We gather in the local church because God has commanded it. We gather because it helps us grow spiritually. Pastor Rod Bunton concludes this series by reminding us that there is another reason: we must go out from the church into the world to carry out our mission for the kingdom.
The church is imperfect, many wrong things have been done in the name of the church, and it seems there are hypocrites everywhere. Pastor Rod Bunton answers the question, “Is it even necessary to go to church?”
In light of the current health crisis and also because of a generational shift in our culture, “going to church” has changed. In a short series, Pastor Rod Bunton focuses on the church and examines why we gather locally.
1 Corinthians 4:14-21 Having exposed and then rebuking the sin of pride in the Corinthian church, now Paul presents a resolution to their pride. Pastor Rod Bunton explains that Paul provides two options: humbling themselves or being humbled by God.
1 Corinthians 4:9-13 Paul exposed the prideful ways of the Corinthian church because they saw themselves as believers who had arrived, even boasting about following certain apostles. Pastor Rod Bunton shows how Paul contrasted that to the humble lives of the apostles, the very people the church was adoring, who saw themselves as the bottom of the barrel.
Psalm 4 During David’s reign as king, he faced much adversity from those in his kingdom and even from his own family. Pastor Ben Khazraee, in a message with particular relevance in today’s climate, reveals how we, like David, can find peace in a hostile culture.
1 Corinthians 4:6-7 The underlying problem in the Corinthian church was their pride and Paul uses this passage to expose it. Pastor Rod Bunton helps us understand how pride manifested itself in that church and in our own lives and also how it robs God of his glory and is the enemy of our sanctification.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Paul was not a perfect person nor was he immune to personal criticism, but he was facing distorted judgment with regard to his teaching. Pastor Rod Bunton explains this passage where Paul defends his theological position and approach to teaching the Gospel.
We are commanded by God to worship him, but does it really matter how we do it? Pastor Doug Link tells us that God does indeed care about how we do it and his Word tells us what is acceptable and pleasing to him.
1 Corinthians 3:18-23 Since early in this letter, Paul has been addressing the problem of disunity within the church. In this passage, he examines the threat of human wisdom that was contributing to that problem. Pastor Rod Bunton shows us how, especially today, we have become foolishly confident in our ability to solve problems, relying on our own solutions that separate us instead of becoming unified by diving deeper into Christ and His word.
1 Corinthians 3:13-17, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 In a conclusion to this passage, Paul taught the Corinthian church that their work on earth, revealed by fire, would result in rewards for some believers. Pastor Rod Bunton dives deeper into that day, called the Judgment Seat of Christ, in which the Lord will judge believers.
1 Corinthians 3:10-13 The teaching in the Corinthian church had become influenced by culture and showed evidence of fearing man more than God. Pastor Rod Bunton explains how Paul likened this to building with wood, hay, and straw which will be consumed when tested by fire.