Posts by John Longmire (Page 34)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 34)

Glorify God in Spirit and Body

Christianity is not merely a philosophical religion; it is a religion that encompasses both soul and body. Everything we believe internally as a corresponding reality in the physical world. In the early church, Christians struggled to live out Christ’s call to righteousness in a cultural context that was morally corrupt. Some Christians believed that Jesus had put an end to all moral laws and regulations and began to proclaim “All things are lawful for me.” Paul challenges this convention and…

Spiritual Wisdom

Why is there such a terrible disconnect between the church and the world? Since the birth of the church there has been a disconnect between the followers of Jesus Christ and the people of the world. Not only do we behave differently (or at least we should), but we think very differently. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he highlights this difference and explains that it has to do with the message of the cross. For the word of…

The Call to Unity

This week, we embark on a new series entitled “Live Different,” an exploration into Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. American culture in the 21st century is becoming more like the first century than ever before. Our culture is becoming extremely diverse as many different religions, philosophies and political ideologies attempt to occupy the same space. Yet even as “tolerance” and “pluralism” are celebrated, hostility towards Christianity is increasing. The letters of Paul to the Corinthians will provide us with great…

The First Converts

Christianity is a religion composed entirely of converts. Whether or not we grew up in the church or were baptized as infants, all of us must make a decision to repent of our sins and follow Christ. Pentecost is the birthday of the church when there were 3000 people in Jerusalem who were converted to Christ in a single day. Simon Peter had just finished his great message declaring Christ to be the resurrected Messiah and the fulfillment of Old…

Christ’s Intercession for Us

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who…