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The Word of God touches even the most intimate aspects of our life - even our bodies.  But to trust the Word of God is to believe that God knows what's best for us and that there are blessings that come with obeying His Word.  

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Christian slogans can be helpful but can also lack a theological fullness leading to confusion.  The Corinthians' slogan "all things are lawful for me" led to confusion concerning their freedom in Christ mistaken for a license to sin.  

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The grievances within the church at Corinth dishonored the name of the Lord.  It was much bigger than just lawsuits and grievances; these revealed a failure to living in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

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500th Anniversary of the Reformation - this still matters!

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Paul addresses the arrogance of the Church at Corinth and admonishes the church to remove a sexually immoral man for the sake of the man himself, for the sake of the church, and ultimately, for the sake of Christ.

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As their spiritual father in the faith, Paul calls a "family meeting" for the church in Corinth.  

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Paul rebukes the Corinthian church for attempting to adopt worldly wisdom in building the church.  God's work is to be done in and by God's wisdom.  The means given for the building of the church is the faithful proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

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In the eyes of the world, this is a really foolish sermon!

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Paul moves from reminding the church in Corinth in whom they stand and all the gifts and graces they've been given to now calling them to live in a manner in accord with whose they are.  

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Paul begins his letter to a messy church by giving thanks for God's grace given to them, he reminds them of the gifts God has given to them, and he encourages them in the standing they have in Christ Jesus, and that in Christ Jesus they are guiltless in the day of the Lord.  

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