Paul addresses the church in Corinth about the resurrection of the dead in the times to come. The controversy is whether or not there will be a resurrection at the day of the LORD. Paul speaks of the resurrection of Jesus as the undeniable truth of a resurrection to come. After all, Paul argues, if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then our faith is futile and we are still in sin.

Today, we still have that same choice to make - do we believe that not only is Jesus the son of God and that he paid the penalty for our sins but that he also raised from the dead. Make your choice -- death or Jesus.

First Century Church - Part 3

Paul is one his way to Rome. In his letter to the Roman church prior to his finally getting to Rome, he writes about his longing to be there with them - to teach them, to encourage them, to fellowship with them, to love them. The first few lines of this letter speak all the work that Paul has done for Jesus and how much more he hopes - LONGS - to accomplish for Jesus. What was true for Paul is true for us today. Let's listen and learn together. 

First Century Church - Part 2

Life was, in some respects so much simpler then. Yet, in other aspects it was much the same as today. That is, the gospel has never changed. People have changed, but the gospel has not changed. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul gives instructions to Timothy to "preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." (2 Timothy 4:2 ESV) 

We learn that the reason for being ready to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with patience and love is that, even in the early church, there were teachers who opposed the gospel of Jesus being preached and taught by Paul and the other apostles. Timothy was warned about one such individual. Listen in and see how we should treat such individuals today - spoiler alert, it comes down to how we are to treat our enemies and persecutors. 

First Century Church

We will be looking at the early church over the next few weeks. This week with Philippians 2:25-30 as the textual basis, we look at the example of service, love, and honor demonstrated by Epaphroditus to Paul while he was imprisoned in Rome. While it is not a long passage, we get a clear picture of how much Epaphroditus loved his brothers and sisters in Philippi yet he also loved Paul and went to care and provide for him in prison. 

What is the Church

Many of us tell family, friends, neighbors, and others that we are going to church or have a church event, etc. What does this mean really? Beginning with a look at Jesus' prayer in John 17 and an in-depth look at Paul's letter to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 7), we look at what really makes up a church -- the people, the bride of Jesus Christ. 

A Jar of Clay

Paul writes in a letter to the Corinthians "But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us." (2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV) This after having been afflicted in so many ways to the point of being crushed but not driven to despair. 

With this as the basis for his sermon, Pastor Andrew speaks of how Paul's message still resonates in the 21st century. He speaks of his own experiences, afflictions, shortcomings, doubts, and other attempts to cause him to despair and give up. 

Listen carefully and attentively to discern if anything in this message applies to you. Was it recent? Or perhaps a lifelong pattern? 

Remember, however, as with Paul, "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) ESV