Corinth, on the edge of the Aegean Sea, was a popular port frequented by sailors, traders, and tourists, with whom the city’s denizens intermingled. Famous for its temples to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, Corinth developed a reputation for sensuality and independence that presented unique challenges to Paul as he traveled around sharing the Good News.
In this letter by Paul to the Corinthians, you’ll learn about the cultural, religious, and historical background of the city as well as the cultural norms that made its people unusually resistant to the Christian Gospel.
Here is Paul at his rhetorical finest, sometimes scolding, often gently coaxing—using every method he can to persuade them to give up their self-inflated views and meekly follow Christ. He consistently encourages this obstreperous flock to love fellow Corinthians more. That theme sets up Chapter 13, known as one of the most loved passages of the entire New Testament: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels . . .”).
After the introduction, this two-CD talk is organized by tracks tied to each chapter, making it ideal for Bible study groups. There is also a more in-depth I Corinthians Bible Study Workbook.
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Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes
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