Saturday, February 16, 2008

Wrapping-Up a Year and a Half in Corinth

Well, this weekend marks the end of an era for our group. It was September of 2006 when we first opened our Bibles to 1 Corinthians 1:1 and began to study the intricacies of Greek culture, the problems in Corinth, and how Paul's instruction to them transcends the millenia and applies directly to us today.

Tomorrow in class (sorry I once again waited to post the blog entry 24 hours before the class) we will review the final summary and benediction that Paul gave to the Corinthians. Then we will spend the class period reading the letter through once more in the same way that it was originally intended to be delivered. Originally, this letter was written to be read aloud before the church, not necessarily dissected word by word by a class of Bible believers.

I invite you (if you get this message in time) to read the letter cover to cover before class tomorrow. It will only take you 10 minutes, tops. Everyone has missed a week from time to time, and many have joined us in the middle of our study. Post any questions from any part of the letter here in the blog (anonymously if you prefer) and we can discuss together to bring clarity and closure to this book, and this phase in our class history.



  • On Sunday we talked about how the race is never over and that we will have never done enough. How do we decide then as to what things we do for ourselves that are unnecessary? An example could be going on vacation instead of going on a missions trip or buying jewelry or a blue ray player instead of giving that money?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 18, 2008 at 10:17 PM  

  • I'm not sure I have the perfect answer for your question, but one helpful perspective might be to consider this: even if you own nothing, sell everything, and give all to the poor for Jesus' sake... you still will not have "done enough." Jesus' commands about giving up posessions were primarily intended to prevent any hint of idolatry--making idols of things, like blue ray players--not requirements for being a Christian. First, have a desire to be generous. Second, be obedient when God calls on you to give. Third, be a wise steward of money as long as God keeps it in your posession.... that's all I got for now.

    By Blogger Unknown, At February 19, 2008 at 7:57 AM  

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