The Temple of God

The famed Greek city of Corinth, renowned for its artistry in bronze, its wealth, and its wanton sexuality, was destroyed in 146 b.c. during a war with Rome. The city was re-founded as a Roman colony in 44 b.c. by Roman freedmen, and the distinct archaeological strata in the city center testify to this gap in its history. Inscriptions from the first hundred years of the new colony were mostly in Latin, although strong marks of Greek culture were also evident in the art and life of the city.

Intro to 1 Corinthians  Part 1
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The famed Greek city of Corinth, renowned for its artistry in bronze, its wealth, and its wanton sexuality, was destroyed in 146 b.c. during a war with Rome. The city was re-founded as a Roman colony in 44 b.c. by Roman freedmen, and the distinct archaeological strata in the city center testify to this gap in its history. Inscriptions from the first hundred years of the new colony were mostly in Latin, although strong marks of Greek culture were also evident in the art and life of the city.

Intro to 1 Corinthians  Part 2
Pastor Steve Svendsen

First-century Corinth followed a Roman city plan based on a rectangular grid. Typical urban structures were built (or reconstructed), such as shops, stoas, basilicas, a bouleuterion (for the city council meetings), a gymnasium, baths, latrines, and a theater. A few large houses from this period have also been excavated. The center of town boasted the refashioned Peirene Fountain as a pleasant place from which to draw spring water. To this day a raised speaker’s platform stands in the main forum, and a nearby inscription refers to this platform as the rostra (equivalent to a bēma or tribunal); this is probably the very location where Gallio judged Paul to be innocent (Acts 18:12–17). Some other significant archaeological remains date from post-NT times, such as the odeion (a small covered theater).

Grace to You (I Corinthians 1:1-3)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

It pleased God to call Paul into the office of apostle. This calling was something specific rather than something general. In other words it was not one of a handful of options God placed on the table before Paul. This call was like a military draft notice.

Enriched By God (I Corinthians 1:4-9)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

“Always” looks like a pretty exclusive word, but Paul often used hyperbole to make his points. Paul frequently thanked God for His grace among the Corinthians. Knowing what we know of some of the problems of this congregation, it may seem odd for Paul to begin by thanking God for them. But that was the point. He was not thanking God for the performance of the Corinthians. He was thanking God for the performance of God.

To Preach the Gospel (I Corinthians 1:10-17)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.

The Destruction of Wisdom (I Corinthians 1:18-25)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Some Bible translations, instead of “word,” say preaching or message. The idea is the same, but the original word is word. You cannot separate Jesus—the living Word—from the message of the cross. The message of Jesus is the message of His death and the message of that cross is the message of Jesus. Separate them and you either have another moralistic religion or you have nothing but a gruesome story.

Shaming the Strong (I Corinthians 1:26-31)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

This calling is the one referred to in verse 24: those  whom God has irresistibly drawn to faith and repentance. Among that group you do not find very many of our world’s most educated, influential or famous people. There were influential and/or wealthy people in the church at Corinth (Phoebe, Chloe,  Crispus, Titius Justus…). Careful Bible students are quick to note that Paul said “not many” rather  than “not any.” God saves people from all backgrounds, but He does not need their education,  influence or pedigree to do His work.

Playing on One String (I Corinthians 2:1-5)
Pastor Mike Borstad

There can be no question about Paul’s ability to skillfully argue his case. Just read his 13 New Testament letters. But he did not trust in his persuasive arguments. He was encouraged by the Lord that (sorry if this disturbs you) many of the elect were in the city and would respond to the only message that wakes the dead. The gospel really isn’t the “testimony of God” if the power is in our talent.

Seeing through New Eyes (I Corinthians 2:6-16)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Paul switches from first person singular to first person plural. Some would suggest that he was including the other apostles among those who speak wisdom. Better, he is talking about those who are being saved. He includes you, believer. The “mature” are not those who have achieved a state of perfection but those who are “the called” or who “are being saved.” Paul uses the same word in 1 Corinthians 14:20 to contrast spiritual babies from spiritual grown-ups. God’s people have ears to hear and eyes to see what the people of the world do not grasp. This has nothing to do with intellect.

