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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The Reality of the Rapture

The next future event on God’s prophetic timetable is the rapture of the church. This “blessed hope” could occur at any moment.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 23)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 8/4/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPYYuiQeqcA

Why It Matters If the Dead Rise Not

If there is no resurrection, why be baptized (“identified”) in connection with those who have died? Why subject one’s self to the onslaught of persecution that believers face on a daily basis, if the resurrection is not true?
[Series] Considering the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt. 25)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 8/4/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 15:29-34
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzaUScf73wo

The Impact of His Resurrection

Christ was risen from the dead as the Firstfruits, the downpayment, the guarantee, of our resurrection. If He did not rise from the dead, then neither will we rise in the order specified.
[Series] Considering the Church in Corinth in the 21st Century (pt. 24)
[Speaker] Pastor Gary Freel
[Date] 7/28/19
[Scripture Reference] 1 Corinthians 15:12-28
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7zohSIkHXA

The Believer in the Last Days

The Bible provides the believer with guidelines for living in the last days before Christ’s return amid the rampant compromise and apostasy in the church.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 22)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/28/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1K5qDM1OWc

The Church in the Last Days

The New Testament warns believers that as the age progresses, the church will battle false teaching and false teachers from within and without.
[Series] Picture This: Christ‘s Church (pt. 21)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/21/19
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10jph5XeVm0

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