Messy Church, pt 25 – “When It Feels Like Death is Winning”

Sometimes it feels like death is winning

How are the dead raised?

With what kind of body are the dead raised? How can we have assurance we will be raised?

Pau provides answers through three profound transformations:

From Seed to Splendor

1 Corinthians 15:36-38

You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.

John 12:24

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

From Earthly to Heavenly

1 Corinthians 15:39-44

For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

Sown: Perishable, dishonorable, weak, natural

Raised: Imperishable, glorious, strong, spiritual

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

What will our bodies look like?

1 Corinthians 15:45-49

Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life- giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

His body still bears the wounds of this life—ours will not

From Death to Victory in Christ

1 Corinthians 15:50-53

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

2 things will happen when Jesus returns:

  1. Those who have died, their bodies will rise.
  2. Those who are alive, they will be transformed.

1 Corinthians 15:54-55

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:    Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

Application:

  1. When it feels like death has the upper hand…Remember—we win!

1 Corinthians 15:56-57

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. When you’re tempted to drift…Stay steadfast in the Lord’s service.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Hope For Tomorrow | Messy Church, Part 24

Imagine not having hope for tomorrow…

Imagine not having hope for eternity…

1 Corinthians 15:12

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

1 Corinthians 15:13-14

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:15-19

We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

If Christ DID NOT rise from the dead…

  1. Misrepresentation of God (v.15)
  2. Futile Faith (v.16-17)
  3. People to be Pitied (v.19)

1 Corinthians 15:20-22

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15:22-26

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

If Christ DID rise from the dead…

  1. Sin is atoned for (v.22)
  2. Satan is defeated (v.24-25)
  3. Death is destroyed (v.26)

1 Corinthians 15:27-28

For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

1 Corinthians 15:29-32

Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? 30 Why are we in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!

What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

1 Corinthians 15:33-34

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 34 Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Application: 

Don’t be deceived

How? 

Know the Truth

Ephesians 4:14

so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by

every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Know the Truth

Wake up from your stupor

Put sin to death

1 Peter 1:15-16

But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Hebrews 4:14

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

 

The Critical Roles Of Men and Women In Ministry | Mess Church, Part 23

What do you do when you don’t agree with the Bible?

Correctly Interpret

Conform the Bible to your beliefs

Conform your beliefs to the Bible

Traditional

Liberal

Biblical

What do we think is best?

What does the Bible say?

1 Corinthians 14:33-40

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, 34 the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. 36 Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. 38 If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 39 So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But all things should be done decently and in order.

Women are to keep silent in the church…

does not mean no speaking but a particular type of speaking

1 Corinthians 11:5

but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.

Explaining Paul Away:

Paul’s opinion; not binding on us

1 Corinthians 14:37

…the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.

Paul’s opinion; not binding on us

Paul didn’t write this passage

Paul was addressing a local problem in Corinth

1 Corinthians 14:33

“As in all the churches of the saints,”

Who was Paul talking to? 

Women/Wives publicly disagreeing with their husbands

1 Corinthians 14:33b-35

As in all the churches of the saints, the women/wives should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman/wife to speak in church.

What are they to be silent about? 

1 Corinthians 14:29-34

Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, 34 the women should keep silent in the churches.

Judging prophecies

Male headship in the home

Male eldership in the church

“Scripture clearly teaches that God created male and female as equal image bearers of God (Gen. 1:27-28; Matt. 19:4), for the purpose of glorifying their creator in distinct yet complementary roles. These roles are played out both in the home and in the church….”

“We graciously yet fervently push back on any cultural attempt to blur the lines between gender distinctions. We simply can not accept that men and women are the same in role and function. While we do celebrate that men and women are made equal, we do not believe they are interchangeable. We believe our distinctiveness in how God created man and woman is a good thing, because after He had created Adam and Eve, He said his creation was very good.” (The Critical Role of Women in Ministry at Crosstown Alliance)

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:28

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 2:18

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Genesis 3:16

the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children.

Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”

Contributions of women in the OT:

Miriam – Worship Leader (Exodus 15)

Rahab – Rescued the Spies (Joshua 2)

Debra – Judge (Judges 4)

Ruth – Lineage of the Messiah (Matt. 1)

Huldah – Prophetess (2 Kings 22)

Esther – Saved the Jews (Esther 8)

Distinctions of men and women in the OT:

Debra – mother in/to Israel

Priests – men from the tribe of Levi

Luke 8:1-3

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.

Acts 2:17

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Women in the Early Church:

Tabitha/Dorcus (Acts 9)

Rhoda (Acts 12)

Lydia (Acts 16)

Damaris (Acts 17)

Priscilla (Acts 18, Rom. 16)

Church Leadership:

Deacons – men and women (Romans 16:1-2)

Elders – qualified men (1 Tim. 3, Titus 1)

1 Timothy 2:12

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.

