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In All Things Love - 1 Corinthians 16:1-24


Date:  12/01/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  In All Things Love
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 16:1-24

Description:  Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth covers a full range of issues basic to human life across the centuries. It’s a letter about politics and competition, about fashion and style, about sex and money and food. And straight through every issue it’s about selfishness and the power of cross-centered love to overcome the root of evil. It’s a letter well-summarized by Paul’s final instruction: “Let all that you do be done in love.”

Because Christ Is Risen - 1 Corinthians 15:35-58


Date:  11/24/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Because Christ Is Risen
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 15:35-58

Description:  Jesus does more than remove the threat of death. He promises to give us bodies that won’t die through which we’ll know joy that is endless and complete. With this promise before us, there is nothing in this life we can’t do without for the sake of his kingdom.

Christ Is Risen - 1 Corinthians 15:1-34


Date:  11/17/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Christ Is Risen
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 15:1-34

Description:  For Paul, Christianity stands or falls on whether Jesus is alive. But why? Only a living Jesus can truly free us from guilt in life and fear in death. And only a living Jesus makes the Christian life anything less than pitiful.

The More Excellent Way - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13


Date:  11/03/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  The More Excellent Way
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Description:  Christians are defined by love, not by what they possess or how they perform. Christians are bound by love, because only love like God’s can keep sinful, selfish people together. And Christians are destined for love, for the endless world of love that we taste in part when we love each other well.

Gifted In Community - 1 Corinthians 12:1-31


Date:  10/27/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Gifted In Community
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 12:1-31

Description:  For the good of the church, God’s Spirit gives each believer gifts that are unique and indispensable. We’re all gifted. But we’re not self-sufficient. As members of one body, we each need others and others need each of us.

Careful What You Crave - 1 Corinthians 10:1-22


Date:  09/29/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Careful What You Crave
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 10:1-22

Description:  Paul points to the example of Israel to show that receiving great blessing from God doesn’t mean you won’t crave something more and fall into idolatry. Because comfort in Christian trappings isn’t the same as faith in Christ, be careful what you crave.

Singleness, Marriage, And The Christian Hope - 1 Corinthians 7:25-40


Date:  09/08/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Singleness, Marriage, And The Christian Hope
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Description:  All of us have a idea of what we hope to get out of our lives before we die. And all of us have a future beyond the grave promised to us by God if we trust in Jesus. The question is this: To which unrealized future does your heart belong?

Jesus Christ And Your Sex Life - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20


Date:  08/25/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Jesus Christ And Your Sex Life
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Description:  Why do Christians think sex outside of marriage is such a bad thing? Given what Paul says here, the answer to that question has much to do with the sacredness of the body, the power of sex, and the purpose of sex within marriage.

Conflict And The Kingdom - 1 Corinthians 6:1-11


Date:  08/18/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Conflict And The Kingdom
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 6:1-11

Description:  How we handle conflict shows what we love and where we belong. When our hearts are locked on the things of this world, we’re driven to protect what we have and compete for even more. When we realize God has not given us what we deserve, we’re free to lay aside our rights and love with forgiveness.

Love, Judgment, And The Healthy Church - 1 Corinthians 5:1-13


Date:  08/11/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Love, Judgment, And The Healthy Church
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Description:  Could it ever be a good thing to remove someone from the church because of their sin? Paul’s stern warning explains why we must confront sin if we truly love each other, if we truly love the church body, and if we truly love God and his glory.

Gospel Humility: Be Like Paul - 1 Corinthians 4:1-21


Date:  08/04/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Gospel Humility: Be Like Paul
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 4:1-21

Description:  Paul uses his own life to call his friends to a humility rooted in the promises of the gospel. When we embrace God’s approval of us through Jesus, our security isn’t tied to what others think of us or what we think of ourselves. And when we taste the sweetness of what’s ours in Jesus, we’re set free from the restless pursuit of what we think we need or deserve.

You Are God's - 1 Corinthians 3:1-17


Date:  07/21/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  You Are God's
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 3:1-17

Description:  The church in Corinth was falling apart because its members were insecure and self-obsessed; or, in Paul’s words, they were behaving like infants, in a merely human way. The unflinching challenge of this text confronts all of us with two crucial questions: Who are you? And what are you doing with your life?

Natural or Spiritual? - 1 Corinthians 2:6-16


Date:  07/07/13
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Natural or Spiritual?
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 2:6-16

Description:  Still pushing back against self-centered divisiveness in the church, Paul insists there’s only one distinction that really matters: those who love the cross of Jesus and those who reject it. And it’s only by God’s Spirit that any of us come to understand and to love that cross, to see the wisdom of God.