, or I can take a car or I take an airplane. The airplane is more beneficial or helpful. Its expedient gets me toward the goal. So when you say, can I do this, can I do that? Ask, ask, ask yourself this. Do I have the freedom to smoke, to drink, to whatever? Is this going to help me reach my goal as a believer in being like Christ and becoming more like Christ and glorifying His name and spreading the Gospel? That's something to keep as one of the filters, one of the mile-markers.

The second one is charity, look at it. All things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. If I do this, is it going to hurt others, is it going to tear others down? Let's just as an example say that I have the liberty to drink alcohol which by the way I don't. But let's just say, I can do whatever I want, I'm a Christian. So let's say, I go to the local bar, sit at the bar, pull up a cold one or two or three. I'm sitting there and you walk in, and you see Pastor Skip having a cold one. I tell you what a lot are going to think, they can go, Uh! I don't know what to think about that.

So it's not worth me having the liberty if I know that that's going to be a reaction. So my choice is to say, I never want to touch this stuff. Somebody asked me, Skip, he asked me about drinking. Tell me about drinking an alcohol, what about you? I said, I drink all that I want, but I don't want to drink any of it because of the law of love, because of the law of charity. It's not going to speed me along in my goal, it could hinder others, it could stumble other believers.

Let's take another example, a young couple and they decided to live together and we bring them in the counseling office and we say, you guys shouldn't live together. We're, we're not doing anything wrong; it's just for economic reasons. Okay, I understand economy is down, lot of times that happens. However the Bible also says to avoid the appearance of evil and just the fact that you pull into the same driveway and you're not married and you're together has the appearance of evil and can stumble others who see that. Well, you don't understand the economy, don't you think God is big enough to handle you if you decide to take a step of faith to honor Him and to honor His people, I do. I think when you step out in obedience God honors it, so there's a lot of gray areas meat sacrificed to idol, movies, music, whatever, you could apply these two principles to it. Utility, charity, has it speed me along in my goal and does it harm others or help them?

Number 6 in our list is the problem in the worship community, the problem in the worship community is the sixth problem Paul writes about, and that's from chapters 11 through 14; 11, 12, 13 and 14. Okay so, chapter 11. Gender issues, male and female issues, what's appropriate in the assembly, covering up the veil that used in worship that was symbolic 2000 years ago? What's appropriate in public worship? Also in chapter 11, misbehavior at the Lord Supper; 2000 years ago when they had communion it was what we would called a potluck, it was a love feast, people would bring food together. Well, there were some people in the church who would get their early and eat all the good stuff and get drunk, so by the time it was communion time they were like, hey brother, God bless you, they were just like it was off the charts, weird.

Paul rebukes and corrects that. Chapter 12, 13, and 14 is the proper use of spiritual gifts in the public assembly mitigated by the law of love. So notice that chapter 12 talks about spiritual gifts, then there's the chapter 13 which is the love chapter and then chapter 14, the use of prophecy and tongues in the public assembly. So love dictates the proper usage of gifts in the public assembly. Let me just say about this, we don't have time to get into it, we have by the way spent 25 to 30 weeks on just the gifts of the spirit in depth. So we have that material for you.

The key word when it comes to this is balance, balance. I personally believe in the exercise of all of the gifts of the spirit, I don't believe that a few of them are for 2000 years ago but they dropped off. I believe all of the gifts continue in perpetuity for today, but they are to be done decently in an order. And I find there are two extremes, and I'll just tell you from experience. The Pentecostals think that I'm way too conservative, and the Baptists thinks I'm way too Pentecostal. And so are you charismatic? Are you fundamentalist?

I would like to say, I'm fundamatic, how is that? I believe in them but I don't believe in the way they're misused by a lot of assemblies who say they believe in them and the law of love isn't present and it really adds to distract and to divide. I'm not a secessionist, I'm not a sensationalist and so because we are shot at by both sides, I think that is a good place to be, right in the middle. And Paul talks about using them but not abusing them and how they are to be regulated by the leadership. So in chapter 12, verse 4, "There are diversities of gifts with the same Spirit; differences of ministries but the same Lord, diversities of activities but it's the same God who works all in all, but the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all."

