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The Imperfect Church- Arrested Development

The Imperfect Church- First Corinthians Part 1

Speaker: Pastor Ty Neal
Date: May 13, 2018

A perfect church is as elusive as finding a Yeti riding atop a Unicorn in flight toward Atlantis. Perhaps you've heard the saying when it comes to modern church, "No perfect people allowed," but that is not totally true. There is one perfect person who actually leads the church-His name is Jesus! And He gathers imperfect people together to be His people on His mission for His glory and their good! Yet, along the way, we have a hard time playing nice together, laying down our personal preferences, and giving up the sins that destroy us, our unity and our witness to the outside world. Welcome to The Imperfect Church! Join us as we follow the perfect one-Jesus-and discover how He loves the imperfect church as we walk through the book of First Corinthians.

Title :  Arrested Development

 

1 Corinthians 3:1- 1But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.

 

Quote:                 Christians should live in the world, but not be filled with it. A ship lives in the water; but if the water gets into the ship, she goes to the bottom. So Christians may live in the world; but if the world gets into them, they sink. - DL Moody

 

1 Corinthians 3:2-3 - 2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

 

Romans 1:16 – 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

 

1 Corinthians 3:3 - 3for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

 

1 Corinthians 3:4 - 4For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not being merely human?

 

1 Corinthians 3:3 - - 3for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

                               

Galatians 5:19-21- 19Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 

 

Galatians 5:22-25 - 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-19 - 14And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies,

 

Quote:                 “the wounding of the Spirit can and often does, lead to a withdrawal of His influences.” Art Azurdia

 

1 Corinthians 3:5 - 5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 

 

1 Corinthians 3:6 - 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 

 

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 - 18All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

 

1 Corinthians 3:7 - 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

 

1 Corinthians 3:8 - 8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 

 

1 Corinthians 3:9 - 9For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.

 

John 15:5 – 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

 

John 15:12 – 12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

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Quote:                 To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. C.S. Lewis

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