City of Temples: A Study of 1st Corinthians

For the last few months we have been reading slowly and prayerfully through the book of 1 Corinthians – we’re calling it, The City of Temples.

Just earlier this morning, I dropped the seventeenth episode as we now walk through the door of chapter 7. Why not grab your Bible and listen here?

City of Temples, Every Sunday morning via the Into the Pray podcast

Having laid the biblical and theological foundation for marriage last week, this episode today now turns to Paul’s teaching on marriage and singleness in more detail. 

We will spend at least two more weeks in this chapter because there is so much to get out of it!

This week: 

– What did the Corinthians think of marriage and sex? 
– Why was Paul’s teaching revolutionary not only for the wider Jewish/Roman culture but for the immature church? 
– What of sexual intimacy and prayer? 
– What primary strategy does Satan use to destroy marriages? 
– How would it be good to examine our marriages? 
– Whether married or single, what verse is the critical verse in understanding how Jesus wants us to be living at the end of the age. 

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The Death & Dearth of Spiritual Authority

One of the most important truths that we’ve learnt by repeated and painful experience over the years is that the Kingdom of God is incompatible with the understanding of spiritual authority commonly found throughout the Church and many of its institutions.

I have become more aware that He may well have given me spiritual insight and understanding about something critically important for where we currently find ourselves as the Church. Hence, I am now writing this piece before God, fearing disobedience, because I value His friendship more than life itself, let alone popularity within it.

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Each & Every Way

All follicles of hair and each nuancing of name, every intricacy of life, by Him alone are made.

Each alveolied lung, all lashes of the eye, each peculiarity of smile, by Him alone designed.

Every deliberating brain and all thinking of the mind, each step along the Way, with Him alone refined.

All broken bones again and every sinewed length of frame, each muscle grouping strained, by Him alone remade.

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What We Say About Jesus

We are living at an hour in church history where, once again, what the Church says about Jesus is being increasingly scrutinised.

To put it another way, we are living at a pivotal moment of importance in which God is forcing the Bride to face squarely in the eye what it is that we say about what God says about Himself.

What we say about what God says about God is of preeminent importance, not a triviality or ‘slight’ regarding which we can merely, “agree to disagree”. This is manifestly not Christian unity and we should expect nothing but chaos and infidelity where this is the rational order of the day.

Calling a brother or sister to explain their teaching, especially when it strays from critically important doctrine, is not slight.

Please do not believe the lie that Jesus does not want His people to have clarity on doctrine, nor that He views you as being “judgemental” if you ask questions and firmly insist that ambiguity is not acceptable. This is what the devil pedals and he has limited strategy.

Matthew 7:3-5 has context and that context is the hypocrisy of the unbelieving Pharisees who didn’t know, or intend to know, the Beloved Messiah.

By stark contrast today, the ardent longing of a lovesick Bride preparing for her Bridegroom King will yearn for “all truth” (John 16:13) and will strongly insist on details of faithfulness.