Rally Caps 2: Let’s Go (A Study of 1 Corinthians, Part 2)

September 9-November 24, 2018
Fans and baseball players wear their caps inside out, backwards, sideways or a combination of all when they are behind and ready to rally. Once the rally gains some moment, it becomes go time, when significant focus and effort can produce victory. In Part 2 of this study through 1 Corinthians, we can rally our lives like Paul persuaded his church to do and overcome some difficult challenges. It’s go time!

The Messages

#1 September 9: Let’ Go
(1 Corinthians 1:1-4)  The Corinthian church was gifted but faltering, and Paul wrote to rally them to become a prevailing church. This message reminds us that in the face of severe challenges, there are many excellent aspects of our Christian team which motivate us to rally. Listen here.

#2 September 16: Help the Rookie: No Stumbling Blocks
(1 Corinthians 8:1-9:18)  The Corinthians dealt with something we don’t: what to do with food that had been offered to idols. But their overriding issue was the same as ours. This message shows us how to protect newer Christians until they mature. Listen here.

#3 September 23: Winning Ways: Being Incarnational & Missional
(1 Corinthians 9:19-27)  Paul became like people outside the Christian faith so he could convince them to become like him and, ultimately, like Christ. This message discusses what it means to identify with non-Christians to win them while also training to become like Christ. Listen here.

#4 September 30: Season Killers: Taming Temptation
(1 Corinthians 10:1-11:1)  The Corinthians had forgotten the tragedy of the Jewish people, who were rescued by God and then rejected by him when they refused a commitment to him. This message reminds us of the lure of temptation and gives us some tools to overcome. Listen here.

#5 October 7 (Guest Speaker—Rex Rogers):  A Team Ritual: The Lord’s Supper
(1 Corinthians 11:17-34)  It’s important to have rhythms and rituals that remind us of important things. Christians have the Lord’s Supper as a team ritual, but the Corinthians debased it. This message explains the importance of the Lord’s Supper and encourages us to benefit from it. Listen here.

#6 October 14:  There’s No Crying: Men & Women Teammates?
(1 Corinthians 11:2-16)  There was a cultural issue in Corinth about who should wear a head covering, but it stirs up contemporary issues of how men and women are to relate. This message investigates the ideas of differences, similarities, and authority between men and women and how or if we can play on the same team.

#7 October 21:  Play Your Position: A Primer on Spiritual Gifts
(1 Corinthians 12)  There was so much conflict in the Corinthian churches that they even fought about their Spirit-given abilities and roles. This message unpacks spiritual gifts, what they are, how we get them, and a few other things.

#8 October 28:  The Heart of the Team: Love
(1 Corinthians 13)  When Paul coached his team, he eventually got to the heart of the issue. He talked about love. This message takes his classic love passage and shows us how practical and necessary love is.

#9 November 4:  The Green Monster: The Problem with Tongues
(1 Corinthians 14)  The green monster is not a fence in left field, but the evil-eyed feeling of envy. A few people in Corinth had some flashy spiritual gifts and they liked flashing them. Others wanted them. This message guides us through Paul’s important teaching about the flashy gifts, especially the gift of speaking in tongues.

#10 November 11: The Bottom of the 9th: Evidence for the Resurrection
(1 Corinthians 15:1-34)  As 1 Corinthians starts to close, the end of time comes into view. Paul explains the gospel and defends the resurrection of Jesus, which is at the heart of the Christian faith. This message equips us to understand both the gospel and the reason to believe Jesus came back from the dead.

#11 November 18: After the Game: Our Resurrection Bodies
(1 Corinthians 15:35-58)  The final answer to the Corinthians’ questions had to do with what their resurrected bodies would be like. This message helps us understand that too.

#12 November 25: The Rally Rallies: Big-C Church Connections
(1 Corinthians 16)  As Paul said his goodbyes and made his plans, he revealed how Christians and churches around the globe are connected. This message inspires us to draw on hope and help from other believers and give them as well.