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First Corinthians

Paul spent 18 months building the church at Corinth - and when he left, problems grew.  This is a letter home to a church living in a contentious city.

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Scripture Lesson
1 Corinthians 1:1-3 Grace and Peace - a salutation not to be overlooked
1 Corinthians 1:4-31 One Church - Paul's concern for the unity of the church
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Resolved to Know Nothing - who do you say He is?
1 Corinthians 2:6-16 The Nature of Wisdom - a comparison of God's wisdom and the world's wisdom.
1 Corinthians 3:1-15 Reward - the nature of the Christian's reward, and its relationship to salvation and works.
1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Temple and Wisdom - the temple of God: - the church, the human body.  The folly of man's wisdom in dealing with the things of God.
1 Corinthians 4 Unintentional Division - the problem of divisive leaders in the church - and divisive followers.
1 Corinthians 5 Judgment Intended - church discipline.
1 Corinthians 6:1-8 Legal Unemployment - should a Christian "go to law" with his Christian brother?
1 Corinthians 6:9-20 Great Bodily Injury - the doctrine of the human body; sexuality and adultery, sanctification.
1 Corinthians 7 Wearing the World Lightly - the wife of a non-Christian husband; whether or not it is better to marry; Christian service for those not in the ministry.
1 Corinthians 8 Vegetarianism - the problem of not eating meat, total abstinence and a discourse on intellectual Christianity.
1 Corinthians 9:1-23 If a Man's Principles... don't cost him anything, they aren't worth very much.
1 Corinthians 9:24 - 10:14 Be Careful - - warning to the experienced Christian about the need for bodily and spiritual discipline.
1 Corinthians 10:15-33 For The Unbeliever's Sake - the Christian's responsibilities to the non-believer as example.
1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Husband - Tyrant or Prince? - The classic problem of a wife's submission, viewed from both sides in the Scriptural sense.
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 The Bridge - an examination of Communion, the Lord's Supper, as being symbolic of the bridge between man and God - Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 12 Spiritual Gifts - the gifts of the Spirit, such as teaching, preaching, tongues, healing, and others.
1 Corinthians 13 The Core of Christianity - the great "Love" chapter of the Bible.
1 Corinthians 14 Right Ordering of the Church - tongues and prophecy in worship; the role of women in public worship.
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Of First Importance - the first importance of the resurrection and the authenticity of Scripture supporting it.
1 Corinthians 15:12-34 Resurrection:  Argument - Paul's reasoned argument that the dead in Christ MUST rise.
1 Corinthians 14:34-58 We Shall All Be Changed - the nature of the resurrection of the dead.
1 Corinthians 16 Theme Song:  Unity - admonitions about giving, Paul's future plans and commendations, and an exhortation to unity.

These lessons were originally delivered in 2001.

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