1 CORINTHIANS: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH
1 Corinthians is a very practical letter to study because the culture that the Corinthian Christians were swimming in, was much like the culture we are part of here in Sydney. Like Corinth, Sydney is wealthy, cosmopolitan, and full of sexual immorality, idolatry and greed. And like the Corinthians, we often allow the culture around us to impact on and influence us, causing us to live lives that are not consistent with what we believe to be true about Jesus and the gospel.
Not only is the letter ethically challenging, but it’s also theologically profound as Paul addresses subjects as diverse as leadership, pluralism, preaching, sexuality, marriage, and worship. Above all, 1 Corinthians constantly shows the importance of asking, “How does the gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which saturate the letter, teach us how to live?” In doing so, Paul spells out for us, what might be considered the ‘Marks of a Healthy Church’. Starts Sunday 28th July.
MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT COURSE
Building a Safe and Strong Marriage is a course created to help couples in nurturing and building their marriage, across five easy sessions. It includes video content from facilitators, Keith and Sarah, as well as interviews with couples with a range of experiences. There is also time to pause for reflection and thoughtful discussion. The course gives couples a chance to stop and focus on their marriage and how to make it better.
There are five sessions looking at the following topics:
Session 1: God’s design for marriage
Session 2: What damages our connectedness in marriage?
Session 3: Building the positives – friendship and communication
Session 4: Building the positives – sex and spirituality
Session 5: Managing conflict gently
We will be running the course on 22, 29 Aug, 5, 12, 19 Sept at 7:30pm at Christchurch Mortdale (Morts Rd, Mortdale).
The course will cost: $10pp to cover the purchase of the workbooks.
If you would like to participate, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find out more about the course at www.buildingmarriage.com.au