Tim Fulkerson | 6.7.20
1 Corinthians 1:1–9
This sermon introduces us to the book of 1 Corinthians and provides an insight into the author, audience, date, and content of the letter. The Apostle Paul was reminding the church in Corinth that faith should make a difference in our lives, that theology should affect our behavior. God is calling each of us to become spiritually mature in the grace that He provides. Jesus is our Supplier and Sustainer!
A United Community
Tim Fulkerson | 6.14.20
1 Corinthians 1:10–17
Many divisions that we see in our culture today sadly also happen in the Church. One of the main reasons the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Corinthian church was to exhort them to handle their differences. He reminds us that Christ and His church must not be divided. Today we look at five principles for how to deal with conflict in a way that glorifies Jesus. Spiritually mature churches learn to walk in unity and understanding, even in our differences.
The Wisdom of God: Christ Crucified
Tim Fulkerson | 6.21.20
1 Corinthians 1:18–2:5
Many people today are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. Sadly many never find true wisdom and understanding because they fail to seek the Lord. Paul makes clear that there is a distinction between human wisdom and godly wisdom. If we could find God by our own “wisdom,” we would essentially be worshipping ourselves and not God. Rather than boasting in our wisdom, God’s desire is that we humble ourselves and look to the cross of Christ. True wisdom, Godly wisdom, can only be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit
Tim Fulkerson | 6.28.20
1 Corinthians 2:6–16
We all need wisdom for life’s circumstances. Paul was writing a church that sadly looked for wisdom in the wrong places. Rather than seeking the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit, they only sought wisdom from natural human perspectives. While they had all of heaven’s guidance at their disposal, they were satisfied with a much lesser wisdom. We too can make the same mistake. To be a spiritual person is to be a person led by the Spirit of Christ. He becomes our link to knowing God’s thoughts. As we seek for wisdom in our lives, let us be led of the Holy Spirit and keep our gaze towards the Cross of Christ.
Tim Fulkerson | 7.5.20
1 Corinthians 3:1–9
Paul warned the Corinthians to stop thinking and behaving as people who do not have the Holy Spirit. Though they were Christians, they were living according to the sinful nature rather than the Spirit of Christ. Like the Corinthians, we too need to change our perspectives on how we deal with one another and the world around us. As co-workers we each have a responsibility to fulfill God’s mission in this world. Therefore we must wake up and seek the Lord through repentance and prayer in the unity that comes through the Spirit!
Building on the Right Foundation
Danny Garrido | 7.12.20
1 Corinthians 3:10–22
When we encounter the elements of the world, we can embrace them head on, standing firm on the foundation of the Gospel.
The Importance of Godly Leadership
Tim Fulkerson | 7.26.20
1 Corinthians 4:14–21
The Apostle Paul wrote a church that needed godly leadership, so he offers them a proper perspective on what a godly leader looks like. Paul knew that one of the greatest gifts leaders can bestow on others is a good example. Just as Paul sought to imitate Christ, so he called the Corinthians to follow his example. The message of the cross is a message not about strength instead of weakness, but in fact about power through weakness. A true godly example is one who looks to Jesus and follows His Word. May each of us seek to follow Jesus in this way!
The Danger of Tolerating Sin
Tim Fulkerson | 8.2.20
1 Corinthians 5:1–13
The Apostle Paul was writing a church that was tolerating sin. He challenges the church to take decisive action so that they may walk in the purity of Christ. The call for each of us is to remove sinful practices in our lives, so that we too can walk in complete faithfulness to Christ. The best way we can be a light to others around us is by this kind of faithful obedience. Let us not carry our past sinful lifestyle into our new existence in Christ Jesus!
Making Peace With Others
Tim Fulkerson | 8.9.20
1 Corinthians 6:1–11
All of us experience conflict in our lives. As Christians, the question is how will we respond to others when conflict arises? The Apostle Paul addresses a specific situation in the Corinthian church where a private conflict between two men turned into public litigation. It was a situation where neither the men nor the church could benefit. Paul reminds us that how we respond to conflict is critically important as believers. We must be reshaped by our new identity in Christ, and our actions must demonstrate that the Gospel has made a difference in our lives. We must make peace with others!
