1 Corinthians – Introduction

Our summer study will begin on Tuesday, June 10 (the first Tuesday without school). We will be reading through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians and using N.T. Wright’s commentary Paul for Everyone as a guide in reading through this letter. The only other book you will need is a Bible, and any version will suffice.  In 1 Corinthians, Paul is faced with an unruly church in the most licentious city in the Roman world.  Out of this conflict, Paul writes this pastoral letter addressing dissension in the church, lawsuits between believers, sex, and idolatry. This letter also provides us with a basic outline of our liturgy. In the letter, Paul discusses the nature of baptism and its relationship with the Exodus, and it is from passages in this letter that form the basis of both our Eucharistic liturgy and the Creed.

We will continue with the same format of dinner at 6 with a discussion beginning around 6:45 and ending with Compline a little before 8. We will also arrange for babysitters, so parents of young children can participate in the study with us.  Please feel free to invite a neighbor, a spouse, a co-worker, or whomever to join us. If you need me to order a book for you, please let me know.   

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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