1 Corinthians | Spiritual Gifts in Church

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Spiritual gifts In Church

Tongues is one of the most misunderstood and maligned of the spiritual gifts.  Some conservative evangelical churches even teach that tongues were only required before the inspired NT writings became part of the Canon of Scripture.  Of course, this idea is not Scriptural itself and even if this were true, this logic would also need to be applied to all the gifts, presumably including administration!

 


1 Corinthians | The Greater Gift

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| The Greater Gift

When we come together, the greater gift is the gift that edifies (builds) the church. When we are alone the greater gift is the gift that edifies us individually.  Most builders are very practical people. Spiritual gifts, although mysterious and ‘other-worldly’, always have a practical end in sight.

 


1 Corinthians | The Most Excellent Way

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| The Most Excellent Way

1 Corinthians 13 is an eloquent description of agápē. This chapter is possibly Paul’s single, greatest literally work and is certainly one of the most important passages in all of His letters. The Apostle Paul upholds a brand of love that should motivate God’s people to eagerly desire the Greater Gifts, which in turn allows us to serve each other sacrificially. This is ‘The Most Excellent Way’ for the use of spiritual gifts.

 


1 Corinthians | Unity & Spiritual Gifts


1 Corinthians | The Lord’s Supper & Culture


1 Corinthians | Our Magnificent Obsession


1 Corinthians | The Problem With Idols!


1 Corinthians | Temple of The Holy Spirit

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Temple of The Holy Spirit

The Hebrew understanding of The Temple, is that this was the place where God’s glory and presence dwelt. In fact, the innermost part of the Temple, was called the ‘Holy of Holies’, this is the place where the Ark of The Covenant, the most Holy object in the Temple, belonged. The ark was synonymous with God’s power and His presence. It went ahead of the Hebrews it into battle and it was revered because it was synonymous with God himself.

This is what our lives should like as well. The same presence and power of God that was with the Ark of the Covenant should accompany all believers.


1 Corinthians | Kingdom Life

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Kingdom Life

This worldly congregation at Corinth found it difficult to leave the world behind. Bear in mind, as we saw from the very beginning of this series, Corinthian life was heavily influenced by demonic strongholds. In many ways, the contemporary church faces similar challenges. A church that is not prepared to leave its worldly roots and lay down its worldly rights will find it difficult to experience kingdom life.


1 Corinthians | Should We Judge Others?

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Should We Judge Others?

Tolerance: “A disposition to allow freedom of choice and behaviour”

Unfortunately, this “disposition” has been ‘weaponized’ in some circles whenever a protest is voiced on ‘moral’ grounds. Christians are frequently labelled as ‘intolerant’ and ‘judgemental’ in these kinds of conversations, sometimes even by other Christians. But, is it ever OK to judge the morality of others?


1 Corinthians | Leadership


1 Corinthians | The Resurrection


1 Corinthians | Spiritual Maturity


1 Corinthians | Only Through The Cross


1 Corinthians | The Wisdom & Power Of God


1 Corinthians | Background & Introduction

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Background & Introduction

To extract the most from a letter such as 1 Corinthians it is important, we, as best as we can, immerse ourselves in the culture to which this letter was delivered. If we try to superficially read Scripture through 21st century eyes we will be limited by our worldview. When this happens, we limit what God is saying and we run the risk of getting it completely wrong.


Leadership | Courageous Leadership


Leadership | The Formation Of A Leader


Leadership | The Gift Of Leadership


But You Are Different!


Leadership | God Centred Leadership


Intimacy In Prayer


The Holy Spirit – God Inside Out


Holiness – From Follower to Friend

Rob Norman: Holiness – From Follower To Friend

Many have associated holiness with moral purity or living above the moral benchmarks set by the World.  But Biblical holiness is found in intimate relationship with God. Intimacy with God changes us; we can’t stay the same when our relationship with Jesus is upgraded from follower to friend.


Hearing God

Rob Norman: Hearing God

Intimacy with God ultimately brings us to a situation where we hear Him; not just His instructions, the do’s and don’ts, but His heart for our lives, often in a detailed and personal way. This is a level of revelation that most Christians don’t experience; mostly because we are not prepared to press into an intimate encounter with God.