Expository Bible-study guide to 1 Corinthians.
Part of the God's Word For You series.
The scope of 1 Corinthians is breathtaking. Paul tackles a huge variety of subjects, and as he does so, he gives us a precious insight into what a local church is (or at least can be).
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.
This expository guide is less academic than a traditional commentary and includes lots of application. It can be read from cover to cover, used in personal devotions, used to lead small group studies, or used for sermon preparation.
1. The Cross Changes Everything (1:1-31)
2. The Spirit and the Building (2:1-3:23)
3. The Problems Start (4:1-5:13)
4. Sex and the City (6:1-20)
5. Questions of Status (7:1-40)
6. How to Use Your Freedom (8:1-9:27)
7. Be Warned (10:1-11:1)
8. Head Coverings and Meal Gatherings (11:2-34)
9. Gifts, Lordship and Love (12:1-13:13)
10. Prophecy and the Church (14:1-40)
11. But Christ Has Indeed Been Raised (15:1-49)
12. The Victory and the People of God (15:50-16:24)
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Our study group used this book for the first time last night, using the questions which Andrew Wilson provides. These questions are thought-provoking, probing and challenging. It was an excellent study; very practical and very relevant to life in Britain today. I would recommend this book for both personal and group study. Andrew Wilson is definitely an author whose books I will seek out in the future.
1 Corinthians For You by Andrew Wilson is the latest in the “For You” commentary series by The Good Book Company. I was particularly excited to read this book due to my own personal study of 1 Corinthians last year. I appreciate that this book aims to provide readers with a simple understanding of what was happening at the time the first letter to the church at Corinth was written and Paul’s motivation in writing it. Andrew Wilson writes in a way that is biblically faithful yet easy to understand. Wilson’s pastor’s heart was revealed in his gentle and gracious treatment of topics like singleness, divorce, and women’s roles. This encouraged me because I often wonder how certain passages apply to me as a Christian today. I imagine I’m not alone in that regard and I was greatly encouraged by Wilson’s diligence in helping readers understand what the passages meant in their original contexts and how they might be applied in modern settings.
The book lives up to its title in that it is “for you” as it does an excellent job of examining the complex issues that the Corinthian church faced and presents them in a way that is easy to understand. In a sense, this book provides readers with a condensed overview of what 1 Corinthians is about. As a mom of young children, I typically don’t have as much time to dedicate to reading commentaries of a more academic nature so I really appreciate the “for you” commentaries. This book is also shorter in length than most academic commentaries which is helpful because it makes understanding 1 Corinthians more accessible to a wider audience. If you are desiring to grow in your understanding of 1 Corinthians, I highly recommend this book.
I received 1 Corinthians For You compliments of The Good Book Company in exchange for my honest review.
Does God’s grace really change people? What does it do for the church community? In 1 Corinthians For You, Andrew Wilson studies Paul’s letter and thrills you with how God’s grace changes lives.
Pride and Division
Pride and division were taking over, devastating the Corinthian church. Wilson shares how the same might be said about evangelicalism today. For instance, we seem to be a culture absorbed with church growth and elevating human leaders. Wilson encourages us by saying that we must seek the Spirit as He guides us to humility and unity.
This book, while similar to a commentary, reads more like a devotional. Wilson is sharp and clear, with pastoral insight to share. He compares the Corinthians with the way we sin today, looking at incest, sexual immortality and drunkeness, greed and slander. We must not tolerate unrepentant sin. We must challenge it. Christ crucified might not shape our culture today, but it shapes our church communities.
Love Never Fails
Paul urges us to pursue prophecy, and Wilson describes it as being directed towards people, as it strengthens, encourages, and comforts us. He elaborates that Paul sees the Corinthians as speaking a language (as opposed to a sequence of nonsensical noises). He concludes that love trumps our right to express ourselves.
Interestingly, Paul concludes with a mention of Christ’s resurrection, and Wilson sees it as a fitting way to end a letter talking about unity and grace. This book helped me better understand 1 Corinthians, and I see how the message of pursuing purity and peace in Christ is essential. Love never fails.
I received a media copy of 1 Corinthians For You and this is my honest review.
When I started this book, I didn't realize that it was by the same Andrew Wilson who wrote "God of All Things," another recent release that I greatly enjoyed. Once again, I appreciated this author's engaging style, clear and concise communication, and insight into complex elements of Scripture. Near the beginning, Wilson says that even though most people claim Romans or Ephesians as their favorite of Paul's letters, 1 Corinthians has always been his favorite. His enthusiasm comes through clearly as he engages with the text, provides cultural and historical context, relates 1 Corinthians to other parts of the Bible, and connects its themes to issues in our lives and churches today.
"1 Corinthians For You" is clear, engaging, and insightful. Even though I am very familiar with this letter from past Bible studies, readings, and sermon series at church, I found new insights here, and I especially appreciated getting Wilson's perspective on the spiritual gifts chapters, since he comes from a Pentecostal background. Although I have read other books that accurately portray a charismatic perspective, I don't think I had ever read a take on this part of 1 Corinthians from someone who is from that denominational background. I found that part of the book very helpful.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in digging into the text of 1 Corinthians, whether they are a pastor preparing a sermon series, a small group leader, or someone who wants additional insight as they read the book by themselves or with their family. "1 Corinthians For You" is easy to read, provides clear discussion questions, and includes a glossary in the back for words and phrases that readers may not be familiar with. This book is a very accessible, helpful resource.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.