March 28, 2021
What is your distraction? What gets you off-task or misdirected?
Paul continues to teach us how to MODEL God's way of living so we can SHOW the world the hope, love, grace, mercy, redemption, and Truth he offers.
In verse 35 Paul writes, "I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord."
We are made for more than this world has to offer. God invites us to live BEYOND pain & brokenness and BEYOND the fleeting status & riches this world has to offer.
March 14, 2021
Paul dives headlong into sin and the repercussions of sin (very specifically, "sexual immorality"). Unfortunately the church is sometimes blind about the seriousness of all sin and its consequences in our lives and how that affects the Gospel message that we are called to live out as Christ's ambassadors to the world.
Paul was concerned about the church...both the individual people in the church family AND the whole family of the church. He was also concerned about the witness, the example, that the church was called to live out.
With great freedom and salvation comes great responsibility. We are not victims of society.
We are called to follow Christ and lead society into the goodness that Christ has for the whole world.
It is time for the Church to lead, with love, into the future God is building!
March 7, 2021
We live in a society filled with double-standards...Double-standards are EVERYWHERE.
Often we find that, as a people, we are very lenient with ourselves (or those like us/those we like), but very judgmental of others (or those we disagree with). Double-standards seem to be the rule.
If we "zoom out" and begin to look where our current understanding of double-standards has led us as a whole society, what do we find? Good?
In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul actually encourages the church to live a double-standard. WHAT?!?!
Listen in as we continue our journey through 1st Corinthians in our series, "Flying in Formation."