1 Corinthians 1-9: Challenging church

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See how the gospel transforms and challenges the church in Corinth, and your church today.

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Even today, Jesus is still a figure of intense interest and admiration for millions. But then there’s His church. Church is a boring topic for most, and a reluctantly fulfilled duty for many.

And we can understand why. Churches say they have the best news in the world, that they have the answer to our problems, that they are God’s embassies on earth; and yet churches are made up of people like you and me, who are grumpy, irritable, unfaithful, selfish, and worse.

And as that is sadly true of churches today, so it was of the church in Corinth. It was young, it was full of life, and it was just as full of problems. What would God say to such a challenging church? What did they need to be excited by, to listen to, to learn?

Use this seven-study guide to open up the first nine chapters of the letter of 1 Corinthians, to hear what God said to His church in Corinth, and what God still says to His church today.

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  • Introduction
  • Why study 1 Corinthians?
  • Timeline
  • 1. Count your blessings - 1 Corinthians 1 v 1-9
  • 2. Unite in "foolishness" - 1 Corinthians 1 v 10 - 2 v 16
  • 3. Unite as God's community - 1 Corinthians 3
  • 4. Recognise real ministers - 1 Corinthians 4
  • 5. Don't go soft on sin - 1 Corinthians 5 - 6
  • 6. Let your calling count - 1 Corinthians 7
  • 7. Use your rights - 1 Corinthians 8 - 9
  • Leader's Guide

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Author Mark Dever
ISBN 9781908317681
Format Saddle stitch
Dimensions 140mm x 210mm x 5.5mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 96
No. of studies 7
Publisher The Good Book Company

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"God-centered, application-oriented, and driven by the text throughout, this resource is a gift to God’s church."
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Greg Gilbert

Author and Pastor

Mark Dever has been a leader of church reform for many years now, and nobody I know has thought more carefully about the church.  That’s why I’m thrilled the Good Book Company is publishing Mark’s helpful study guide to 1 Corinthians, because no book of the Bible says more about the church.  No doubt, Mark has acquired these insights through many years of hard labor both in the Scriptures and in the church.  Whether you are a church leader or a faithful member, this guide will help you understand and apply 1 Corinthians to your life and the life of your church.  I highly recommend it.

Christopher Ash

Director, Cornhill Training Course

Here is a pastorally sensitive and well-earthed guide to nine hard-hitting and practical chapters from Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth. The bible-handling is careful, the questions are accessible, and the pointers to application are striking for their realism and penetration. This study guide comes from the day-to-day experience of a practising pastor and will be of great help to Christians (and especially group leaders) seeking to learn from the first half of this ancient and yet amazingly contemporary letter.

Vaughan Roberts

Rector of St Ebbe's, Oxford and Director of the Proclamation Trust UK

Mark Dever's series of studies on 1 Corinthians 1-9 are a welcome addition to the excellent Good Book Guide Series. It combines excellent questions which point the reader to the heart of the message and its application along with faithful and accessible notes.

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“Teaches Bible Study and Guides Application”

I work primarily with college students who lead Bible studies on an American University campus. For a long time we have wrestled to find a method of Bible study which both teaches how to study the Bible well and also helps guide and support discussion for people who are still learning. Dever does a great job using the text to teach while also providing helpful questions and observations to the users. Grateful for this series and this book.

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