Audio: The Sacred Gathering

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1 Corinthians 11:17-22
Matthew Raley (3-22-15)

 

What is so holy about the church? What can make the sacred gathering profane? These are the questions we will be asking in today’s message, the first in a two-week series, about the power of the Lord’s Supper.

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March 22, 2015 Bulletin Outline

 

Audio: Confronting Surprises in the Text

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Your Relationship with Your Bible
1 Corinthians 11:13-16
Matthew Raley (3-15-15)

Today’s message is the final in this series. We have been studying one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament and learning how to understand and interpret the Scriptures in the process.

Sometimes we think we understand a passage—or are about to understand it—only to get hit with something completely unexpected. That is what happens to most of us in 1 Corinthians 11.13-16. We might have followed what Paul was saying up to this point. But he starts throwing ideas at us rapidly, without explanation, and apparently without precedent in his argument up to this point.

What do we do?

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March 15, 2015 sermon bulletin outline

 

Audio: Stopping Where the Text Stops

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1 Corinthians 11:11-12
Matthew Raley (3-8-15)

In our current series we are studying one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament, and we are learning how to understand and interpret the Scriptures in the process.

As we study a passage in the Bible, worries can accumulate. What are the implications of this text? How far am I supposed to take this? Often these worries are based on experience. We have seen the horrific results of a church taking a particular teaching too far. Or maybe we have experienced someone holding a verse over us like a whip.

Worries like these often keep us from hearing what the Bible actually teaches. They come from submitting our consciences, willingly or unwillingly, to human teaching in place of God’s teaching.

There’s a way to resolve these worries. We have a classic case in the two verses we are studying in today’s sermon. Watch closely how the text limits its own application.

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March 8, 2015 Bulletin Outline

Audio: Following the Text, Part 2

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Thousand feet cliff of the Hua Shan, by I, Ondřej Žváček [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
Your Relationship with Your Bible
1 Corinthians 11.7-10
Matthew Raley (3-1-15)

In our current series we are studying one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament, and we are learning how to understand and interpret the Scriptures in the process.

To follow this text through Paul’s reasoning, we need to remind ourselves of several issues. First, Paul approves of the Corinthians’ practices regarding head coverings. These practices are specific cultural ways to express eternal truths. Paul also wants them to understand the truths behind their practices and to apply these truths to their hearts and lives. In this case, the hearts of husbands and wives are directed toward submission in following Christ. Wives are to express sexual fidelity to their husbands in specific cultural ways. This submission is a key part of public worship.

In today’s message we will let this line of reasoning tell us what the rest of the passage means. Paul has applied the principle headship to the practices of wives. Now he circles back to what he said in verse 4 about husbands. “Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.” Why?

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March 1, 2015 Sermon Bulletin Outline

 

Audio: Following the Text

By David Wood (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By David Wood (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Your Relationship with Your Bible
1 Corinthians 11:4-6
Matthew Raley (2-22-15)

In our current series we are studying one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament, and we are learning how to understand and interpret the Scriptures in the process.

One of the biggest problems in your relationship with your Bible is how distant the books are culturally. There are barriers of time, language, and custom. Sometimes it can be difficult to reconstruct what a word meant, what a specific practice was, or even where a place was.

Some people think this is only a problem in some passages. In fact, we misinterpret Scripture so often because this is a problem in every passage. We have to learn to carefully follow the reasoning of the text. Like following a narrow trail on a cliff, there are many ways to go wrong but only one way to get it right, and that is to stay on the trail.

In today’s message we will tackle the barrier of culture in our understanding of this text.

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February 22, 2015 Bulletin Outline

 

 

Audio: Listening to the Text

Listening for Movement in the Mine, by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) from USA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Listening for Movement in the Mine, by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) from USA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Your Relationship with Your Bible
1 Corinthians 11:2-3
Matthew Raley (2-15-15)

In our current series we are learning how to understand and interpret the Scriptures using one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament as our case in point.

In today’s passage we read about a husband being the head of a wife, a woman being the glory of a man, and we are shocked. We launch into all sorts of questions: “Why does Paul hate women? Why is he attacking the Corinthians over this? Why do women have to be subordinate to men? Do we really have to dress a certain way for worship?” Our habit is to let these questions drive our reading of the text. As a result, we have likely missed the point of this passage.

Such questions are off-topic. They come from our ignoring verses 2-3. If we want to receive what the text has to say, we have to listen to what it is telling us.

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February 15, 2015 Sermon Bulletin Outline

Audio: Setting off Our Alarms

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1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Matthew Raley (2-8-15)

This passage about the dress and behavior of men and women in public worship sets off all our alarms. In post-feminist society, the hierarchies Paul talks about cannot be squared with our ideas of equality. Even the concepts of male and female themselves are being questioned today.

Beyond this, as we read we wonder what Paul’s reasoning really is here. If we are called to hold views that the people around us despise, we need to know exactly what ground we’re standing on.

Further, we wonder about the practical impact of this passage? How are we supposed to apply it today? Does it apply at all? If so, does it apply exactly as written, or with modifications?

In the series we are beginning this morning, we’re going to move slowly through these verses. I will explain in much more detail how I work through this passage. I want you to see what God says and submit your consciences to him. For you to do that, I need to show you the difference between fact and interpretation. I also need to show you how to weigh interpretations.

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February 8, 2015 Sermon Bulletin Outline