Key texts: 1 Corinthians 12:1-3; John 4:1-28 Speaker: Dru Lattin Direct Download (Right-click link and save file)
When the topic of church services come up, people often get either bored or bothered. For some, corporate worship is riddled with controversy; for others, it’s bound by tradition, something we do on autopilot.
In this message, Dru looks at the importance of an open heart when it comes to worship. Are we ready to learn from His Word? Do we recognize its importance?
Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Speaker: Dru Lattin Direct Download (Right-click link and save file)
The focus of early church services was Jesus Christ, through the sharing of Communion. But in Corinth, the focus of the Lord’s Table was selfishness and pride. Dru looks at what division does to our focus and invites us all to remember Christ, rather than ourselves.
Text: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Speaker: Dru Lattin Direct Download (Right-click link and save file)
What does the practice of covering one’s head have to do with spiritual warfare or the church? To some, 1 Corinthians 11 is a confusing explanation of a cultural practice, largely irrelevant to us today. To others, it may be a familiar practice, but the meaning is unclear. In this message, Dru explains that the covering of the head is a timeless practice, providing pictures of profound, eternal truths.
Text: 1 Corinthians 10:1-11:1 Speaker: Dru Lattin Direct Download (Right-click link and save file)
It’s easy to focus on my own needs and desires, but Paul urges us to think about spiritual well-being of others as well. With sobering examples from history, he warns about the dangers of idolatry and how our actions can influence others.
Along with an examination of today’s text from 1 Corinthians, Dru also provides a helpful summary of when Christians should self-restrict their freedoms.
Text: 1 Corinthians 9:15-27 Speaker: Dru Lattin Direct Download (Right-click link and save file)
Paul wants us to know he has rights and privileges as a minister of the Gospel. He also wants us to know that he doesn’t make use of these rights – and he gives clear reasons why he doesn’t. Paul is using his rights – and exercising self-denial – in order to achieve a goal: To win some to Christ. Dru looks at the importance of preaching to Paul, and what he did about it.
Text: 1 Corinthians 9:1-14 Speaker: Dru Lattin Direct Download (Right-click link and save file)
What do apostles, oxen, and exegesis of Deuteronomy have in common? They’re all important parts of Paul’s defense of Christian freedom, as found in 1 Corinthians 9. Before looking at what Paul does with his freedom and rights, Dru spends today’s message looking at some diverse but valuable lessons we can learn from his arguments.
With a grab bag of three topics – the nature of apostleship, ministerial support, and principles of Bible study – he concludes with the kitchen sink: what does it means to have freedom in Christ?
Text: 1 Corinthians 8 Speaker: Dru Lattin Direct Download (Right-click link and save file)
There are countless church problems – some serious, some frivolous – but many of them have the same root: tension between liberty and conscience. The Corinthians were no different, and Paul provides essential principles for navigating this kind of conflict.