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October 19th, 2014

Introduction

Last time we looked at the topic of Baptism and noted that Paul did indeed baptize in the Acts period but this was not what he was called to major on. The fact that he baptized so few gave Paul occassion to thank God because it would reduce the chance that any could say that he baptized in his own name. Paul did not separate his essential message from that of the others. Unity is what he was after, in this state there could be much productive ministry. We finished woith a comment about vs 18 where the structure of the vesre brings out the comparison between foolishness and the power of God.

This lesson is about the wisdom of the world and the times of the Acts.

July 5th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we examined the last verses of chapter 13 and went over the usage of the root of the verbs "καταργηθήσονται" and "καταργηθήσεται" which are translated in this passage "they shall fail" and "it shall vanish away" respectively. 

KJV  1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
TBT  1 Corinthians 13:8 ἡ ἀγάπη οὐδέποτε ἐκπίπτει· εἴτε δὲ προφητεῖαι, καταργηθήσονται· εἴτε γλῶσσαι, παύσονται· εἴτε γνῶσις, καταργηθήσεται.

Today we leave chapter 13 and move into the next chapter which starts with a reordering of the temporary gifts. Prophecy comes first.

January 25th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we looked at the 10 categories of sinners that would not inherit the kingdom of God. The first five but one were sexual in nature and the one that was not, "idolaters", evokes an obvious question: Why is this category placed here? A possible answer is that the sexual practices may be associated with idolatry in so far as a) the actual practice (religious sexual requirements) and b) the idolatry that the practice produces in the mind of the person.

Today we will examine the remainder of chapter 6.

May 10th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we looked at shadow and reality in the period of the Acts of the apostles. Of course the shadow is seen throughout the Acts period and that includes the Acts epistles of Paul which amount to 7 letters. Those who would claim that right division holds little practical consequence should look very carefully at the past lesson and 1st Corinthians in general. In this lesson we will look at the problems related to the Lord's supper.

November 30th, 2014

Introduction

Last time we examined the 3rd chapter of 1st Corinthians, this brought to light the unity of what God was seeking to perform during the Acts and reminds us in this age that to form divisions contrary to his word will only result in a work of the flesh.   We need food in season and must leave the milk if we are to grow and be a useful servant of the Lord.

This week we will start on chapter 4 where Paul invokes Irony to deal with the arrogant and fleshly stance of the Corinthians. This brings out the real state of the apostles in contrast to the christians at Corinth and especially the work and ministry of Paul.

September 27th, 2015

Last time we examined some practical teaching as it relates to keeping bad company and what this can mean for many including young and immature christians. The main thought is contextually about those who hold to incorrect notions of the resurrection.

March 22nd, 2015

Introduction:

Last week we had reason to pause and look at some applications of the "stumblingblock" doctrine and reflect on whether the use of alcahol in our lives would be:

  1. Permissable
  2. Wise and helpful to our weaker Christian brothers and unsaved friends.

Each person would need to look at his or her own circumstances to decide on the latter since this is a judgment made upon the ground of "freedom" .  For the former we could ask as Paul: Are we not free? Yes of course we are.

October 19th, 2014

Introduction:

Last time we looked at the wisdom of God and discovered that the book of Corinthians had a high density of words with the stem  σοφ, found in words like sophia. 

If you are interested in the subject of wisdom then the book of 1 Corinthians is a great place to start. It is also instructive to note that the second to last book on the list of high density wisdom books is the prison epistle of PAul, Colosiians. We reviewed our age and the surpassing riches lavashed on us by Christ and the wisdom that has been sent (apostled) to us through the prison ministry of PAul. The Lord's work has given us a great place in God also, our hope is unprophesied and our calling is higher than the heavens. 

In this lesson we will continue the subject of God's wisdom and particularly the hidden wisdom of God in a mystery.

August 10th, 2015

Last time we looked at the rules for speaking in tongues and mentioned the last portion of chapter 14 relating to women and their place within the church administration. 

Today we will take this a little further starting from the gift of prophecy.

February 1st, 2015

Introduction:

Last time we finished chapter 6 which detailed the functional and acceptable use of the body. The belly is for meats and meats for the belly BUT God shall destroy (bring to naught) both it and them through the resurrection.

The body is NOT for fornication but for the Lord and the Lord for the body -- fornication is seen as a sin against the body and is a serious violation of God's will because it is a violation of body functionality and purpose set aside for marriage.

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