Gifted for the Common Good

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Summary of the Text: In the passage, Paul begins to address another issue concerning the Corinthian public worship; the use of Spiritual gifts. He discusses the declaration of the Spirit, the manifestation of the Spirit, and the distribution of the gifts. The Proposition of the Sermon: What are the Spiritual gifts and their purpose? Individuals within the […]

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Table Manners: Coming ‘Together’ for the Lord’s Supper

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Summary of the Text:  In this passage, the Apostle Paul rebukes the Corinthian congregation for having divisions and factions, which were becoming obvious during the Lord’s Supper; a meal which should reflect the selfless attitude of Christ and the unity of the believers. The thesis of the Sermon:  How should the church behave during the Lord’s Supper? The […]

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Expelled: A Case for Excommunication in 1 Corinthian 5

  Should a person be expelled from a church communion? Often, in the minds of modernity, the word “excommunication” conjures up disparaging images of a bygone puritanical society ostracizing an individual for a simple mistake or even false allegations. The idea that an individual can be removed from their place of fellowship is downright repugnant for many. However, this paper […]

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A Dynamic Faith: A Glimpse at Salvation in James

Introduction             Is the Apostle James guilty of propagating a rogue soteriology of works? Many biblical scholars, especially since Reformation, have wrestled with the content of the epistle he penned to the twelve dispersed tribes centuries ago. Allen Cabaniss writes, “Because of Luther’s flippant remark that it was ‘an epistle of straw’ in comparison with the Pauline correspondence, it has […]

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