I love this about God, He loves variety. Look around at what He made. You look that side, it's flat in Albuquerque. You look that side, there are big mountains. You look on that side, it's kind of brown, you look on that side it's really green. You drive far enough, it gets wet, there's ocean. You drive another direction, its get thick forest, God loves variety; same in the body of Christ. Not everybody in the church has the same gift. How boring we would all be if we thought exactly alike and acted exactly alike and didn't have the freedom to exercise the variety of spiritual manifestation.

Now the seventh and final problem, this is the end of it now, in First Corinthians, the seventh problem he addresses is, problem with doctrinal clarity, and that's chapter 15 and 16; problems with doctrinal clarity.

If I were to make a list of the ten greatest chapters in the Bible, First Corinthians chapter 15 would have to be in that list. It's one of the greatest chapters in all of the Bible. Its theme is the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the future resurrection of all believers; it's what sets Christianity apart. There's three great credentials that Jesus has that sets Him as a world religious leader apart from all others. That is His impact upon world history, number one.

Number two, fulfill prophecy, and number three the bodily resurrection from the dead, okay.

In Corinth, these Christians had no problem believing the resurrection of Jesus. They had a problem believing in their own resurrection. How is that going to work like what are we going to look like and a lot of the questions we have had in the last series that we did.

So look down at verse 12, chapter 15, "Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you there is no resurrection from the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen."

Let's think about that. If there's no resurrection, then what? Number one, if there's no resurrection, number one, Jesus is still dead. He's dead. We're just talking about what a dead guy said 2000 years ago period.

Number two if there is no resurrection from the dead, Jesus is a liar because He kept telling His disciples, "Hey by the way, they're going to kill Me in Jerusalem and on the third day, I'm going to rise from the dead." He said He would get up again.

Number three, if there's no resurrection from the dead, then preaching the Gospels was utterly ridiculous because the heart of the Gospel is the resurrection, Jesus conquered death. It's the heart of it.

Look at verse 14, "If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty, and your faith is also empty." And number four, and we see a couple of verses. If there's no resurrection, there's no forgiveness of our sins. "For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. If Christ is not risen then your faith is futile and you are still in your sins!"

You know why it says that? Because a dead savior is no savior at all. A dead savior don't do any good. Only one who died for sins conquering death and sin by resurrection can offer any hope. So there's no forgiveness, there's no atonement. Also if there's no resurrection, then, then death ends it all, there's no hope for the future. Verse 18, "Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished."

Now I want you to think about this. When Paul wrote this, there were already a significant number of martyrs, people who suffered, were imprisoned, beaten, and died for their faith in Jesus Christ. Well, let's say there is no resurrection from the dead, well then all those people are dead and gone, never going to see him again, you'll never be reacquainted with them ever again, it's all hopeless. He sums it up, verse 19, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable." There's no resurrection; then Christianity is a big joke, and, and we're all stupid to believe it, and it's just a pipe-dream, it's a mirage, it's a fool's paradise and all the things the world accuses us of is true if there's no resurrection from the dead. And that's why I'm happy to say that the resurrection of Christ is one of the most attested to and provable series of evidences that exist today from ancient antiquity. It's relatively simple to show even the most ardent unbeliever that Jesus rose from the death which gives us hope for the resurrection. And here's the alternative, verse 20, He's alive, "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep."

Remember firstfruits, it was the first installment every year that Jews had the festival of firstfruits and they would take a little sample of the harvest and they would offer it to the Lord. Now you know what the firstfruits meant? There's more to follow. It is just the beginning of it, but there is a whole crop to be harvested out there, this is just the firstfruits. Jesus rising from the dead is proof that there's more to follow. Your body and my body will get up again. That's, that's what he talks about here.

