1 Corinthians Series Resources

1 Corinthians Chapter 16 | “Faithfully Yours, Paul”

Pastor Paul and his Pastoral Heart.

After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going through Macedonia. Perhaps I will stay with you awhile, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits… Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love… The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. All the brothers here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. If anyone does not love the Lord —a curse be on him. Come, O Lord! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
— 1 Corinthians 16:5-7,19-24

At the End of the Day, What Does He Say?

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
— v13-14

We are Called to Reconfigure our Relational Dynamics, based on a Kingdom Economy

A huge body of research—hundreds of studies—shows that when people are put in positions of power, they start talking more, taking what they want for themselves, ignoring what other people say or want, ignoring how less powerful people react to their behavior, acting more rudely, and generally treating any situation or person as a means for satisfying their own needs—and that being put in positions of power blinds them to the fact that they are acting like jerks.”
— Robert Sutton, The No Asshole Rule

Two tests are specified for recognition of the asshole

A | After encountering the person, do people feel oppressed, humiliated or otherwise worseabout themselves?
B | Does the person target people who are less powerful than him/her?

Paul is saying, “Be Kind”

The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate
— Oxford Dictionary
the difference between how a person treats the powerless versus the powerful is as good a measure of human character as I know.
— Robert Sutton
Over and over in the Gospels, Jesus interrupts his agenda for those who have nothing to offer him but need everything from him.
— Andy Crouch, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power

Pray this Every Morning, Entering Your Work Place, Going to Church, Hanging Out with Friends

“Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” - Psalm 19:13-14

Put this on in the Morning before going out of the House

"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering..." - Colossians 3:12

Then, Ask this in the Evening before going to Bed

“God, was I a jerk? Was I proud? Was I a bully? Was I loving today?”
“Show me how my wife may be feeling, my friends, my co-workers, my kids, my church.”

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya Angelou

A New Body, Puberty, and Helium

Drip | Cues for Reflection & Meditation

Live illustration

…human beings, by committing idolatry, distorted their own humanity into sinful behavior and courted corruption and ultimately death. Death… was the ultimate weapon of destruction: anti-creation, anti-human, anti-god. If the creator god was also the covenant god, and if the covenant was there to deal with the unwelcome problem that had invaded the created order at its heart and corrupted human beings themselves, it was this intruder, death itself, that had to be defeated. To allow death to have its way - to sign up, as it were, to some kind of compromise agreement whereby death took human bodies but the creator was allowed to keep human souls - was no solution… That is why resurrection was never a re-description of death, but always its defeat.
— NT Wright
The real Son of God is at your side. He is beginning to turn you into the same kind of thing as Himself. He is beginning, so to speak, to ‘inject’ His kind of life and thought, His Zoe (life), into you; beginning to turn the tin soldier into a live man. The part of you that does not like it is the part that is still tin.
— CS Lewis
Physical and Spiritual, ‘describe not the material out of which things are made but the power or energy that animates them. It is the difference between asking, “Is this a wooden ship or an iron ship?” (the material from which it is made) and asking, on the other, “Is this a steamship or a sailing ship?” (the energy that powers it). Paul is talking about the present body, which is animated by the normal human psyche (the life force we all possess here and now, which gets us through the present life but is ultimately powerless against illness, injury, death and decay) and the future body, which is animated by God’s pneuma, God’s breath of new life, the energizing power of God’s new creation.’
— NT Wright
I’ve concluded there are four chapters missing from the working Bibles of all too many Christians, and these missing chapters are not some obscure ceremonial texts or dusty corners of the royal chronicles. Instead, they are the very bookends of Scripture: the first two chapters of Genesis and the last two chapters of Revelation. And to miss these chapters—the first two about the creation, the second two about the new creation—is to miss the whole point of the biblical story. When these chapters drop out of our functional Bibles, our understanding of culture, power and salvation itself is badly weakened.
— Andy Crouch, "Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power"

1 Corinthians 14 & 15

Drip | Cues for Reflection & Meditation Based on Recent Sermons

Hope is hearing the music of the future; faith is dancing to it today.
— Bishop Bill Frey

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When you wash your face, remember your baptism.
— Martin Luther

Just as the Lord’s Meal was about subverting the Empire of Man, because it pointed to the Cross of Christ that unraveled the Cross of Rome, Baptism is about submission to the Kingdom of God. Which is the only rational response to the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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A church that prays creates a “prophetic canopy”, an umbrella, of God’s presence releasing faith and hope in God and perhaps even a desire to follow and obey God. 

“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” - Jacob

“But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying… he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!”
- Apostle Paul

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Eugene Peterson's Interview

Eugene Peterson's Interview

You know people have problems because they’re uninteresting. They want people to look at them and feel sorry for them or help them. They don’t need that. They need a friend. And if we let people define themselves in terms of problems then they get defined in our minds as problems. We have to fix them, and that’s just death for a (friendship)… You know it’s a lot more satisfying to solve people’s problems than… to pray, because you can see the evidence immediately. The marriage is saved, the runaway kid comes home. With prayer you don’t see it happen. It’s something that gets internalized and works out through the years. You don’t know how it happens. Nobody does except maybe the Spirit himself, I guess.
— Eugene Peterson

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I listened to this album often while preparing for these messages. Hopefully, it will inspire you as well. Enjoy.


Ekklesia Benediction

"Remember, your gatherings are Proclamations. 
Your meals, a symbol of the Resistance. 
Your conversations, the Undoing of the Colonized mind.
Practice your spiritual gifts, for they are signs of the Kingdom Come. 
And Sing to the Lord without Fear, because his perfect love has defeated the Cross of Rome,
And declare with the saints all over the world and in history, that Jesus, not 'Caesar', is King."

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