Gospel Implications
Sun, Feb 08, 2015
Duration:58 mins
Conflict is as old as the human heart.

Chapter 1

The Theology of Glory vs The Theology of the Cross
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. -- 1 Corinthians 1:18 (ESV) What is your proudest achievement? What would you want to let everyone know about you? Would it be a project you worked on? Or an athletic achievement? Or some problem you solved? Or something you invented? We are taught from a young age to achieve and be proud of it. We wear it as our identity. What if what you were known for was a notorious event? What if instead of pride, your name was associated with shame? How would you feel? This week we continue our series looking into the Reformation through the life and theology of Luther. One of the key ideas he taught was how God was revealed, not what he called the 'theology of glory' but in 'the theology of the cross'. This important distinction changes our perspective on both God and ourselves. We will take a look into 1 Corinthians 1, where Paul lays out a similar explanation of God's plans. Take a look there before Sunday. Luther was far from a perfect man. In fact, many of his attributes and sins are obvious and detestable. I encourage you to look at this thoughtful article about one of the worst issues, his antisemitism.

Chapter 3

Portraits of the Church
Sun, Aug 19, 2018
For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building. - 1 Corinthians 3:9 (ESV) There is a new classification of folks that have been identified in the church world - the de-churched. These are people who have been to church, maybe were even a part, but now have left. Asking these folks to return is a big ask. Often this is because they have been hurt by something or someone. Or they look at the news and read about the scandals. Or they didn't see anything of value in giving of their time, energy, and money to an organization. Maybe you aren't de-churched, but you might be 'under-churched'. You wonder if it is worth it. Or you feel a tinge of burnout or relational strain. This week I want to talk to you. We are going to take a break before we start the next section of Romans. We are going to open up to 1 Corinthians 3. In this passage, Paul lays out multiple portraits of the church that puts the church in a different light. Take a few minutes to read it through.

Chapter 9

Run the Race
Sun, Sep 01, 2013
Duration:42 mins
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.(1 Corinthians 9:25-27, ESV) I've been on a bit of journey this year. And I want to tell you about it. It's been difficult and painful at times. It's been revealing and enlightening (in several ways). But it's been a journey. This week, between series, I want to take some time to talk to you about what God has taught me in the last 9 months, while I made an attempt to evaluate and change some things in my life. This won't be an "Andy is awesome" sermon or a drive-by guilt trip, but hopefully it will become an encouragement to lean into Jesus for all that He is. Also this week, we are giving our Treehouse workers a week off as we prepare to go full-steam ahead for the coming school year. We will have some activities for the kids. And we will still have a full Playground slate of classes. Next week I'm excited to start our fall series Living In Hope: A Study of 1 Peter. If you want to get ahead, begin reading through this great book that points us to the only source of hope, Jesus.

Chapter 15

Abound in the work of the Lord
Sun, Dec 30, 2018
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. - 1 Cor 15:58
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