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Mobile Ed: NT334 Book Study: Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (12 hour course)

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In Book Study: Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (NT334) Craig Blomberg steps through the text to explain the big picture and the many issues and controversies found in 1 Corinthians. You will be encouraged in your Christian walk to understand and express your spiritual gifts and to see the contemporary relevance of the issues faced by the Corinthian church. This study reveals the pastoral heart of Paul in both addressing moral and community issues of Christian leadership, factionalism, lawsuits, sexuality and food sacrificed to idols whilst keeping rehabilitation always in mind. Taking a broad-brush approach, you will gain a balanced perspective on spiritual gifts and the importance of love before diving in to examine the controversial topics of tongues and prophecy. There is something of relevance for every Christian in this study which shows that the same issues facing the first century church can be found in the church today.


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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Describe first-century Corinth and the Graeco-Roman culture in which the Corinthian church existed
  • State the occasion for Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, and outline its basic structure
  • Discuss the specific problems in the Corinthian church that Paul addresses and the factors that unite them
  • Summarize Paul’s treatment of important issues, including sexual sin, Christian freedom, marriage, Christian worship, spiritual gifts, and bodily resurrection
  • Summarize Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians on major doctrines, including the triune Godhead, creation, humanity, sin, salvation, sanctification, the church, and last things

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introducing 1 Corinthians

  • Background
  • Structure
  • Unifying Problems
  • Authorship
  • Relevance

Unit 2: Letter Opening, Factionalism, and the “Foolishness” of the Cross (1 Cor 1:1–2:5)

  • Greetings
  • Thanksgiving
  • Factions
  • “Foolishness” and “Wisdom”
  • God’s “Foolishness”
  • “Wisdom” versus Spiritual Power

Unit 3: Wisdom and Unity (1 Cor 2:6–3:23)

  • God’s Wisdom and the Wisdom of this Age
  • Spirit’s Ministry in Revealing True Wisdom
  • God’s Field
  • God’s Building
  • Conclusion of the Matter and Application

Unit 4: “Apostolic Ministry” and “Sexual Sin” (1 Cor 4:1–5:13)

  • Apostolic Ministry: Faithful Stewards and Following Scripture
  • Apostolic Ministry: Unjustly Suffering
  • Apostolic Ministry: Specially Related
  • A Case of Incest
  • Clarifying a Misunderstanding from Paul’s Previous Letter
  • Application

Unit 5: Lawsuits, Sexual Immorality, and Marriage vs. Celibacy (1 Cor 6:1–7:9)

  • Lawsuits within the Church
  • The Consistently Wicked Are Not Christians
  • Abuse of Freedom and Prostitution
  • Sexual Immorality
  • The Pro-Celibacy Faction’s Slogan and Paul’s Response
  • Application of Pro-Celibacy Slogan to Married Couples and Celibacy, Widows and Widowers

Unit 6: Marriage and Divorce (1 Cor 7:10–40)

  • Application of Pro-Celibacy Slogan to Married Couples Considering Divorce
  • Preliminary Conclusion: Bloom Where You’re Planted
  • Application of Pro-Celibacy Slogan to Those Considering Marriage
  • Application of Pro-Celibacy Slogan to the Engaged
  • Application

Unit 7: Christian Freedom: Idol Meat and Money for Ministry (1 Cor 8:1–9:18)

  • Food Sacrificed to Idols: Part 1
  • How Love Tempers Knowledge with Respect to the Ignorant
  • Paul Reasserts His Right to Money for Apostolic Ministry
  • Paul Supports His Right to Money for Apostolic Ministry
  • Paul Relinquishes His Right to Money for Apostolic Ministry
  • Application

Unit 8: Christian Freedom: Contextualization, Idolatry, and Idol Meat (1 Cor 9:19–11:1)

