Studies

First Corinthians

First Corinthians Study

Why study the book of First Corinthians? This book gives a good look into the Acts economy and to the personality of Paul. When we study this epistle we will appreciate many issues of the first ministry of Paul during a time when Israel was first and God was respecting and honouring his covenanted people, the nation of Israel. Many issues of today relate directly to the topics addressed in this epistle such as speaking in tongues 1Cor 12-14; factions within the church 1:11,12; abuses of the Lord's supper; taking of believers to law before the unbeliever  6:1-8;  food and idols 8:1-3;  marriage and how it should work in the "time is short" age of the Acts 7:1-40 and the issue of people denying the resurrection 15:12. The context of these issues and how Acts 28 clarifies these problems will be of import to all of us. There are many histories written concerning the ancient town of Corinth and it's immoral temple. We will skip over this for now and discuss only those issues from ancient history as they impringe on the context of the passages we discuss.

Lessons

First Corinthians - Part 1

The lesson on September 14, 2014 was part 1 of the "First Corinthians" study.  We learn why we should study Corinthians... to learn about speaking in tongues 1Cor 12-14; factions within the church 1:11,12; abuses of the Lord's supper 1Cor 11; taking of believers to law before the unbeliever  6:1-8; food and idols 8:1-3; marriage and how it should work in the "time is short" age of the Acts 7:1-40 and denying the resurrection 15:12.  This lesson looks at the first 9 verses and shows what Paul is communicating to the Corinthian church during the book of Acts.  The scripture reading was from John 5:36-36 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 1
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Introduction

In part 1 we looked at the first 9 verses of chapter 1 where we learn't a great deal about the context and economy in which Paul was labouring. Many contrasts were shown between the Acts age and ours. These were necessarily drawn in order to distinguish our own calling with the Corunthian's and to show the movement of the Spirit from His Acts signs and wonders confirmatory work to a new ministry of unveiling the Mystery.

First Corinthians - Part 2

The lesson on September 28, 2014 was part 2 of the "First Corinthinans" study.  This lesson continued in chapter 1 but focused on answering these questions:A) Paul was called – he had a calling that related directly to the Corinthians and Acts believers so, 1.What is PAul’s calling after Acts 28 and 2.How does that effect us? B) How was Paul’s ministry different and the same in the Acts?  and C) Can you explain why it would be wrong to be of the “Paul” group if the mystery was revealed in Acts?  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 2
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First Corinthians - Part 3

The lesson on October 5, 2014 was part 3 of the "First Corinthians" study.  This lesson looked at Paul trying to solve the divisions found in Corinthians where groups were claiming they were part of an apostles group.  Paul was clarifying how these groups should be unified under the message of Jesus Christ because he has the authority. Baptism was the source of confusion because those were claiming their baptism came from this apostle or another.  Paul clarified that he was glad he had not baptized many because he could not be part of the divisions.  Paul clarified that baptism was not the same as the gospel of Christ and he was sent to preach the gospel and not to baptise. The scipture reading was in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 3
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Introduction:

Last week we discussed the problem of divisions that developed in the Corinthian assembly under the context of a ministry began by the Lord and continued into the Acts period. How could "the Mystery" of Eph 3 or Col 1 have been revealed and expounded in Acts when the apostles were not to be interpreted as teaching different things? Surely the summary evidence of 1:10-13 is that the Corinthians were to be of one mind and Judgment because Christ's doctrine was also Peter's and  Paul's and that this originated in the gospels and continued into the time of the Acts. Christ could not be divided, Peter and Paul were cardinally in agreement. While Paul called them alongside himself -- it was done by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. When Paul said be ye followers of me he also added "even as I also am of Christ"  1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (1Co 11:1 KJV)
It is within the context of begetting them through the gospel and his work "in Christ Jesus" Paul exhorts them: KJV  1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. (1Co 4:16 KJV)

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