Temples of the Holy Spirit
Tim Fulkerson | 8.16.20
1 Corinthians 6:12–20
How do we navigate our walk with Jesus Christ in such a sex-crazed culture? The Apostle Paul reminds us that we not walk in sexual immorality, but in purity. We must not use our freedom to feed our selfish appetites, but to obey Jesus’ commands. The issue is not whether something is “lawful”, but rather something is “good.” What we do with our bodies has moral and eternal consequences, therefore we must use our bodies in a way that glorifies God. Because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, we must take strone evasive action against any temptation to sexual immorality!
Marriage Matters, Part 1
Tim Fulkerson | 8.23.20
1 Corinthians 7:1–7
Apparently some of the Corinthians were urging celibacy for all people, including the married. Paul attempts to give the Corinthians a balanced perspective on marriage and sexuality. He makes it clear that sexual relations are appropriate within marriage, because the body is not one’s own possession but fully belongs to one’s spouse. Marriage therefore creates a mutual obligation for a couple to satisfy one another’s needs. Because of the temptation to immorality, marriage must be fully sexual. Despite our brokenness and shame, Jesus invites us to find healing and wholeness through His cross.
Marriage Matters, Part 2
Tim Fulkerson | 9.6.20
1 Corinthians 7:8–16
The Apostle Paul addresses the Corinthians on matters of divorce and remarriage. He makes it clear that divorce is not an option for true believers in Jesus Christ, however there are some circumstances where it is permitted. Today we survey the Scriptures to look at what the Bible has to say about divorce and remarriage. God has called each of us to live faithfully in obedience with His Holy Word, therefore we must seriously consider these instructions for how we are to live as single and married people. We must honor Jesus in everything!
Marriage Matters, Part 3
Tim Fulkerson | 9.13.20
1 Corinthians 7:17–24
While none of us can change our past, we can make the right choices now. Paul reminds us that we are to let our identity in Christ shape our circumstances. We are to be faithful in the calling that God has given us, particularly in our relationships. What counts is not our sociological or ethnic distinctions, but our identity in Jesus. True faith will express itself in faithfulness.
Marriage Matters, Part 4: Singles Matter
Tim Fulkerson | 9.20.20
1 Corinthians 7:25–40
Both married people and singles have an important role in the Church and in the kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul not only believes that being single is a legitimate gift of the Lord, he believes it is preferable in many ways to marriage. Paul offers two specific reasons why being single has its advantages. Whether we are single or married, God calls each of us to Gospel faithfulness. No matter the season of life we are in, God desires that we walk in HIs peace, free from anxiety.
Tim Fulkerson | 9.27.20
1 Corinthians 8:1–13
Some in the Corinthian church had missed the importance of love. They were making decisions in their lives that were affecting their brothers and sisters in Christ negatively. They were giving primacy to knowledge rather than love, and it was causing injury to others. Paul reminds us that the aim of our faith is not knowledge, but love. If love is the guiding principle then we must not use our freedom to cause others to stumble. At times we must freely give up our rights for the sake of others and remember to exercise love!
Exercise Love, Part 2
Tim Fulkerson | 10.4.20
1 Corinthians 9:1–18
Worship is more than just believing right, it is also behaving right! Paul challenges the Corinthians to remember that a Gospel centered life not only involves wonderful freedoms, but it also means that at times we relinquish freedoms in the interests of others. Paul understood that the Gospel and its advancement must be of the highest priority, therefore he calls Christians to exercise love through self-sacrificial behavior. May we all behave in such a way that is consistent with the Gospel call of love, so that others would see Jesus!
