Readings

1 Corinthians week beginning…

  • 9/23- Week 1- Sermon Theme- Introduction + Overview

    • M- 1.1-9- Greeting- introduction of themes- apostleship, sanctity, unity

    • T- 1.10-17- Division and humans + Unity in Christ

    • W- 1.18-31- Christ the wisdom of God

    • Th- 2.1-4- Our message- Christ Crucified, the power of God.

    • F- 2.6-16- Wisdom from the Spirit

  • 9/30- Week 2- Sermon Theme- Wisdom

    • M- 1.1-9- Greeting- introduction of themes- apostleship, sanctity, unity

    • T- 1.10-17- Division and humans + Unity in Christ

    • W- 1.18-31- Christ the wisdom of God

    • Th- 2.1-4- Our message- Christ Crucified, the power of God.

    • F- 2.6-16- Wisdom from the Spirit

  • 10/07- Week 3- Sermon Theme- Unity/Division

    • M- 3.1-9- Divisions in following humans

    • T- 3.10-15 The Foundation of Jesus and Future

    • W- 3.16-17- you are God’s temple

    • Th- 3.18-23- True Wisdom

    • F- 4.1-7- Paul’s calling and why they are not be judged

  • 10/14- Week 4- Sermon Theme- Accountability

    • 4.8-13- The exhibition of the apostles

    • 4.14-21- Fathers in Christ and imitation

    • 5.1-8- Sexual immorality and accountability

    • 5.9-13- Brother and sister accountability

    • 6.1-8- Settling grievances outside of court

  • 10/21- Week 4- Sermon Theme- Sexuality

    • 6.9-11- What prevents us from inheriting the Kingdom of God?

    • 6.12-20- Flee sexual immorality

    • 7.1-5- Sex in marriage

    • 7.6-10- To the unmarried

    • 7.10-16- to the Married

  • 10/28- Week 5- Sermon Theme- The gift and cost of Marriage

    • 7.17-24 Living as you are called

    • 7.25-31- Time is short, remain as you are  

    • 7.32-40- dynamics of marriage

    • 8.1-6 Knowledge puffs up but love builds up

    • 8.7-13- Do not cause your brothers and sisters to stumble

  • 11/04- Week 6- Sermon Theme- Temptations + Idolatry

    • 9.1-14- The Churches call to provide for Gospel Ministers

    • 9.15-27- Paul surrenders his rights, identifies as a servant to all

    • 10.1-14- Do not be idolaters as Israel did, God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear

    • 10.15-22- Those who partake in sacrifices are participants in the altar (flee idolatry 2.0)

    • 10.23-11.1- Seek the good of your neighbor and freedom in Christ, do it all for God’s glory

  • 11/11- Week 7- Sermon Theme- The Lord’s Supper, Head coverings or Spiritual Gifts

    • 11.2-16- Head coverings

    • 11.17-22- The Lord’s Supper- Divisions

    • 11.23-26-  The Lord’s Supper- Instructions in how to partake

    • 11.27-33 The Lord’s Supper- Do not partake in an unworthy manner

    • 12.1-11- The Holy Spirit’s Gifts   

  • 11/18- Week 8- Sermon Theme- A Part of the Body- Love, prophecy, tongues or orderly worship

    • 12.12-30- Members of one body

    • 13.1-13- The markings of love

    • 14.1-5- Gift of Prophecy

    • 14.6-25- Gift of tongues

    • 14.26-40-  Orderly worship

  • 11/25- Week 9- Sermon Theme- Resurrection

    • 15.1-11- The simple gospel + Christ’s Resurrection

    • 15.12-34- Implications of the Resurrection

    • 15.35-49- Future Bodies + Implications

    • 15.50- Future return + Implications

    • 16.1-21- Offering + Final Instructions

2 Corinthians week beginning…

  • 12/02-  Week 10- Sermon Theme-Intro to 2nd Corinthians, Advent- The God of Comfort

    • 1.1-7- Greeting + The God who comforts

    • 1.8-11- Paul’s suffering in Asia + God’s deliverance

    • 1.12-14 Like Paul with the Corinthians we are to behave with simplicity and godly sincerity

    • 1.15-24- Paul wanted to visit but did not in order to spare them- God’s promises are always yes in Christ

    • 2.1-4- Paul wrote out of affliction and anguish of heart, with many tears not for pain but to express love

  • 12/09- Week 11- Sermon Theme- Unveiled- Comforts us in our nakedness (Offers us substantial clothing)

    • 2.5-11- When someone causes pain forgive and comfort them and reaffirm your love so they are not overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.  Paul wrote to discover whether they are living in obedience to Christ

    • 2.12-Paul goes to Troas but was not at rest because Titus is not there- but thanks to God who leads us in triumphal procession in Christ to spread the aroma of Christ everywhere- to those saved- life, to those perishing- death

    • 3.1-4- The people of Corinth are Paul’s commendation, letters of affirmation of Paul’s ministry

    • 3.5-11 God has made Paul and his team ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but Spirit- the letter (old covenant) had glory per Moses, how much more does the Spirit (new covenant)?

