Snobbishness, factionalism, insensitivity to other believers, doctrinal looseness and over-exuberance all flourished in the Corinthian church. When the apostle Paul heard about the difficulties, he was grieved because he had founded the church and felt closely tied to it. He therefore wrote an intense and pointed letter.
In this fresh and gripping exposition of 1 Corinthians, David Prior plainly shows the relevance of Paul's letter for our times. His hope is that all churches may better live out the lordship of Christ in today's cosmopolitan world.
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“To deny resurrection is to strip the Christian message of seven essentials.” (Page 262)
“It is important that Paul uses verbs in describing such love: a loving person will behave in a certain way; he will do, and not do, certain things because of the kind of person he is becoming, through the love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Spirit.” (Page 229)
“Christianity is concerned, not with mere immortality, nor with sheer survival, nor with the transmigration of the soul, nor with reincarnation, but with resurrection from the dead.” (Page 258)
“This burning desire of the Holy Spirit to glorify Jesus4 is Paul’s overall criterion of genuineness in this matter of spirituality.” (Page 194)
“But the true problem was that there was intimacy without intention, and there was communion without commitment.’” (Page 102)
David Prior has pastored churches in Cape Town, South Africa, and Oxford, England, and has served as director of The Centre for Marketplace Theology in London. He is the author of The Message of 1 Corinthians.