A Servant of All
Tim Fulkerson | 10.11.20
1 Corinthians 9:19–27
The love of Christ dictated what Paul did in any given moment. He was willing to use his freedom to become a “servant of all” people. Loving people means at times that we must lay down our rights and exhibit self-control so that we might be a witness to them for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must be willing to contextualize our witness so as to not hinder Gospel advancement in any way. We as Christians must be self-controlled as a way of loving others by being a servant of all!
Tim Fulkerson | 10.18.20
1 Corinthians 10:1–13
The Corinthian believers had a false sense of security in the Christian rituals they participated in. Paul warns them to not engage in sin and use these rituals as evidence that they were in good standing with God. The call for every believer is to persevere in moment by moment obedience. Victory belongs to those who stand firm in trust in faith. God is faithful when we are tempted, and He promises to give us Himself no matter the trials we endure!
All to God’s Glory
Tim Fulkerson | 10.25.20
1 Corinthians 10:14–11:1
There is great danger in participating in the realm of the demonic! Paul reminds the Corinthians that their participation in cultic meals at pagan temples is idolatry. God alone is a Jealous God, and He requires that we flee idolatry in every form. What God wants from His people is that we make Him our first love and worship Him alone. We must not use our freedom wrongly, but only in a way that builds others up and honors Jesus Christ. The glory of God is served when God’s people serve one another and live in loving unity!
Honorable Worship, Pt. 1
Tim Fulkerson | 11.1.20
1 Corinthians 11:2–16
Our worship of God is not meant to draw attention to ourselves, but rather to Him! Paul addressed a situation in Corinth where some women were removing their head coverings as an expression of worship, but this behavior was a distraction of true worship. Paul reminds the Corinthians that honorable worship is when we both individually and collectively reverence Christ, with sensitivity to one another. Although culturally we are removed for first-century Greco-Roman culture, there are some timeless principles that we can apply to our worship today!
Honorable Worship, Pt. 2
Tim Fulkerson | 11.8.20
1 Corinthians 11:17–26
Honorable worship is of utmost importance, but sadly Corinthians were missing it with their table manners! Rather than being God’s newly formed people, they were reverting back to old ways. The social relations within the community were destructive as the rich were abusing the poor. These Corinthians weren’t remembering the true meaning of the Lord’s Table. Paul reminds us that communion is about remembering Jesus’ death and sacrifice on the cross for our sins. We therefore must sober up, repent, and renew our commitment to follow Jesus.
Honorable Worship, Pt. 3
Tim Fulkerson | 11.15.20
1 Corinthians 11:27–34
The Corinthian church was divided along social lines, and therefore they received the Lord’s Table in an unworthy manner. The Apostle Paul reveals that there is a right and wrong way to receive communion. As Christians we must be willing to examine ourselves, remember the sacrifice of Jesus, and be reconciled to others when we come to the Lord’s Table. Ironically, the place of grace can also be the place of judgment if there is unrepentance! Therefore, we must remember during communion that preparation comes before participation.
Spiritual Gifts, Part 1 | Introduction
Tim Fulkerson | 1.3.21
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
As we continue in our 1 Corinthians series, we begin an in-depth study of the spiritual gifts. Paul reminds the Corinthians that it is critically important that believers discern the true inspired utterance and activity of the Holy Spirit. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to bear witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ! As God gives every believer spiritual gifts, these are given for the common good. Therefore, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not ‘toys,’ but ‘tools!’ When we affirm the gifts, we essentially are welcoming God in our midst!
Spiritual Gifts, Part 2 | Word of Wisdom
Tim Fulkerson | 01.10.21
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
We continue our study on the spiritual gifts by looking specifically at the “Word of Wisdom” and the “Word of Knowledge.” God gives us words of wisdom & knowledge for the purpose of conviction, confirmation and preparation. These gifts find their source in the Holy Spirit, who always points us to Jesus. Each of these spiritual gifts are intended to produce Kingdom results to the glory of God. When we welcome these gifts, we welcome God manifesting Himself in our midst!
