I hope you’re enjoying 1Corinthians as much as I am! I think every Bible teacher and serious Bible student should understand 1Corinthians 1-4, not only for their content, but for what they teach us about how to study the Bible. I’ve particularly enjoyed your questions and comments! Thanks for listening and emailing!
Archives for May 2019
Everything you need to kick start your study of the Book of Acts: maps, charts, key words, history, background, outlines, and links to help you study.
You’ll be surprised at how the information on a map can open your study. Consider how knowing that the road to Jericho was 17-miles changes the parable of the good Samaritan
As he discusses this issue of changing the gospel message to make it more attractive to the world, Paul says let’s consider what happened when I first preached the gospel in Corinth. Let’s consider your calling. What we can learn from it? Our boast is that we belong to God — not because we were smart enough to find Him; but because He was merciful enough to find us.
What do you believe about your English translation of the Bible? Here are 5 ideas you should NOT hold.
Paul argues that those who live in rebellion to God will see the cross as foolishness. There’s no way to spin the gospel to change that. If you re-package the gospel to make it attractive to rebels, it is no longer the gospel.
Since every translation is an interpretation of the original language, you should consult several translations of different types when studying the Bible. Bibles fall on an interpretation scale and it will improve your study if you know the difference and have one of each type.
As part of the deeper issues of why factions are developing in the Corinthian church, Paul tells us he’s grateful that he baptized few people in Corinth. His discussion gives us a window into the place of baptism.
Ray Stedman was one of the twentieth century’s foremost pastors and biblical expositors. He was my first pastor. Many of his books and his wife Elaine’s books are now free online. The first two on the list are my favorites.
1Corinthians 1-4 are one of the best examples of why it’s necessary to study an entire letter rather than sets of verses here and there. We won’t accurately understand Paul unless we understand the situation into which he was writing.