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  Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 39 mins 6 secs    
  Description: The Corinthians in their great tolerance allowed false teachers to bring their teaching into the church. Paul uses his humble, unselfish ministry as a contrast to these self-seeking teachers, and identifies them for who they really are. Tolerance is a Christian virtue unless we allow Satan to use it to distort truth and gloss over sin that we stand against.
  Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 30 mins 4 secs    
  Description: Paul returns to the theme he opened 2 Corinthians with - getting ministry right. In chapter 10 he responds to criticisms from some in the church who he knew were looking at ministry and ministers in the wrong way. He appeals to the Corinthians not to misjudge him and leave him with an option he doesn't want to use - that of using his divinely given power in a way that would tear down rather than build up. He exposes four problems in the way the Corinthians evaluated ministers and ministry, and points out the right way to do this. So that we don't evaluate ministers and ministry incorrectly, Paul's words are also for each of us.
  Date: Sunday, May 07, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 38 mins 42 secs    
  Description: When believers give abundantly to God's work, God provides abundant blessings in return. This was the principle that Paul wanted to get across to the Corinthian church as he urged them to get serious about fulfilling their promise to give to the needs of the impoverished believers in Judea. Believers today need to understand how giving to God works and what they can expect as a result of giving with the right spirit. This passage, more than any other in the New Testament, explains these truths.
  Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 44 mins 12 secs    
  Description: Lots of folks have trouble procrastinating. So can organizations. That seems to have been the case with the Corinthian church. So, after challenging the Corinthians with the example of the Macedonian churches' giving, Paul turns to urge the Corinthians to get down to the task they made a promise about a year earlier. In this passage Paul first urges them to keep their promise, and then gives them assurance about the integrity of the offering they are participating in. He closes by reminding them what their offering really demonstrates.
  Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 43 mins 46 secs    
  Description: Poor old Corinth! While they were patting themselves on the back and boasting about what they were going to do for the offering for the destitute believers in Judea, the poor, little, destitute churches in Macedonia had already gathered their gift, and measured by the standards Paul used to evaluate it, it was a huge gift. These Macedonian believers, poor as they were, set the pace in giving for their fellow churches, and Paul used their example to show what real giving was. There are great lessons on giving for 21st Century Christians in the 2,000 year old example set by these poor Macedonian believers.
  Date: Sunday, April 16, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 42 mins 49 secs    
Passage: John 20:24-31    
  Description: Perhaps you count yourself among those who are skeptics when it comes to reports of the resurrection of Jesus. You have good company. In this message we meet a skeptic and we'll see that skepticism can turn to certainty and belief, and we'll see how that can occur. So, welcome, skeptics.
  Date: Sunday, April 09, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 36 mins 28 secs    
  Description: Sometimes real love has to take significant risks to redeem a loved one from a bad situation. Today we might call this tough love. This was what Paul was willing to do with the Corinthians when he sent a painful letter to them through the hand of Titus. From what we read in this passage, he agonized over the letter, then agonized waiting to hear from Titus about how it (and Titus) had been received. Fortunately when he finally reconnected with Titus he learned that the Corinthians had responded well. They affirmed their love and commitment to Paul and dealt with the situation that Paul was concerned about. Paul was comforted and filled with joy. Risking a relationship to redeem another person is a hard decision to make. It takes the sort of God-given courage and love that Paul had for the Corinthians.
  Date: Sunday, April 02, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 34 mins 1 sec    
  Description: Paul concludes his appeal to the Corinthians to be reconciled to him with by asking to them to open their hearts back up to him. Yes, leaders should be loved in the church just as much as anyone else, and Paul clearly felt the pain of the Corinthians closing their hearts to him. We'll remind ourselves of the importance of love in the church, and then focus on loving those who lead us in this message.
  Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 45 mins 30 secs    
  Description: As Paul closes the defense of his ministry he appeals to the Corinthians to avoid entangling relationships with unbelievers. Why he does this, and what it means for us are two of the questions we'll seek to answer in this message.
  Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017       Teacher: Mark Smith     Duration: 42 mins 47 secs    
  Description: Paul makes a bold claim in this passage: that he consistently acts in ways that cause no offense to others, and that also demonstrate he is a servant of God. He backs up this claim with the evidence of his behavior and character in all sorts of difficult situations. Paul demonstrates that we can and ought to be the same Christian people no matter what happens to us, no matter what our situation is, no matter what our enemies accuse us of or do to us. We should be Christian people day-in, and day-out, no matter what.

 



26Jun
Vacation Bible School Wednesday, June 26 @ 6:30 PM
27Jun
Vacation Bible School Thursday, June 27 @ 6:30 PM
28Jun
Vacation Bible School Friday, June 28 @ 6:30 PM
03Jul
No Mid-week Activities Wednesday, July 3 - All Day
09Jul
Deacons' Meeting Tuesday, July 9 @ 7:00 PM
 
 
 

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