Spiritual Gifts, Part 3 | Faith
Tim Fulkerson | 01.17.21
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
As we continue in our study of the spiritual gifts, today we focus on the “gift of faith.” This isn’t human faith, it isn’t saving faith, nor is it what we call “faithfulness.” But the gift of faith is given supernaturally by the Holy Spirit. It is Divine faith that moves mountains! This gift of faith is foundational to seeing God’s working power, and it is always used for God’s holy purposes!
Spiritual Gifts, Part 4 | Healing
Tim Fulkerson | 01.24.21
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
We continue in our study of the spiritual gifts by looking specifically at the “gifts of healing.” Although we can certainly see the healing ministry of Jesus in the Apostles in Scripture, this ministry continues to operate in the Church today! Each Divine healing is done for the purpose of glorifying God alone through Jesus Christ. Christ is our Healer, not any specific person! As we look to Him, let us come with expectation that He is able to touch our physical bodies.
Spiritual Gifts, Part 5 | Miracles
Tim Fulkerson | 02.07.21
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
We continue in our study of the spiritual gifts by looking at the “gift of miracles.” We examine this particular gifting and how and why God uses this not only in the Bible times, but also today. No person can perform a miracle, but only God can do this! As Christians it is appropriate to believe God for miracles, but we must also trust Him no matter how He chooses to work in any given circumstance. But we must remember that nothing is impossible with God!
Spiritual Gifts, Part 6 | Prophecy
Tim Fulkerson | 02.14.21
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
We continue our study on the spiritual gifts by focusing this week specifically on the gift of “prophecy.” Because this gift is critically important for the Church today, we therefore need a healthy understanding of the nature of prophecy and how it is to be used correctly within the Church. As Christians operate in this gift, they are enabled to speak words that are inspired and given by the Holy Spirit to edify the Body of Christ. Prophecy can indeed provide us a light for a dark day as we learn to trust in God.
Spiritual Gifts, Part 7 | Discernment
Tim Fulkerson | 02.21.21
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
Today we examine the spiritual gift of discernment of spirits and look at what this gift is and how it operates within the church. As the Holy Spirit enables people to pass correct judgment on prophetic utterances, as well as the source or motives of various operations, they will be able to test things accurately. This is therefore a critically important gift that must be utilized within the Church, because when it operates correctly, remarkable ministry follows!
Spiritual Gifts, Part 8 | Tongues
Tim Fulkerson | 02.28.21
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
We continue in our study of the spiritual gifts by examining both “tongues” and the “interpretation of tongues.” Although Paul will address these particular gifts in greater detail later in his letter to the Corinthians, today we provide a general overview of how tongues function and are to be used in the Body of Christ. Tongues should never be a status symbol nor a substitute for spiritual growth, but rather they must be used to glorify God and edify the Church.
One Body, Many Parts
Tim Fulkerson | 03.07.21
1 Corinthians 12:12–31
All of us as Christians have an important role in the Body of Christ. The Apostle Paul reminds us that God desires diversity within the Body, yet we are all united through the same Holy Spirit. No matter our various gifts and ministries, we are all working together for the glory of God. We are not called to be ‘spectators,’ but ‘participants’ in the building of His Kingdom. Therefore, we must learn to honor one another and value the varieties of ministries and giftedness that the Spirit gives.
What is Love?
Tim Fulkerson | 03.14.21
1 Corinthians 13:1–7
Paul is writing a church that was having a hard time living in love. Despite all the spiritual gifts being displayed at the Corinthian church, Paul needed to remind them that spiritual action without love is meaningless. Love is the indispensable element which alone gives worth to all the other gifts. While Paul is not trying to debunk any spiritual gift, he reminds us that love should supersede everything. May we all learn to live and walk at all times in the character of Christ’s love!
