Sunday Morning Calls to Worship


Call to Worship November 8 2020

Expository Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 12:13-31 After Paul set the foundation and primary purpose of spiritual gifts, by the Triune God, he set the context of the gifts in the body of Christ. Paul developed this context by way of an illustration of the physical body. Our physical bodies are one body with many members of that body. We have hands, eyes, ears, and noses. Those parts of our bodies are individually recognizable, but not individually functional apart from the whole system of the body. To simply have a hand with no arm, shoulder, torso and so forth is of…

Read More

Call to Worship November 1 2020

Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 As previously noted there was contention regarding authority issues and with the Lord’s Supper at the church in Corinth. Then Paul turned his focus in the letter to another pressing matter, which concerned spiritual gifts. Paul laid a foundation for thinking through the subject of spiritual gifts before he gave any explanation of the gifts. His thought regarded their foundation in the Triune God. He reminded Corinthian believers of their past in worshipping idols with mouths that could not speak. Yet by the power of the Holy Spirit all believers were enabled to proclaim Jesus…

Read More

Call to Worship October 25 2020

Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 11:17-33 Paul, earlier in verse 2 of this chapter, encouraged the believers in the church at Corinth. “Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.” (1 Cor. 11:2 NAU) Then in verses 3-33 he proceeded to establish some points of concern, accountability and further teaching. Along with the previously mentioned issue and contentiousness of submission and authority (vs. 16), Paul continued to confront divisions inside the church (vs. 17-18). Primarily, Paul desired to hold them accountable according to the Lord’s Supper…

Read More

Call To Worship October 18 2020

Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 In the short space given here it is not possible to fully comment, exposit, or exegete this section of scripture. Although these passages are somewhat difficult, the overall meaning of this section is fairly plain. The verses concern an overarching issue of authority, order, distinctive genders and roles in God’s plan. “But I want you to understand,” Paul wrote, “that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:3 NAU). Some of the women in the church had…

Read More

Call to Worship October 11 2020

Thoughts on Corinthians 10:14-33 These verses are somewhat difficult to understand in detached form, but are part of an ongoing argument against idolatry. Paul has warned of the great condemnation of idolatry. He carefully parsed the importance between liberties regarding those secondary elements used in idol worship – like meat – with actual worship of false gods. He presented God’s grace in striving against sin, particularly idolatry, and that God always presents a way of escape. These are the concluding verses of caution and command against idol worship which began earlier in Chapter 8. Paul used an illustration to help…

Read More

Call to Worship October 4 2020

Thoughts on 2 Corinthians 10:12-14 Paul continued to weave together the importance of Christian Liberty and Perseverance of the Saints. While he continued this thought he provided an important context to perseverance and striving against sin in verse 13. Paul assured believers that temptation is real and it will frequently occur. As he stated, it is “common to man.” Yet he immediately reminded the readers of the faithfulness of God. In this verse he focused on a particular context of God’s faithfulness. God will never allow a temptation that is too great for a believer to persevere through it. Ultimately,…

Read More

Call to Worship September 6 2020

All types of idol use and uses for meat were a prevalent part of the Gentile culture. The list of idols was long in the Greco-Roman culture of Paul’s day, but that is no different from the O.T. idol worshippers that surrounded the Israelites. Meat had always played a role in the sacrificial system of the Gentiles and Jews, but the Jews choice and use of that meat was specifically outlined or restricted by God. Gentiles had no restriction for their idol worship due to the inanimate nature of their idols. Their gods had no eyes, ears, and mouths or,…

Read More

Call to Worship August 30 2020

Expository Thought on I Corinthians 7: 24-40 Marriage, between one man and one woman, is the God given usual state of life with certain providential or biblical exceptions. Those who know themselves and are not called to singleness should marry if providence allows. Physical passion between a man and woman is a blessing not a curse. Although the fall of Adam and Eve cursed it, this passion was created by God. He called it good among His creation, yet the sin nature has perverted the blessing. Therefore to fight against the curse, professing believers must marry in the Lord, if…

Read More

Call to Worship August 23 2020

Expository Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 7:18-23: When reading these passages often people will first consider the example of one’s station in life from an earthly perspective. While those issues have their place, Paul’s emphasis directs us toward our calling in Christ. See the importance of the Apostle’s teaching and its purpose in practical life. Yet, Paul knows what Solomon tells us to be true. The rich man and poor man, King and peasant, and the wise man and fool are all alike, they live and die. They work and play and have no certainty of what will come after them….

Read More

Call to Worship August 16 2020

(1 Corinthians 7:1-9) “The apostle tells the Corinthians that it was good, in that juncture of time, for Christians to keep themselves single. Yet he says that marriage, and the comforts of that state, are settled by Divine wisdom. Though none may break the law of God, yet that perfect rule leaves men at liberty to serve him in the way most suited to their powers and circumstances, of which others often are very unfit judges. All must determine for themselves, seeking counsel from God how they ought to act.” (Matthew Henry, Commentary: I Corinthians, [Abridged quote])  (1 Corinthians 7:10-16)…

Read More

<< Newer Entries Older Entries >>