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1 Corinthians: Introduction

1 Corinthians: Introduction

Mid Week Bible Study

October 1, 2020

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

This is the first video presentation of our series in First Corinthians. In this study, we are provided with an introduction to the city of Corinth and its first century context and culture. We also cover the Apostle Paul’s greeting in the first three verses of the epistle with specific focus on the words: sanctification and saint, as well as the Greek and Hebrew words and theology associated with these words.

Spiritual Gifts & Division in the Church

Spiritual Gifts & Division in the Church

Mid-Week Bible Study

Oct 8, 2020

1 Corinthians 1:4-17

In this video we pick up where we left off in our study of 1st Corinthians with verses 4-17 of chapter 1.  Before commencing with his discussion about division in the church, Paul wraps up his greeting by thanking God for the spiritual gifts He had given the believers in Corinth.  As we study this section of Scripture, we discover the positivity and optimism Paul had for the troubled church in Corinth who had succumb to sectarianism and division and we gain key insights to apply toward our personal lives, and the church today.

Christ the Power & Wisdom of God

Christ the Power & Wisdom of God

Mid-Week Bible Study
Oct 15, 2020

1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:5

In this study, we learn about how Paul punned the Classical Rhetorician’s concept of “Demonstration” and tied it to the “Power of God” and how the message of the Cross is the “Power of God for those who are being saved.”

Jesus’ death on the cross reveals God’s power to save people from sin and death, and thus His power to redeem seemingly irredeemable situations like the problems at Corinth. The description of Christ as the power of God also challenges the Roman Empire’s use of crucifixion as a symbol of its own power.

Since Jesus’ resurrection is at the center of the Christian faith, everything Christians do is under the reign of God’s power. Paul intended for the Corinthians to view the resurrection of Christ (which is opposed by those living by common wisdom) as a reminder of their need to depend on God and focus on Jesus. If the Corinthian believers depend on their own intellect, abilities, and cultural norms, they won’t understand what God is doing among them.

Many of the concepts that are discussed in this study carry over into our contemporary world and may be applied to our lives today.

Paul’s Reliance Upon The Spirit

Paul’s Reliance Upon The Spirit

Mid-Week Bible Study

Oct 22, 2020

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

There is a wisdom that all Christians have by the mere fact that they have the Spirit living in them, but it is appropriated only when they yield themselves to the Spirit rather than act in accordance with the desires of the flesh–their fallen human nature.

While there is a foolishness to the gospel (1 Cor 1:18-25), there is also a wisdom that the Corinthians must understand in order to overcome their divisiveness.  The content of that wisdom remains a profoundly cross-centered Christianity (1 Cor 1:23).

Therefore, the thesis of this section from Paul’s letter is that by attempting to excel by worldly standards, the Corinthians were running the risk of defining themselves as those for whom the gospel was hidden and therefore making their salvation of no effect.

Drawing Near to God

Drawing Near to God

Sunday Service at Calvary Chapel Mountain Center

September 6, 2020

Scripture: Joshua 5:13-15

In this message Tim talks about Joshua’s approach to the Commander of the Lord’s Army and shows how we can learn a lot about God from God’s response to Joshua. We learn how fear is rebellion against the Lord and how our understanding of God helps us to overcome fear and experience victory in our life so we can grow in spiritual maturity.

Experiencing God

Experiencing God

Sunday Service at Calvary Chapel Mountain Center

August 30, 2020

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-14

In this message I talk about Moses’ experience when he met God at the burning bush.  I draw from this passage four essential elements that are always present when one experiences God.  This message has a number of theological insights aimed at helping us draw near and experience God.

Wrestling With God

Wrestling With God

Sunday Morning Service at Calvary Chapel Mountain Center

August 9, 2020

Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32

In this message Tim reviews the milestones of the patriarch Jacob’s life leading up to the climactic moment where Jacob wrestles with God.  It is an exciting and fruitful journey as we learn the significance of this event for Jacob and its significance for us today.

Hope for Difficult Times