First Mennonite Morton

Communion of Saints

The Communion of Saints

Imitating the Mature

Speaker
Aaron Yoder
Scripture
1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Keywords
Boasting, Independence, Overseer, Mature, Disciple-making
Do Christians really need spiritual overseers and mentors?  If so, what qualities should we look for in such a person?  Explore these questions and the subject of boasting as Paul addresses the arrogance and independence that was creeping into the Corinthian church.
  • Imperishable Victory Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 28, 2016

    What will our resurrected bodies look like?  How exactly does this occur? And what happens immediately after we die?  We look at Paul's answers to these important and weighty questions as we come to the conclusion of our series on the 'Communion of Saints.'
  • Resurrection Grace Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 21, 2016

    Is the resurrection of Jesus true?  There is no question more eternally significant and relevant in all of the world.  We study the evidence of Jesus' resurrection as well as look at Paul's words to the Corinthians who struggled to believe in a bodily resurrection.
  • Transforming Grace Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 14, 2016

    How do Christians know that the Scriptures are true?  Or are they deceived?  Is there any evidence to support the bold claim that Jesus rose from the dead?  We consider the introduction to Paul's defense for the resurrection by first looking at his appeal to the Scripture, then to eye-witnesses, and finally his own experience.
  • Examining Communion Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 07, 2016

    What is the 'Lord's Supper' and what role does it have in the life of The Church?  We study these questions as well as Paul's reason for leading the Corinthians to consider it's importance.  For a moment we also consider the long-standing debate of the meaning of Jesus' words "This is my body."
  • Beauty Under Authority Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 31, 2016

    What does it mean for man to be the 'head' of woman?  And should Christian women be wearing head-coverings?  We dig into one of the most challenging and misrepresented Scripture passages in the Bible - looking first at what Paul was saying within the Greek context then how 'headship' applies to our relationships today.
  • Olympic Spirituality Part 2 Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 24, 2016

    How close can Christians get to idol worship before being affected by it?  The Apostle Paul deals with this question by reminding the Corinthian believers of the spiritual dynamics behind idols worship and leads them to consider the failures of Israel.  Paul includes good news by reminding Christians everywhere that when we are tempted, God always provides a way of escape!
  • Olympic Spirituality Part 1 Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 17, 2016

    What does it take for a Christian to remain faithful to the gospel and the Lord in day-to-day life?  The Apostle Paul answers this question by leading the church in Corinth to consider the examples of the nation of Israel and modern day athletes.
  • All For The Gospel Listen

    Jason Yordy - July 10, 2016

    Jason Yordy leads us through the text in which Paul gives the Biblical case for full-time ministry and his strategy for remaining committed to and sharing the gospel.
  • Walk With The Weak Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 03, 2016

    How do we determine what is sinful and what is pleasing to God?  We answer this question before considering what to do when either food or drink causes our friends to stumble by studying Paul's letter to the Corinthians.
  • Free to Serve Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 26, 2016

    What are the distractions and truths for Godly singles?  We study this topic by digging further into 1 Corinthians 7 as First Mennonite goes outside for our annual 'Worship on the Lawn.'
  • The Gift of Marriage Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 19, 2016

    When the world celebrates sexual immorality and devalues marriage, what should Christians do?  Paul leads the church in Corinth, and us through the Holy Spirit, back to seeing marriage as a gift of God to be treasured among the 'Communion of Saints.'
  • When Sex Becomes God Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 12, 2016

    How should we treat our bodies and our sexuality?  We dig into these daily, difficult topics - seeking to understand what was happening in the Corinthian culture and how God's truth applies still to this day.
  • Washed Away Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 05, 2016

    Is homosexuality a sin and why does Paul address this topic among other serious sexual issues to the church in Corinth?  We study this difficult subject, and lawsuits among believers, to understand what God was saying then...and how it applies to our culture today.
  • Orderly Worship Listen

    Gary Motta - May 29, 2016

    Guest Pastor Gary Motta teaches through the value in having structure, order and proper authority in a church worship service.
  • Deeper Commitments Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 22, 2016

    Is there such a thing as an 'independent' Christian?  We study Paul's words about the attitude of independence in the Corinthian church and then study the Biblical support for local church membership.
  • Maturing in Prayer Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 15, 2016

    What is the gift of tongues and the gift of prophecy?  Do they still apply to the church today and how might they impact our corporate prayers?  We dig into these interesting topics while concluding with some challenges from Scripture on how to grow in our own personal prayer lives.
  • Maturing In Our Gifts Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 08, 2016

    What is love and why ought Christians show it through their spiritual gifts?  We address these important questions as we dig into the Apostle Paul's infamous passage on the characteristics of true love.
  • The Treasure of Gifts Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 01, 2016

    What exactly are spiritual gifts and do I have any?  We explore this topic in view of Paul's instructions to the believers in Corinth.  Pastor Aaron also explores common objections that Christians use when asked to put their gift into practice within the 'communion of saints.'
  • The Grace of Discpline Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 24, 2016

    Is it appropriate for Christians to judge people, pointing out what is right and wrong to do?  We explore the Biblical answer to this important question in view of Paul's rebuke upon believer in Corinth.
  • Imitating the Mature Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 17, 2016

    Do Christians really need spiritual overseers and mentors?  If so, what qualities should we look for in such a person?  Explore these questions and the subject of boasting as Paul addresses the arrogance and independence that was creeping into the Corinthian church.
  • The Treasure of Church Listen

    Ben Smidt - April 10, 2016

    Guest speaker, Ben Smidt, describes eternal rewards in the context of Paul's encouragement to young Christians who were still trying to figure out how to be the church (the communion of saints) together.
  • Leaning In Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 03, 2016

    What is spiritual infancy and how can I recognize if you and I are one?  Paul address this question as well a provides a critique of the believers in Corinth by leading them to think about the different between natural people and spiritual people.
  • O, The Depths of God Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 27, 2016

    On this Easter morning, we consider the wisdom of God in comparison to the wisdom of humanity.  Here Paul's council to the believer to move towards spiritual wisdom by revisiting the cross as a pathway to deeper spiritual wisdom.
  • Whose Power? Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 20, 2016

    How do you define power and where is true power found?  Observe the Apostle Paul's answer to these questions as he points out the 'worldly' sources of power in the church in Corinth.  On this Palm Sunday, reconsider the foolish, yet powerful, message of the cross of Jesus.
  • Emptied Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 13, 2016

    What causes unity and division within The Church?  Is unity even possible in a world that too often sees division, broken promises, and severed relationship?  Explore Paul's words to the church in Corinth as division sought to destroy the community and discover how it relates to marriage and other Christian relations in your world.
  • The Communion of Saints Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 06, 2016

    Since God exists in community, although one God, He invites Christians into authentic 'communion' with one another.  The church in Corinth had made a mess of this and the Apostles Paul wrote this epistle to lead them back.  During the introduction to this series we address questions like "How do we explain The Trinity of God?" "What are the priorities of the gathered church?" and "Who is invited into the communion of saints?"