How do you turn a church around that’s heading in the wrong direction? After being established by the apostle Paul, the Corinthian church began to get a lot of things wrong. Sitting at a crossroads of culture in the ancient world the Corinthian church had a lot of challenges from the outset, so it’s not surprising that Paul had to write and set the record straight.
In this verse-by-verse study we’ll see the apostle Paul address the wayward church with a father’s stern, yet loving voice. Right away, Paul reminds us that at the center of the church stands the cross of Christ; the power of God demonstrated on our behalf leaving us no room to boast in any of our abilities.
In these chapters Paul reminds us of the power of God’s love and provides one of the most stirring defenses of the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. And in this study of 1 Corinthians we’ll cover in detail all 16 chapters of Paul’s letter.
Dr. Harold J. Berry is a former professor of Bible and Greek at Grace University of Omaha. He served for many years as personal assistant to Theodore H. Epp, founder of Back to the Bible. Dr. Berry holds a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Divinity from Grace University.
This study was adapted from Harold Berry, “Study in 1 Corinthians” (Lincoln, Neb.: Back to the Bible, 2020).