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Trinitarian Salvation, Trinitarian Mission, John 17:6-19

Video:  Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Trinitarian Salvation, Trinitarian Mission, Trinitarian Ownership” John 17:6-19 January 17, 2021 Faith Presbyterian Church – Morning Service Pastor Nicoletti We come again to the Gospel of John, and to the second section of Jesus’s prayer to God the Father immediately before his arrest. With that in mind, […]


The Resurrection Body, 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 Text Comment v.35     Paul’s answer to that question is going to be that the dead will rise with a body with some elements of continuity and some of discontinuity with the body they had in this world.  Now resurrection was simply inconceivable to the Greco-Roman culture, its prevailing philosophies were […]


The God of Order, 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 Text Comment v.26     “What shall we say, then…” amounts to “What is the upshot then of what we have been saying so far?”  Remember, Paul has been making the point that the spiritual gifts have been given for the building up of Christ’s people.  If they are used selfishly or […]


Paul’s Defense, 1 Corinthians 9:1-18

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 9:1-18 Text Comment The previous chapter ended with Paul’s noble pledge to deny himself, even to deny himself what was rightfully his, if that self-denial would foster the spiritual interests of a Christian brother or sister.  Now, in chapter 9, Paul is going to tell these Corinthian brethren that, as a […]


Love Builds Up, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Text Comment v.1       Remember, the phrase “Now about…” indicates that Paul is taking up another matter raised in the Corinthians’ letter to him.  We saw the same phrase at 7:1.  We’ll see it again.  The section of the letter begun in this way at 8:1 continues to 11:1 with some […]


The Main Thing, 1 Corinthians 7:17-40

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 7:17-40 Text Comment In chapter 7 Paul is responding to questions raised by the Corinthian Christians regarding marriage and divorce.  He has so far considered the situation of those who are already married, those believers who have been divorced improperly, and those believers who are married to unbelievers.  Now, in the […]


Opening a Can of Worms, 1 Cor 7:12-16

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 7:12-16 Text Comment v.12     In the previous verses we considered last Lord’s Day, Christians are forbidden to divorce.  Paul doesn’t raise the exception that we find in Jesus’ teaching, that of adultery, he is speaking generally.  Now Paul moves to another situation, not an uncommon one in that time and place:  […]


Cherishing the Flame, 1 Corinthians 7:1-7

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 Text Comment v.1       The Corinthians had written a letter to Paul and he is now responding to what they wrote.  The same formula, “now about” will occur five more times in 1 Corinthians, almost certainly indicating in each case, that Paul is taking up another matter raised in their letter […]


Sexual Purity, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Text Comment In this following section Paul returns to the matter of sexual immorality that he has dealt with in 5:1-12, in connection with the specific case of the man living in an incestuous relationship with his step-mother and which he has raised generally in his list of sins both […]


And So Were You 1 Cor 6:1-11

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 Text Comment In the previous chapter, as we saw, Paul commanded the church to pass judgment on the behavior of one of her members.  There is no need for Christians to judge those outside the church, he says in 5:12, but there is a responsibility for the church to judge […]


Excommunication 1 Cor 5:1-13

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 Text Comment Paul has completed the first “argument” in the probatio, the main bulk of the letter extending from 1:18-16:12, containing the argument of the letter.  He has dealt with the disunity created by competing loyalties to different ministers fueled by false notions of wisdom and attraction to the standards […]


The Worldly Christian 1 Cor 3:1-23

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 Text Comment I commented on the text as we read it last Lord’s Day morning.  So I will read it without comment this morning. Now, as you may know, this text, perhaps more than any other text in the Bible, has been used to demonstrate that there are two kinds […]


Where True Understanding Comes From 1 Cor 2:6-16

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 Text Comment v.6       Paul has already said that there is wisdom in the gospel; it just is not the kind of wisdom the world imagines nor the kind that has so impressed these Corinthian believers – philosophical teaching delivered with fine oratorical skill.  True wisdom is found in Jesus Christ […]


The Foolishness of God 1 Cor 1:18-2:5

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 Text Comment With v. 18 we begin the probatio, the “proofs” which will make up the body of the letter and take us to the middle of the last chapter.  Now these “proofs” are not, as the word might suggest, demonstrations that something is true or false.  Rather they are […]


The Effect Proves the Causes 1 Cor 1:10-17

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Remember, we pointed out last Lord’s Day morning that Paul has structured his letter according to then current Greco-Roman rhetorical style.  Vv. 4-9 are the exordium, the introduction that weaves together thanksgiving with a suggestion of the themes that will be covered.  It is a way of securing the goodwill […]


The Gospel Spirit 1 Cor 1:1-9

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Text Comment v.1       As we will learn later, Paul’s letter is prompted by reports he has received about the condition of the church from some of its members.   Paul’s letters begin in the conventional way of letters of that day, with the identity of the writer and a greeting There […]


Paul and the Corinthians 1 Cor 1:1-3

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 This morning we begin a new series of morning sermons on Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth.  I have preached through 1 Corinthians once before, though almost none of you was here when I did so.  That series was preached in 1985, 17 years ago now, hard as […]


Light and Darkness

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A good example of what nuance can be lost in a too free translation. I like the NIV for many reasons (I will never leave it because the annotations in my Bible would take years to bring over to another Bible and becaus…


Paul’s Shipwreck

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The next "we" section begins, which had been broken off at 21:18. Luke does not tell us where he has been the past two years. Many have thought, of course, that he spent the time largely in Palestine gatheri…