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Addressing the Issues

Stuart Briscoe

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them. –Henry Ford

Few people enjoy confrontation or conflict. It’s so much easier to let things slide and grumble about them to someone else than actually deal with our issues. However, sweeping problems under the rug has been the downfall of many corporations, families, marriages, and even churches.

Usually, it’s not the differences of opinion themselves that lead to the breakdown of unity… it’s the way they are handled—or not handled—that turn small matters into big problems.

How can we truly address legitimate problems within our homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, and churches while maintaining unity? How can we know when an issue is merely a difference of opinion or something more serious?

This series from Stuart is an excellent study of how to deal with sticky issues in love, without compromising from your principles and beliefs. Stuart goes in depth to study the letter Paul wrote to the Corinthians to show us how we, too, can address issues so they bring us together instead of tearing us apart.

Messages From This Series:

In his introduction Paul outlines his high view of the church, (e.g. “church of God,” “sanctified,” “called,” “brothers”) but he knows all is not well at Corinth. Performance is falling short of provision. Divisiveness in the fellowship is a particular problem. How he deals with it is important.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:1-4:21

Church Discipline is not in the top ten of most people’s favorite topics! It conjures up unpleasant thoughts. But let’s see what Paul said about it.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5:1-5:13

Society encourages us to satisfy our sexual needs, but Scripture says our spiritual needs are of utmost importance. How does our spirituality apply to our sexuality? God established sex as a divine creation—its origins dating back to the Garden of Eden. 

Can we morally hold true to our sexuality and enjoy it as God’s divine creation? It can be a challenging line to walk, but Stuart shows how God’s truth can guide us in reclaiming our bodies as He created them to be.

This message is also included in a compilation series by Stuart, Jill, and Pete titled Sexual by Design.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12-6:20

Trials and temptations are the inevitable lot of fallen people who live in a fallen world. God does not send them, but He does permit them. Provided we handle them correctly, they serve to help us mature. But when mishandled, they can lead to great harm. The Children of Israel were a great example of this.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:1-10:22

There’s nothing new about gender issues. Paul addressed them in Corinth with reference to worship. The particulars differ, the principles still apply to us.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:1-11:16

Shortly before His crucifixion Jesus shared bread and wine with His disciples. He asked them to continue doing this as a means of remembering Him. For almost two millennia the church has obeyed, but not without problems.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:17-11:34

It seems the Corinthians were abusing their spiritual gifts and disrupting the life of the church. So Paul teaches them about life in the body and how it applies.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-12:31

Paul’s objective in writing this chapter was not to produce a literary masterpiece, which is what happened. His concern was to develop a loving, gifted church.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13:13

For more than 2,000 years, the Christian church has been proclaiming—unabashedly and unashamedly—that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Yet, every year along the way, many have denied and decried that such an event could ever happen.

Stuart opens Scripture and speaks to skeptics and cynics alike, showing the undeniable authority of God over every assumption of man.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-15:58

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