9 things to know about 1 Corinthians 11

1. It’d be a mistake to pull 1 Corinthians 11 out of the rest of the letter Paul has been systematically addressing issues in the Corinthian church where they have adopted or not yet put off the Corinthian approach to life; Paul has consistently been urging the Corinthian church to

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Church & Growth Group

A great way to ‘Love My Church’ is to join and commit to a Growth Group. Here are 5 reasons why- 1. To grow your servant heart. Are you looking to build your understanding of God? Are you ready to be challenged in how you see and feel the world?

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What’s the Gift of Prophecy?

What is Prophecy? “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.” — 1 Corinthians 14:1 Paul has spoken of how men and women (particularly husbands and wives) are to approach prophecy in church (1 Corinthians 11), he’s called prophecy and those who prophesy ‘gifts’

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Sickness & Judgement

Is Suffering God’s Punishment? Facing suffering and death is always awful. When you face it as a Christian there can be an added element of confusion; why would a good God allow or even cause something like this to one of his children? To add salt in the wound, there

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Evangelism and Church

Evangelism. E-van-gel-ism. Let that word roll around in your mouth for a while. Does it bring into your mind an image that is warm, or cold? To me, the word “church” brings to mind warm images – community, sharing, diversity… but when I sat down to start writing this blog,

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Baptism for the Dead

Sometimes as you’re reading the Bible you hit a phrase or sentence that throws you for a loop. There’ll be a verse that sounds weird, that doesn’t seem to make sense, and that doesn’t come with any extra explanation. 1 Corinthians is a letter of the New Testament that has

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Sanctification

Tim Chester, in his book, You Can Change, tells a story of a little girl named Sophie: “It was Sophie’s first day with her adoptive parents. She stalked nervously round her new home, fearing one of the beatings she was used to getting if something got broken. The toys in

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Union With Christ

One of my favourite childhood holidays was travelling through the Northern Territory when I was ten. Dad and Mum had planned this amazing trip: flying to Alice Springs, and then driving to Darwin, visiting stunning places along the way, including Uluru, Kakadu, Katherine Gorge, and Mataranka Springs – before flying

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Spiritual & Earthly Bodies

“How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” — 1 Corinthians 15:35 In the decades I’ve been a Christian — since I was a kid — I’ve spent hours and hours pondering the question of heaven… the afterlife… ‘eternity’… It hasn’t always been good for

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Team Ministry in the New Testament

Gospel ministry in the New Testament is always pictured as team ministry. Jesus gathered a team of disciples and he sent them out as a team. The Apostles worked in teams and they appointed more teams. The letters of Paul are rich pictures of deeply relational team ministry. Sadly, this

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