Category Archives: I Corinthians

One Additional Thought on Paedocommunion

Children belong at the table. I have argued for a decade that children of the covenant are recipients of all the covenant benefits. One significant benefit is the means of grace we call the Eucharist, or the Lord’s Supper. Baptism … Continue reading

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Sermon: The Empty Threat of Death, Part VIII, I Corinthians 15:58

Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock, and our nearest Kinsman, the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. Text: Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always … Continue reading

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The Gospel of the Resurrection

Richard Hays offers a few of the implications of proclaiming a resurrection gospel: …if we deny the resurrection, we will find ourselves turning inward and focusing on our own religious experience as the matter of central interest. That is what … Continue reading

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Sermon: The Empty Threat of Death, Part VII, I Corinthians 15:50-57

Note: At the request of a parishioner, I will now post my sermon manuscripts on Saturday nights. People of God, good music tells good stories. Bad music tells bad stories. The Bible is good music, therefore it tells good stories. … Continue reading

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Flesh and Blood

This phrase ( I Cor. 15:50) occurs in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, and it has led to a wide level of speculation. But the more common reading is to be preferred. By “flesh and blood” Paul is simply referring … Continue reading

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Sermon: The Empty Threat of Death, Part VI, I Corinthians 15:42-49

People of God, we are persevering through this dynamic and theologically astute response of the Apostle Paul to the skeptical Corinthians. This is Pau’s third and final response to their inquiries. He treats them with a profound conviction that they … Continue reading

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Shameful Bodies

There is a possible misunderstanding of Paul’s use of the word ἀτιμίᾳ in I Corinthians 15:43. Paul is in the process of making four distinctions. In the second distinction he refers to our present bodies as “dishonor.” Some translations may use … Continue reading

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A Spirit-Body

To paraphrase N.T. Wright, “much of the evangelical world has bought into the Platonic distinctions.” This distinction includes a separation between our earthly bodies and our heavenly spirits. This distinction has vast repercussions for how we are to think about … Continue reading

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Sermon: The Empty Threat of Death, Part V, I Corinthians 15:35-41

People of God, we return to our series on I Corinthians 15. One of the great accomplishments of John Calvin was his preaching ministry in Strasbourg in 1539. Many of us today still look to find brilliant analysis of different … Continue reading

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The Appeal of the Resurrection

Paul argues through several analogies from nature in verses 35-41. The purpose of going so far to make the point of the resurrection is, according to Hays, “to make the resurrection of the dead seem appealing rather than appalling to … Continue reading

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Resuscitation or Resurrection?

Richard Hays summarizes Paul’s powerful critique of some of the Corinthians in chapter 15. According to Hays: Paul insists that the concept of “resurrection of the dead” should not be naively understood to refer to the resuscitation of corpses; rather, … Continue reading

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Sermon: I Corinthians 15:29-34, Fifth Sunday of Easter

People of God, this is the fifth Sunday of Resurrection. We are journeying in this Easter glory. But the beauty of the Gospels is that after Easter glory there is more glory in the Ascension, and then Pentecost descends upon … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Resurrection: I Corinthians 15:12-19,The Empty Threat of Death, Part II

People of God, this is the Third Sunday of Resurrection! We will continue our study through Paul’s narrative in I Corinthians 15. This is Paul’s resurrection magnum opus; it is the Bible’s greatest treatment of the bodily resurrection of Jesus, the … Continue reading

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A Brief Argument for Weekly Communion

Many of us who practice weekly communion experience the immense joys and communal benefits of this practice. At the same time, I am aware that the vast majority of evangelicals–especially here in the South–view this practice with a certain skepticism … Continue reading

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Easter Sermon: The Empty Threat of Death, I Corinthians 15:1-11

People of God, this is the day of Resurrection! From this day to May 20th, we will celebrate the Easter Season. It is a remarkable pity that most evangelicals limit the Easter celebration to one Sunday. The reality is: this … Continue reading

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Baptism, Spiritual Rock, and Wilderness Wanderings

Psalm 107 speaks of the many ways in which Israel suffered. Those sufferings had a greater purpose. As Israel meditated on their journey they would remember the many ways God has protected and provided. They were to give thanks to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Women and Silence in I Corinthians 14:34-35

Sermon Excerpt What are we then to make of this passage? I would like to make three observations, which are not exhaustive, but it will bring us closer to understanding Paul’s words in this letter. First, Paul is making a … Continue reading

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Women Should be Silent…

Paul says that it is “shameful for women to speak in church” (14:35). Of course, this is a perfect excuse for some evangelicals and liberals to feel ashamed of Paul for making such a shameful comment.

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A Sign for the Unbelieving Jews

In Isaiah 28 God says that He will bring foreign tongues to speak in Israel “as a judgment to wake up his people and turn them from their sins.”The context of Isaiah’s prophecy is about the coming invasion of Israel … Continue reading

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Corinthian Misunderstanding

The Corinthians do not understand that the world before them is changing. Something radical and cosmic is beginning to take place in their midst. And because of this misunderstanding, they are not living as they ought. Paul’s instruction is a … Continue reading

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Music and Paul

I Corinthians 14 ties some significant themes together. It ties musical instruments with battle; Singing with the mind; Amens with Thanksgiving, etc.; all under Paul’s central theme of intelligibility. Hence, music is intelligible, corporate, joyful, and a call to battle. … Continue reading

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My Mind is Unfruitful…

Paul’s central in concern in I Corinthians 14 is for intelligibility in the body. Un-interpreted tongues serve no purpose to the body at large. Charles Hodge sees the phrase “my mind is unfruitful” in 14:14 to mean that since his … Continue reading

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The Perfect in I Corinthians 13:10

A sermon preached at Providence Church on February, 21st, 2010.

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Charles Hodge on I Corinthians 13

For moral elevation, for richness, and comprehensiveness, for beauty and felicity of expression, it has had the admiration of the church in all ages.–Charles Hodge

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Epiphany Sermon: Becoming Like what you Worship, Part I; I Corinthians 12:1-3

Download Stream Outline Order of Worship Speaker: Pastor Uriesou Tenorio Brito Date: 1/17/2010 Type: Sunday Sermon Topic: Sermon Sermon, Uri Brito, “Becoming Like What You Worship, Pt 1”, 1 Corinthians 12:1-3 Text: I Corinthians 12:1-3 -Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I … Continue reading

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Spiritual Gifts in I Corinthians 12

Paul uses a different word for “spiritual things” in verse one than he does for “gifts” in verse four. Hence, he is not referring to the charismatic gifts in verse one, but rather to those things “pertaining to the Spirit.”

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