Mid-Course Correction

Thursdays: The New Testament
1 Corinthians 1

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

Thursdays in Kingdomtide this year find us rolling back the centuries to the birthing and growing of a first century church in a great metropolis. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians offers a powerful example of a church struggling with the momentum of a lifestyle prior to commitment to Christ—idolatry, sexual immorality, lawsuits, worldly philosophy, etc.

Corinth is situated on a narrow isthmus between the mainland part of Greece in the north and the Peloponnesian peninsula to the south. It is perfectly placed to meet the ships sailing from the east and moving westward after a brief portage across the isthmus. It was the center of world trade, much like New York City in the cosmopolitan nature of its population.

Paul founded this church about 50 A.D. Now he writes to give them “mid-course correction” on their way to salvation. Let Paul do the same for you.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Giving thanks to Thee for grace v. 4
You giving strength to the end v. 8
What is weak shaming the strong v. 27
Boasting only in the Lord v. 31

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for the version for children and families.

This is the first week in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.


Image – View of Corinth from the isthmus

This is the close of what many people celebrate as the greatest teaching about Christ in the New Testament. Martin Luther and John Wesley were especially moved by this letter.

Most of the passage is expressing gratitude for those who were especially close to St. Paul. The woman’s name, Phoebe, in verse 1, means “The Radiant One.” By our own shining faces and living in joy, we make God’s face shine to others. Your radiance of God’s faithful love is what people need to see. Recall verse 5 from Psalm 34 of yesterday: “Look to God and be radiant; so your[ faces shall never be ashamed.”

Get in touch with Paul’s burst of joy in the final verse: “May the glory be to God, who alone is wise! May the glory be to him through Jesus Christ forever! Amen.”

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Sending out kisses of peace v. 16
Being wise in what is good v. 19
Strengthened by Thy Gospel, Lord v. 25
To God: glory forever v. 27

Click or touch the image
for the version for children and families.

This is the first week in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.


Image – View of Corinth from the isthmus

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