Through the Bible, October 17

Reading: 1 Corinthians 3 Summary: Paul’s address to the problem of divisions in the Corinthian church continues. A contributing factor to the issue is the spiritual immaturity of these Christians as evidenced by their fleshly (as opposed to spiritual) attitudes exhibited in jealousy and strife. Further, their understanding of the …

Through the Bible, October 16

Reading: 1 Corinthians 2 Summary: Paul wished to assure the Corinthians that what he had preached to them was not his own message but that which had come from God. Remember the tendency of the Corinthians to ally themselves with individual preachers (see 1:12) which was contributing to the divisions …

Through the Bible, October 15

Reading: 1 Corinthians 1 Summary: Paul was no doubt excited to receive visitors from Corinth. He was undoubtedly very disturbed to hear the news they bore: there were quarrels and divisions among the brethren there. Much of it had to do with divisive attitudes towards preachers who had in some …

October Week 3 Reading Introduction

Week 3: 1 Corinthians 1-6 October 15-21 Following rousing success in cities like Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea—which could in part be measured by the intensity of the opposition—all in response to the “Macedonian call,” Paul’s experience in Athens must have been hard to accept. A polite dismissal was far worse …

Through the Bible, October 14

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today is the next opportunity to catch up if you’ve fallen behind in your reading as there is not scheduled reading for today. Otherwise, below are some thoughts for your consideration for today from this week’s readings. One of the most common mistakes …

Through the Bible, October 13

Reading: Romans 16 Summary: The last chapter of this book is devoted to personal greetings, final exhortations, and a concluding expression of praise (called a doxology).  It is remarkable how many people in the church at Rome whom Paul is able to greet by name given the fact that he …

Through the Bible, October 12

Reading: Romans 14-15 Summary: The practical section of Romans continues as Paul speaks to the matter of judging others, not becoming a cause of stumbling in others—especially weaker brethren, and following Christ as our example. He also speaks to his own ministry to the Gentles and discusses his future plans …

Through the Bible, October 11

Reading: Romans 12-13 Summary: Chapter 12 begins the “practical” section of the letter. In these chapters, he addresses the living sacrifice of our lives, gifts given to all Christians by God’s grace as members of Christ’s body, a series of charges to God’s children, submission to authorities, and love as …

Through the Bible, October 10

Reading: Romans 11 Summary: This (the fact that few from Israel will be saved—see the introduction to October 9 reading of Romans 9-10) does not mean God has rejected Israel. Some of them have received precisely what God wants all to have, though they are few. Paul depicts it as …

Through the Bible, October 9

Reading: Romans 9-10 Summary: Paul’s deep desire is that all of his Jewish brethren might be saved, as they believe they are.  Yet God’s sovereign choice is that the “children of the promise” will be saved, not the “children of the flesh.” That is, God has chosen that those who …