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First Corinthians (1 of 4)
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, I would like for you to turn with me to Paul's Epistle to the Corinthians, and we are going to begin a study today of this remarkable epistle, remarkable because it is so up-to-date! It is up-to date because the people back in the days of Corinth, when the Apostle Paul was there in about A. D. 50, were the same as people today. There have been some changes, but it is the same human heart, the same human condition. We are going to see that as we journey through this book.
This first letter that Paul wrote to the Corinthians is a CORRECTIVE epistle. There were all sorts of problems going on in the church, and Paul deals with the varied problems that they had in their church, and we find that TODAY we have the SAME problems! The church is in the midst of the world and is to be God's base of operations and therefore holy, but many times the church fails. The WORLD is permitted to come into the church. The testimony of the Lord and His Word and His Christ is dimmed by such things. So the Apostle Paul is writing to the Church at Corinth TO CORRECT many wrongs that were going on in that church, evils that were destroying the testimony of Christ, hindering Christian lives and causing the work of the Lord to become ineffective in that wicked city.
Sometime ago it was my privilege to go through the Book of Romans on the radio, and many friends wrote us and told us of the blessings they received. Now we plan to go through this book and teach FIRST CORINTHIANS. We invite you to study with us, day by day, with your Bible beside your radio, this amazing book.
This book, First Corinthians, is one of the most important in the Bible. Excavators and archaeologists have dug up many things at CORINTH that fit right in with the teachings of this book and show that this book is HISTORY. If we know the background of the book, its circumstances, to whom it is written, and ...
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