Wednesday, February 16, 2011

1 Corinthians 3

I think so often we can fall into the trap of thinking that we are in control of our own spiritual growth or the growth of someone else. Paul reminds us that it is God who makes us grow, God is in control. Likewise, we should surround ourselves with other Christians that are growing in Christ, but remember that they are not to be idealized. God has created each of us with our own unique gifts and talents and while it is good to be encouraged by others, our primary focus should be on God.

Friday, February 4, 2011

1 Corinthians 2

How amazing is our God! Paul reminds us that God has a purpose for us and knows us better than we know ourselves. God is constantly building us up and strengthening us for the next challenge ahead. We can only be spiritually alive if we chose to be open to God's presence in our lives. Stay plugged into God!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

1 Corinthians 1

Paul begins with his central message, he is called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God. After reminding the congregation that they too have been called by God and given spiritual gifts to carry out God's mission in our world, Paul gets down to the business of addressing the conflict in this church. People have begun to form allegiances with the one who baptized them. Their focus has gone from following Christ to following a particular leader and are apparently boasting over who is better or stronger as a leader in the church. Paul reminds them that this is not their purpose, they are to follow the gospel of Jesus.

1 Corinthians

I am now moving onto Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth. From the very start we can sense the conflict that exists in this budding congregation that is comprised of a vast variety of people, from various religious backgrounds.

Easter ... ready ... set ... go!

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