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Love Looks Like Fatherhood

By Central, Love Builds Up

As believers, it’s critical we step into the light of God, follow his commands and train ourselves in spiritual health so we can see generations come though in faith. But it’s not that easy is it… listen more to find out how we can step up and stand out, especially as men of God on Father’s Day.

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The Heavenly Realms

By Central, Love Builds Up

Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians concerning their gatherings together (1 Corinthians chs 11 to 14) can only really be understood in the context of God’s longing to see the church displaying His “manifold wisdom…to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” (Eph 3:10).  But what does this mean?  What are these “heavenly realms”? Who are these “rulers and authorities”?  And how does the church make known God’s wisdom?  Join us we consider some of these vital supernatural dimensions of our gatherings!…

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Each One Has…

By Central, Love Builds Up

Paul’s expectation when we gather is that each one has something to bring to bless their Christian brothers and sisters.  Let’s hear from 5 different people on how they prepare to share and contribute in our various church gatherings.

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Assembly Required

By Central, Love Builds Up

In our ‘Love Builds Up’ series going through 1 Corinthians, we look at how, in chapters 11-14, Paul talks about the spiritual significance of our gatherings. In these chapters we see angelic engagement and Holy Spirit manifestation, we begin to see what should happen when we meet, and what should our expectations be!

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Proclaiming His Death

By Central, Love Builds Up

We’re in 1 Corinthians 11 during our Love builds up series so let’s use the opportunity to dig deeper into the lessons of how not to break bread! We’ll look at some context of the scripture and then think about the importance of unity around the table, judgement around the table and proclamation from the table.

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Love Looks Like Action

By Central, Love Builds Up

In this all age service we looked at one characteristic of love referred to in 1 Corinthians.  Starting with 1 Corinthians 16:14 we explored the instruction from Paul to the church, to show love in everything we do, in every action and every motivation.This ‘Agape’ (Greek for love) is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional and is not based in feelings or emotion.Looking at the example Jesus set in John 13:1-14 & verses 34-35 we saw true humility, the serving of others and how Jesus encouraged us to do the same. This is how others that don’t know Jesus would see us reflect him!We were encouraged to be ‘refreshers’, like those in 1 Corinthians 16:18 were described. That is to refresh those around us, to show kindness and compassion through our actions and not just words. We are to;See the very best in othersSeek the very best for othersAnd serve with our very best, for others

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Entrustments & Obligations – 1 Corinthians 9

By Central, Love Builds Up

In chapter 9 of 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul deals with the issue of financial support (v1-14), explains his passion to reach the lost (v15-23) and describes how he stays focussed and self-controlled (v24-27).  Throughout the chapter we discover various obligations we have because of the good things we’ve been entrusted with.  In this message we focus on three of these: the need to handle the Scriptures properly; the urgency and simplicity of our mission; and the importance of staying on track as we run our race.  These things are so vital in the church today, and this message will help you think about how you can be faithful in each area.  

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Love Builds Up: Love’s Freedom

By Central, Love Builds Up

In this message we consider the issue arising amongst the Corinthians about whether to eat meat which had been offered to idols in the pagan temples, but which was really about what they were to do with their newfound freedom in Christ. We consider the key differences between Love’s Freedom and the world’s freedom, and the implications for how we live out God’s Kingdom culture in this present age, to a watching world waiting for God’s children to be revealed (Ro 8:19).

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Love Builds Up: The Joy of Judgement

By Central, Love Builds Up

In this message we’ll talk about the joy of judgement. They don’t seem like two words that go together very well. When the Bible talks about judgement though, it’s clear, for those who know Jesus there is ultimately nothing to fear. God has given us authority to make judgements and if we do this well it will result in sin being defeated, lives saved and restoration for those that turn to God.

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Togetherness

By Central, Love Builds Up

Watch/listen again to this Sunday message from Patrick & Isobelle Stone in Stoney Stanton. You can find more messages and other videos at youtube.com/livingrockchurch. You can also follow our Sunday Messages podcast on your preferred podcast platform. For more information about Living Rock Church visit www.livingrock.church.

