- Sunday school classes
- Weeknight small groups
- Individual Bible study
In these pages you’ll:
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the Apostle Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians
- See parallels between the ancient church’s struggles and our modern context
- Appreciate how the saving grace of God in Christ transforms us into his holy people
About the Study
If First Corinthians was a show, it might be slotted into the daytime melodrama genre. This letter has it all: fighting, sex, jealousy, divorce, money, and death. Like many of the apostle’s works, First Corinthians reminds us how dysfunctional the early church was. Two thousand years on, the church’s warts show no sign of fading. In some ways, that’s good news. If Paul held out hope for this stunted community, God’s people today are in no less position to receive his transforming and sanctifying grace.
The difference is that we have the opportunity to learn from their moral failures, not to mention their gross misunderstanding of the gospel. But it’s also a cautionary tale—many of the behaviors celebrated within the church today are patterns the founders of our faith ardently opposed. Thus, we’re left to wonder: Can this epistle offer some guidance on such things? Amid the turmoil present in this letter and paralleled in our present world, there is hope. This study will walk us through a vision of what a life of faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, can look like.
Preview the first week here.
About the Author
T. Michael W. Halcomb holds several degrees in biblical studies, including a PhD from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a degree in linguistics from the University of Kentucky. He is the author of more than a dozen books, a cofounder of GlossaHouse, the founder of Graphē Institute, and the lead pastor at The Bridge Church of the Nazarene (O’ahu, Hawaii). He is an avid hiker and photographer and enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristi, and their children.
- Length: 12 weeks
- Page count: 172
- DVD accompaniment: Highly encouraged — 12, 6-8 minute sessions