Mere Men or God's Building (I Corinthians 3:1-9)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Paul changed the way he spoke depending on the way he perceived the spiritual maturity level of his students. He had to teach what they could handle. These were not unbelievers, but they were behaving like babies. There is a distinction between “men of flesh” and the “natural man” of chapter two. The recipients of this letter are “in Christ.” There are no “natural” men who are in Christ.

Be Careful How You Build (I Corinthians 3:10-15)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Humility is always in order for servants of Christ. Paul knew that his fruitful but difficult eighteen months in Corinth did not happen because he was a skilled church planter. He was always quick to deflect credit for his hard work and ministry successes to the one Who worked in and through him.

Care for the Temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16-17)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Humility is always in order for servants of Christ. Paul knew that his fruitful but difficult eighteen months in Corinth did not happen because he was a skilled church planter. He was always quick to deflect credit for his hard work and ministry successes to the one Who worked in and through him.

All Things Belong to You (I Corinthians 3:18-23)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

In verse 16 Paul said, “Do you not know?” Here he warns the reader not to be deceived. The deception is to think that the collective wisdom of the world can provide any spiritual benefit to the Church of Christ. It was that kind of wisdom that puffed church people up in their envy and rivalry. It is that kind of wisdom today that turns Bible studies into non-directive opinion studies.

The Measure of Motive (I Corinthians 4:1-5)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

What Do You Have That You Did Not Recieve (I Corinthians 4:6-13)
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Not Many Fathers (I Corinthians 4:14-21)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

What Do You Have That You Did Not Recieve (I Corinthians 4:6-13)
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Let Us Celebrate the Feast (I Corinthians 5:1-8)
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Learning to Judge (I Corinthians 5:9-13)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The word translated “associate” (meaning mix up together) is used only by Paul in the New Testament (here, verse 11 and 2 Thessalonians 3:14) and always with a negative. Each time Paul calls the reader to relationally avoid a professing brother who is rebelling against God.

When Winning Is Losing (I Corinthians 6:1-8)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Such Were Some of You (I Corinthians 6:9-11)
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Be Mine (I Corinthians 6:12-20)
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Drink from Your Own Well (I Corinthians 7:1-7)
Pastor Mike Borstad

 

Better to Marry Than to Burn (I Corinthians 7:8-16)
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Freedom in the Boundaries (I Corinthians 7:17-24)
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Undistracted Devotion (I Corinthians 7:25-35)
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Before You Say I Do (I Corinthians 7:36-40)
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Meat Sacrificed to Idols (I Corinthians 8:1-13)
Pastor Mike Borstad

For the Gospel's Sake (I Corinthians 9:15-23)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Avoiding Disqualification (I Corinthians 10:1-12)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Common To Man (I Corinthians 10:13)
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Whos Cup (I Corinthians 10:14-22)
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For the Sake of Conscience (I Corinthians 10:23-33)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Judge Yourself (I Corinthians 11:23-34)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The Gifts of the Spirit Part 1 (I Corinthians 12:1-7)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The Body Part 1 (I Corinthians 12:12-31)
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The Body Part 2 (I Corinthians 12:12-31)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The More Excellent Way Part 1 (I Corinthians 13:1-3)
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The More Excellent Way Part 2 (I Corinthians 13:4-6
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The More Excellent Way Part 3 (I Corinthians 13:8-13
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The New Testament Gift of Prophecy (I Corinthians 14:1-12)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Restrictions on Spiritual Gifts Part 1 (I Corinthians 14:13-20)
Pastor Mike Borstad

Selling Out (I Corinthians 15:29-34)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The Resurection Body Part 1 (I Corinthians 15:35-49)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The Resurection Body Part 2 (I Corinthians 15:35-49)
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