Category Archives: Messy church

Messy Church: False doctrine

I Corinthians 15:1-20 The Gospel brings salvation. And that salvation depends on having Christ as our Saviour. For this reason, Christianity cannot be a theological free-for-all. There are some matters on which we may legitimately disagree (Romans 14:1), but there … Continue reading

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Messy Church: Chaotic worship

I Corinthians 14:26-40 Christian worship in the first century was very different from modern church services. There was as yet no set liturgy to be followed, and any member of the congregation was potentially able to contribute something. But this … Continue reading

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Messy church: Discrimination

I Corinthians 11:17-34 No church is perfect, and a certain amount of disagreement is inevitable. But Corinth was a deeply divided church – and it was divided along ethnic and socio-economic faultlines. The Lord’s Supper (and the ‘love-feast’ which in … Continue reading

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Messy church: Gender issues

I Corinthians 11:1-16 In early Christian meetings both men and women were allowed to address the congregation, in marked contrast to the Jewish synagogues. Paul was concerned, not because the women were engaging in a ‘masculine’ activity but because they … Continue reading

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Messy church: Complacency

I Corinthians 10:1-13 What is the relevance of the Old Testament to believers in the 21st century? Can the experiences of the Israelites teach us anything? Paul seems to think so… Despite the many differences between the old and new … Continue reading

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Messy Church: Compromise

I Corinthians 8 The Council of Jerusalem had asked Gentile Christians to abstain from ‘idol-food’ (Acts 15:28,29). But it seems that many in Corinth were ignoring this instruction – for the very practical reason that ‘untainted’ meat was unobtainable. The … Continue reading

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Messy church: Sin (sexual immorality in particular)

I Corinthians 5 & 6 In the realm of human sexuality, moral standards have a universal tendency to drift downwards; what shocked us a generation ago is now considered normal. And the church is not immune to this kind of … Continue reading

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