Our guest speaker today is Pastor Manny Garcia, our new supervisor from our Iowa congregations. His region, like so many churches, and not just churches but organizations throughout the country and world, have experienced difficulties through the pandemic of the past year. Unity has not become just another nice sermon drawn from Paul's letter to the Corinthian church, but is now a very real and necessary dynamic in our modern times.
Pastor Nancy finishes up the series on 1 Corinthians 13 this morning. You'll have to listen to discover the relationship of kindness and old hags. None of our gifts and talents mean a whit if love is not in the forefront in our behavior.
We all love games, particularly card games that have wild cards, trump cards. But life is not a game, is it? Today Nancy discusses a particular conundrum with which we all must negotiate. This is our second to last Sunday on 1st Corinthians Chapter 13.
Agape love is never happy when trouble comes calling. Today Nancy continues exploring the Corinthian church and the dynamics at that time, nearly 2000 years ago, that are the exact same problem we find today, right here, right now in our own local churches. And we need to get it straight while we still have time. We are in 1 Corinthians 13
We're in our fifth week of 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 and you'd think we'd be done. But no, hang on. Today Pastor Nancy peels back the onion a little more. How do we keep from damaging relationships and begin repairing those that have some rebuilding to be done. That's a biggie. Beginning with restraint is a good start.
Love is an amazing force. It even causes the most hardened of criminals to confess their crimes. Let's listen as we open God's word in Corinthians.
There are so many aspects that can be and will be discussed in Chapter 13 of this first letter Paul wrote to the Corinthians. Last week we began with some of the dynamics that are the foundation of our topic, but the most foundational is the fact that God loves us. Truly grasping that understanding is our focus this morning.
We're in our second week of discussing the depths of what love is. While we're focusing on the 13th chapter of Corinthians, we're not prepping for a wedding (the usual use of this chapter). We'll be going a bit deeper this time, but first we have some foundational groundwork to lay before we can build on our subject. So while we'll not be directly in Corinthians this morning, we've got some fundamentals to cover.
Unfortunately, the church, with a capital C, in America and certainly throughout the world, has been sorely affected by COVID. And you can bet that Satan and his minions are not going to let up. And don't think they won't. Once they have you down, their next move is to step on your neck. So what's our plan; what's our counter punch. We're going to be doing a deep dive in 1 Corinthians s13 for the next few weeks. No, this isn't a wedding; an often used scripture on those festive occasions. As we're going to see, Paul wrote that chapter in the midst of some difficult, or at minimum, delicate circumstances in Corinth. Let' listen as Nancy begins our discussion.
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