Join us as Bob Christopher leads us through various Scriptures describing the "Crossover" from death to life. Because Adam and Eve, in their disobedience to God, ushered sin into God's perfect world, everyone who would ever be born found themselves dead in sin. They were in the "wrong place", as sinners apart from Christ; controlled by the "wrong person" and carrying out the "wrong purpose", choosing to gratify the desires of the flesh, as dictated by the ways of the world. This empty life was leading them to a "horrible end." Hopefully, at some point, as many as possible would "cross over" from death to life, trusting in Christ and His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. No longer would they be lost sinners, but victorious saints in Christ!
Join us as Bob Christopher ties up some loose ends in 1 Corinthians 16. These are Paul's closing words in his first letter to the church at Corinth. Following his teaching on the importance of the resurrection (Chapter 15), Paul reminds the Corinthians, and us, as well, that joy in this life comes only as we give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord. He encourages everyone in the Corinthian church to be involved in helping the church in Jerusalem with their financial needs, and he says to us all: "Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith; be men (and women) of courage; be strong. Do everything in love" (Chapter 16, vs. 13-14).
Join us as Bob Christopher shares insights from Paul's message to the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians, chapter 14). This message brings out the misuse of spiritual gifts, which has always been a cause of church divisions and conflicts, and is still a problem in many churches today. Spiritual gifts are to be used not for self-edification but for the good of the whole body so that the love of Jesus and the true gospel message can be passed on to people all over the world. Paul says to eagerly desire God's greater gifts, such as the gift of prophecy; but he also says not to forbid speaking in tongues, which serves as a sign for unbelievers. Just make sure this gift, which should always be interpreted, is used in a fitting and orderly way.
Join us as Bob Christopher shares special Easter insights using passages from 1 Corinthians, chapter 15. Just as the linchpin holds various things in place, we should look to the Lord Jesus as the linchpin holding us individually, as well as our families, our church bodies and our world, in place. Believing the true gospel message that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried and that He was raised on the third day" provides the linchpin for our faith and salvation in Him. Christ is alive and will never die again! Through His Holy Spirit, He makes us alive in Him. Without His resurrection we would still be dead in our sins, but death has been swallowed up in victory. "Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Join us as Bob Christopher talks about Basic Gospel's mission for 2014 in light of God's love described by Paul in 1 Corinthians, chapter 13. Our mission as a New Covenant church has always been to connect as many people as possible to the love and life of Jesus Christ. Continuing this mission during 2014, we now have access to four effective media platforms: radio, the Internet, social media and video.
Join us as Bob Christopher continues with Paul's first letter to the early Corinthian church. This church was making a mockery of acquiring and using God's spiritual gifts, as do many of today's church groups. God does not leave it up to us to choose the gift that appeals to us. Just as the Holy Spirit moves us to say "Jesus is Lord", He alone determines which person is best suited for each spiritual gift of God's grace. We were not designed to function alone. Just as our eyes and all other members of our physical bodies work together for our good, each person in our church body, using his special gift from the Holy Spirit, makes it possible for us to minister and serve together, showing forth the love of Christ to the world at large.
Join us as Richard Peifer shares some insight on the often misunderstood passage of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. In early Corinth, a man often covered his head for pagan rituals, while a woman with a shaved head or short hair was wearing the style worn by pagan prostitutes. When such a man or woman joined Christians in worship, this could be a great distraction for the group, so Paul's suggestions were meant to keep the focus on honoring God and promoting fellowship (Koinonia) and interdependence among the body. As we read the Bible, let us always trust the mind of Christ through His Holy Spirit to transform confusion to clarity. This principle also applies to marriage and other relationships.
Join us for a study of 1 Corinthians, chapter 10, as Richard points out some important lessons we can learn from Israel's history. Paul shares several examples, mostly Israel's wrong choices first recorded in Exodus and Numbers. Knowing these wrong choices can help us today if we pay attention! Our nation is so blessed by God, but is choosing more and more to follow paths away from Him. People are ignoring the fact that the world system is not our friend. We can learn from history if we 1) read it; 2) understand its setting of time and place; 3) trust the mind of Christ to transform these past circumstances into the present setting; and 4) allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in every aspect of our relationships.
Join us as Bob Christopher teaches from 1 Corinthians, chapter 9. After Paul met Jesus, his one purpose was to teach only the true message of Christ - His death, burial and resurrection. Constrained by the love of Christ, as if running a race for the prize, Paul taught as an "ordinary guy", telling everyone who would listen that they needed Jesus. The Holy Spirit certified his message as genuine. "Super apostles" appeared on the scene trying to fool people into thinking their own embellished message was of more value, but Paul continued "running the race", not wanting anyone, including himself, to be disqualified from winning the true prize - a crown that will last forever.
Join us as Bob Christopher talks about "The Problem with Knowledge", as discussed by Paul in 1 Corinthians, chapter 8. All of us possess some degree of knowledge, but sometimes we flaunt our knowledge, thinking with pride that we know more than we actually do. For example, we must not exercise our freedom to eat certain foods or do other things in the presence of a weaker brother if our choices cause him to fall into sin. This misuse of knowledge becomes a sin on our part, too. We must not let our knowledge keep us from truly loving God and others. Instead, let us remember that "knowledge puffs up, but love builds up"
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