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Being a Healthy Church | 1 Corinthians 3:1-23

In today’s world of ministry scandals and church leadership failures, what constitutes a healthy church? As we dive into the fifth week of our 1 Corinthians series, Timothy “TA” Ateek shows us how healthy churches require healthy people and healthy pastors.

Timothy "TA" AteekMar 27, 2022
1 Corinthians 3:1-23

In This Series (11)
Fighting For Your Marriage | 1 Corinthians 7:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 22, 2022
Sex and Glorifying God | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 15, 2022
Conflict: An Inevitable Opportunity | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 1, 2022
Church Discipline: Sin, Grace, and Shepherding | 1 Corinthians 5
John ElmoreApr 24, 2022
The Resurrection Is the Remedy to Our Hypocrisy | 1 Corinthians 15
Timothy "TA" AteekApr 17, 2022
The Purpose, Plot Twists, and Power of Christ | 1 Corinthians 4
John ElmoreApr 10, 2022
Being a Healthy Church | 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 27, 2022
The Miracle of Spiritual Maturity | 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 20, 2022
The Miracle of Salvation | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 13, 2022
Priority, Preference, and Power | 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
John ElmoreMar 6, 2022
Called, Gifted, and Kept by Jesus | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John ElmoreFeb 27, 2022

Summary

In today’s world of ministry scandals and church leadership failures, what constitutes a healthy church? As we dive into the fifth week of our 1 Corinthians series, Timothy “TA” Ateek shows us how healthy churches require healthy people and healthy pastors.

Key Takeaways

  • Healthy churches require healthy people.
  • Healthy people are fully surrendered to the Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:1-3a).
  • Spiritual maturity is simply thinking how God thinks. It is not the result of spiritual activity but spiritual availability.
  • The gospel is what saves and what sanctifies. It is a means of transportation to heaven and transformation in your life.
  • Healthy people don’t sacrifice unity in the church for the sake of their preferences (1 Corinthians 3:3b-4).
  • Insisting that your way is the most godly way is a sign of spiritual immaturity.
  • Healthy people have a correct understanding of and relationship to spiritual leaders (1 Corinthians 3:5-9).
  • Our tendency is to make saviors out of servants.
  • Healthy churches require healthy pastors.
  • Healthy pastors know who they are and who they aren’t (John 1:20).
  • Healthy pastors always preach Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:10-13).
  • Healthy pastors know that one day they will stand before Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).
  • In God’s eyes, quality work is Christ-exalting work.
  • Our response is to recognize where we’re unhealthy, repent of where we’re unhealthy, and rejoice our way to health (1 Corinthians 3:16-23).
  • The more grateful we are for what God is doing at Watermark, the more healthy we will be as a church.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • What preferences do you have around church and ministry that you can let go of for the sake of unity?
  • How do you view spiritual leaders, and in what ways can you celebrate the message over the messenger?
  • Is there evidence of a lack of spiritual health in your life, and if so, what are next steps to repent of it?
  • What are some practical ways you can be thankful for the gospel every day so that gratitude produces joy and spiritual health?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: 1 Corinthians 3:1-23; John 1:20; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 2:6; 1 Corinthians 1:30; James 3:1
  • Sermon: The Miracle of Spiritual Maturity