Tag Archives: I Corinthians

Why it’s a good idea to read the Bible every day

When I became a Christian, I was told that I ought to have a ‘Quiet Time’ every day – preferably first thing in the morning – when I should spend time reading the Bible and praying to God. I sometimes … Continue reading

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Our Passover Lamb

I Corinthians 5:6-8 Paul had received news from Corinth that shocked him: the church was condoning sexual immorality of a particularly offensive kind. In rebuking them, why did he make this reference to the Passover? The first Passover (Exodus 12) … Continue reading

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Messy Church: False doctrine

I Corinthians 15:1-20 The Gospel brings salvation. And that salvation depends on having Christ as our Saviour. For this reason, Christianity cannot be a theological free-for-all. There are some matters on which we may legitimately disagree (Romans 14:1), but there … Continue reading

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Messy Church: Chaotic worship

I Corinthians 14:26-40 Christian worship in the first century was very different from modern church services. There was as yet no set liturgy to be followed, and any member of the congregation was potentially able to contribute something. But this … Continue reading

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Messy church: Discrimination

I Corinthians 11:17-34 No church is perfect, and a certain amount of disagreement is inevitable. But Corinth was a deeply divided church – and it was divided along ethnic and socio-economic faultlines. The Lord’s Supper (and the ‘love-feast’ which in … Continue reading

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Messy church: Gender issues

I Corinthians 11:1-16 In early Christian meetings both men and women were allowed to address the congregation, in marked contrast to the Jewish synagogues. Paul was concerned, not because the women were engaging in a ‘masculine’ activity but because they … Continue reading

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Watching the Olympics (again): Training

I Corinthians 9:24-27 It all looks so easy… but a sporting career demands enormous commitment and dedication over many years. Athletes don’t just spend many hours exercising and training, but they also have to be careful about their diet and … Continue reading

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