When I Was A Child
November 5, 2017
Series: LETTERS – Jesus365
Speaker: Pastor Larry Lopez
Each morning, for the last 10 weeks, I have had the opportunity to wake up, put my feet on the floor, and realize that I’m about to step into the world of an elementary student. The thought of hanging out with elementary students for eight hours a day would cause a significant level of anxiety, fear and even the desire to run in the opposite direction for many of you. An elementary world looks significantly different than that of an adult world. Walking from the classroom to the restroom is a journey full of adventure and intrigue. During lunch, attempting to open the package of Cheddar Bunnies that appears to have been put together by NASA’s finest scientists seems daunting and frustrating. Then, there is the new concept of keeping your hands to yourself when you want to touch everything and everyone. A child makes choices, has struggles and then gradually progresses in their understanding of society and their design. Ultimately, children “grow up,” but we do not want them to lose their playful spirit and sense of wonder.
In much the same way, the early church in Corinth struggled with its growth and development and its ability to stay focused on the main thing; Christ crucified. While the issues that crept into the church are significantly different than what you might find in an elementary classroom, the guidance expressed by Paul through his letter to the people of Corinth has similarities. Exhortation, encouragement, love, and even a little sarcasm, are used by Paul to foster change in the hearts of believers. As we step into Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, we will explore how the early church was instructed to grow in their understanding of being Christ followers and to move beyond societal norms of the day. Join me as we explore this letter together and gain understanding on what it means to grow up, but not grow old.