There has never been a church quite like the church in Corinth. Paul himself had started this church several years earlier. He had spent a year and a half among them, teaching them about the good news of Jesus. But since he left, it seems like everything is falling apart. Divisions. Incest. Prostitution. Chaotic church services. Getting drunk on the Communion wine. Denying the gospel. They not only do such things, but they celebrate and defend them. So Paul, as a father writing to his wayward children, pens this letter to win their hearts back to Jesus.
Because of how far they had strayed, Paul touches on a wide range of topics in this letter. He writes some of the most definitive treatments in the whole Bible concerning spiritual gifts, sex, divorce, church services, the Holy Spirit, and the resurrection of the dead. But what does this have to do with us? Maybe we are more like Corinth than we realize. Join us on Sundays as we study the letter of First Corinthians.
- The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT) by Gordon Fee
- 1 Corinthians For You by Andrew Wilson
- Conflict & Community in Corinth by Ben Witherington III
- Showing the Spirit by D. A. Carson