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1 Corinthians chapter 11 vs 17 to 34 – Take Eat this is my Body - JS Gillespie  

1 Corinthians chapter 11 vs 17 to 34 – Take Eat this is my Body


New converts to Christ could not help but be impressed by just how simple the worship of the Christian was. 

Converted from idol worship and brought into his new found faith in Christ he had seen one by one all of those old symbols exit out of the front door! 

The altar had gone; “We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.” (Heb 13:10) 

The sacrifices had gone; “But this man, after he had offered one…

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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 7 verse 1 - Freedom to be Free - JS Gillespie  

My recent studies in 1 Corinthians chp 7 over the past few weeks has resulted in an unusual scenario unfolding; on holiday to Lanzarote,  sitting by the pool; Yvonne with her choice of books; in the realm of Christian romance,  entitled; 'The Wedding,'  and me preparing for these meetings with a book entitled,  'Divorce.' 

The question arises at the outset of our studies in chapter 7, as to which of these 2 titles is in fact the more accurate for this chapter. Some would wish to see the chapter as…

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1 Corinthians Chapter 6 vs 16 and 17: “One Body, One Flesh, One Spirit”  

3 sections in 1 Corinthians: 

3 Reasons for Righteousness: 

Fellowship with one another (6:1-8) 
Citizenship in the Kingdom (6:9-11) 
Relationship with God (6:12-20) 

In verse 13 Paul uses the false slogan of the Corinthians to: 

Dispel error 
Deduce the truth 

Dispel error 

The error that we can deduce purpose by knowing function 

We don't start with function and work out purpose 

We must start with purpose – with the Lordship of Christ and from this bring all function into subjection to Him. 

Under control…

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1 Corinthians Chapter 6 vs 9 to 20 – A Holiness too Big for Heaven - JS Gillespie  

The Corinthians were not consistent in very much 

At least they were consistent in one thing; their failure to judge! 

To judge: 

Moral problems (chp 5) 
Material problems (chp 6) 
Marital problems (chp 7) 
Spiritual problems in the meeting  (chp 10ff) 

Why was this?  We're they: 

Doctrinally confused?  (cf Rom 6:1ff) 
Morally compromised?  (1 Co 6) 
Spiritually corrupted?  (1 Co10) 
Socially constrained?  -  the multicultural and inclusive society of 1 Corinthians chp 1 to stay together had to be permissive. 

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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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1 Corinthians chapter 4 vs 6 to 16 : 'Thy Kingdom Come' - JS Gillespie  

Reminded of Derek Binghams introduction to Daniel when he observed that God does not give prophesy simply to satisfy our intellectual curiosity about the future, but with prophetic revelation God has moral and spiritual goals in mind. 


1 John 3:1ff : 'and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear,  we shall be like Him,  for we shall see Him as He is.  And every man that hath this hope in Him purifiers himself even as he is pure' 

2 Peter 3:11 -  Edward Blum, 'Peter…

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