What is the body of Jesus Christ? What are the members of the body of Jesus Christ? Why did God not give all members the same gifts?
This section of scripture describes is the human body as a metaphor the body of Jesus Christ. Paul has just answered the Corinthians' questions regarding the gifts of the Holy Ghost how they are divided among the church yet work together to unify and edify the whole church. Now Paul is answering questions about the importance or station of each member of the church in relation to the other members of the church.
Its Not About Me, Myself or I. 1 Samuel 24:1-15 When Relationships Collide: Thriving in the Midst of Conflict.David retreats to a place called Engedi. Engedi means "spring of the goat or spring of climbers or leapers." This place was 200 yards from the Dead Sea on the center of the western shore. An abundance of palm trees use to be here. This oasis had luxurious vegetation watered by fresh water springs and waterfalls. Saul thought he was in control and secure, but in reality David is the one who is in control. David has the power to destroy the king. The tables have been turned. If David kills Saul, he would be king! He and his 600 men would be free from persecution, suffering, and a fugitive life.Have you been hurt, slandered, or verbally attacked? Here is what you can do? 1. Respond with humility and graciousness. 2. Speak the truth and give evidence of your integrity with your words and actions. 3. Make sure your conscience is clear of any offenses and seek forgiveness for any wrongs. 4. Look at your offender as God's tool to develop character in your life. Someone said, "God gives us motivation to push us. He gives us friends to push us to our potential. He gives us enemies to push us beyond our potential." God is using Saul to develop in David's life traits like humility, faith, trust in God, self-control, patience, forgiveness, and long suffering.
Pastor walks his family through "T.H.I.N.K. Before You Speak." Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it important? Is it necessary? Is it kind? On each point, he spends some time helping them work out how to evaluate the question biblically. Building this skill in biblically wise speech is something he often spends time working with people on in remedial counseling. It would serve us all well if we proactively developed this skill, before we have a relationship that ends up in need of remedy.
There are 3 sins that have many of the attributes of an octopus. Numerous tentacles and suckers, altering appearance to match its surroundings, changing shape, great defense mechanisms, very intelligent, quiet and silent attacks. Those 3 sins are coveting, envy and jealousy. But we just blow them off as sins of little consequence when in fact they can lead to anger, hate, physical violence, depression, etc. How many of our outward (visible) sins started with these inward sins?
How can we promote Gospel growth in others?
a. Prioritize people
b. Remember the mutual blessings of discipleship
c. Let Jesus be the center of your relationships
a. Don't make it all about you
b. Be willing to go...be willing to give
This sermon was preached on October 29, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Pastor Zachary Groff preached this sermon entitled "The Royal Family" on Matthew 12:46-50. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
When do we have eternal life? Is there anyone that wants to live forever without God? Did you know the devil fights continuously for your time; and would you like to know why? What is the key demonstration that would affect the world, if the world were to see it demonstrated? Please listen to "letting the World See," taught by Pastor Jamie, to get the answers to these questions and more.