Male eldership does NOT mean

Men run the church, women do nothing

Women should submit to all men

Elders have unchecked authority

Women can’t teach in certain contexts

Scripture is inconsistent

Common Pushbacks:

“There are lots of great women in the Bible”

“Women can be more competent than men”

“But what about equality?”

 

The Instruction Manual For Church | Messy Church, Part 22

1 Corinthians 14:26-33

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 27 If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. 28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

Paul’s instructions for a helpful worship service:

1. Every believer is a contributor

1 Corinthians 14:26

When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

Church is not about the performance of a few leaders, but the contribution of all the Saints.

The gift of encouragement

The gift of service

The gift of administration…

The gift of faith

The gift of shepherding

The gift to generosity/giving

2. Every gift comes with a guide

Tongue – Languages

A foreign human language (Acts 2)

A spiritual prayer language (1 Cor. 12-14)

1 Corinthians 14:2

For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 13:1

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

1 Corinthians 14:14-15

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.” 15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

1 Corinthians 14:27-28

If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. 28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.

1 Corinthians 14:19

Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

3. Order in the gathering brings peace to the Body

1 Corinthians 14:33

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace

Spontaneous = “more spiritual”

We can plan and prepare… But only God can bring the fire!

 

Practical Prophecy | Messy Church, Part 21

It’s the end of the world…

May 21, 1988

September 6, 1994

May 21, 2011

October 21, 2011

1 Corinthians 14:1

“…earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.”

1. What is the gift of prophecy?

1 Corinthians 14:1-5

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

Prophecy is NOT predicting the future

Prophecy is also NOT an irrefutable word of God

Prophecy is sharing something that God brings to mind to help another believer.

“The word prophecy refers generally to speech that reports something that God spontaneously brings to mind or “reveals” to the speaker but which is spoken in merely human words, not words of God.” (From the ESV Study Bible)

Prophecy is NOT on the same level of Scripture.

Prophecy needs to be tested against Scripture.

Example from Scripture:

Acts 2 – “your sons and your daughters shall prophesy”

Acts 8 – Philip to the Ethiopian Eunuch

Acts 9 – Ananias to Saul

Acts 10 – Peter to Cornelius

Acts 2:28

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”

1 Corinthians 14:1

“earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

Tongues is speaking mysteries to God that are not understood by others (unless interpreted). Prophecy is understandable and directly helps the Body of Christ.

2. What is the purpose of Prophecy?

1 Corinthians 14:3

On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.

3. What does prophecy look like in practice?

One-on-one

Small group

Church as a whole

“God told me to tell you…”

“I was praying for you and God brought you to mind…”

What do you do when you receive a prophesy?

Test it against Scripture

Discern through prayer

Seek the counsel of others

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Application:

1. Recognize if you have the gift of prophecy

2. Look for opportunities to use your gift

3. Take what you are thinking of saying and test it against Scripture

 

The Most Excellent Way To Be The Church | Messy Church, Part 20

 

1 Corinthians 13: 

The church

What happens in the church

How the church should interact with each other

1 Corinthians 12:31

“But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.”

LOVE

The primary thing people need from us is NOT spiritual gifts, but love.

They valued the things that God gave but struggled to use them in the spirit that God intended.

John 13:35

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1. When love is absent

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Our actions and gifts need to be motivated by love

Volunteer for a church event…

Give to kingdom causes…

Lead worship on Sunday mornings…

Teach the Bible…

Provide counsel to someone…

2. When love is present

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

[your name] is patient

[your name] is kind

[your name] is not irritable

[your name] is not resentful

[your name] does not rejoice at wrongdoing

Christ is patient

Christ is kind

Christ is not irritable

Christ is not resentful

Christ does not rejoice at wrongdoing

“bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things”

3. When love is permanent…

1 Corinthians 13:8-13

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Spiritual gifts are temporary

Love is eternal

Implications: 

We need to prioritize love

We need to keep the unity of the church

We will be a powerful witness

Application: 

1. Pursue Humility

2. Prioritize Community

Earnestly desire the higher gifts

Embracing the most excellent way

Using our spiritual gifts in a loving way.

A Healthy, Functional Body Of Christ | Messy Church, Part 19

 

How can we be a healthy, functional, Body of Christ?

1) Understand that you are part of the Body!

