The Christian church in the ancient Roman colony of Corinth is fascinating for us to study as a modern church planted in a city centre. As a hub of international trade, a major business centre, and an attractive city for anyone looking to ‘get ahead’, Corinth was deeply competitive and home to the most ambitious people. Rich in natural resources, the people of Corinth felt in charge of their own lives. They were convinced of their own wisdom, and thus, loved to self-promote. Lacking next to nothing, a consumerist mentality ruled. The pressures to abandon the pure and simple gospel of Jesus were extreme for the church planted there. Constant social, economic, and political pressure meant they began to look more like the city around them rather than the people of God they were made to be.
In this series, we will examine what it takes to live as resilient and fruitful followers of Jesus without bowing to such powerful cultural forces. We will see what the world around us looks like through the lens of the Gospel, and along the way, we’ll learn what love can accomplish as we draw from the world’s only source of true power.
TRUE POWER : 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Matt Menzel / January 26, 2020
This sermon will close out Paul’s greeting to the Corinthians with one primary question: How could he be so thankful for such a messed up and broken church? We’ll examine the movements of the Living God among His people both then and today; movements that come together in the form of an invitation for us all.
TRUE POWER : 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Matt Menzel / January 19, 2020
In this sermon we will begin our series entitled 'True Power' by examining the cultural pressures of worshipping Jesus as Lord in ancient Corinth or modern day Vancouver. We'll see that there are forces at work more powerful than culture and that only one Lord can follow-through on an offer of grace and peace.