Corinthians

"A Peek into Your Forever"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"A Peek into Your Forever"

Craftsmen take pride in their work. Often times we see this in their taglines: "Built Ford Tough," "Nothing Runs Like A Deere," or "Swiss Made." Toughness, dependability, and precision are under the hood or on the wrist. Paul beautifully makes his case for the resurrection of the dead in the first part of 1 Corinthians 15. He follows with a peek at the believer's 'forever body' that will be Holy Spirit Engineered. They will be bodies far more amazing and glorious than the one we sport now! Join us!

"Resurrection Day Someday"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"Resurrection Day Someday"

When I was a child, one of the games I'd play with friends involved building structures with wooden colored blocks. After constructing our 'skyscraper,' we'd try sliding one block out without the whole thing falling. It always came crashing down. The resurrection works that way. Remove it from the Gospel, and the Good News comes unraveled. But Jesus rose from the dead. It's a glorious fact! And, there are precious consequences for the child of God in our Lord's resurrection. Join us Sunday for "Resurrection Day Someday"!

"Living the Resurrection"

Rev. Charlie Phillips

"Living the Resurrection"

How often do you think about the Resurrection? No doubt we all think about it in the Springtime. But what about during everyday life? As was with the Corinthian church, the cross sometimes takes center stage while the Resurrection is relegated to an afterthought. But according to Paul, the Resurrection must be at the center, alongside the cross. Join us this Sunday as we talk about the meaning and implication of the Resurrection in our daily lives.

Orderly Worship

Rev. Lane Stephenson

"Orderly Worship"

"What then?" Paul asks, as he concludes a lengthy section on public worship by giving very practical instructions that will bring order into the disorder that existed in the church at Corinth. In 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 we see three key truths that are to shape and regulate our corporate worship of God. We will also note the two themes of edification and of self-control that run throughout Paul's words to a church whose worship did not edify those who worshiped or honor the God who was worshiped.

"Christian Worship: Up and Out"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Christian Worship: Up & Out"

The way we worship matters. It's a big deal. Worship in its most basic sense is a meeting between God and His gathered people. Paul makes it clear in the passage this week when Christians are assembled by God to worship, they should worship in such a way that non-Christians in their midst leave saying, "God is really among you." What a profound statement. Join us Sunday for "Christian Worship: Up & Out"!

"I Want to Know What Love Is"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"I Want to Know What Love Is"

There are times in 1 Corinthians when the reader is tempted to engage in a good ol' fashioned head-scratching. Head coverings, meat sacrificed to idols, folks getting drunk at church - just to name a few issues. Sunday's passage is different. It's often read at weddings and even non-religious weddings. Paul's concern over unity in the church led him to focus on Christian love. What is it? Join us this week!

One Body, Many Parts

Rev. Lane Stephenson

"One Body, Many Parts”

Worship services in the church at Corinth were disorderly and divisive! As part of his effort to bring order out of disorder, Paul uses the simple illustration of the human body to demonstrate that Christ's body - the church - is also one body with many members. His words address two common problems faced in regard to understanding our place in Christ's church: That of underestimating our role and that of overestimating our role. Our sermon series continues this week with 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.

"The Spirit Gives"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"The Spirit Gives"

Recently, I was driving by a home when I noticed a birthday party underway. A group of children were gathered in the front yard around a pinata. The 'beating' was about to begin, and soon the goodies would fall to the ground. Sure enough, a child gave a couple of strong whacks, and the treats flowed out to be enjoyed by all. Our God is a gift-giving God, and we don't have to 'beat Him down' for good gifts. He gives generously and freely. This Sunday, we'll examine spiritual gifts. Join us!

"The Christian Family Meal"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"The Christian Family Meal"

Of all the things Jesus could have given us to 'remember Him,' He gave us a meal. He could have asked His followers to do something impressive like climb a mountain or fast forty days, but he chose the most ordinary act of eating to be present with His people. Sunday, we return to our study in 1 Corinthians with "The Christian Family Meal." Join us!

"Our King, His Kingdom"

Rev. Charlie Phillips

"Our King, His Kingdom"

"Certain events in our lives mark us more deeply than others--our wedding day, the first time we watched a movie in a theatre, the day we made the team, a career advance, etc. Sometimes we forget the events sandwiched by these "big" moments as if they're unimportant or even unnecessary. We sometimes even elevate just a few events, lessening the value of other life-defining moments. The church is no different. Rightly so, we celebrate Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection, but we sometimes forget or undervalue His ascension. But, as Tim Keller argues, to do so would be to miss out on an "irreplaceable..and important resource" for the Christian life. Why is the ascension so important? What part does it play in the Gospel? Join us this Sunday as we learn about and celebrate the ascension."

