February 11, 2018: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (Rich Merkouris)

Flee Sexual Immorality

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!16 Or do you not know that he who is joined[a] to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin[b] a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

October 8, 2017: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Rich Merkouris)

Outline of the Message

 

  • 2:30 It is not well with the world.
  • 3:00 In the midst of this people will cling to interesting things. Hollywood will increase as a result of tragedy as it allows us to numb ourselves.
  • 5:00 the problem is as Christians we cannot just turn to specific pages for every single event.
  • 6:10 What we need to realize is that “In light of what God has revealed how does that direct how I respond.
  • 7:00 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
  • 9:29 the life of Jesus is a big deal because God was with us. God’s accomplishes his grand purpose with humanity.
  • 12:00 The story of Lazarus is a great example of Jesus going through grief with the shortest verse anywhere “Jesus Wept”
  • 12:49 Here is the most perfect being in the universe crying. The life of Jesus is God with us showcasing that God wept for us and wept with us.
  • 13:00 Do you have someone that you can weep with? God accomplishes his purpose today through us with us impacting others.
  • 16:00 We need to be present in people’s lives. It’s the ministry of presence.
  • 16:50 Set a reminder to help someone and show up in their life.
  • 18:00 Christianity always includes the cross. We have a God who has experienced suffering.
  • 22:05 Have you expressed your honest thoughts as to what you are feeling in what you are praying? It can be a good representation of how open you are with god based on observing if you are doing this.
  • 24:03 So you might be asking then where is God at? God has been familiar with suffering and is ready to interact with those are dealing with it.
  • 25:30 The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us a guarantee of our eternal future.
  • 27:50 So today are you captured by the amazing restoration of the resurrection?
  • 29:30 So when you have a loss in your life, you can have a resurrection promise of what is to come. Claim a resurrection promise every single loss.
  • 31:10 The message of Christianity changes everything.
  • 31:30 The thing is that we could go through the message
  • 32:00 As Christians we should be able to say the world is not well, but it is well with my soul.
  • 34:00 the story of the song “It is Well with My Soul”
  • 36:00 We know that tomorrow it will not be well with the world, but with Christ, we can know that it is well with our soul.

March 31, 2013 {Easter}: 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (Rich Merkouris)

February 3, 2013: 1 Corinthians 5 (Rich Merkouris)

April 15, 2012: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 (Rich Merkouris)

(1 Corinthians 15:35-58, New International Version)
 35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

   If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

 50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

 55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
   Where, O death, is your sting?”

 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.