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1 Corinthians chapter 11 verses 3 to 16: 'Headship and Headcoverings' - JS Gillespie  

1 Corinthians chapter 11 - Headship and Headcoverings 


In verse 3 we see the principle of Headship,  operative throughout the whole of Gods administration. 

What do I mean by headship? 

'κεφαλή' : is used in at least 3 ways in the NT: 

Physical head -  majority of uses 
Place / Position / Power / Dignity / Authority -  Matt 21:42; Acts 4:11; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 4:15; 5:23-24 
One one probable occasion of origin (Colossians 2:19) – W. Grudem 1985 – study of 2336 mentions of 'kephale' in Greek…

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1 Corinthians chapter 7 verses 8 and 9 - To the Unmarried and Widows - JS Gillespie  

Notes from our series of bible study in 1 Corinthians on the bible's view of marriage, divorce and remarriage:


I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.”  (1Co 7:8) 

Verse 8 seems straightforward enough,  I would believe that it seems straightforward enough because it is straightforward. 

This is teaching given against the backdrop of the ministry already given by the Lord (1Co7:10) 

So we come to 1 Corinthians chp 7 with the knowledge which we have gleaned…

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1 Corinthians chapter 7 verses 1 to 7 - What's so bad about Fornication? - JS Gillespie  

Part of our series of bible studies on the subject of the biblical teaching on divorce, sexual immorality and marriage in 1 Corinthians chapter 7: 

In response to the Corinthians questions about marriage; Paul appears to agree with their suggestion that 'it is good for a man  to touch a woman,' but only good for those so gifted and not everyone is (7:7). 

Sometimes we don't see gift as gift! 

Some people are naturally fitted for a particular life of service: 

Jacob – the father of 12 boys; you need your…

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1 Corinthians chapter 5 - Sin Worse than the Worst - Dr J Stewart Gillespie  

The Report (v1) 
The Response (v2) 
The Recovery (v2-v8) 

The Report 

V1 -  "It is commonly reported"  

We notice the low spiritual and moral state of affairs at Corinth,  which was surely disappointing for the apostle Paul, having been used to plant the church at Corinth. 

This seems a basic issue,  basic moral issue to ere over. 

How can this transpire in a church? 

Corinth was such a: 

Popular church 
Progressive Church 
Prosperous church 

A church with a real buzz and a bit -  plenty of gifts and social…

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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 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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