Desert Springs Community Church
Counter Culture - Introduction
Locations & Times
  • Desert Springs Community Church
    14440 W Indian School Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
The Importance of Studying the Biblical Text

· The Bible is God’s personal words to us

· Because it is God’s words to us, it is precious and important

· Because it is God’s words to us, if we disbelieve or disobey them we are disbelieving and disobeying God (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

· Because it is God’s words to us it can be understood by those who read and study it (Psalm 19:7)

· Because it is God’s words to us, it is necessary for maintaining our spiritual life and for knowing God’s will (1 Peter 2:2)

· Because the Bible is so important we typically do expositional preaching

Understanding the Historical & Cultural Background of 1 Corinthians

· The first principle of interpretation is to understand the historical and cultural background

· Corinth was ideally situated between the Corinthian Gulf on the east which led to Italy and the Saronic Gulf on the west which led to Asia

· Corinth was a very prosperous city at the time of Paul’s writing

· Corinth socially was all about attaining status, promoting one’s own honor and gaining control, wielding power

· Corinth was inhabited by people with all kinds of religious faiths

· Corinth was known for its sexual promiscuity

The Call to All Believers Everywhere is to Live Their Heavenly Culture Here on Earth

· The believers at Corinth struggled, just like we struggle today in America, to live our Christian culture in the world around us (John 8:23, John 15:19, 1 Peter 2:11)

· We are called to live Jesus in our culture – to be a counter culture (Romans 12:2)

· The best way to live an effective counter culture is to keep your heart longing for home