Even Christians know the church is not perfect. You’ve probably heard the phrase that the identity of the church is a hospital for sinners not a museum of saints. And there is much truth in this. But Jesus Christ has called us to love God and love others in the self-sacrificial way that Christ has done. And this is what is rightly preached from our pulpits, and the world has noticed. The problem, though, is that when people who aren’t Christians look in at the church, they don’t often see Jesus, they see lies, discrimination, greed, corruption, gossip, infidelity, and apathy. And, if we are serious, we know that these things exist in the church today; they certainly existed in the church at Corinth in the first century.
This is what we are going to be learning about in Dysfunctional Church. What does God say through the apostle Paul, to such a broken church? Certainly, this is relevant to us today. We will see that God has not given up on his church, he loves the church and is constantly at work in it, making his people holy as he is holy and shaping them into the likeness of Christ.
Here is the upcoming schedule for those who want to read ahead or read along:
- June 28 and July 1—1 Cor. 1:18-31; 2:14
- July 5 and 8—1 Cor. 5
- July 12 and 15—1 Cor. 6:12-20; 7:1-7
- July 19 and 22—1 Cor. 8
- July 26 and 29—1 Cor. 11:17-33
- August 2 and 5—1 Cor. 12
- August 16 and 19—1 Cor. 13
- August 23 and 26—1 Cor. 14
- August 30 and September 2—1 Cor. 16:1-4
Featured Sermon Series Resource
Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck
“This book presents the case for loving the local church. It paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It also provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the “leave church” books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs. Why We Love the Church is written for four kinds of people—the Committed, the Disgruntled, the Waffling, and the Disconnected.”
The Illustrated Life of Paul by Charles Quarles
One of the issues with diving deep into 1 Corinthians is that there are many disagreements with how to interpret certain passages. I have found that what has aided me the most in interpreting Paul’s letters is learning about Paul himself. This biography is accessible to all learning levels and is a great gift to the church. Not only is it fairly short, have pictures, and functions as a highly readable biography, it will also give a good amount of information about what was happening in the city of Corinth in the day of Paul.
“This book introduces readers to this amazing man and his incredible story. It explains the background of each of Paul’s letters and offers a summary of the beliefs of one of the keenest theological minds in the history of the church. All along, it enables the reader an opportunity to step into the world of Paul with over 150 photos, maps, illustrations, and charts.”
-Alex Nolette (Equip Coordinator/Community Groups)