Verse 35, "Someone will say, how were the dead raised up? With what body did they come back?" I'll give the quick answer to that. Our body is going to be like Jesus' body. His resurrection body and our resurrection body will share many similarities. We did a series on that, we will move on, chapter 16, closes it off.

Let me tell you what this chapter is about. It's just, he's ending the letter. It's an interesting way to end the letter though. He's taking up a collection. He's passing the hat. Yeah, Paul the Apostle, the great apostle did speak about money and did see the necessity of giving financially to the Lord's work and he was giving to the Lord's work in Jerusalem, the place where he started. There were suffering at that point and he wanted that work to go on and he wanted those workers to be supported. So he took up an offering among the Gentile churches.

So in verse 1, chapter 16, "Concerning the collection for the saints, I have given orders to the churches in Galatia, so you must do also, on the first day of the week, [that's resurrection day, that's where the church meets on Sunday and not the Sabbath] let each one of you lay something aside storing up as he may prosper that there be no collections when I come." It is true, you can tell a lot about a person by examining their checkbook.

If you look at the entries in a person's checkbook, you can see the value system of an individual. Even Jesus said, "Where a man's treasure is there his heart will be also." Martin Luther used to say, "There's three conversions necessary; the conversion of the heart, conversion of the mind and conversion of the pocket-book." And he said, "I found that the third one is the most difficult conversion of all."

Well, Paul was making sure the Corinthians were well-converted and some of their funds would be taken to Jerusalem.

Verse 22, "If any one does not love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed: Oh Lord come." There's two words I want to point out. The word 'accursed' and the words after that, "Oh Lord, come." The word accursed is a Greek word, anathema, anathema; it's a very, very strong word; it means to devote to destruction and then the words after that, "Oh, Lord come," is a single word, it's an Aramaic word Maranatha.

So whoever doesn't love the Lord Anathema Maranatha is how the text reads. Maranatha is the Lord is coming soon or oh, Lord come soon.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with You, may the love or my love be with You in Christ Jesus. Amen!

So this is what I want you to walk away with, with this last couple of verses.

Paul wrote some strong words to this church. He solved or helped correct some of these problems that were going on. There were some strong instruction and exhortation, rebuke but all with the heart of love that he could present, as he wrote to the Galatians every man, perfect, mature, in Christ.

Just as John said, "I have no greater joy than to see my children walking truth, I have to say that was a pastor, it's one of the things I notice about this church, you walk in truth, you take it in, it changes you; you move ahead, you serve and you glorify him."

Let's pray!

Heavenly Father, in Corinth a culture not unlike our own; in Corinth were the possibilities for making choices, for prosperity, for moral laxity in a way that much of the ancient world did not afford.

Our culture is becoming very Corinthian like, very permissive, and it's so easy in being surrounded by a culture whose value system is so abjectly antithetical to your word, it's very easy just to say, when everybody does it this way so I want to fit in instead of daring to be different. And just as Paul said, "Such worse some of you, I pray that these things mentioned that have marked our past lives would be left in the past, and you change us, transform us by the renewing of our mind. In Jesus' name, Amen!

