• 1 Corinthians: God’s Glory for Other’s Good

      This past Sunday, we were back in 1st Corinthians in our series titled, “Messy Church.”  As we opened the Scripture, we reflected on the question: what or whom is the object of our worship?  The reason for opening with this question is that we wanted to move towards the...

  • State of the Church: To Him Be Glory

      This past weekend was our annual State of the Church Sunday. We stepped away from our 1 Corinthians series and spent the morning in Ephesians 3. It was here that we saw the emphasis God calls His church to bring Him glory. This has to be the driving emphasis...

  • 1 Corinthians: Ignorant Knowledge

      As we continue through the book of 1 Corinthians, the book continues to confront a variety of issues and dynamics within the church. In chapter 8, there’s a dual interplay going on in the church. The church is elevating the spiritual gift of knowledge while simultaneously finding their identity...

  • 1 Corinthians: Our Body and God’s Glory Part 2

      What is the most valuable thing in your life?  What is the greatest blessing in your life?  Is it your marriage, your family, your kids, your friendships, your job, or your home?  This Sunday, as we opened 1 Corinthians 7, we saw that: God’s glory should be preeminent over...

  • 1 Corinthians: Our Body and God’s Glory

    I’m guessing that when you think of your body, it’s not common that the first thing that comes to your mind is God’s glory? I know that’s not how I typically think. Yet, the later half of 1 Corinthians 6 points us to that very truth. Paul is highlighting for...

  • 1 Corinthians: Grace in Conflict

      Have you ever experienced conflict with another believer? Of course you have! We all have! But have you ever viewed that conflict not as a nuisance or inconvenience, but as a means of God’s grace that may potentially be pointing us to the gospel? In 1 Corinthians 6, there’s...

  • I Corinthians: Holiness Matters

      When you think of the word holiness, what comes to your mind? Maybe, you think of behavior or conduct. Maybe you think of something that sounds good, but is impossible for you. Maybe, you think of something that is stuffy or boring. There’s no shortage of ways that we...

  • 1 Corinthians: Humble Imitation

      As we continue to move through our Messy Church series in 1 Corinthians, we come to a text that challenges us to consider if we are humbling imitating our Savior. As Paul writes, he is helping the Corinthians to see that: As servants of Jesus we are called to...

  • I Corinthians: Pursuing Godly Maturity

    If you’ve ever been publicly called out, then you have a sense of how the Corinthians must have felt as they read through chapter 3. Paul issues forth a sharp and firm rebuke for the church that they need to grow up. We see that he is driving them, and...

  • I Corinthians: God’s Wisdom

    From The Desk of Chris Risk: God’s wisdom does not work the same way the world’s wisdom does.  The wisdom of God looks foolish to the world.  The things that are strong to the world are weak to God.  The wisdom of the world will be proven foolish by God. ...