What is Love?, Part 2
Tim Fulkerson | 03.21.21
1 Corinthians 13:8–13
The Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthians that love must be the ultimate priority, because it is eternal. While spiritual gifts have an important role in this present age, they must be put into perspective. Unlike love, the spiritual gifts will come to an end when we see Jesus face to face in heaven. This present partial existence will someday give way to that which is final and complete. Therefore, we must not overvalue spiritual gifts, and undervalue love.
Edifying Worship, Part 1
Tim Fulkerson | 04.11.21
1 Corinthians 14:1–12
What Paul desired of the Corinthian church, and what God desires of us, is edifying worship! Paul’s concern for the Corinthians was their proper use of tongues in the gathered assembly. Public tongues needed to be matched with the gift of interpretation so that people can be built up and strengthened in a meaningful way. Paul is not trying to disparage tongues, but rather put them in their rightful place. It is the Holy Spirit who gives a variety of gifts so that we all may be built up as members of the Body of Christ!
Edifying Worship, Part 2
Tim Fulkerson | 04.25.21
1 Corinthians 14:13–25
Paul continues his discussion with the Corinthians about the need for edifying worship among the gathered assembly. Rather than speaking in tongues publicly, without any interpretation, Paul encourages intelligent language. The church must be able to understand the words spoken so as to be able to be encouraged and built up. Maturity is critically important on these matters, because how one acts not only affects the congregation, but also what non-believers think as well. Everything must be governed by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Edifying Worship, Part 3
Tim Fulkerson | 05.02.21
1 Corinthians 14:26–40
Worship requires intentionality! It means that every congregation needs to be deliberate in how we approach God. Because our worship and behavior is ultimately theological, we must not allow for confusion and disorder. Decency and order is ultimately in keeping with the character and nature of God. Just as Paul challenged the Corinthians to aim for edifying worship, we today must make it our goal to approach God in a worthy manner.
Raised to Life, Part 1
Tim Fulkerson | 05.09.21
1 Corinthians 15:1–11
The Apostle Paul makes clear that Christian hope demands belief in resurrection from the dead. While the Corinthians were questioning the validity of a future bodily resurrection, Paul reminds them that belief in the resurrection is essential to faith. As we persevere in the faith that has been taught to us, God’s grace will enable us to fulfill our calling in Christ. Jesus alone must be our true focus, both in this life, and in the life to come.
Raised to Life, Part 2
Tim Fulkerson | 05.23.21
1 Corinthians 15:12–34
Paul wrote a church that needed correction in their theology. Because the Corinthians had denied bodily resurrection, Paul makes clear that this fundamentally destroys Christian faith. He reveals that the resurrection of Christ and the future resurrection of believers is absolutely foundational to the Gospel. We are reminded that resurrection is certain for those of us who are in Christ. His resurrection is the firstfruit of our own resurrection!
Raised to Life, Part 3
Tim Fulkerson | 05.30.21
1 Corinthians 15:35–58
Paul continues his argument for a future bodily resurrection for all believers in Christ Jesus. While we as humans now have ‘natural’ bodies which are corruptible, but when Christ returns we will have heavenly bodies which are raised incorruptible. At that moment, death will be swallowed up and the grave will be robbed of its power. The important question remains…will we be ready when Christ returns?
Thinking of Others
Tim Fulkerson | 06.06.21
1 Corinthians 16:1–18
As Paul begins his final instructions to the Corinthian church, he reminds them of several important matters. He reminds them to continue to live in generosity, as well as their need to stand firm in faith and to live in love. God calls each of us to be a source of refreshment to others so that His light can shine in and through us. Love must be the identifying mark of Christianity!
Love the Lord
Tim Fulkerson | 06.13.21
1 Corinthians 16:19–24
As Paul concludes his first letter to the Corinthians he reminds them to remain faithful to the Gospel. Rather that depending on human wisdom, the Gospel is about the grace of God. Nothing is deserved, everything is freely given. We must therefore continue in faithfulness and loyalty to Christ, by His grace. We must also live with a full recognition that He is coming again. Let us all honor Jesus with our lives as an expression of our worship and devotion to Him!