1 Corinthians, Lesson 6: Just as a Father Corrects a Son

Paul just finished with words saying that “we” (that is, pastors such as Paul, Apollos, Cephas, and Sosthenes) are stewards of the mysteries of God. For that reason, the congregation at Corinth were not to judge them, at least that which “is now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.” With […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 5: The Role of Pastors and the Congregation

Being God’s Temple Read 1 Corinthians 3:16 Scriptures teaches us that the body of an individual Christian is God’s Temple (1 Corinthians 6:19), the congregation when it gathers for worship is God’s Temple (1 Corinthians 3:17), as well as the entire Church (Ephesians 2:19-22). In these verses, the “you” is plural, referring not to the […]

1 Corinthians: Lesson 2: 1:10-31: God’s Contrarian Ways

Last week, we learned how Paul and Sosthenes (Silas) organized 1 Corinthians, using many elements of Greek rhetoric in that letter. They also wrote an extended greeting, in which they dropped hints to the content within the letter that would follow. Further, although 1 Corinthians has two authors, it also has extended parts where Sosthenes […]

James, Lesson 4: Taming the Tongue (Chapter 3)

In chapter 3, James does not start a new subject but, instead, develops more fully what he previously mentioned in passing.   James 1:19: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak …  James 1:26: If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue, […]