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The city of Corinth was infamous as a center of intellectual pride and moral laxity. Any church planted there was bound to have problems. The Corinthian church was no exception.

Snobbishness, factionalism, insensitivity to other believers, doctrinal lookseness and overexuberance all flourished in the Corinthian church. When the apostle Paul heard about the difficulties, he was grieved because he had founded the church and felt closely tied to it. He therefore wrote an intense and pointed letter.

In this fresh and gripping exposition of 1 Corinthians, David Prior plainly shows the relevance of Paul's letter for our times. His hope is that all churches may better live out the lordship of Christ in today's cosmopolitan world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780877842972
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/01/1985
Series: The Bible Speaks Today Series
Pages: 311
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Prior has pastored churches in Cape Town, South Africa, and Oxford, England, and has served as director of The Centre for Marketplace Theology in London.

Table of Contents

Author's Preface

Chief abbreviations


1. The prefect church (1:1-9)

2. Cliques at Corinth (1:10-17)

3. Wisdom--true and false (1:18-2:16)

4. Fools for Christ's sake (3:1-4:21)

5. Flee fornication (5:1-13, 6:9-20)

6. Settled out of court (6:1-8)

7. Marriage and singleness--two gifts from God (7:1-40)

8. Freedom and sensitivity to others (8:1-13)

9. Freedom to restrict our freedom (9:1-27)

10. Freedom and its dangers (10:1-11:1)

11. The Christian Community at worship (11:2-34)

12. Concerning spiritual gifts (12:1-31)

13. If I have not love . . . (13:1-13)

14. Prophecy and tongues (14:1-40)

15. Resurrection--past, present and future (15:1-58)

16. An international church (16:1-24)

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