On the morning of July 16th, 2017, we were blessed by a visit and update from Steve and Rowena Barnes, our missionaries to France. Since this was not a traditional “sermon” and was more so a testimony and update on the Barnes’ ministry efforts abroad, the audio for the 7/16 Morning Service will not be posted on the SermonCast. However, the audio will be made available to anyone upon request. If you would like to request a download link, please submit a request to our web team.
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While the Corinthians believed that they could build a strong church through the philosophies and methodologies of the world, Paul explains that it is actually because they used secular growth tactics that they are weak and about to break apart. The reason is because worldly principles promote worldly thinking, encouraging attitudes of worldliness and selfishness.
As Paul admonishes Timothy to show discernment and correct false teachers in the church, it begs the question, “What are the marks of the false teacher?” Paul’s answer in this passage is that the true shepherd, demonstrated by his own life, will live in harmony with the Gospel of grace, rather than subscribing to external righteousness by the Law.