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7/11/2007
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Destination: Genesis 1-11
Genesis 1-11
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We begin The Bible from 30,000 Feet with a tour of Genesis Chapters 1-11. On this flight we'll travel all the way back to the very beginning - The Creation. We'll meet the first man and woman and their deceiver - the Serpent. We'll fly over God's new creation and meet a man named Noah, who God saved from His judgment - the Flood. We'll also take a look at "beginnings," the first time things are mentioned in the Bible a special significance should be given to them. The word Genesis itself is a Greek word that means "origin," the book describes the origins of creation.
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7/18/2007
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Destination: Genesis 12-50
Genesis 12-50
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This week's flight is going to take us over the second section of Genesis, which is biographical in nature and focuses on the lives of four key people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We'll travel through the time era known as the Age of the Patriarchs. If you look at your window, we'll be passing over Canaan and Egypt, Canaan is modern day Israel.
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7/25/2007
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Destination: Exodus 1-18
Exodus 1-18
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In our third tour, we'll be visiting the book of Exodus chapters 1-18. We'll get an overview of the central historical event contained in the book, the redemption of God's people from the bondage of Egypt. The setting for our journey is the nation of Egypt and Israel's wanderings through the wilderness. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 14.
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8/1/2007
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Destination: Exodus 19-40
Exodus 19-40
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In our fourth tour, we'll again visit the book of Exodus, visiting chapters 19-40. The setting for this week's journey is the Sinai Peninsula where God reveals the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel and gives specific instructions on how He is to be worshiped. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 20, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 32.
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8/8/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 1-17
Leviticus 1-17
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In our fifth flight from 30,000 Feet, we fly over the first seventeen chapters of the book of Leviticus. This is a book on worship and describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. In this first tour of Leviticus, we'll see how the first part of the book focuses on the way to God through sacrifice and lays down the law - literally - on how man was designed to live and how man can be atoned for his sins. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus: 1-5, 10, 16, 17.
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8/15/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 18-27
Leviticus 18-27
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This week's study will take us through Leviticus chapters 18-27. The theme of Leviticus could be summed up in one word - holiness. The second section of Leviticus focuses on our walk with God through sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which we become holy or set apart for God's purposes. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus 18-20, 22, 23, and 25.
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8/22/2007
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Destination: Numbers 1-14
Numbers 1-14
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Our seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through Numbers chapters 1-14. Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26). The key chapters to review in advance are: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 & 14.
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8/29/2007
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Destination: Numbers 15-36
Numbers 15-36
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In our eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give us a tour of Numbers chapters 15-36. We'll see that the second section of Numbers covers the failure of one generation to enter the Promised Land and the reorganization of a new generation that enters into the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27.
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9/5/2007
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Destination: Deuteronomy 1-34
Deuteronomy 1-34
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In our ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us on a tour through the entire book of Deuteronomy. The Hebrews called it "Elleh Haddevarim," "These are the Words," or "Devarim," (words). Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages given by Moses while the Israelites were on the plains east of the Jordan River. It occurs after the 40 years of wandering and the Israelites are now ready to enter the Promised Land. The key word of this book is covenant and speaks of the special relationship that God has established with His people. Key chapters for this flight are: 6, 7, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
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9/12/2007
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Destination: Joshua 1-12
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Pastor Skip Heitzig will be our tour guide during our tenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week's journey will take us through Joshua 1-12. We'll get to know Joshua, son of Nun, who shared in all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the Israelites. The book of Joshua describes Israel's conquest of Canaan and the first section describe how Joshua conquered the land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10.
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9/26/2007
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Destination: Joshua 13-24
Joshua 13-24
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In our eleventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the Promised Land. We will see how Joshua divides the land "as an inheritance to Israel," and we'll see different tribes and where they settle, both in and out of the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 13 and 20-24.
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10/3/2007
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Destination: Judges 1-10
Judges 1-10
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In our twelfth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will once again be our tour guide as we take our first look at the book of Judges. We'll see on this tour how the nation of Israel is caught in the cycle of sin and how each cycle results in ever worsening conditions for them. We'll meet some of the characters that God divinely appointed to the office of Judge. The key chapters to review for this flight are Judges 1–3 and 6–8.
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10/10/2007
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Destination: Judges 11-21
Judges 11-21
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Flight thirteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over Judges chapters 11-21. Pastor Skip Heitzig will guide us as we complete this overview of Judges. We will see that the second part of Judges shows the fragile nature of these Judges and a people who, "did what was right in their own eyes," that kept them in their sin cycle.
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10/24/2007
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Destination: Ruth 1-4
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In our fourteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the little romantic book of Ruth. We'll see how the book of Ruth shows the godly courage and love of two very different women from very different backgrounds. We'll meet some amazing characters on this flight who become key people in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
