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(Transcribed from Actual tape) October 27, 1985 AM
HOW TO SPLIT A CHURCH - PART I
I Corinthians 1:1-17
Open your Bibles to First Corinthians. We'll be studying First
Corinthians for..thirty plus Sundays together. As we begin, let's bow
in prayer. Futher..Father, we bow before Thee as we open up Thy Book.
You speak to us..in this hour of worship, let me get out of the way, so
that Thy Word and Thy holy and divine message may be heard, received,
understood and incorporated into our living. We make this prayer
through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.
In studying First Corinthians, I have a very, very distinct feeling that
of all the cities in the ancient world, Corinth was most like Houston,
Texas. In fact, I think you could call this book, First Houstonians,
and be very, very accurate. First Corinthians is a devastating book.
It's written in a style that's unusual for Paul. In all of his other
epistles, he begins with a heavy doctrinal section and then he moves to
a very practical application of that doctrine. You can outline all of
the writings of Paul, except First Corinthians, in this way. He says
this is what you believe, therefore, this is how you live.
But in First Corinthians, he intermingles doctrine and truth. A word of
belief, followed by a word of application. Sometimes, in the very same
sentence. So his style is different. As we see in this work, he has
literally just overflowing with information and revelation in response
to a letter he had received while staying at Ephesus from his former
church there in Corinth. This letter asks some very, very specific
questions and Paul gives very specific answers.
Now, I want to ...
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