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Love Builds Up: The Body

By Central, Love Builds Up

Watch/listen again to this Sunday message from William Lyon in Stoney Stanton. You can find more messages and other videos at youtube.com/livingrockchurch. You can also follow our Sunday Messages podcast on your preferred podcast platform. For more information about Living Rock Church visit www.livingrock.church.

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Love Builds Up: A Year of Growth

By Central, Love Builds Up

In the first half of Corinthians 3, Paul is exasperated about the lack of spiritual growth in the church. God wants His children and His Church to grow, for us to grow personally and corporately. Let’s take some time to consider when we’ve experienced spiritual growth, the evidence of growing spiritually, and how we can grow more than ever before this year!

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Love Builds Up: His House PT.2

By Central, Love Builds Up

Part 2 of this 2 part message takes us back in to 1 Corinthians chapters 2 and 3 as we consider how the house of the Holy Spirit (that’s us!) is a Holy House and a Hospitable House. Will talks about some keys for us to build well and be a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.

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Love Builds Up: Because of Him…

By Central, Love Builds Up

As we continue our journey into 1 Corinthians, we consider what the big deal was about Greeks and their wisdom, why this formed the basis for much of western culture today, and how it stands in complete contrast to the culture of God’s Kingdom. Fresh from intellectual debate with the Athenians (Ac 17), Paul came to Corinth (Ac 18) determined to show the Corinthians what God’s true wisdom was all about (1 Co 1:30).  

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Love Builds Up: Love Gives Out

By Central, Love Builds Up

Because we’re loved by God and because we love God, we love those around us. It’s love that is our motivation for giving. We demonstrate the love of God as we give. Samaritan’s purse are a fantastic organisation that give out the love of God in practical and life changing ways. In this message we hear from them about how we can partner with them to give out the love of God.

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Love Builds Up: Unite in Foolishness

By Atherstone, Love Builds Up

There will be no division among you” said Paul to the Church in Corinth, and the same message applies to us today. It can sometimes be easier to create division than unity; to reject people that we don’t like or agree with and only spend time with people who are just like us. As Christians we are called be united around the message of the cross, even if this may look foolish and unimpressive to those around us. In this message, Ovi explores what this looks like; the difference between ‘foolishness’ and the ‘power of God’, and how we can unite around the foolishness that the Bible describes.

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Love Builds Up: Introduction

By Central, Love Builds Up

Launching our new focus for Autumn-Winter, we consider the background, context and purpose of Paul’s first epistle to the church in Corinth, before looking in a bit more detail at how the apostle begins his letter (1 Corinthians 1:1-9).  Here we see that he starts by reminding the church who they really are – “God’s church in Corinth” – men and women called-out of the culture of the city in order to live-out a radically different life and lifestyle.  They are God’s planting in that place – a charismatic Kingdom community, set in the midst of a culture that lives for itself.  With its many parallels to our 21st Century challenges and opportunities, we see that – like us – they really matter, and have all that they need as they stand-up for Jesus Christ and prepare the way for His return!  Paul’s great longing is to see this church grow strong and fulfil their destiny, and he has much to say that will help us do the same!…

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Introducing the Corinthians

By Central, Love Builds Up

In preparation for our new series, ‘Love Builds Up’, during which we’ll be exploring Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians together, we consider in this message the City of Corinth, the Church in Corinth, and (Paul’s) Correspondence with Corinth. Strategically located as a trading gateway between east and west, this city was a bustling metropolis, full of people from many different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. Into this melting pot the church was established by Paul (Acts 18) and quickly grew in number and gift (1:7). But with growth came some significant challenges. As we look at the different sections in this letter, Paul deals with each issue in turn, identifying the underlying issue at work. He encourages them to embrace the ‘folly’ of the Cross instead of revering the ‘wisdom’ of this world (1:18), to see the church is a beautiful temple of the Holy Spirit and not a marketplace (3:16, 6:19), to embrace service instead self-interest (10:23-24), and to learn each time they gathered how to flow together as a body of many parts, not parties (11:18, 12:7). Paul was strengthening the Apostolic foundation which he had laid, encouraging the church to hold fast to the gospel they had received (15:1-2)! 

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