The Message of 1 Corinthians
In ancient Greece this phrase was an insult cast at vagrants, drunkards and sexual deviates. 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 bcause 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.
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)