Real Church

A Study of 1 Corinthians




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This was the Corinthian church. 

It existed in a city that was booming with commerce and culture… as well as corruption. How could this church resist assimilation back into their former way of life in the world? Only by adopting the cruciform way of Jesus through the transforming power of His gospel. 



Part 1 – The Church in Union with ChristKevin Rogers. The church must live in light of the fact that it is united to Christ.

Part 2 – Division Robin Boisvert. When we want what we want more than what God wants, divisions occur. The way to heal divisions is by believers coming under the power of God displayed at the cross by a crucified Messiah.

Part 3 – The Umimpressive Power of the Cross  – Kevin Rogers. The world may be umimpressed with the cross and the gospel, but it alone has the power to save.

Part 4 – The Wisdom of the Spirit – Robin Boisvert. God’s wisdom is not the wisdom of this age. Rather, the wisdom of God is the gospel of God revealed by the Spirit of God.

Part 5 – Leaders are Servants – Kevin Rogers. One of the main causes of the disunity in the Corinthian church was a misunderstanding of the nature of leadership and Christian ministry.

Part 6 – How to Build a Church – Kevin Rogers. To build a church, we have to build carefully, sustainably, soberly, and humbly.

Part 7 – How to Regard Leaders  – Robin Boisvert. Leaders are servants of a special kind—stewards. Regarding leaders, Paul warns the church to avoid pronouncing judgment, becoming puffed up, and misunderstanding the times.

Part 8 – Raising the Bottom Kevin Rogers. Excommunication is a way to bring an awareness of the extreme severity of a person’s sin in such a way that the brother or sister might be awakened and repent and turn to Jesus.

Part 9 – Disputes Between Believers – Robin Boisvert. When brothers and sisters in Christ take each other to court to settle minor grievances, they threaten the order of the church and harm her witness to the world.

Part 10 – Glorify God in Your Body Kevin Rogers. Christian bodies are raised by the Father, members of the Son, and temples of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, flee sexual immorality and glorify God in your body.


1 Corinthians For You, Andrew Wilson – As Andrew Wilson walks through this compelling, challenging epistle, you’ll see how grace looks in every Christian and how it can shape every church—even a church as flawed as the Corinthian one. Helpful for personal use as well as for small group study. 

ESV Scripture Journal: 1 Corinthians – ESV Scripture Journals pair the entirety of individual books of the New Testament with lightly lined blank pages opposite each page of the biblical text, allowing readers to take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside corresponding passages of Scripture.

The Bible Project Video and Overview – The Bible Project creates videos and other media to help people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. Check out their overview video to get oriented to 1 Corinthians and its major themes. 

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