  • Paul’s Goal: All Things to All People to Save Some
  • Exertion to Become All Things to All People
  • The Danger of Idolatry
  • Types of All the Evils to Avoid
  • “Types” as the End of the Ages Has Come
  • Food Sacrificed to Idols: Part 2
  • The Sum of the Matter: Freedom Plus Restraint
  • Application

Unit 9: Christian Worship: Head Coverings and the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11:2–34)

  • Introduction to Christian Worship: Headship
  • Head Coverings and Worship: Part 1
  • Head Coverings and Worship: Part 2
  • Head Coverings and Worship: Part 3
  • Lord’s Supper: Corinthian Abuse of the Ritual
  • Lord’s Supper: Words of Institution
  • Lord’s Supper: Application to the Corinthian Practice
  • Application

Unit 10: Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor 12:1–31a)

  • Introduction to the Spiritual Gifts
  • Metaphor of the Body: Part 1
  • Metaphor of the Body: Part 2
  • Application of Body Metaphor to Spiritual Gifts
  • Application

Unit 11: Love, Tongues, and Prophecy (1 Cor 12:31b–14:25)

  • The Still More Excellent Way
  • Love Described
  • Comparison of Tongues and Prophecy
  • Response of Outsiders to Tongues and Prophecy and Application

Unit 12: Conclusion to Spiritual Gifts, and Resurrection (1 Cor 14:26–15:28)

  • Criteria for the Regulation of Tongues and Prophecy
  • Gender Roles and Conclusion to Spiritual Gifts
  • Testimony to Christ’s Resurrection: Part 1
  • Testimony to Christ’s Resurrection: Part 2
  • Our Resurrection Depends on Christ’s Resurrection
  • Meaning of the Resurrection
  • Application

Unit 13: Bodily Resurrection and Letter Closing (1 Cor 15:29–16:24)

  • Further Defense of Resurrection Reality
  • Continuity and Discontinuity of Resurrection Bodies: Analogies
  • Continuity and Discontinuity of Resurrection Bodies: Application
  • Necessity of Transformation: Part 1
  • Necessity of Transformation: Part 2
  • Instructions on the Collection
  • Travel Plans
  • Final Commands and Greetings
  • Application

Unit 14: Theology of 1 Corinthians

  • The Triune Godhead
  • Creation, Humanity, Sin, Angels, and Demons
  • Salvation and Sanctification
  • The Church
  • The Last Things


  • Recommended Resources and Bibliography
  • Conclusion to the Course

Product Details

  • Title: Mobile Ed: NT334 Book Study: Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians
  • Instructor: Craig L. Blomberg
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 12
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About Craig Blomberg

Craig Blomberg is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, where he has been teaching since 1986. Blomberg earned degrees from Augustana College, Trinity Divinity School, and Aberdeen University in Scotland. He previously taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and spent one year in Cambridge as a research fellow with Tyndale House. He has been on translation committees for the New Living Translation, English Standard Version, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Bloomberg is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of numerous books and more than 80 articles in journals or multiauthor works. A recurring topic of interest in his writings is the historical reliability of the Scriptures, and he has also covered such diverse issues as wealth and poverty, hermeneutics, and women in ministry. His books include Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, 2nd ed., Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: James, A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, Making Sense of the New Testament, Preaching the Parables, and the NIV Application Commentary: 1 Corinthians.


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  2. Deepak Kumar Singh
    NT334 is a comprehensive study of 1 Corinthians from historical, cultural, literary, and theological perspectives by a distinguished scholar Dr. Craig Blomberg. Each passage of 1 Corinthians is examined in detail and interpreted in light of the overarching narrative flow of the book and relevant Graeco-Roman and Jewish backgrounds. The course identifies key themes that link the individual units together and discusses controversial topics in a fair and biblical manner. It also draws from Paul’s pastoral responses to the Corinthian church’s problems to provide immediate application to Christian life and to the church today. Though Dr. Blomberg’s style of speech delivery is a bit monotonous, he highlights all the right points and raises the relevant issues in the book.


Collection value: $659.99
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