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  Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 52 mins 6 secs    
  Description: In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul began an extended discussion of spiritual gifts, broken by an appeal to make love rather than spiritual gifts the main concern of the Corinthian believers. In that chapter, Paul taught that every believer has at least one spiritual gift, that these gifts are distributed as God chose, and that each one is important to the body of Christ. Paul closed chapter 12 with an appeal to seek the best spiritual gifts, but left open the question of what these were as he turned to the subject of love in chapter 13. In chapter 14 Paul returns to this question as he now deals with the issue of how the Corinthians should use spiritual gifts in the gatherings of the church. Paul will give four guidelines for the exercise of spiritual gifts in worship. He will also tell us what the best spiritual gifts are. We'll find his teaching is as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago in Corinth.
  Date: Sunday, May 08, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 45 mins 5 secs    
  Description: In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 we encounter one of the best-loved passages in all of Scripture: Paul's description of agape' (God-like) love. He penned this description to give to the Corinthian Christians a way to measure their own love, to determine if they were displaying the love God had called them to live out among themselves. His concern back then should be our concern today: does our love measure up to God's standard? In this short passage we'll encounter not a definition of agape' love, but 15 characteristics of love: 15 ways that love should show up in our actions. As we go through these traits, we'll see if we can identify ways each of them should show up in our relationships.
  Date: Sunday, May 01, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 39 mins 53 secs    
  Description: Paul ended chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians by promising to show the spiritual-gift-enthusiastic Corinthians a better way than just pursuing the best spiritual gifts. We can be glad he did, because the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians is one of the great chapters of the Bible, known and loved by generations of Christians, and read at almost every wedding. In this chapter, which we'll cover over two messages, Paul describes and explains the importance of agape love - the kind of love God has - love that is unconditional and freely given no matter the cost. In this message we'll cover the necessity of love (13:1-3) and the superiority of love (13:8-13). Next week we'll cover the character of love (13:4-7).
  Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 43 mins 57 secs    
  Description: Paul turns to the issue of spiritual gifts and their importance to the church. While there seem to have been some misunderstandings about spiritual gifts at Corinth, Paul makes it clear that all Christians have been given a spiritual gift. How they have been given and the reason for them are important issues Paul addresses. He goes on to name a number of spiritual gifts and to remind the Corinthians that each spiritual gift is important and should be valued by all. In closing Paul reminds the Corinthians that there is no one spiritual gift given to every Christian. In addition, while spiritual gifts are important, there is something even more important in the life of the church, something Paul deals with in the next section of this letter.
  Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 51 mins 50 secs    
  Description: Selfishness and self-indulgence among some of the Corinthians rendered the celebration of the Lord’s Supper among them a matter of reproach rather than commendation. Apparently some were arriving early, consuming much food and beverage, leaving little for the poor, and making a selfish drunken feast out of what should have been a shared community worship experience. Paul had to remind the Corinthians how serious the Lord’s Supper was and warn them about falling under God’s judgment if they continued their practices. In this passage we get a glimpse into the worship practices of the early church and are reminded that worship, is a serious affair, demanding self-examination before participation. For believers who think just showing up for worship, or worshiping casually is good enough, Paul's warning is a needed correction.
  Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 41 mins 6 secs    
  Description: In 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 deals with a topic that seems of little interest to us today. It has something to do with women wearing a head covering in worship. The cultural setting is remote to 21st Century Christians in the United States, and some of what Paul says is hard to understand. But what is clear is that there were issues of respect for one's husband, implications from the order of creation, and matters of social propriety that were being overlooked by some in Corinth. Paul helps us evaluate our behavior, dress, and actions, especially in worship, in light of these overlooked issues. While the specific application in our setting will no doubt be different, Paul's instruction can guide us to make good decisions about what we wear and how we behave in worship today.
  Date: Sunday, April 03, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 41 mins 9 secs    
  Description: Paul concludes his long response to the issues raised by the practices some Corinthian Christians had regarding eating meat sacrificed to idols. In explaining how a believer should respond to this issue, Paul gives 21st Century Christians the principles they need to make decisions regarding practices not all Christians agree on, and there are many of these.
  Date: Sunday, March 27, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 37 mins 12 secs    
  Description: For many people Easter is just a nice holiday. It has no personal meaning or importance to them. Yet for others, Easter - at least what happened on the first Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead - has had a big impact on them. They would say Easter is personally important. In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul deals with some questions about the resurrection. He begins, however, by reminding the Corinthians how important the truth of the resurrection is to each of them. In his doing so, we learn why Easter should be personally important to us, and how it can become so. If Easter is not yet personally important to you, this message is aimed at helping you understand why it should be personal to you, and how it can become so.
  Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 36 mins 4 secs    
  Description: While some Corinthians believed that eating food at pagan temples was spiritually meaningless since idols were nothing, Paul explained why that thinking was wrong. He used two analogies to help the Corinthians to understand what he meant: the Lord's Supper and Israel's sacrifices. What the Corinthians overlooked was the spiritual power behind false religions. Participating in a meal at a pagan temple involved them in fellowship with demons. Obviously they could not have fellowship with Christ and fellowship with demons, so they must stop eating in the pagan temples. In our tolerant age, Christians must beware against fellowship with false religions, too. The power behind all false religions is Satan himself, and we can have no fellowship with him.
  Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 40 mins 26 secs    
  Description: People with great spiritual blessings can still fall away from God. This was the lesson Paul hoped that the Corinthians would learn from the history of Israel. They needed to run the race to the conclusion. To do this they had to learn not to trust themselves with temptation but to look to God for his help when temptation came.

 



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Lord's Supper Sunday, July 28 @ 10:30 AM
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Men's and Women's Prayer Monday, July 29 @ 7:00 PM
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CrossWalk Youth Camp Monday, August 5 - All Day
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CrossWalk Youth Camp Monday, August 5 - All Day
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CrossWalk Youth Camp Monday, August 5 - All Day
 
 
 

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