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A Study in 1 Corinthians, Volume 1

A Firm Foundation

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ID: 14601 • April 1, 2002

In writing 1 Corinthians, Paul faced the challenge of a church established in the truth but rife with disunity and sin, influenced by a decadent pagan culture in its city. As he encourages the faithful, confronts the wayward, and answers pressing questions, Paul gives us some of the most beloved passages in the New Testament alongside some of the most challenging. It is a letter that deserves our careful study.

In volume one of this series, Alistair Begg introduces the letter and examines the problem of disunity and factionalism in the church. The Corinthians attached themselves to particular figureheads, and some were exalting themselves above others. But as Alistair explains, the firm foundation of the church is not the strength or wisdom of its leaders but the apparent weakness and folly of the cross of Jesus Christ. Our unity as believers is founded on our shared participation in the Lord.

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The Church in Corinth

1 Corinthians 1:1–3 Sermon 44:27 ID: 1587

God Is Faithful

1 Corinthians 1:1–9 Sermon 30:35 ID: 1589

Dealing With Division — Part One

1 Corinthians 1:10–12 Sermon 37:56 ID: 1590

Dealing With Division — Part Two

1 Corinthians 1:10–18 Sermon 44:39 ID: 1592

Wisdom vs. Wisdom

1 Corinthians 1:18–21 Sermon 31:47 ID: 1594

The Power of God

1 Corinthians 1:22–31 Sermon 45:16 ID: 1596

Testimony of a Preacher

1 Corinthians 2:1–5 Sermon Includes Transcript 42:33 ID: 1598

Understanding God’s Wisdom

1 Corinthians 2:6–16 Sermon 41:34 ID: 1600

A Matter of Spiritual Maturity

1 Corinthians 3:1–9 Sermon 46:13 ID: 1602

Building with Care — Part One

1 Corinthians 3:10–17 Sermon 39:27 ID: 1609

Building with Care — Part Two

1 Corinthians 3:16–23 Sermon 39:55 ID: 1613

One True Judge

1 Corinthians 4:1–5 Sermon 43:07 ID: 1615

A Biblical Self-Image

1 Corinthians 4:6–7 Sermon 29:59 ID: 1617

A Warning to the Church — Part One

1 Corinthians 4:8–21 Sermon 32:09 ID: 1618

A Warning to the Church — Part Two

1 Corinthians 4:8–21 Sermon 31:29 ID: 1620