Systematic teaching by Dr J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians, downloadable as mp3 files.

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians

Dr J Stewart Gillespie

Systematic Bible Teaching from 1 Corinthians by Dr J Stewart Gillespie

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Fighting and Fellowship - 1 Corinthians chapter 3   

1 Corinthians chapter 3: 

One of the many practical chapters of 1 Corinthians 
Perhaps not by intention but as a consequence of what it is, it acts as a kind of spiritual health check 
In many ways the whole of the Bible, certainly the bulk of the NT epistles are that, yet if I was asked for a chapter of the Word of God which would act as a one stop spiritual health check, I would find it  difficult to think of one as well rounded and as concise as chapter 3 of 1 Corinthians. 

In 1 Corinthians chapter 3, as a…

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1 Corinthians chp 3: Gold, Silver, Precious Stones - Dr J Stewart Gillespie  

4 Sections in chapter 3: 

  1. Feeding on the Meat 
  2. Fruitfulness in the Field 
  3. Building on the Foundations 
  4. Worshipping in the Temple 

In each of the sections some practical lessons to learn: 

Feeding on the Meat: 

What hinders that, appetite for Christ, that ability to receive the meat is carnality manifesting itself in schism. 

So schism is not primarily a: 

Doctrinal issue 

The Corinthians had a number of doctrinal issues including the resurrection (chp 15) and yet Paul refers to them as; “ye…

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The Secret of Wisdom - 1 Corinthians chapter 2 - J Stewart Gillespie  

As we open up the chapter we are presented with an overview of Pauls missionary endeavour at Corinth, a mission so successful that in modern times it would be referred to, perhaps inaccurately as revival. 

The whole chapter is in essence a reflection of “when I came to you” (2:1) 

Paul reflects on the success of his mission amongst them 

This was no 'boast in the post' 

In fact when he reflects on his own contribution to the success of this missionary endeavour; he first focuses on all of the attributes he…

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1 Corinthians chapter 2 - When I Came to You - J Stewart Gillespie  

  • When I came (2:1-3) 
  • How he preached (2:4-5) 
  • What he taught (2:6-9) 
  • How we receive it (2:10-16) 


In 1 Corinthians chapter 2 Paul reflects back on his missionary endeavour at Corinth in Acts 18, which was one of his most successful. 

Chapter 2 is his reflections on the success of his mission at Corinth 

Not just speculation but Spirit inspired revelation. 

God had many people in that city, many came to Christ 

Here was a success rarely to be repeated, except in times of revival 

In chapter…

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1 Corinthians chapter 1 Grace upon Grace - JS Gillespie  

The apostle blesses and prays for: 

'Grace' (1:3) 
'Peace' (1:3) 

Yet in blessing them with this, does he not bless them with the blessing they already possess? 

“I thank my God always on your behalf for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ.” (1:4) 

Why does the apostle bless with the blessing they are already blessed with? 

This seems strange! 

Is it a way of ensuring his prayers are answered, by asking for what he already has? 
Does he speak in faith in verse 4 as though his prayers are…

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