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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.

Foundations for Living

Foundations for Living

Mid-Week Study

October 29, 2020

1st Corinthians Chapter 3

In this video we learn about how Paul addressed the divisiveness of the Christians in ancient Corinth by pointing out how they were all “under workers” and “servants” of Christ working together toward the common goal of the gospel.  In chapter 3 Paul talks about judgment and rewards through the use of agrarian and architectural metaphors, and how they should be careful how they “build” on the fountain set out by Paul of Christ.  In this study we explore bridging contexts to find how these concepts apply to our world today and church ministry.

Servants of Christ

Servants of Christ

Mid-Week Bible Study

November 5, 2020

1st Corinthians Chapter 4

In our study this week we learn about how some of the believers in the church in Corinth were going beyond what Scripture taught and were adding to the gospel and becoming arrogant and puffed up in their opinions of themselves. In their arrogance, they had become critical of Paul and his leadership of the church. Paul in his rebuke to the church approaches their issues as a father would when correcting their child.

Through our study we learn about the importance of mentors and discipleship. Included in this video is our discussion on the topic of discipleship for the church today.

Immorality Rebuked

Immorality Rebuked

Mid-Week Bible Study

Nov 12, 2020

1st Corinthians Chapter 5

How is discipline supposed to be handled when leaders and members fall into sin?  What does the Bible say about such occurrences and what is the responsibility of Christians in such instances?  These are some of the topics that are addressed in this study, as well as other topics such as: sexual sins, feminist readings of the Bible, discipleship, forgiveness, restoration, and our relationships with Christians and others outside the church.

Lawsuits Discouraged

Lawsuits Discouraged

Mid-Week Study

Nov 19, 2020

1st Corinthians 6:1-11

In this study we discuss Paul’s argument which he presents to the church in Corinth concerning the legal actions some of the members had taken up against one another. Toward the end of this section, the apostle includes a list of “vices” that include drunkenness, adultery, idolatry, homosexuality and a number of other sins. We discuss this list of sins; its original first century context and its application for us today. This passage of Scripture is highly relevant and applicable for our world and church today.

Glorify God in Spirit & Body

Glorify God in Spirit & Body

Mid-Week Bible Study at Calvary Chapel Mountain Center

December 10, 2020

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

In this passage of Scripture Paul challenges the Corinthians’ way of life as a distortion of Christian freedom and a misunderstanding of the relationship between the body and ethics.  

This video includes some fruitful discussion and Q & A as the study group discusses the implications of the text concerning sexual immorality, pornography, the physical body and Christian life. 

God’s Promise to David

God’s Promise to David

Sunday Service at Calvary Chapel Mountain Center

December 13, 2020

Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-19, 25-27

In this message Tim talks about God’s promise to David; that the promised one would be one of David’s descendants, the king of an eternal kingdom, Jesus Christ.  In this message, the significance of this promise is drawn out of this passage for us and we are shown how this promise applies to our personal lives today.

Praise & Thanksgiving

Praise & Thanksgiving

Sunday Service at Calvary Chapel Mountain Center

November 22, 2020

Scripture: 2 Samuel 6:3-22

In this message Tim discusses man’s need to praise God and the importance of cultivating a thankful heart for our own spiritual health and wellbeing.  

This message also includes numerous quotes from C. S. Lewis concerning the psalms and praising God from Lewis’ Reflections on the Psalms, as well as a discussion on 2 Samuel chapter 6 and King David’s efforts to bring the ark of the covenant into the City of David.  This message is filled with numerous insights aimed at helping us with life and our relationship with God.

Having a Generous Heart for Ministry & Others

Having a Generous Heart for Ministry & Others

Sunday Service at Calvary Chapel Mountain Center

November 1, 2020

Scripture: Luke 9:49-101

In this message Tim talks about how all Christians are called to ministry in one form or another.  Each person has certain gifts that God has given them and they are to be used for His purposes for His kingdom (1 Pe 4:10).  This message deals with the topic of generosity and having an open heart toward others.  Tim points out how Jesus’ disciples had not learned to be generous and open toward others and received a swift rebuke from Jesus. God wants us to embrace and exude His grace toward others so He can work in and through our lives.

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