160: Corinthian Crises (New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 34)

“Keep the Ordinances, As I Delivered Them”

The Corinthian church was rife with problems–division, debate, lawsuits, immorality, and trying to outperform each other with spiritual gifts. Paul argues that in the end, all you need is love.

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Class Member Reading: 1 Corinthians 11 – 16

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00:00  Introduction
01:25 Potential bonus episodes
Sunday School
02:34 Issues in the Corinthian community
04:55 Review the reading
05:11 1 Corinthians 11
09:14 Commentary on 1st Corinthians 11
22:50 1 Corinthians 12
29:48 1 Corinthians 13
33:21 1 Corinthians 14
41:09 1 Corinthians 15
50:54 1 Corinthians 16
54:44 Additional scripture chain
01:00:53 Men and women; distinguishing cultural norms from gospel principles
01:03:22 Men, women, and the temple
01:04:14 Charity
01:05:03 Differing spiritual gifts and status
Scripture Study
01:05:58 What did Paul mean by “ordinances”
01:06:49 Paul’s letters in context
Study Notes
01:08:10 Verses out of context
01:10:34 Priesthood ordinances down the rabbit hole
01:13:06 Men, women, and the temple II (veils)
01:14:55 Spiritual gifts then and now
01:16:46 Discussion


Episode 42 on Spiritual Gifts
Episode 49 on the Kingdoms of Glory
TED talk on Self-Transcendence; Jonathan Haidt’s scientific explanation of the “Body of Christ” metaphor

“Authority on her head” Time and Seasons post by Julie Smith on this difficult passage
“When the Temple Hurts”, a respectful series by Feminist Mormon Housewives for those who seek to understand why the temple is hard for some women

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