‘Meet the apostle’s warnings to the church in Corinth’ (1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

Hindsight is such a wonderful thing. It enables everyone to be wiser…’if only I had done this instead of that’….but hindisght only works when looking back and never looking forward. As Paul continued to direct the believers at Corinth in the way they should live, after pointing them to his example, he also pointed to examples in the pages of the Old Testament, where God’s people went wrong and faced the Lord’s discipline (severe at times) upon them. These things were written for us, not for them. What happened to them is for our warning, instruction…and even encouragement!

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: Jerusalem
00:16 Introduction
00:47 Prayer
06:22 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise)
Song: The One and Only God
09:55 Ministry Update: Daniel and Courtney
13:53 Bible reading: Numbers 11:1-6, 31-33
Song: Oh the Mercy of God
15:51 Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
18:05 Sermon: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Song: Yield not to Temptation
40:46 Closing

‘Meet the apostle’s example to the church in Corinth (part 2)’ (1 Corinthians 9:19-27)

After establishing that Paul ‘practiced what he preached’ with regard to not making his full use of his rights as an apostle, in the next verses, 1 Corinthians 9:19-27, Paul continued to explain how he had made it a principle of life to win people for Christ and maintain his own place in the race toward the finish line through self-discipline by laying aside rights and pursuing responsibilities. Paul’s example before the Corinthians and before us is something that needs to consider well.  Are you too, aiming to win people for Christ? Are you too running the race of following Jesus with all your effort? There’s only one race worth being in – because every other race will something that will end up turning to dust..

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: Come people of the risen King
00:16 Introduction
00:53 Prayer
05:29 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise)
Song: Passing Through
09:46 Ministry Update: Kerang-Swan Hill
11:56 Bible reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-13
Song: Before the Throne of God
13:20 Ministry Focus: Bendigo Christian Union
14:46 Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
16:17 Sermon: 1 Corinthians 9:18-27
Song: O Jesus I have Promised
39:07 Closing

‘Meet the apostle’s example to the church in Corinth (part 1)’ (1 Corinthians 9:1-18)

It’s not always an easy thing to practice what you preach. Sooner or later, someone will point out your hypocrisy. After telling the church in Corinth to put the law of love over the principle of freedom and liberty, the Apostle Paul found it necessary to let the believers in Corinth know that this was a principle that he himself had already put into practice. In 1 Corinthians 9:1-18, as Paul defends his ministry and his actions, he makes it clear that he was one who ‘practiced what he preached’. Could the same be said of you?

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: O Worship the King
00:16 Introduction
00:43 Prayer
06:12 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise)
Song: Jesus, Strong and Kind
9:52 Ministry Focus – Chris and Naomi
13:18 Bible reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Song: O Lord My Rock and My Redeemer
15:11 Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 9:1-18
18:23 Sermon: 1 Corinthians 9:1-18
Song: This Life I Live
41:26 Closing

‘Meet the food issues at the church in Corinth’ (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

It’s pretty fair to say that everybody likes food. Not all the same kinds of food of course, but it’s rare to find someone who isn’t interested in what they eat. At Corinth, as we are told in 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, the believers were having some issues with food, especially food that had been offered to pagan idols as part of their pagan worship. Now that they were Christians, the question they wanted to ask Paul was ‘should we or shouldn’t we eat food that has been offered to idols?’ Paul’s answer was a solid ‘yes’, but also a cautious ‘no’. How can he say both and be right both times? Because Christian liberty means we can eat anything, but Christian love means that we ought not to!

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: He Will Hold Me Fast
00:16 Introduction
00:43 Prayer
06:46 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise)
Song: 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (Let Him Who Boasts)
10:03 Ministry Focus – Rochester Presbyterian
14:37 Bible reading: Romans 14:1-12
Song: Nothing Can I Boast In
16:49 Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
18:44 Sermon: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Song: May the Mind of Christ
42:15 Closing

‘Meet the relationship advice for the church in Corinth’ (1 Corinthians 7:25-40)

Relationship advice is everywhere on just about any topic you can think of in relation to relationships, especially marriage! But the advice that the Apostle Paul gives to the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 is advice that helps put all relationships into some kind of perspective. See, no earthly relationship will last, no matter how good it is! Once this world is done, only that which God has decreed will live on and unfortunately, earthly relationships aren’t in that grouping. But God’s Word will go on forever, and so the best advice for any relationship is this – use it for the sake of the gospel!

