Raised from the Dead

READ : 1 Corinthians 15-16 Greek philosophers thought of the body as a prison from which the soul needed to be freed. They had difficulty with God’s plan, that the soul should inhabit a perfect body forever. Even after becoming Christians, many Greeks had a problem with this. Paul tries to convince them by reminding them that the resurrection of Christ is the foundation for our salvation. Resurrection, therefore, must be good. While the new body will in many ways …

Gifts of the Spirit

READ : 1 Corinthians 12-14 In the Corinthian church, the gift of speaking in tongues was being given too great a place of prominence, so Paul gently emphasizes that other gifts, ones much less spectacular, are more important. The church is like a human body. As the body has different parts, so members of the church have different gifts. A person with one gift is not to look down on a person who has a different gift. A person with …

Concern for Others

READ : 1 Corinthians 8-11 As Paul deals with one problem after another, a common theme runs through his writings—concern for others. Idols represent gods which do not in reality exist; so if meat has been dedicated to them in the market place, what difference does it make? But if a church member has been so steeped in idolatry that he cannot separate the meat from the idol, then he shouldn’t eat meat, lest he shake his fellow believer’s faith. …

Sex and Marriage

READ : 1 Corinthians 5-7 The Greeks believed the soul was so important it did not matter what you did with your body. As a result sexual immorality was rampant. A member of the Gentile church there was sleeping with his stepmother and the church treated the matter with indifference. Paul insists this man should be excommunicated to show that the church cannot accept such behavior. Such a problem must not be handled in the civil court but in the …

Is There Harmony in Your Church?

READ : 1 Corinthians 1-4 Corinth, a city in Achaia (southern Greece), was known for its immorality. In that environment Paul had planted a church and left. Now he hears that they are struggling with problems, so he writes this letter giving solutions to these problems, one by one. The first problem was lack of unity. One characteristic of a healthy church is a spirit of harmony. Is your church characterized by harmony? If not, a top priority ought to …