by Dr. Ed Young

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(Transcribed from Actual Tape) November 3, 1985 - AM



I Corinthians 1:18-31

I hope you have your Bibles open to I Corinthians. Begin a study of
this book. We'll be engaged in a study of I Corinthians for many months
to come; I hope you'll become familiar with it, with its tremendous
teachings that speak in such a relevant way to us individually and
collectively, as a church.
Let's bow for prayer together. Father, we're here in Thy house to do
business with Thee in this hour. I pray that you will speak and let me
get out of the way so that Thy Word and Thy Holy and Divine Message
might not only be heard but may it be received and understood and
incorporated into our living. For we make this prayer in the strong,
Holy name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Living Lord. Amen.
The church at Corinth was divided into parties. There was cism in the
church. "Cism" means, there was a tear; it doesn't mean that something
was torn off. If the parties were torn off, that would be a sect, and
that would be sectarianism, in the purest sense. Oh no, this was
quarrels and arguments and...and parties and strife and debate. That
was the condition that was dividing the church at Corinth and making it
a rather ineffective body of Christ. Instead of that church invading
the city with the word of God, the immorality of-the city was invading
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the church at Corinth and the church was becoming more like the city

than the city becoming like the church.

And so we read in the overview here of I Corinthians, in the tenth
verse, we're introduced to division; in the eleventh verse, we're
introduced to quarrels; ...

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