January 25 2015

There is no I in Team

The church where I met Christ in at the age of 20 had gone through a split only a few years earlier.    A number of people in the church had decided they wanted to speak in tongues in the church service, and they convinced a number of folks to go along with them.   They eventually broke off from this particular church, and left to go start their own church.    
Unfortunately, this type of situation is not all that uncommon.    There are not a lot of things that are as divisive as the topic of tongues.  
Think with me:   What do you know about the gift of tongues?  Maybe you’ve NEVER seen it and are ignorant.   
Others of you have never personally seen it, but you’ve maybe seen people on Christian TV shows who are praying or maybe even preaching and then suddenly they start to speak unintelligible words.
Others of you maybe grew up in a church environment where tongues were common place. Each Sunday morning, at least one person, would get up and speak in some strange language. If you didn’t have this ability, the code word for you was, “not Spirit Filled.”
Today’s text has some instructions about the use of spiritual gifts, tongues included, in it.    But as we get into the text….we will see that this passage, really isn’t about the gifts….but about WHY we would want to use, or not use, them.      Let’s take a look.   

January 18 2015

Greater Gifts

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal." 1 Cor 13:1

Often quoted in weddings, 1 Corinthians 13 is described as the "Love Chapter".    Paul has some rather pointed words to say in today's text regarding the use of Spiritual Gifts, and the selfish attitudes of the Corinthian Christians.    There is a lot there to look at regarding today's church, as well.    Let's delve into the text to see what he has to say.    

January 13 2015

What part are YOU?

This week I'm back in the pulpit after missing a week.  I took a week off for vacation, and we traveled out of town to see friends and family.    

This week we are talking about a controversial topic among many churches and many Christians:   the movement of the Spirit.    As we delve into 1 Corinthians 12, we see it's less about flashy spiritual gifts, and more about God's people uniting as a body of believers, loving and serving God together.      Please listen in as we jump into the text.