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1 Corinthians 13: Love Print E-mail

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It will be exactly 4 years ago on Jan 1 2012 that I will have given a message to you from this pulpit on 1 Cor. 13.  Some months ago William had asked me if I cared to revisit it.  I politely declined.  Then recently he asked me again, I thought it would be a bit unloving to deny doing a message on love after being asked twice.  So I started anew, in doing so, in writing this message, I lived out the adage that those who canít, teach.  There is nothing more humbling for me than comparing my love to that of our Savior.  After he asked me the second time I realized that you have all heard some 204 sermons since then so I might be safe to revisit this topic.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 December 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 12: Gifted for the Good of the Body Print E-mail

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Every person should be using their spiritual gift, or gifts, for the good of Trinity Baptist Church. We expect the pastor to be exercising his gift of preaching/teaching. Perhaps we expect a few others to be using their gifts as well. But why do we not all feel the importance of using our gifts for the edification of the Body? Why isnít there an expectation for all of us to be exercising our gifts to build up the community of faith? My hope is that our study of the gifts this morning and over the next few weeks will encourage us all to be using our gifts for the good of our Church.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 December 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 11:17-34: Together at the Table with Our Lofd Print E-mail

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Communion is meant to unify the Body of Christ, to bring brothers and sisters together to remember and proclaim His death for them. Yet, the Lordís Supper has had a divisive history. The Protestants and the Catholics did not agree on Christís presence at the table. Even the Protestants themselves were unable to agree, which played a role in dividing the German and Swiss Reformations. And still today, denominations do not all agree upon the purposes and practices of Holy Communion. Although these divisions do demonstrate the importance of communion to the Church, it is unfortunate that the issue has been, and continues to be, so divisive.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 December 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 11:2-16: Headship, Head Coverings, and Me Print E-mail

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The Bible means what it always meant. Whatever meaning the original authors intended is still the meaning for today. The Holy Spirit inspired men like Peter and John and Paul to write down timeless truths that we need to hear today. The meaning of the text never changes. No matter where or when we live, the Bible still means what it always meant. In other words, culture has no impact on meaning. But it does on application. Loving my neighbor looks different today than it did a hundred years ago or a thousand years ago. I am still called to do obey the command, but my obedience in Sikeston might look different than someoneís obedience in Tokyo. Applications will vary, but the meaning never changes.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 November 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 10: Idolatry, Freedom, and the Glory of God Print E-mail

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I love to sit down to a good meal. In a few weeks, many of us will be gathering around the table with our families to enjoy some Thanksgiving turkey and dressing (or whatever else we eat on Thanksgiving). My family will be doing that at Glennaís grandmotherís house in Tennessee. We will literally go over the river and through the woods to sit and feast with her family. We will lay out all the food (too much food) on her big table, say a prayer of thanksgiving, and enjoy a great meal. Of course, there are some rules for such gatherings around the table. Growing up, my mother did her best to teach me table manners. They included things like not wearing a hat, but wearing a shirt, not leaning back in my chair, but sitting through the whole meal, and of course, never, ever talking with your mouth full. Iím sure there were more, something about elbows and not reaching over people, but you get the idea: table manners were important.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 November 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 9: My Rights for the Gospel Print E-mail

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What would you be willing to give up so that someone could hear the gospel? Would you give up your job or your pay? Would you give up your house, where you live? Would you give up your comforts and ease? What would you give up for someone else to hear the gospel?

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 November 2015 )
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