    • 3.12-This new covenant glory emboldens us, softens us, unveils us, frees us, transforms us

  • 12/16- Week 12- Sermon Theme- Fragile Vessels (Comforts us in our brokenness)

    • 4.1-6- Paul and his team have renounced underhanded ways, not proclaiming themselves but Jesus Christ as Lord- God has shown the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ

    • 4.7-18 The treasure of Jesus and his gospel is held in fragile vessels to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not us

    • 5.1-10- Our ultimate place of home is in heaven- we can be of good courage, lose everything in these tents knowing we will one day stand before Christ

    • 5.11-15- What we are is known to God- the heart, not simply the external appearance, because Christ has died and was raised we live not to ourselves but to him

    • 5.16-20- Our ministry of reconciliation- we are emissaries  

  • 12/23- Week 13- Sermon Theme- Temple Vessels (Comforts us through his presence with us- setting us apart from the world)

    • 6.1-13- Do not receive God’s grace in vain- Paul put no obstacles in anyone’s way but lived as a servant

    • 6.14-7.1- We are temple of God, do not be yoked with unbelievers, let us cleanse ourselves of defilement because of the promise of the gospel

    • 7.2-4- Paul’s joy through the trials and pain of serving Christ and being in relationship with people

    • 7.5-13a- Paul is does not regret making them grieve because it led to repentance

    • 7.13b-16- Paul is rejoicing because Titus was refreshed by the Corinthians and they received him humbly

  • 01/06- Week 14- Sermon Theme- Generosity

    • 8.1-15- Example of the Macedonian churches and motivation to give

    • 8.16-24- Titus being commissioned and received

    • 9.1-5- A call to prepare for the offering for Jerusalem

    • 9.6-9- God’s grace and our generosity

    • 9.10-15- God’s provision as a foundation for our generosity

  • 01/13- Week 15- Sermon Theme- The Suffering we Endure

    • 10.1-6- Paul’s accountability to the church and ministry is not of the flesh but divine power.

    • 10.7-12- Paul defends his letters

    • 10.13-18- Paul boasts about his ministry in the Lord based on his commendation from the Lord

    • 11.1-15- Paul boasts about preaching the gospel free of charge and challenges the Corinthians on their devotion to Christ

    • 11.16-32- Paul defends his authenticity as an apostle based on his suffering for Christ.

  • 01/20- Week 16-Sermon Theme- The Thorns of our Flesh

    • 12.1-10- Paul boasts and is found strong by Christ in his weakness

    • 12.11-21- Paul expresses deep concern for the church at Corinth

    • 13.1-4- Human and Divine (through Christ) accountability

    • 13.5-10- A call to examination and prayer for restoration  

    • 13.11-14- Final Greetings   


SYNOPSIS

In the south of Greece there is a steep monolithic rock called Acrocorinth (upper Corinth) located on the Peloponnesian peninsula.  There around 3000 BC people, who were looking for order in the chaos of the ancient world began to settle at Acrocorinth’s base.  They found a sense of stability settling at the base of the rock and in the natural pirene spring that provided water for the fledgling settlement.  This settlement formed into the ancient city that took the name of the rock, we now know of as Corinth.  She experienced a sense of order from the natural security and provision and yet over the centuries, she grew into a city of disordered loves, a city that worshipped a plethora of leaders and gods.  

Through the 7th and 8th centuries BC, she loved and was loved by different families who held dominion over her.  Around 550 BC she allied with Sparta in the Persian Wars and Peloponnesian War. She was the home to Diogenes (412-323 BC), the Greek Philosopher who developed cynic philosophy.  In all her search for security and provision she found none, as she was captured and destroyed by Roman armies in 146 BC.  Yet Rome redressed her as a colony and in 44 AD she became a capital of the Roman province of Achaea. And though on the outside she appeared to be thriving and stabilized, she was in a state of vertigo.

It was around this time, in the early 50’s AD, that a traveling man, carried a new world order with him into Corinth (Acts 18.1)- the announcement (good-news/gospel) of an alternative King named Jesus.  As it turns out, this man we know as the Apostle Paul, and his friends, would indeed, begin to turn an upside down, disordered world, right side up and Corinth was one of the most significant stops. During Paul’s initial time in Corinth a new community in Christ, a local church of reordered loves formed.  While we don’t have official record of what happens in Corinth after Paul leaves we do have, in his letters (now known as 1st and 2nd Corinthians), his correspondence with his friends in Jesus at Corinth. What we do know based on his writing is that the people of Jesus were returning to a state of vertigo in how they were divided, how they engaged sexually, how they handled disputes, relationships and their view of the resurrection- much had become disordered- the church was spinning out of control.

Through these letters Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, methodically reminds them of their reordered life, based on rightly ordered loves, flowing from the source of God’s love demonstrated through the cross of Christ.  This gospel Paul reminds them of (1 Cor. 15.1) and us of reorders the things we value and love most. In the reordering of our love what was once ultimate now has less weight, what was once thought of as naught, is discovered as something of substance, of beauty, what was once considered acceptable becomes unethical, what was previously permissible is suddenly not, what was once certain, is exposed as temporal.

This reordering of loves lies at the heart of Paul’s correspondence with his friends in Corinth.   The 13th chapter is the climax- now these three remain, faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love.  This love is not a disembodied feeling but rather God demonstrating his love in Christ. As Paul applies the balm of the gospel to each local issue he offers practical next steps to live integrated with the new order they have in Jesus. Through the letters Paul directs his friends eyes on the realities of Christ’s resurrection and to join in the reordering of a world that will one day be.

Through the Fall and Winter we are going to be studying these two letters through our personal solitude with the Lord, our Sunday Gatherings and in our Communities through the week.  Using The Daily (our church reading plan) we will be studying each verse, at our Gatherings and in our Communities we will be learning some of the major themes and threads and specific situations that Paul is addressing with his friends in Corinth.  My prayer is that the Lord will use our study of 1st and 2nd Corinthians to bring us into deeper places of abiding as he further transforms our lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ for the good of our city!

grace + peace,
Joey