First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community, CD Set
In this eleven-part CD series (ten, 30 min. sessions plus an introduction) Tim Gray provides comprehensive teaching and commentary on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. Each 30 minute presentation is designed to follow a lesson in the First Corinthians Study Set, which contains the essential questions and reading assignments for the study.
Submitted on 06-07-2011 Anonymous
I think sometimes we fail to realize that although the people and cultures we find in the New Testament (the Old too!) stand 2,000 years apart from us, the problems and difficulties that the Apostles, Saint Paul, and others encountered in their mission were not a whole lot different from our today. This being reflected in these books of Sacred Scripture, the Church’s mission today seeks to take these inspired writings and apply them to us in our modern world. I ended a previous review for Dr. Gray’s Exodus Called to Freedom CDs series of talks with the quote: “the Exodus story is not just Israel s story, it is our story as well; it tells us who God is and what He calls us to be.” Easily, the same can be said of the Corinthians story. I think that Dr. Timothy Gray is very skillful in showing this in his presentation and commentary of Saint Paul’s “First Letter” to these people.
This letter carries a specific importance in that it is from this that the Church derives its theology on the Body of Christ; let’s say first of all as the People of God, and secondly as the Eucharist. We see the nature of the community of believers and we get a glimpse of how these early Christians lived, struggled and grew individually and collectively to form a Christian Family. Two thousand years later, we are still faced with very similar challenges, in our parishes and elsewhere, that mirror their conflicts and share the same human condition as them in confronting things like divisiveness, immorality, and various other trials. Our secular and approaching godless society parallels many of the difficulties the Corinthians experienced living in a pagan culture and presided over by a pagan government. There is a lot we can learn from this. There is a lot we are called to learn and should learn.
In ten half-hour presentations, Dr. Gray does an excellent job in making this relevant to us today. So, I say this is highly recommended. This can be great for a small group Bible Class.
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