In this first part of a SWO winter series of sermons on 1 Corinthians 15, Brody walks through the gospel that Paul preaches to the Corinthian church. Is the Gospel what controls and defines you?
Brody Holloway teaches through 1 Corinthians 9:19-27. As Brody unpacks this passage, we learn many awesome biblical truths. We learn about what Christian freedom is and is not, the goal of The Gospel and how it is carried out and an important Biblical command and challenge to be in the world but not of it.
Brody Holloway preaches from chapter 9 in a study of 1 Corinthians at Red Oak Church in Andrews, NC, teaching that our highest authority in all things must be the Word of God.
Brody Holloway speaks at Red Oak Church in Andrews, NC, from chapter 7 in a study of 1 Corinthians. In this chapter, Paul lays out principles for a Godly marriage, how believers are to live Biblically in their singleness and how we are to function as a Church in those areas.
I am so grateful to live in a country with a democratic process. This is a huge blessing and just as big a responsibility. Yet even in that responsibility, I have complete confidence in the sovereignty of God in the appointment of governments and leaders.
Romans 13:1 says that God institutes leaders:
“…For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
Paul says this concerning governmental authorities. The most incredible thing to me is that he wrote this when the emperor Nero was in power. This man killed tens of thousands of Christians, yet Paul trusted firmly in the divine plan of God to somehow use even a narcissistic maniac to bring about his purpose for the Church. So God is in control of nations, and the United States is under God. From Washington to Lincoln and from Roosevelt to Obama, God remains sovereignly seated on the throne of heaven and is always working toward his kingdom. Like us, our leaders will answer to God.
Regardless of who our leaders are at a given time in history, we do well to remember that Christ has called us into a Kingdom that is much greater than this one. Our task in this life, as aliens and sojourners, is to labor for the Gospel and for the future Kingdom. Let’s labor while there is time!
Yeah, we have a duty and obligation to vote and to be active in the legislative process. Our voices should be heard. Men have died for our right and our voice. But I believe it was Jesus Christ who once said to an earthly ruler who seemed in the moment to be “in charge:”
“My kingdom is not of this world…”
Let’s remained focused on the Gospel work and the Kingdom that is already, but not yet, and that will last forever. Our hope is not in man, or men, or elections or nations. Our hope is in The Lord.
Brody Holloway teaches from 1 Corinthians 5 on what it means for the Church to be conformed to Christ and not the world, and that it is Biblical standards to which the Church will be held accountable.
Brody Holloway continues a study through the book of 1 Corinthians at Red Oak Church, working through chapter 4 on the ministry of the apostles.
Fall is one of the most enjoyable times of year for my family and for the staff at SWO. We maintain a pretty busy schedule at camp, but the groups have a different dynamic. We get a lot of Christian schools bringing students in for fall retreats. These groups pose a unique challenge because the students have a lot of knowledge of the bible, but often are numb to the life-transforming power of the Gospel. I have been challenged a lot lately from 1 Corinthians 2 to understand that, no matter how great of a knowledge I have of the bible, the Holy Spirit must give me discernment and bring conviction to my life. Otherwise, the Bible is just a textbook. This explains how even nonbelievers can have a pretty good knowledge of the bible and be unmoved by it’s power.
I want to surrender to the authority of the Scripture and receive the discernment of the Holy Spirit. The bible is NOT a textbook. It is life and revelation and power. Submit to it.
This is the first in a series of sermons by Brody Holloway of the study of Paul’s first letter to the Church at Corinth.