Through the Bible, October 21

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: With no reading scheduled for today, this is a good time to get caught up if you have fallen behind in your reading. If not, below are some thoughts for your consideration for today from this week’s readings. The city of Corinth was …

Through the Bible, October 20

Reading: 1 Corinthians 6 Summary: Another issue in the congregation that is threatening its unity (see yesterday’s introduction) is lawsuits among believers.  After speaking to this problem, Paul ends this lengthy handling of congregational divisions (begun in 1:10) with encouragements for them to maintain sexual purity. Though this is universally …

Through the Bible, October 19

Reading: 1 Corinthians 5 Summary: As Paul begins to wrap up this lengthy discussion of divisions in the church (begun back in 1:10), he now turns his attention to specific issues present in the congregation that further threaten it.  Here in chapter 5 is a case of sexual immorality that …

Through the Bible, October 18

Reading: 1 Corinthians 4 Summary: The discussion of divisions in the church and the role of ministers such as Apollos and Paul as “stewards of the mysteries of God” (v. 1) continues. Their need is to not “go beyond what is written” (v. 6). Also an attitude of arrogance is …

Through the Bible, October 17

Reading: 1 Corinthians 3 Summary: Paul’s address to the problem of divisions in the Corinthian church continues. A contributing factor to the issue is the spiritual immaturity of these Christians as evidenced by their fleshly (as opposed to spiritual) attitudes exhibited in jealousy and strife. Further, their understanding of the …

Through the Bible, October 16

Reading: 1 Corinthians 2 Summary: Paul wished to assure the Corinthians that what he had preached to them was not his own message but that which had come from God. Remember the tendency of the Corinthians to ally themselves with individual preachers (see 1:12) which was contributing to the divisions …

Through the Bible, October 15

Reading: 1 Corinthians 1 Summary: Paul was no doubt excited to receive visitors from Corinth. He was undoubtedly very disturbed to hear the news they bore: there were quarrels and divisions among the brethren there. Much of it had to do with divisive attitudes towards preachers who had in some …

October Week 3 Reading Introduction

Week 3: 1 Corinthians 1-6 October 15-21 Following rousing success in cities like Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea—which could in part be measured by the intensity of the opposition—all in response to the “Macedonian call,” Paul’s experience in Athens must have been hard to accept. A polite dismissal was far worse …

Through the Bible, October 14

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today is the next opportunity to catch up if you’ve fallen behind in your reading as there is not scheduled reading for today. Otherwise, below are some thoughts for your consideration for today from this week’s readings. One of the most common mistakes …

Through the Bible, October 13

Reading: Romans 16 Summary: The last chapter of this book is devoted to personal greetings, final exhortations, and a concluding expression of praise (called a doxology).  It is remarkable how many people in the church at Rome whom Paul is able to greet by name given the fact that he …