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11/7/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 1-15
1 Samuel 1-15
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The fifteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on journey through 1 Samuel chapters 1-15. Join our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig for this exciting tour on which we'll meet a man who would be become King. This man's good looks, physical size and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but the book of 1 Samuel highlights his tragic flaw - he disobeyed God's commands. From the ashes of Saul's tragedy God raises up another man who would become King, a man after His own heart, King David. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 8-10 and 15.
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11/14/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 16-31
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will complete our tour of the book of 1 Samuel, covering chapters 16-31. On this flight we'll meet the man who God calls, "a man after my own heart (Acts 13:22)," David son of Jesse. We'll see David as a young shepherd boy who defeats Goliath and rises to national prominence overnight. His instant popularity arouses the jealousy of King Saul and forces David into hiding.
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11/21/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 1-10
2 Samuel 1-10
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Flight Seventeen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over 2 Samuel chapters 1-10. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will show us David's triumphs as King over Israel, after the death of Saul. Join us as we see how David's faith in God leads him to be victorious politically and militarily as one by one he defeats his enemies. We will also see how David's obedience leads to a new promise from God. The key chapters to review for this flight are 1-3, 5, 7 and 9.
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12/5/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 11-24
2 Samuel 11-24
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In our eighteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us to our next destination, 2 Samuel 11-24. On this flight we'll see David's transgressions and the troubles that resulted from them. By presenting both the strengths and weaknesses of David, we see a complete picture of a very real person who was described as being "a man after God's own heart." The key chapters to review are 2 Samuel 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 23, and 24.
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1/9/2008
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Destination: 1 Kings 1-22
1 Kings 1-22
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Get your travel planner out for flight nineteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over 1 Kings 1-22. On this flight we will see the transition that Israel undertakes as it moves from the rule of King David to the rule of his son King Solomon after his death. After Solomon turns from the Lord, we will see how Israel is divided and moved in and out of the power of many kings such as Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Ahaziah. These chapters will reveal a story of true loyalty and disobedience to God. The key chapters to review are 1 Kings 1-3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 18, and 19.
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1/16/2008
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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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2/6/2008
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
Nehemiah 1-13
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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.
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Destination: Esther 1-10
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-five over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of Esther. The flight will be divided into two highly important sections: the threat to the Jews (chapters 1-4), in which we will see Haman's attempt to completely eradicate the Jewish people from Persia, and the triumph of the Jews (chapters 5-10), where we will see a young girl's godly strength and fight to save her people. This flight will show us a whole new set of villains, heroes, and ultimately the ever abounding faithfulness of God towards those who follow Him. The key chapters to review are Esther 1-10.
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3/5/2008
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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
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Our twenty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us over the entire book of Job, the first book in the section of poetical books. This is a powerful story of a man who has everything taken from him; his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. Yet as we see God allowing Satan to test Job, God's faithfulness to those he loves is clear and Job's steadfast faith prevails. Join us this week as we see Job's dilemma (ch.1-2), the debate with his four friends (ch. 3-37), and his final deliverance (ch. 38-42). The key chapters to review are Job1-4, 8,11-12, and 29.
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3/12/2008
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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3/19/2008
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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6/11/2008
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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7/2/2008
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Destination: Daniel 7-12
Daniel 7-12
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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Destination: Hosea 1-14
Hosea 1-14
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our thirty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the entire book of Hosea, a man called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam. As Hosea addresses the sins of the nation, we will see how God used the graphic parallel between his adulterous wife and the unfaithfulness of Israel. The key chapters to review are Hosea 1-4, 6, 9, and 11.
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
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Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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Destination: John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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Destination: Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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Destination: Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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Destination: Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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Destination: Ephesians
Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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Destination: Philippians
Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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Destination: Colossians
Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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Destination: Hebrews
Hebrews
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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.
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Destination: James
James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
Skip Heitzig
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
Skip Heitzig
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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4/1/2009
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
Skip Heitzig
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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4/8/2009
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
Skip Heitzig
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.
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There are 64 additional messages in this series.