"Worship: About Head Coverings"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"Worship: About Head Coverings"

You probably thought I was going to skip it didn't you . . . head coverings! Frankly, I was tempted. With one or two competitors, Paul's remarks on women and head coverings in public worship might be the most difficult NT passage to interpret well and preach. His argument is complicated. Faithful Christians land on both sides of the issue. Paul's instructions to the Corinthians are quite challenging and very relevant to our day. So, join us Sunday for "Worship: About Head Coverings"!

"Watch Your Walk"

Rev. Charlie Phillips

"Watch Your Walk"

When's the last time you evaluated your walk with God? Out of habit and necessity we evaluate our investments, spending habits, and work performance. We often, in fact, spend all of our evaluative energy on such things, and so we lack the discipline of "watching our walk" (as Puritan theologian Richard Baxter put it). Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10 that it's crucial for us to develop the habit of examining our life with Christ. Join us this Sunday as we learn to develop this habit together.

"The Soul-Winner's Heart"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"The Soul-Winner's Heart"

The apostle to the Gentiles was a strange man. He gave up position and power. Self-interest and self-promotion were non-motivators. To that end, many would have called him a 'fool.' Why so much self-sacrifice? He desired to save souls. Did wanderlust move him untiringly from town to town and city to city? No. He desired to save souls. A great intellect, he didn't hesitate to stoop to simplicity. Why? He desired to save souls. 'To save some' was this man's great object in life. Join us Sunday for "The Soul-Winner's Heart."

"Love Builds Up"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"Love Builds Up"

Gym rats all have one thing in common: They aim to improve their bodies. Strength, flexibility, and cardio are built for peak performance. Building up, not tearing down, is the goal. The Corinthians were an immature lot who struggled to remember they were one body. The rights and liberties they enjoyed in Christ were given to build one another up in love. This Sunday we'll discover how the rights we are gifted with come with a right use. Join us!

"Going to Work with Jesus"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"Going to Work with Jesus"

One thing is clear thus far from our study of 1 Corinthians: The Christian faith touches every area of the believer's life. It has implications for life goals, our understanding of community, authority, marriage, sexuality, and - as we'll see this week - work. The average person will spend about 96,000 hours at work. How are we to connect the reality of what God has done for us in Christ to our work? This Sunday we'll tackle that question and more. Join us!

"God's Design for Marriage and Singleness"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"God's Design for Marriage and Singleness"

A few years back, Allison and I visited Berlin, Germany. Although I was born in Germany, our family returned to SC when I was very young; I knew little about the culture. Berlin weather can be a bit dreary, so I packed a raincoat - it was Big Bird Yellow. I stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the Berliners and their dark clothing . . . but I stayed dry. As our culture rapidly moves away from its Christian roots, followers of Jesus are going to stick out like a sore thumb in many ways, particularly in our practice of marriage. Sunday, we'll talk about it. Join us for "God's Design for Marriage and Singleness"!

"Being and Fleeing"

Rev. Charlie Phillips

"Being and Fleeing"

Our current cultural climate is showered with sexual immorality. Whether you turn on the tv, flip a page in a magazine, or login to your email you are exposed to sexual images and innuendo.

There are no "safe" places-no domains protected from sexual immorality. And categorically, there's no sin quite as devastating to our identity as sexual sin. So how does sexual immorality affect us? What does it do to our mind? How does it affect our sense of identity? And how do we utilize our identity in Christ to flee from temptation? Join us this Sunday as we seek answers to these questions in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.

"Not What We Once Were"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Not What We Once Were"

If we're Christians, we're not now what we once were (1 Cor. 6:11). A great change has been wrought in our hearts. Reminds me of two sisters who went to fighting during a family vacation. At his wits' end, the father asked the instigating daughter what she needed to do about her behavior. With tears in her eyes, she responded, "I need to ask Jesus to take over my heart." When Jesus takes over our hearts, things change. We're not what we once were. Sunday, we continue our series in 1 Corinthians. Join us!

The Grace of Tough Love

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"The Grace of Tough Love"

After a brief hiatus, we return to our series in 1 Corinthians this Sunday! If you've been with us in our study, the journey has been relatively peaceful. The first four chapters have been like rafting on smooth water. Chapter 5 is about to change that. We are headed for Class 4 rapids! Paul deals with a scandalous case of sexual immorality in the church by applying the grace of discipline. It's a tough love that is biblical and necessary for building a healthy church. Join us Sunday for 'The Grace of Tough Love'!

"Cross-Centered Minister"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"A Cross-Centered Minister"

Children have a one-word sentence that sometimes leads to a parent pulling rank: "Why? . . . Why?" When we dads are running low on energy, the response is often, "I'm your father, that's why." As Paul attempted to turn the Corinthians away from their quarreling and divisions, he appealed to them as their spiritual father. In doing so, he provides not only a picture of his work among them, but also the marks of a cross-centered minister. This Sunday we consider both. Join us!