And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15

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Biblically Building the Body

The intent of all the gifts, especially the “sign gifts” (“tongues” and “prophesying”) was to “build up” the local body of Christ in communication of divine revelation. With the completion of the canon of Scripture the supernatural sign gifts are not necessary today. Moreover, they are impossible, given the apostles are no longer present today!
[Series] Considering the Church in Cornith in the 21st Century (pt. 22)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 7/14/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 14:1-40
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZeCOb0KwZ8

The Grace of Giving

What role does money play in the ministry of the church? God’s Word explains that believers should give cheerfully and generously as God enables.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 20)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/14/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN-5IDpGJ6o

Ordinances and Offerings

A conclusion of a study of the ordinances of the church and an introduction to a consideration of the grace of giving.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 19)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/7/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQuIuzTJB_w

Diversity Brings Unity and Harmony

A a human body has many “parts,” each with a specific intended function, together the parts comprise the body to make one whole/complete. So also, the church “body” has many “parts,” each with specific purposes, yet each necessary to make the local church body whole/complete.
[Series] Considering the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt. 20)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 6/30/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdKZJDR7Fi8

The Ordinances of the Church

A conclusion of the Biblical illustrations of the church and an introduction to the two ordinances of the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
[Series] The Ordinances of the Church (pt. 18)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 6/23/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_RAsd3F2KQ

All for One, One for All

Paul’s teaching on “spiritual” gifts, to be used in the church for the building up of the body, not individuals.
[Series] Considering the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt. 19)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 6/23/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txUUKhVm0vg

More Pictures of the Church

In Scripture, we find several analogies or illustrations of the church. From these, we can imply several truths that help us understand our role and responsibilities as believers.
[Series] Picture This: Christ’s Church (pt. 17)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 6/16/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjqfnb1M0sE

Pictures of the Church

In Scripture, we find several analogies or illustrations of the church. From these, we can imply several truths that help us understand our role and responsibilities as believers.
[Series] Picture This: Christ’s Church (pt. 16)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 6/9/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSsl3K5PZno

Teaching Table Manners

Paul’s correction of the conduct of the Corinthian believers extended even to their abuse of each other at the Lord’s Table. Here he insists on specific decorum and manners as they “remember the Lord’s death till He come.”
[Series] Considering the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt. 17)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 6/2/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sewVRf0UMJI

Life Outside the Family

How we interact with non-Christians matters to God and others. Believers must always reflect the love and kindness of Jesus Christ.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 15)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 5/26/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7LiPLdQ5o

The Purpose of Life: God‘s Glory

Church ministry is not about self indulgence (as illustrated by Israel in the wilderness wandering), but rather focusing on others and the glory of God in all we do, as did Paul!
[Series] Consider the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt. 15)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 5/19/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 10:1-11:1
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l1ojwuByoE

The Walk and Witness of the Church

God’s Word provides great detail concerning how believers are to interact with one another in the body of Christ.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 13)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 5/12/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnalzxdJrfY

Necessity Is Laid Upon Me

Though he was an Apostle, Paul was willing, and often did, forego any privileges inherent in that office for the sake of the gospel being freely presented in absolute sincerity and integrity.
[Series] Considering the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt. 13)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 5/5/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 9:1-27
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJ3U8TqIEA

Who Owns the Pastor?

A consideration of the pastor’s responsibility toward God.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 12)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 5/3/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJf6tIec-6M

Shepherding the Sheep

A consideration of the elder’s role and responsibilities as an undershepherd of God’s flock.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 11)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 4/28/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H__sKYOxGtk

Don‘t Be Offensive

Instruction is given regarding those who are strong in the faith (mature), on how to treat those who are weak in the faith, preferentially and respectfully.
[Series] Considering the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt. 12)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 4/28/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pyCZ5FhuZo

Christ- Firstfruits of the Resurrection

Christ’s death is most often addressed as the essential component of the Gospel message. However, equally imperative is His bodily resurrection. Without the Resurrection of our Lord, we do not have the Gospel! The Gospel is both the Death of Christ as payment of our sins, and His Resurrection, proof positive that payment was accepted!
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 4/21/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthian 15:1-4, 12-24; Romans 1:1-4
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE8QgSDK84o

Local Church Leadership

God’s Word describes the role and function of the leadership of the local church.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 10)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 4/14/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaTrofEoMn4

Ministering with a Biblical Sense of Urgency

Paul’s counsel, during a specific time of distress, is for those who desire to serve the Lord to put off marriage, temporarily, as the “time is short,” and the task is difficult enough without additional temporal concerns of a spouse and family.
[Series] Considering the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt. 12)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 4/14/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGcOE1v1pRE

Called To Be Holy

A conclusion of the various means by which the body of Christ can glorify God through the ministry of the Word of God.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt 9)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 4/7/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJa0nvX6uwc

Marriage Matters

The importance and permanence of the marriage relationship a matter to be considered and taken very seriously, in such a cavalier and decadent society.
[Series] Considering the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt 11)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 4/7/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 7:1-24
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki0yDwvcVLk