A Loving Conscience Towards the Weak Conscience
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
In the sports world, coaches are often the face of the team. To hold such a position, especially at a high level, means caring meticulously for any and all details. With invasive close-ups and jumbo screens, the slightest imperfections are more than trivial matters. Both gaffes and glory-moments are amplified for sponsors and stakeholders. It can be a title race for strong market value and brand representation. It might seem - come game-time - board members are feeling the most heat. For coaches, in many cases, the barometer is monumentally more elevated. Exceptional past-performances are no longer enough to satisfy the demands on a coach in the modern game. Nowadays' repertoire needs business, emotional intelligence, and, increasingly more...self-awareness.
What does this have to do with church-life -- not that you'll lose your job? But imagine if your own actions were to blame for a brother or sister's seared conscience?
To be a thoughtful follower of Christ means paying attention to yourself more. How does one do this? Have a listen as Warton Hertz exposits 1 Corinthians 8.
A problem church. That was Corinth. And, the Apostle Paul carefully addresses each issue with clarity and conviction that suffices for churches of all ages and places. From division to immorality to marriage and divorce; from conscience to the Lord's Supper and spiritual gifts; the role of the resurrection... this first letter to the Corinthian church assures us nothing is beyond the Gospel's power to put a church on the path to health.
This is an ongoing "series" of individual expositions of First Corinthians. Hardly any of these talks are sequential but hopefully they are faithful and can seamlessly continue and pass the baton to their immediate contexts.