 

1 Corinthians 12:12-14

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one

body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form

one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one

Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

 

Baptized by ONE Spirit

-We’re sealed

-We’re connected

 

1 Corinthians 12:12-14

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

 

2) Understand that we all have an obligation as part of the Body

 

Inward obligation

 

1 Corinthians 12:15-20

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

 

Inward obligation

God placed ALL the parts in the body, how HE WANTED

 

Outward obligation

 

1 Corinthians 12:21-26

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

 

NO DIVISION and EQUAL CONCERN

 

1 Corinthians 12:26

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

 

Interdependence NOT Independence

 

The parts of the body work together. The eyes and ears do not only serve themselves, but the whole body. The hands do not only feed and defend themselves, but the whole body. The heart does not only supply blood to itself, but serves the whole body. Sometimes there is a part of our body that only lives to serve itself. It doesn’t contribute anything to the rest of the body, and everything it gets it uses to feed and grow itself. We call this cancer. 

-Enduring Word

 

Each one of us plays a role, for the body as a whole.

 

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

 

Apostleship – Missional Boldness.

 

Matthew 28:19-20a

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

 

Teaching – Correctly explaining and applying the Bible.

 

Matthew 28:19-20a

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

 

Helps-

“It strikes me that they were not persons who had any official standing, but that they were only moved by the natural impulse and the divine life within them to do anything and everything which would assist either teacher, pastor, or deacon in the work of the Lord. They are the sort of brethren who are useful anywhere, who can always stop a gap, and who are only too glad when they find that they can make themselves serviceable to the church of God in any capacity whatever.”

-Charles Spurgeon

 

Next Steps:

-Discover your gift

-Use your gift

-Pursue Unity

 

Unity + no diversity = Nazi Germany and the holocaust

No unity + no diversity = Dystopian robot society, A.I. taking over

No unity + diversity = Current state of our country, Corinthian church, CHAOS

Unity + diversity = God’s design

Empowered For A Purpose | Messy Church, Part 18


1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!”and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through theSpirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit!

We want to go FROM believing in the Holy Spirit TO expecting the Holy Spirit to be active in our lives.

open but cautious.”

3 Questions:

1. Who is the Holy Spirit?

The character of God (Fruit of the Spirit)

The service of God (Gifts of the Holy Spirit)

1 Corinthians 12:3

“No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 4:1

“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness.”

Luke 4:14

“And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and news about Him spread throughall the surrounding district.”

Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,”

Do you know the power that resides within you?

2. What are the spiritual gifts?

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

Spiritual gifts: God-given abilities that enable us to do what we could not do in our own
strength.

Paul lists 9 spiritual gifts:

1. The utterance of wisdom

2. The utterance of knowledge

3. Faith

4. Healing

5. Working of miracles

6. Prophecy

7. Distinguishing between spirits

8. Various kinds of tongues

9. Interpretation of tongues

3. What is the purpose of the spiritual gifts?

1 Corinthians 12:7

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:14

For the body does not consist of one member but of many.

2 Corinthians 4:7

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

The Best Meal Ever! | Messy Church, Part 17


Lord’s Supper

Eucharist

Communion

4 ways for us to better understand communion:

1. Communion is a family affair

1 Corinthians 11:17-20

But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, 19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat.

“when you come together as a church

“when you come together at the church

What is the church?

The church is a family of sinners who gather for worship, scatter on mission, and do it all for God’s glory.

Why do we gather?

We gather to worship Christ by singing His praise, studying His Word, encouraging one another in fellowship, and partaking in the sacraments.

1 Corinthians 11:17

“…when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you.”


2. Communion is a unified celebration

1 Corinthians 11:21-22

For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

Dysfunctional

Divided

The church was divided as they were receiving Communion.

Romans 15:7

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.



3. Communion is more than just a meal

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood”

4. Communion is a tangible gift

1 Corinthians 11:27-29

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

eat” and “drink

Instructions:

1 Corinthians 11:27-34

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. 33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another—34 if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

What NOT to do:

Receive Communion in an unworthy manner (v. 27)

Receive Communion without discerning the body (v. 29)

Go through the motions

Say one thing with our lips, live another way with our lives

What to do:

Examine yourself (v. 28)

Discern relationships around you (v. 29)

Wait for one another (v. 33)

Feel the weight of Scripture (v. 29-30)



As we receive Communion:

1. Look up

2. Look in

3. Look around

4. Look back

5. Look ahead

Gender Clarity: God’s Truth For A Confused Culture | Messy Church, Part 16

1 Corinthians 11:2

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions evenas I delivered them to you.

1 Corinthians 11:3

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.Headship is ultimately about responsibility.

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

1 Corinthians 11:4

Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,

1 Corinthians 11:5-6

but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. 6 For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.

A head covering was often a sign that a woman was married.

1 Corinthians 11:7

For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.

1 Corinthians 11:8-9 

For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

1 Corinthians 11:10

That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

1 Corinthians 11:11-12

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.

1 Corinthians 11:13-16

Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,”(1 Cor. 11:14)

How does that apply to us?

Grounded in creation

Expressed in culture

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Creation principals vs. Cultural expressions

My will” over “Thy will

Sin.  Pain.  Shame.

Christ came to mend the broken.

 

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