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Knowing Is Loving (1 Cor. 8:1-13)

In chapters 5-7, Paul addressed issues relating to sexuality. In addition to being sexually promiscuous, Corinth was also steeped in idol-worship, and Paul now turns in this section to address how to live faithfully in such a culture (8:1-11:1). Specifically, he addresses the matter of eating food that’s been sacrificed to idols. In doing so, he addresses the more founda...

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Applying the Gospel to Marriage and SIngleness (1 Cor. 7:1-40)

First-century Corinth was well-known for its sexual immorality, so it was no surprise that Paul had to address reports of it within the church (1 Cor. 5-6). Others in the church, however, perhaps as an over-reaction to Corinth’s blatant immorality, promoted an ascetic lifestyle which looked down on sex, even within marriage. Paul now turns to address this group in the ch...

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Don't Sue Your Brother (1 Cor. 6:1-11)

In 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Paul rebuked the church for its failure to deal seriously with the sin of the of sexually immoral man in their midst. He concluded by saying that churches are responsible to pass judgment among themselves. In 6:1-11, Paul expands on this topic and rebukes them for “outsourcing” judgment to unbelieving courts. ...

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How Can We Know God? (1 Cor. 2:6-16)

Paul has been emphatic that the gospel stands opposed to worldly thinking or “wisdom” (1:18-25). The cross, which demands a humble confession of our own helplessness, is at odds with and offensive to the Greek understanding of wisdom and power. As evidence of this, Paul pointed out that the church was predominantly made up of Corinth’s poor and unlearned (1:26-31), a...

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Flee Sexual Immorality (1 Cor. 6:12-20)

Though Paul has already addressed sexual immorality in chapter 5, his main emphasis there was not so much on the sin itself but how the church should respond to the man sleeping with his stepmother. In this section, Paul addresses sexual immorality more broadly, urging the church to flee from it and to glorify God with their bodies....

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Dealing Seriously With Sin (1 Cor. 5:1-13)

First Corinthians is Paul’s response both to reports he had heard about the church and to questions the church itself had sent him. Having addressed the report of divisions (1:10-4:21), he now turns to address reports of immorality within the church (5:1-6:20)....

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Called By God (1 Cor. 1:1-9)

This week's passage: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Discussion guide...

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Christian Maturity (1 Cor. 3:1-15)

INTRODUCTION Division within the church is the first issue Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians, and it’s an issue that dominates the letter’s first four chapters. Having mentioned the divisions in 1:10-17, Paul went on to argue that worldly wisdom lay at the root of them, and that such wisdom is at odds with godly wisdom (1:18-2:6). He then went on to show that on...

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Know Your Role, Know the Goal (1 Cor. 3:16-4:21)

INTRODUCTION Having established that the divisions within the Corinthian church were the result of worldly wisdom and that such “wisdom” is incompatible with godly wisdom, Paul now brings this first major section of the letter to a close by reminding his readers how they are to view him as an apostle and as their “father”. MAIN POINT Christians s...

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