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Then Comes the End 1 Corinthains 15:24
Of what end does the apostle speak? Is it the end of time believed by many? Is it the time Christ gives up his kingom to surrender his reign. Again, many believe this is the teaching of the verse.
In our study today, we will examine the meaning and application of "then comes the end" in the context of 1 Cor. 15:24 and the Bible. Join us for a great study.
The Joy of Sex According to Paul.
Now Paul starts to address some of the things the Corinthians wrote to him about. Apparently, they had a lot of questions about sex. Paul tells them that if people can't stop themselves from getting it on with each other, then they might as well get married. Once you're married, men and women shouldn't withhold sex from each other. Of course, Paul isn't thrilled to have to give this advice. He's a bachelor and thinks everyone should be shrugging off sex like him. But he realizes that not everyone is going be able to live up to his level of awesomeness. Paul's advice is to stay that way. But if you can't keep it in your pants then, by all means, put a ring on it. Rules for Marriage. Christians who are married to unbelievers shouldn't divorce their spouses. As long as the non-believer of the pair is fine living with a Christian, they should be cool with it. Yes, in the last chapter, having sex with a prostitute made you a prostitute, but, don't worry: a Christian spouse actually makes their non-believing spouse holy. Paul thinks that Christians should just let it be. More advice, this time for virgins! Thinking about getting married? Think again. Married people have all kinds of problems. But unmarried people can just keep their eyes on the prize—life with God. That is, when they're not thinking about sex. The end of the world is coming soon, Paul explains. So soon, none of this stuff is going to matter. God is going to swoop in and wipe it all away, and give faithful Christians their reward. That's why it's better to keep your focus on the Big Guy instead of trying to snag Mr. Right. Remember, if you're just some sex fiend who can't control himself, go ahead and get married. You're more blessed when you stay single, Paul says. (Typical man. Won't commit.)
Paul this man who was once call Saul who hated the church after being brought into the light of Christ tells us in chapter 12 of the spiritual gifts God placed in the church; in chapter 14, he lectures the class on prophecy and its superiority of the two. And, then he makes chapter 13 the ‘’oreo’’ in the cookie: the greatest of these is love.
Chapter 13, v. 1-3 In paragraph one of three, Paul’s arrangement of the spiritual gifts in a greater/lesser grouping are to highlight the importance of love to tongues & prophecy; knowledge or faith nor the burning of your body are greater than love.
Paul, the apostle, in v.4-7, personifies and enumerates what love is and what love aint; what love does and what love does not do.
V, 8-13 are The preacher and teacher waits until v. 8, his last paragraph, to announces the text of his message, ‘’love never fail’’...
V.13 Our Dear brother Paul in the final verse of the love chapter takes love and do the math with faith and hope...
When you get a new job, you are excited! You brag about it and you spend time learning how to be more effective in it. You study the latest trends around it and you make it a part of your agenda. Everything revolves around that job. It becomes your commitment. Love is a choice that grows into a commitment. This commitment is sealed in marriage. Today, the commitment of marriage is not sacred. It is not valued. People are pulling away from the ground rules and creating their own, forgetting the power that lies in the bond of love. 1 Corinthians 13 speaks to that power. "Tribulations of Love" was written to bring back the concept of the strength couples have when they allow true love to prevail in their marriage. This Saturday Jan 24, I, along with my Sista in the Ministry "Vanessa Brown from Pink Kittee Romance Enhancers, will be at Alumni Apparel 9537 S. Jeffery from 3-6pm discussing this concept and signing my book. Did God ordain Marriage as a guideline for Kingdom building? Let's talk as we use snippets from the book "Tribulations of Love to help you bring the spice, the spark back into your marriage. Rekindle that commitment! 7:30pm...It's going to be a hot one tonight!
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“What Love got to do with it?”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
The apostle Paul founded the church in Corinth. A few years after leaving the church, the apostle Paul heard some disturbing reports about the Corinthian church. They were full of pride and were excusing sexual immorality. Spiritual gifts were being used improperly, and there was rampant misunderstanding of key Christian doctrines. The apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians in an attempt to restore the Corinthian church to its foundation—Jesus Christ. Love never fail.
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Your listening to Smart Ministries Christian Radio "Where the truth is spoken, and eyes are opened". This is your host Sara Marquez and welcome to the new addition of our broadcast called Audio Bible Wednesday.
In this new show featured wednesdays at 6pm EST we read the bible outloud and archive the show on our website www.smartministries.org and here on blogtalkradio.com/smartministries
We will be going through the entire bible from Genesis to Revelations. However we will do it a bit differently. We are going to start in the new testament first starting in Matthew then ending in Revelations. Afterwards we switch to the old testament and will start from Genesis until Malachi.
Without further delay from the NKJV we start on Matthew chapter 1.
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We've all heard this chapter of I Corinthians quoted somewhere. It's one of the most famous passages in the New Testament. Most people think it is about "love," but the love it is about is unconditional love, the love only borne of higher states of consciousness.
In fact, this is one of the loveliest descriptions of consciousness there is. This chapter talks about the opening of consciousness, what it is like to live in ego and how ineffective our actions are there, and how consciousness awakens.
There's a nice meditation at the end of this show too.
The book of 1st Corinthians presents the God of Reconciliation. It describe the condition of the church. As we read this book, we need to examine our willingness to live a moral life that is pleasing and acceptable to God, commit our self to God's predestinated purposed for us. As we are encountering the God of reconciliation, we need to surrender control and power to him. We must surrender envy, hatred, and anything that hinders us from experiencing the power of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. We must quit habits, behavior and attitudes that are not compatible to the standard of life that God desires. Be reconciled as you are meeting the God who reconcile.
2 Corinthians presents God and His Church. This book teaches us that the church belongs to God and as a result, we have to make her our top priority in the use of our resources, whether it is our time, intellectual, educational, social connections and financial abilities. According to 2 Corinthians, God is the source of all grace, peace, mercy, compassion, and comfort. Let God's grace by upon you; experience His perfect peace; may He shows His mercy on you, be compassionate toward you according to His unconditional love and comfort through whatever challenges you may be going through.
Welcome to Sacred Sunday! Today we are reading I Corinthians Chapter 9.
Support Your Apostle
Paul is kind of a big deal. He's an apostle. He's seen the Risen Christ. Even the fact that the church in Corinth exists is proof that God is working through him. Boo-ya.
He explains that, as an apostle, he is entitled to monetary support from his fellow Christians. Must be in the fine print of his contract.
He should get free food and beverages (no more BYOB for Paul!). He should have a faithful wife traveling by his side (a really cute one!). He shouldn't have to work little side jobs (tent-making can be a real drag). Really, the Corinthians should be fully supporting him.
Eyes on the Prize
But Paul doesn't roll this way.
Even though these are his rights, even though this is what God demands, Paul never took advantage of these perks.
And don't worry, he's not going to start doing it now. He's just trying to make a point. So put away your wallets, okay?
All Paul is saying is that he chose this life freely. He gets to spread the gospel around free of charge to everyone.
Paul might be free, but he's made himself into a slave (sans chains) in order to win more converts to Christ.
Wherever he goes, he becomes like the people he's with so that he can help convince them that Jesus is Lord. We believe this is called empathy.
And you've got to stay strong throughout. Christians are like world-class athletes. They have to train and be super discipled in order to win the prize at the end. The prize in this case is a little nicer than a trophy.
This is how Paul lives his life. Just a hint, Corinthians. Thanks to www.shmoop.com