Overcoming Divisions & Difficulties
in the Body of Christ

Why are there so many divisions in the church?
Why does the church sometimes tolerate
Are you experiencing any of the same problems
that the Corinthians did in your own relationships
or in your church?
If you have similar questions, this study is an important resource

Learn how to pray by knowing God's mind and will
on divisions.
What does God say about marriage, divorce, remarriage? Tongues? Prophecy? Giving?

Paul addresses these issues raised by Corinthian believers.





  Spine (PDF)
PowerPoint: Corinth
Paul's Relationship with the Church at Corinth
Video Lecture: Corinth in Context by Christopher Gornold-Smith
CGI: The City of Ancient Corinth (6 min)
Video: Word Study using BlueLetterBible
Video: Word Study using Logos Bible Software
PDF: Lesson One, OWS, At-A-Glance
Recommended Commentaries: See below last lesson on this page for list of Academic Resources

Lesson One                        
Overview of 1 Corinthians


Chart: God's Foundation of Truth
Chronological Order of Paul's Epistles
Map: Paul's Epistles
Chart: Cultural Background
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: Class Discussion
Video: A Visit to Corinth by David Whitling (:44)

Kay: Hesitant to Share the Gospel?
David: What is the Bible to You? Motivation for Obedience?

Lesson Two                              (1)
The Corinthians


Chart: Word Studies
Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 1
What is the Origin of Baptism? by Jeff Benner
Chart:  That They May be One
Chart: Application
Audio: Class Discussion (~ first 2/3 of class discussion)
Video: Class Discussion
Video: Dust of the Rabbi 6.1 When the Rabbi says "Come" by Ray Vander Laan

Kay:  Are You Among the Called?
David: Path to Unity

Lesson Three                        (1-2)
Wisdom of God


Chart: RE-THINK Cultural Values
Article:  Do Jews Believe in the Holy Spirit?
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: Class Discussion
Video: Dust of the Rabbi 6.5 The Very Words of God by Ray Vander Laan

Kay: Divisions in the Church? WHY?
David: Message of the Cross- Foolishness or Power?

Lesson Four                         (3-4)
Natural Man, Spiritual Man


Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 4
Chart: Restoring the Image of God
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: Life of Messiah 3.4 No Greater Love by Ray Vander Laan
Kay: Whom Do You Serve? Quality?
David: Imitating Christ- Solution for Unity

Lesson Five                          (5-6)
Judging Sin in the Church


Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 5
Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 6
7 Reasons Christians Should Celebrate UnLeavened Bread by Dr. Christy Anderson
HOW to Remove Leaven
Didache: Disciples' Prayer
Chart: What's the ROOT problem?
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: Promised Land 1.4 .CONFRONTING EVIL by Ray Vander Laan
Kay: Can You Live in Sin & Still Go to Heaven?
David: Do NOT be Arrogant- Clean out the Leaven

Lesson Six                                 (7)
Singleness, Marriage
Divorce, Re-Marriage


1 Corinthians 7
Chart: Questions: Marriage?... or Not?
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: Class Discussion
Video: Fire on the Mountain 9.5  I LED YOU LIKE A BRIDE by Ray Vander Laan
Kay: Confused About Re-Marriage?
David: Remain in the Condition in which You were Called

Lesson Seven                        (8-9)
Liberty & Idols


Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 8
Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 9
Chart: OK to Eat the Food of Idols? (Part 1)
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: Walk as Jesus Walked 7.1 Run! The Passion of ELIJAH by Ray Vander Laan
Kay: What Would You Do for the Sake of the Gospel?
David: What Rights Would You Give up?

Lesson Eight                           (10)
Eating from Table of Demons, too?


Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 10:1-17
Chart: OK to Eat the Food of Idols? (Part 2)
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: God Heard Their Cry 8.5 The Lord Reigns: The Red Sea by Ray Vander Laan
Kay: Running, for WHOSE Pleasure?
David: Are You Living to Bring Glory to God?

Lesson Nine                            (11)
Cultural Traditions


Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 10:16-11:34
Video: PAUL-Should Women Teach? by Matthew Vander Els
Chart: Orderliness. Part 1
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: Path to the Cross 11.4 LAST PASSOVER by Ray Vander Laan
Kay: What's Appropriate? Does it Matter?
David: Lord's Supper: Miss the purpose & Your Practice is Out of Line

Lesson Ten                        (12-14)
Spiritual Gifts

  LOVE: Chiastic Structure
Chart: Orderliness. Part 2
Chart: 1 Corinthians 13
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: Clash of the KIngdoms 15.3 The Powers of Darkness (Delphi) by Ray Vander Laan
Kay: Confused About Spiritual Gifts?
Ritchie Johnson: God's Plan to Build Up, Equip the Church

Lesson Eleven                        (15)
The Gospel: The King
The Resurrection

  Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 15
Article: 6 Signs-Historical Reliability in the Resurrection
Babylon Bee: 3 Totally Solid Reasons...But I Don't Believe Them (satire)
Chart: The Resurrection Pt 1
Audio: Class Discussion
Video: Death & Resurrection 4.7 Roll Away the Stone by Ray Vander Laan
Kay: What if No Resurrection?
David: Resurrection, NOT Resuccitation

Lesson Twelve                  (15-16)
Review & Pre-View

Chiasm: 1 Corinthians 16
Corinth: Various Philosophies of  "Afterlife"
Chart: Why MUST We Know God's Feasts?
Review: Feast Cross-References
Audio: Class Discussion
Next Study: Didache (Full Version)
Kay: What Happens When You Die?
David: What is the Gospel?

Culture of First Century Corinth
  After Paul Left Corinth by Bruce Winter
Roman Wives, Roman Widows by Bruce Winter
Reading Corinthians & Philippians within Judaism
                                                              by Mark Nanos
1 Corinthians by J.K. McKee
The Social World of Luke-Acts by Jereome Neyrey
Backgrounds of Early Christianity by Everett Ferguson
Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary


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