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: At the name of Jesus
00:15 Introduction
00:51 Prayer
05:48 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise)
Song: The Greatest Treasure
09:02 Ministry Focus – Persecuted Church
12:24 Bible reading: 1 Peter 3:1-7
Song: There is a Higher Throne
13:31 Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
16:18 Sermon: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Song: Live for the Kingdom
39:31 Closing

‘Meet the contentment issues at the church in Corinth’ (1 Corinthians 7:12-24)

There’s no doubt that the world we live in offers little in the way of contentment. This applies not only to possessions but also to our relationships. Some say ‘if you don’t like the bed, change the sheets’, ie get a new partner! Some TV shows even throw 2 strangers together and expect them to be happily married.  It doesn’t work like that! Paul wrote to the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 7:12-24 to urge them not to find that elusive contentment in their relationship status, but in Christ. And what he writes is a game changer in regard to contentment in all of life!

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: Crown Him With Many Crowns
00:18 Introduction
00:50 Prayer
06:30 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise)
Song: You Are Not Your Own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
10:32 Ministry Focus – Eaglehawk Presbyterian Church
13:28 Bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Song: Only a Holy God
14:46 Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24
17:35 Sermon: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24
Song: My Worth Is Not In What I Own
41:43 Closing

‘Meet the relationship issues at the church in Corinth’ (1 Corinthians 7:6-11)

Relationships. According to the way the world thinks, they’re everything. The best that life can offer. In some ways that is true…but what happens when relationships go sour?  In 1 Corinthians 7:6-11, Paul gives some answers towards those questions. Not everyone will end up in a relationship. Not every relationship will stay together. Singleness is a gift of God. Divorce needs to be thought about in the light of the Word of God. If we do not allow God the control of our relationships, then the idol we make them into can surely crumble.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: Behold Our God
00:18 Introduction
00:50 Prayer
06:08 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise)
Song: Be Careful Little Eyes
10:46 Ministry Focus – Reforming Church
14:19 Bible reading: Malachi 2:10-16
Song: My Hope Rests Firm
15:41 Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 7:6-11
16:40 Sermon: 1 Corinthians 7:6-11
Song: O Jesus I have Promised
40:21 Closing

‘Meet the sexual intimacy issues at the church in Corinth’ (1 Corinthians 7:1-5)

It seems that the believers at Corinth were having trouble (as often happens) with sexual issues. We learned something of this in chapters 5 and 6 when we noted how Paul had to address both incest and promiscuity. There was also another extreme view at Corinth which Paul addressed in 1 Corinthians 7:1-5. Some, even those who were married, held to the view ‘no sex please, we’re Christians’. Naturally, Paul had a bit to say about that view and in doing so put marital sexual intimacy into the place that God intended it according to His design.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: And Can It Be
00:16 Introduction
00:50 Prayer
Song: And God Said
06:15 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise; see also Big Picture Bible Crafts #1)
Song: God Our Father
08:07 Ministry Focus – Gideons
16:03 Bible reading: Genesis 2:18-25
Song: Only A Holy God
17:11 Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 7:1-5
19:50 Sermon: 1 Corinthians 7:1-5
Song: O Great God
32:29 Closing

‘Rejoice in the Lord’ (Philippians 4:4)

There are many times in life when bad news strikes, circumstances change or life takes a twisty turn for the worst. At the other end of the spectrum are the exhortations in the Scriptures that we ought to follow regardless of those circumstances. Philippians 4:4 is one of those verses. The challenge that this verse gives us is always a challenge to fulfil.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: See Him Coming
00:16 Introduction
00:50 Prayer
Song: Ephesians 2:8-10
06:15 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise; see also Big Picture Bible Crafts #16)
Song: I Can’t Save Myself
08:07 Ministry Focus – Ryan Smith and Christian Union
16:03 Bible reading: Psalm 73:21-28
Song: My Hope Rests Firm
17:11 Bible reading: Acts 16:16-28
Song: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
19:50 Sermon: Philippians 4:4
Song: My Heart Is Filled
32:29 Closing

‘Meet the body issues at the church in Corinth’ (1 Corinthians 6:12-20)

It seems the members of the church in Corinth, very much like the culture of the people of that city, held to wide ranging views about the place of their ‘bodies’ within the Christian life. Some held the view that it was immaterial what you did with your body, and so, a visit to a Temple prostitute was of no concern. Others held to a much more stricter view (also known as asceticism) that any contact with the body was purely sinful. in 1 Corinthians 6;12-20, the Apostle Paul finds a middle ground between these two extremes, reminding his readers and therefore us, of what God has to say about our bodies, which in the end, belong to Him!

Full service

00:00 Introduction
00:44 Prayer
Song: Come Praise and Glorify
05:21 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise)
Song: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
09:49 Ministry Focus – Prison Fellowship
Song: Galatians 2:20
12:56 Bible reading: Romans 13:8-14
Song: Grace Unmeasured
14:04 Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
15:29 Sermon: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Song: Jesus Paid It All
40:07 Closing