First Corinthians: Christianity in a Hostile Culture

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HOW CAN YOU LIVE FOR CHRIST IN THIS SINFUL WORLD?

The Church at  Corinth was far from the ideal model of a first-century apostolic church. It had been planted in one of the most difficult and challenging cities in the Roman World. (The Greek word korinthiazomai) (literally, "to act the Corinthian") in fact came to mean "to commit fornication.") it was to this burgeoning young church, with all of its potential and all of its problems, that ...

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Overview

HOW CAN YOU LIVE FOR CHRIST IN THIS SINFUL WORLD?

The Church at  Corinth was far from the ideal model of a first-century apostolic church. It had been planted in one of the most difficult and challenging cities in the Roman World. (The Greek word korinthiazomai) (literally, "to act the Corinthian") in fact came to mean "to commit fornication.") it was to this burgeoning young church, with all of its potential and all of its problems, that Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians.

The fundamental question Paul confronted  wherever he carried the gospel was this: "How can those who have been called to belong to Christ be faithful to their new Lord while they must still belong, in so many ways, to this present age? What church of any age has not struggled with this question?

The challenges facing the new community of believers in Corinth  are not unlike the challenges facing the twenty-first century church,. The issues of church unity, sexual immorality, marriage, divorce, litigiousness, modesty, authority, spiritual gifts, and hope are issues every church deals with while confronting the day-to-day problems of modern-day Christians who still struggle to live clean in Corinth. As the great apostle speaks to them regarding matters of Christian faith, life, and ministry, so he speaks clearly and loudly to us with them. Thus he would challenge our generation to be "steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord" (15:18

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DR. DANIEL R. MITCHELL is academic dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and professor of theological studies. Dan has been in full-time ministry since 1964, serving as a chaplain, pastor, and seminary professor. he has been with Liberty since 1976. he is graduate of Washington Bible College (B.A), Capital Bible seminary (Th.M), and dallas Theological Seminary (S.T.M; Th.D.). He was general director of the King James Study Bible (Nelson) and consulting editor of the recently published KJV Study Bibe (Zondervan) He has pastored two churches in Virginia, during which time he preached through 1Corinthians in anticipation of writing the present volume. In addition to Liberty, he has taugh at Western Seminary, Tyndale Theological Seminary (Amsterdam, Holland), and the Associacao Brasileira de Ensino Cultura, Assistecia E.Religiao (ABECAR) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dan lives with wife, Nancy, in Forest, Virginia. They have four grown children and ten grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

 

1.   Background of First Corinthians                         1

I Reproof: I Exhort you, Brethren

2.-  To the Church of God at Corinth                       15

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

3.- Dealing with Division                                         23

  1 Corinthians 1 10-31

4.  Developing True Spirituality                               35

  1 Corinthians 2:1-16                                         

5.  Developing Maturity                                           47

  1 Corinthians 3:1-23

6.  Defending Servant Leadership                          61

  1 Corinthians 4:1-21


II Correction: You Have Become Arrogant                     

7. Dealing with Immorality                                       75

  1 Corinthians  65:1-13

8.  Taking a Believer to Court                                  87

  1 Corinthians 6:1-11

9.  Are All things Lawful?                                       95

  1 Corinthians 6:12-20


III Instruction: I do not Want You to be Ignorant

10.  Concerning Marriage                                     107

  1 Corinthians 7:1-40

11.  Concerning Christian Liberty : The Principle  119

  1 Corinthians 8:1-13

12. Concerning Christian Liberty: The Portrait      129

  1 Corinthians 9-1-27

13.  Concerning Christian Liberty: The Practice    141

  1 Corinthians 10:1   11:1

14.  Concerning Worship                                       153

  1 Corinthians 11:2-34

15.  Concerning Spiritual Gifts                               171

  1 Corinthians 12:1-31

16.  Gifts Are for Loving the Body                          187

  1 Corinthians 13:1-13

17.  Gifts are for Ministering to the Body               193

  1 Corinthians  14:1-40


IV Teaching: Behold, I Tell you a Mystery

18.  The Resurrection                                             207

  1 Corinthians 15:1-58

19.  A Great Door is Opened                                  227

   1 Corinthians 16:1-24

 

Bibliography                                                           235

Notes                                                                     237

Abbreviations                                                        273

 

 

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