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New Bodies For a New Heaven and New Earth (1 Corinthians 15:35-49) | Imperfect Series

If we have received the forgiveness that has come through Christ death on the cross one day, we will also receive a new and imperishable body like Jesus did at his resurrection. The hope of the Christian is not a disembodied existence in the clouds, instead is a new, imperishable, physical body enjoying eternity with God in a new heaven and new earth.

 

Sermon Notes:

  1. Believing the gospel means believing the resurrection.
  2. Believing the resurrection means we trust in God’s creative power.Question: Is there a way don’t you believe God can work?
  3. Believing the resurrection means our body matters.Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. – Genesis 2:7 ESV

    Question: What do you believe about your body?

  4. Believing the Resurrection means we are being transformed to be more like Jesus.Question: Where are you sowing?

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About Prophecy and Tongues (1 Corinthians 14:1-25) | Imperfect Series (K)

Although you’ll need to deal with what Paul is talking about here as he deals with the issue of tongues and prophecy, Paul’s primary concern here is not about answering all our questions about tongues and prophecy and instead is about the benefits of each of those gifts. In short Paul’s argument is that prophecy is a more desirable gift because it benefits the hearer while tongues benefit only the one speaking in tongues.
We learn a few things from this:
1. The word of God is incredibly important for the building up of the church.
2. The purpose of corporate worship services should be the building up of all believers not merely self-fulfillment.
If you are preaching this message make sure to speak to the other person scheduled to preach this Sunday so we make sure we are delivering a consistent message on this topic.

 

Sermon Notes:

  1. In using our gifts, we are called to contribute.
  2. In using our gifts, we are called to consider the rest of the body.
        a) Consider both the believers & unbelievers at gathering.
        b) Consider the balance between mind & spirit.
  3. In using our gifts correctly, we convince others of the presence of God.

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Taking the Lord’s Supper Seriously (1 Corinthians 11:17-34) | Imperfect Series

Partaking in the Lord’s supper together is an essential part of Christian worship and community. It is a regular reminder of the foundation of our faith, the forgiveness and grace we have received through Christ’s death for us. In taking it we confess our communion together as a church family and our communion with God through Christ. In light of this, before partaking in the Lord’s supper, we should always take time to examine ourselves making sure that we are in right relationship with God and with each other.

 

Sermon Notes:

  • Sacred practices done selfishly dishonour God.
  • Selfishness is a pathway to injustice.
  • Sacred practices should be done because of Jesus and to Glorify Him.
  • How to ensure we partake in a worthy manner:
    1. Examine ourselves
    2. Discern (or consider) others
    3. Wait 

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Living a Cross Shaped Life (1 Corinthians 4:1-21) | Imperfect

In this chapter, Paul asks the Corinthians, “What do you have that you did not receive?” This question encapsulates Paul’s theology of grace, which holds that everything we have is a gift from God. In order to encourage the Corinthians to live a life shaped by God’s grace, and the sacrifice and surrender the cross calls us to, Paul employs a combination of irony, sarcasm, and tender love to guide them. However, he recognizes that mere teachings are not enough; the Corinthians need an embodied example to follow. As such, he sends them Timothy, a living embodiment of humility and grace, to model for them what it means to live a life in accordance with the gospel.

Sermon Notes:

  • How we view influence matters.
  • Who is influencing you?
  • Is scripture your standard?
  • Gospel centred influencers don’t reach for power.
  • Instead gospel-centred influencers humbly serve.
  • Gospel centred influencers don’t strike back.
  • Instead, gospel centred influencers surrender.
  • Gospel centred influencers doesn’t shame.
  • Instead gospel centred influence care.
  • Are we are following whose lives reflect the way of Jesus? 

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Good News That Annoys (Acts 4:1-27) (K)

In Acts 4:2 Luke writes that the Sadducees were “greatly annoyed” with Peter and John “because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.” When we function as Christ’s witnesses in this world, sooner or later (and likely sooner rather than later), we will end up saying things that greatly annoy the people and the culture that we find ourselves in. We should expect opposition and even persecution. That opposition and persecution shouldn’t cause us any worry or fear though, instead, we can speak with boldness like Peter and John did because we are convinced of the truth of what we have believed, seen and experienced and because God is in control and sovereign over all things.

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The Praise Filter

We might also think of this filter as the thankfulness filter. This filter is quite similar to the Honour filter, expect that the object here is God rather than people. Are we a people that are constantly in awe of God and all that He has done for us? Are we focused on the beauty of the grace He has shown to us through Christ? Yes, but also the common grace of a great meal, a beautiful sunset, a stunning vista? How would it change our entire disposition if we were rejoicing always and giving thanks in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17). What if we recognized that every good thing, every gift we received was actually a gift from God (James 1:17)? What if we cultivated a prayer life that was less focused on all that we lack and more focused on all that God has provided?

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