1 Corinthians, Lesson 12: It’s Not About “Rights”

Paul is viewing life based on the reality that Christ could return at any time. Jesus’ birth, death, and ascension into heaven means that God has accomplished everything needed for Jesus’ return. That’s why Paul says, “The present form of this world is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:31). Paul now applies that same worldview to […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 11: Celibacy—More Than What You Think

Like last week, we still find ourselves within a flow of thought taking place within a chiasm: A  7:1-16  Sex relating to those who are or have been married .       B  7:17-24  Being content in your callings A’ 7:25-40  Sex relating to those not now married This week, we look at remaining in […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 9: Marriage and Divorce; the Gift of Celibacy and Sexuality

Paul still continues to deal with the topic of sexuality, but now within the context of marriage. We find that 1 Corinthians chapter 7 is in a chiastic structure: A 7:1-16 Sex relating to those who are or have been married .     B 7:17-24 Being content within one’s vocation A’ 7:25-40 Sex relating to those […]